Atheism is often considered another religion. When filling out profile information on website atheism is stated as a religion rather than the choice 'none'. When people ask an atheist his/her religion his/her answer is "I'm an atheist". When one asks a christian his/her religion his/her answer is "I'm a christian".
I believe that atheism seems like a religion to ignorant people because the word 'atheist' is used in that context. Many people believe that an atheist just hasn't found Jesus yet, or the right religion for that matter. They don't understand that we have substantial evidence and a strong belief that there is no god. This is not to say that we have a set of beliefs because that isn't the case.
A few things atheist share are the denial of any supernatural being(s) or a supernatural creation of the universe. Most atheists believe that the answers of the universe will be answered through science. The beliefs of the rgin of life on Earth and the universe differs across the board but our ideas are usally backed by scientific evidence and theory.
We have no dogma to dictate our lives. We need no written morals because we know what is good and bad. "I don't steal from people because I don't want them to steal from me." or I don't kill because I don't want to be killed". I don't understand why one needs a book to dictate this when it seems innate to me.
We have no guilt or the idea that we will always fall short because of our sin. To us there is no sin. We don't have to spend our lives trying to please a nonexistant entity when we can work to improve each other's lives.
We have no fear of an after life because we know there is none. We don't wait for death to get our rewards; we work in life to achieve. We don't fear infinite punishment for finite wrong doing or the failure to accept that a dead man is the son of god.
We don't fail to act because we leave the issue in 'god's hands'. Failure to act often leaves to people's deaths. We give credit where credit is due. If someone is cured of an ailment we thank the doctor for his/her hard work and marvel at how amazing the human body is to fight off the sickness.
I believe that the openness and desire to learn that comes along with being an atheist is much better for the advancment of the human race and the world. We don't worry about death and we focus on the issues at hand. If the world is going to change for the better it will be through secular means and not through religion. I'm 100% certain of this.
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