47 posts tagged gods
I do not believe in gods. By definition that makes me an Atheist. I expect all my religious followers to now unfollow me - especially those in the U.S. - as that is how their narrow religious dogmatic minds work.
A-theist - from the ancient Greek “atheos” meaning “godless.” It originally referred to anyone with an absence of belief in the various deities of Greek belief. Interestingly, the Hellenists (believers in the Greek gods) and the Christians (believers in one Hebrew god) labelled each other as Atheists! In those times Atheist didn’t refer to non-belief strictly, but rather “wrong belief.” The term Atheist could back then be used to describe anyone who did not worship the local gods and perhaps believed in a different god. Those committed to a foreign god were termed Atheists!
Wikipedia states that: “In the 20th century, globalisation contributed to the expansion of the term (Atheist) to refer to disbelief in all deities, though it remains common in Western society to describe Atheism as simply “disbelief in God”.
There are people on this planet who have trouble understanding that I do not believe in gods. It is interesting that those who are Christians do not believe in other gods either! They only choose to believe in the one they have been told to believe in, just as Muslims have been told to believe in Allah, Hindus have been told to believe in their various gods, and most Buddhists believe in their gods.
By the original definition of the term, a Christian in Hindu India would be considered an Atheist for not believing in the Hindu gods!
The term Atheism was invented by the religious to spurn those who did not believe in the local gods. It was not a term used by those who defined themselves as such. But words and their meanings change.
I am happy to use the term to describe myself seeing as it riles the mindless puppets of religion.
Amaterasu, Ogetsu-hime-no-Kami, Bishamonten, Zeus, Allah, Yahweh, Jesus, Ba’al, Mangar-kunjer-kunja, Apollo, etc etc…. - all the gods of man down through the ages are nothing more than fictions of a furtive mind.