I am an Atheist.
I don't believe in god. I think religion is something that is used to keep people in check and make them do things that they wouldn't otherwise.
Do you want to know why people believe in religion? They're afraid of dying. They want to live forever. Religion is their brain attempting to straddle that fact.
What has religion become? What has it always been? Immortality.
In exchange for following the rules of your given religion, you are granted a new life after this life. That's the basic premise of most religions.
So what do you have to do to attain this immortality status? Well, you have to follow the guidelines. If you don't follow the guidelines, you're going to hell, so even though you are immortal, your new life will be really painful and bad. However, if there's anything we can take solace in, it's the fact that if any of these religions happen to be correct, we all live forever! HUZZAH!
Problem is, life doesn't work that way. The real question is, why does the human brain have such a hard time dealing with the thought of dying? It seems totally incomprehensible to the brain. So much so, that the brain is willing to believe fantasies and tale tales and accept them as facts in hopes their imagination will come to life...and save them.
Look out at the stars at night. Check out the moon. That's how the moon looked 4 seconds ago. The light from the sun reflects off the moon and takes 4 seconds to get to earth. Next, look at the Sun. That's how the sun looked about 8 minutes ago. Now stop.
Creationism proposes that: the earth was created 6,000 years ago. Fossils were planted by god to test the faith of non-believers. Human's did not evolve from other life but spawned two humans that appeared out of nowhere, Not only that, everything science has found is wrong because, either liberal anti-god scientists are trying to hide the truth(conspiracy theory) or because god has hidden these clues to test our faith.
Genesis 4 and 5 give the story of Adam and Eve's family after they leave the garden: they have three children, Cain, Abel and Seth, as well as other sons and daughters, and Adam's lifespan is 930 years.
So Creationism = Someone living 930, FYI.
Now back to the stars.
When we look out at the stars at night, we are looking at things that are millions of light years away. A light year is the distance it takes for light to travel in one year, this is 5.88 trillion miles or 9.46 trillion kilometers.
The closest star besides the sun is Proxima Centauri. It's 4.2 Light years away, so when we look at it through a telescope, we're seeing it 4.2 years ago. If we were able to build a space-ship that could travel at the speed of light, it would take us 4.2 years to get to Promixma Centauri. That's in our backyard basically. In terms of space, it's a hair's width away, a milisecond.
So, as you can see, light isn't instant, it takes time to reach us. You might also have realized by now, that because of this, we can, in effect, see into the past. Remember the star that was 4.2 light years away? Proxima Centauri? Well, I'm going to jump to the farthest end of the other side of the spectrum now.
That article describes a gamma-ray burst, that was visible from 13.3 billion light years away.
We are seeing 13 billion years into the past when we look at that explosion(with expensive science equipment). That happened 13 billion years ago, who knows what is there now.
Now as you can probably see Creationism is wrong, illogical, and there's no way it could have happened as it was written in the bible.
I feel like pretty soon Atheists won't have to defend their views anymore, it'll become pretty obvious that religion is just old-fashioned and illogical.
Sometimes I wonder though, maybe it's better we have organized religion. If there are people out there that don't know how to act without the bible telling them, that's pretty scary.. and maybe those people should be gathered up and told what to do in large groups. Maybe they just can't handle being on their own because they would go crazy and hurt people or break down and kill themselves. Maybe they need the priest, a nice father figure to guide them.. because otherwise they'd be wandering around like fools. I don't really know. I don't see the purpose of confessing sins, it seems to be self-centered and just making the sinner feel better.... oh but as long as he keeps attending the church and donating money his sins are forgiven. Did you know the church sells indulgences now? You can pay the church to cleanse you of sins. That doesn't seem like it has potential for corruption...
Anyway, I'm curious to see the what newgrounders think about religion. What do YOU guys have to say?