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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Fake Atheists?

Are there any true Atheists or is their stance all bluff?

I’m not writing about dishonest people. I want to address that there are people who think that they are Atheists but they give away they’re not.

NB: Indifference is often a camouflage for anger.

1. Angry at G^d

You can’t be angry at G^d if you’re an Atheist.

Maybe you suffered. Where was G^d when you needed Him most? You’re done thinking there’s a G^d. It’s all made up. But your anger betrays you.

You might have excellent reasons to be angry. Maybe you refuse to talk to G^d ever again. Perhaps, you want Him to stay out of your life. But don’t claim you’re an Atheist. You’re a rebellious Theist. You blame Him. And I’m not your judge, so I don’t say you’re wrong. You’re just not an Atheist.

2. Angry at Religion

You could very well be angry at the G^d that religion or Theists have created for you. But, be careful whom to blame. He didn’t tell religions or their teachers to be sexist and homophobe, to be oppressive, to be absurd, or to lie. Certain traditions and interpretations claim this as G^d’s Truth. Objectively, it’s their truth about the Truth. Rejecting traditions doesn’t make you an Atheist. Many Sages of the Talmud did the same.

Maybe some of your teachers or people around you were Theists with less ethics than you. Maybe they lied to you. That doesn’t render G^d immoral.

3. Anger at the News

Look at how Theists handle disappointment. They say: G^d knows best. Or: I’m praying for mercy. Or: I’m not finished with Him. Or: I’m not the B^ss.

But, then, there exist self-identified Atheists who complain about the world, the news, their fate, etc. But, if all is based on randomness, what’s there to be angry about?

It’s true, you can be a very smart Atheist and believe that Evolution has given humans an extraordinary brain that has unparalleled speech, creativity, intelligence, and Free Will way beyond anything else in the Cosmos. Human Free Will implies Good and Evil, morality, and ethics. And then, humans can disappoint or anger you.

Yet, if you think humans are capable of all of the above, then humanity is principally like G^d. Believing or trusting in, or expecting or demanding humans to be perfect is like trusting in G^d. The difference is just semantics.

4. You Can’t Believe

Judaism is a very complicated, laborious lifestyle, unsuitable for the world’s majority. Christianity has derived a much easier lifestyle. The essence is to have faith. This has penetrated Israel too: “The intention is of the essence.” But, this is antithetical to Judaism. (The intention is only the essence during and after the deed, not instead of it.)

Judaism says: Never mind what you feel. Do the Commandments, and then, the right feelings will follow.

Yet, assimilation to Gentile ideas can mislead Jews to give up on G^d when they can’t believe anymore. But that’s not being an Atheist. That’s being a confused Theist. Do you think the greatest Jews always had faith in an invisible, silent, unpredictable G^d? Think again. Someone once told the unparalleled Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook “I can’t believe.” The leader of the generation answered him: “The things you can’t believe in, I can neither.”

5. The Real Atheist

Will the real Atheist please stand up?

About the Author
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