Faith is belief in illusory things that are not based in fact. Since gods know everything, they can't have faith. So gods are atheists.

Because they are already the highest power, they don't believe in a higher power. So they are atheists because atheists do not believe in higher powers.

Specific gods

* Jesus ( Historians/Archaeologists say he didn't exist) did not believe in the god of Judaism or the Roman gods. So he was an atheist.

* Moses was an atheist regarding Egyptian & Roman gods and then he concocted his own stories about god.

* Mohammad was an atheist as far as Judaic/christian/Nomadic gods were concerned and he too was an atheist for his times.

* Buddha and Mahavira were atheistic regarding the two crore gods of the Hindu pantheon.

* Rama & Krishna (Avatars of Vishnu) were mythological & fictional characters, not confirmed by historical or archaeological research, but assuming that they existed, if you had a time machine and had the chance of interviewing them, they would have denied the existence of all the animistic gods, whom the masses worshiped in those times.

End Note
So gods or their human avatars or representatives were atheists.

If by not believing in gods makes me an atheist, I am sure that after I complete my quota of heartbeats programmed in my genes, I will be heartily welcomed by gods into their club of atheists, if they exist.

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Comment by Michael Penn on April 12, 2017 at 8:20am

Professor, my clarification also depends on a few things. We have those people who claim that without a doubt Jesus existed. They use all this scriptural evidence which is so contradictory that we wonder if there was more than one Jesus. Maybe the writings about him came from folklore surrounding a man. That is very possible when we realize that the gospels were written long after Saul of Tarsus. In fact, the book of Revelation became part of the canon officially around 412 AD. This gives us close to 400 years for the "story book" to become a reality. Much could have happened in between.

Was there a real one man Jesus as a person? Even if there was, he would have remained a Jew. Close to 28 would be "Messiahs" were around during the time of Jesus, and being a Messiah was not a supernatural thing. It was Saul of Tarsus who created Christianity as we know it today. The confusion that most of us have is in not knowing the dates for the biblical books. The bible is not one continuous story.

Comment by V.N.K.Kumar on April 10, 2017 at 10:36pm

@Michael Penn: Thanks for the clarification.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 10, 2017 at 9:59am

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
-- Stephen F. Roberts

Comment by Michael Penn on April 10, 2017 at 9:19am

Jesus (if he existed) did believe in the god of Judaism. Some scriptures claims he was fulfilling the law and the prophets and that one "jot or tittle" of the ancient writings would not be changed. This would make him a Torah type Jew. Anyone that would change this was not one of his.

Along came Saul of Tarsus who twisted everything around and made many changes, later to be credited with writing almost a third of the NT. Modern Christians just eat that up but they fail to see that their bible did not happen as the story it is laid out to represent. Saul/Paul had no idea of the gospels. He also never met Jesus. He was not an apostle and he was a big liar.

This is the big failing of Christianity. "Jesus Christ" was a Jew.

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