I recently came upon this Questionnaire. So I participated:
TEN QUESTIONS FOR AN ATHEIST:
1) How did you become an Atheist?
By being born. I was taught about God later.
2) What happens when we die?
All bodily functions cease, and eventually our bodies decompose. (Ecclesiastes 3:19-21)
3) What if your wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!
If I am wrong, then I will go to Hell. Under such a circumstance, our choices are limited: 1) Be eternally tortured. 2) Be terrorized into submission in hopes of being allowed to spend eternity with the very being who created this scenario which lead to being so terrorized in the first place. I find neither scenario appealing. (NOTE: The concept of Hell being an old Pagan myth; and the concept of Heaven being “pie in the sky” hopes of defying nature and thereby somehow reconnecting with dearly departed loved ones; neither concept renders itself either a realistic cause for concern or a viable source of consolation)
4) Without God, where do you get your morality from?
From experience and effect. I observe what I do which hurts others, and attempt to learn how to avoid repeating that effect in future scenarios. Admittedly, a continuous work in process.
5) If there is no God, can we do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape? While good deeds are unrewarded?
Every person is free to do what they want, and is naturally subject to the effects of her/his actions. As to good deeds being unrewarded, why would a good person want to be rewarded? As to murdering and raping, why in the world would I want to do those things in the first place? Does the inquirer believe that if there was no God that she/he would be compelled to murder and rape? If so, then there are greater issues for the inquirer to deal with than whether or not there is a God.
6) If there is no god, how does your life have meaning?
My life has whatever meaning that I attach to the concept.
7) Where did the universe come from?
Presumably, from whatever existed before the ever increasing expansion of our universe commenced. There are of course theories based upon observable scientific facts, but the minds which so theorize are far beyond mine with regards to such. My best guess is that the elements which make up everything are eternal, and are merely transformed on a constant basis. That process then at some point leading to and developing into the universe. But that is only a guess, and a fairly uneducated one at that.
8) What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?
What of them? Demonstrate an actual miracle, or introduce me personally to a saint or an angel, and then let’s discuss the matter.
9) What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?
I am not sure who Harris is. Dawkins and Hitchens are brilliant minds who have studied extensively and who present their concerns passionately.
10) If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?
Societies are people. People develop theories and create concepts. The existence of religion merely proves the existence of people. The various concepts of god(s) and the great number of different religions no more provide evidence for the existence of multiple gods than they do so for even one.
Thanks for the Questionnaire.
Have a nice day.