You don’t need religion to have morals.
You don’t need a deity to have strength.
You don’t need a church to be charitable.
You don’t need theistic faith to make it through the day.
You are NOT broken.
You are whole.
You are enough.
*note if one of the things above help you, that’s wonderful this is a reminder that it isn’t a necessity.*
Just a short response to your third point. You don’t need a church but you do need a faith.
(According to Barna Research Group 2007 updated 2012) Both “No-Faith” and “Active Faith” groups were equally “likely to think of themselves as good citizens, as placing their family first, as being loyal and reliable individuals, as preferring to be in control, and as being leaders,” and they reported comparable personal difficulties including serious debt and addiction. However, additional results show that there are some significant differences:
- “No-Faith” individuals are less likely than active-faith Americans to be registered to vote (78% versus 89%)
- They are less likely than active-faith Americans to describe themselves as “active in the community” (41% versus 68%)
- They are less likely than active-faith Americans to personally help or serve a homeless or poor person (41% versus 61%).
- They are less likely than active-faith Americans to volunteer to help a non-church-related non-profit (20% versus 30%)
- The typical no-faith American donated just $200 to charitable causes in 2006, more than seven times less than the amount contributed by the typical active-faith adult ($1500).
- Even subtracting church-based giving, active-faith adults donated twice as many dollars to charitable causes last year than atheists and agnostics.
- 22% of “no-faith” adults failed to contribute any personal funds to charitable causes in 2006, compared to only 7% of active-faith adults.
- Atheists and agnostics were more likely to be focused on acquiring wealth than Christians (10% versus 2%)
- No-Faith adults embrace the description or perception of being “at peace,” less than Christians (67% versus 90%)
- Atheists and agnostics are more likely to feel stressed out (37% versus 26%).
Many of these statistics seem to indicate that, despite claims to the contrary, atheism on the whole does in fact tend to be less family oriented, less involved in the community and civics, and less compassionate and generous. As such, they lend some credibility to the notion that at least some kinds of morality or magnanimity require a foundation in Faith.
Also interesting is the fact that since only 1/5 of the “No-Faith” group are unequivocal in their rejection of the existence of God and adopting the label “Atheist,” the vast majority harbor doubts about their rejection of faith.
Also, Christian charity far surpasses giving of any other sector in the United States. Think about all of the Christian Hospitals, orphanages, adoption agencies, women’s centers, community centers, international relief, disaster relief, Christian Schools, after school programs, scholarships, colleges and Universities. Lets not forget advances in medicine, the arts, music, paintings, sculpture, architecture and the sciences,
I am sure there are some very good atheist hospitals and atheist adoption agencies, some great atheist founded colleges and tons of atheistic disaster relief organizations, but I have never heard of them.
Bottom line is that you can paint Christians in any color you want but if you scratch the surface, you will find caring, loving, generous people. These are not the monsters you wish they were. The truth is we love all of mankind and pray that all come to a fully knowledge of God. In love.
Just a note. I am agnostic, but have a healthy respect for Christian people. Most athiests I know are just shits of another religion, who have as much of an agenda as the guys who knock on my door trying to convince me of their way. My note to atheists: I don’t care if you worship a “not-god”, keep your fucking bullshit, and often communistic ideology to yourself.
I dont know how I missed this one, but your “note to atheists” only shows that your understanding of atheism is limited to stereotypes.
(“I dont care if you worship a not-god” doesnt even make sense- I got from your previous statements that you’re trying to say they want to convert individuals to their ideals because their ideals are better, but that phrase alone didnt really do your post any justice.)
My question is how many atheists do you know?
Because I know hundreds and Ive met only a handful who have been truly arrogant and forceful about their atheism.
Not saying it doesnt happen, because it certainly does, but that doesnt make atheism itself a title of an arrogant and forceful atheist. The loudest and most offensive are often given the most attention. So the few gets mistaken for the whole. Thats one way stereotypes come about in the first place.
Most atheists I know arent even anti-theists. While many have no problem discussing issues brought up in religion, most still support freedom of belief and religion(despite not agreeing).
I personally have never met an atheist whose atheism was tied to communism. Again, Im not saying it cant happen, but its not a majority…
Along with that the op was not an attack on christians. In fact, christians were never mentioned. It was a positive post for individuals who are secular (like yourself), whether that be atheist, agnositc, irreligious, or any other stance. So, I dont really get where this whole “atheist vs. Christian” attitude came from(unless it was inspired by the reblog, whom Ive previously replied to).