I wish that an intellectual position had the same power as a religious belief. Religious beliefs get you special benefits, special exemeptions. Especially here in prison. And of course, the religious people snivel when something doesn’t go their way. For example, Jews and Muslims have succeeded in getting special food events canceled because it included pork. As an atheist, I don’t get any special events or privileges. And that’s fine. It would just be nice if I could say: “My intellectual reason for this is just as important as your faith-based reason” and not get laughed at or looked at funny.
Categories: Daniel Turner, religion
Trouble is, there is no such thing as an atheist. “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:19-20). To be an atheist is to hold there is no God, to hold that position you would need to know everything. You know everything? How do you know that there is just one thing you don’t know that proves God is? You talk about your intellect, i.e., reason. Could your reasoning be wrong, where do you get knowledge from? Where’d it come from in the beginning? You don’t get knowledge out of matter, or laws, like gravity, or the laws of nature from matter. Knowledge, laws, come from an intelligent mind, God’s. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). You’re right to use your intellect, in fact, that’s what God tells you to do, “Come now, saith the Lord, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18). But with an open Bible. Have a nice day!