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You can live without God!

Must one be religious in order to have meaning in life? Let me put it another way: without god, do you feel empty? Hollow? Well, this is the question i had to confront in my discussions with Christians and Muslims over the past two weeks. Sometimes when i tell someone i am an Atheist, they ask

So what keeps you going in times of challenges? Whom do you turn to?

It amazes me!

Must life be such that there must be an object of faith that keeps you going? This is what the religious leaders keep telling you, that God or Allah will solve all your problems, that Jesus will carry your burden, and all shall be fine. But i think life must not be lived such that you imagine someone invisible is looking out for you. Let me give an example, i know some of you are looking for jobs and some are having very sick relatives, some are having a bad time at your places of work. Some are having bad relationships with your spouses, girlfriends and boyfriends, even family. As an Atheist, it is simple, god does not exist. So deal with the problem! Keep applying for that job. Talk to your boss, if it doesn’t work, talk to a colleague! Dump your goddamn boyfriend if its not working, file a goddamn divorce if it is too hard for you and your spouse. Seek counseling from a professional. Don’t look for help from the supernatural, coz really, the supernatural does not exist!

Our meaning as Atheists is derived from the idea that life has to be lived to the full, and challenges must be met with courage, not prayer, not fasts and vigils, the courage that stems from the understanding that god, or the supernatural does not exist. We do not have an afterlife, there is no heaven for us, neither is there a hell of fire.

But i must ask you today,  must you have a Jesus, a Mohammed, a God, Allah to lean on in hard times?

You can live without God.



10 comments on “You can live without God!

  1. j.w
    August 23, 2012

    “Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
    Fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind.
    For God will bring every deed into judgment,
    including every hidden thing,
    whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14


  2. Njoroge
    August 24, 2012

    I agree, you do not need a god to be good or to live a meaningful life. In fact, many people who say a god is on their side use it to justify the vilest evils.

    @J.W – As a Christian am sure you would use the argument that FAITH and not WORKS is what you need to be justified before your God. Yet you quote your book saying keeping commandments (works) is the whole duty of man. Why are Christians so blind to all these contradictions found in their ‘holy text’?


  3. j.w
    August 28, 2012

    “It really doesn’t matter whether you believe in God/god or not. What does matter is what kind of God/god you do or don’t believe in!” David Pawson


  4. Milan Shah
    August 28, 2012

    Quote from Christopher Hitchens

    “About once or twice every month I engage in public debates with those whose pressing need it is to woo and to win the approval of supernatural beings. Very often, when I give my view that there is no supernatural dimension, and certainly not one that is only or especially available to the faithful, and that the natural world is wonderful enough—and even miraculous enough if you insist—I attract pitying looks and anxious questions. How, in that case, I am asked, do I find meaning and purpose in life? How does a mere and gross materialist, with no expectation of a life to come, decide what, if anything, is worth caring about?

    Depending on my mood, I sometimes but not always refrain from pointing out what a breathtakingly insulting and patronizing question this is. (It is on a par with the equally subtle inquiry: Since you don’t believe in our god, what stops you from stealing and lying and raping and killing to your heart’s content?) Just as the answer to the latter question is: self-respect and the desire for the respect of others—while in the meantime it is precisely those who think they have divine permission who are truly capable of any atrocity—so the answer to the first question falls into two parts. A life that partakes even a little of friendship, love, irony, humor, parenthood, literature, and music, and the chance to take part in battles for the liberation of others cannot be called ‘meaningless’ except if the person living it is also an existentialist and elects to call it so. It could be that all existence is a pointless joke, but it is not in fact possible to live one’s everyday life as if this were so. Whereas if one sought to define meaninglessness and futility, the idea that a human life should be expended in the guilty, fearful, self-obsessed propitiation of supernatural nonentities… but there, there. Enough.”
    ― Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir


  5. ernest
    August 29, 2012

    Dostoyevsky and Jean-Paul Sartre turn on their graves after reading this.


  6. Mcha Mungu
    August 30, 2012

    …It pains my heart to read this…but I will keep praying for you that one day God the Almighty will reveal himself to you and that you shall bow your heads down in his honor…I do not want to judge you but one day you gonna realize that you were so wrong…and it may be too late..! God Bless


  7. sheila
    September 18, 2012

    It is sad to hear fellow human beings saying there is no God.anyway, i pray for you from the bottom of my heart that God, the God that i serve, the all-knowing God will open your eyes and make you see his truth.I beg you to keep to your beliefs and don’t try to mislead those who have their faith in God by publishing such silly articles.May God have mercy on you.


    • makagutu
      September 19, 2012

      These articles are not silly. It is your belief that is ridiculous and irrational.


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