True confession from the most vile of theists
Ladies and gentlemen I would like you all to know that I’m starting this post off by first confessing I am a theist and wish to pass a new form of wisdom with no threat of indoctrination.
First of all let me clear the air by stating that most Theists do not think you lack morality. Here are the moral virtues that all of you naturally possess.
Integrity- Includes all spectrums of truthfulness and Justice
Empathy- includes all levels of compassion and understanding
Loyalty- Includes all levels of friendship and trust
Fairness- Includes all levels of equality and reciprocity
Gratitude- Includes all levels of Thankfulness and humility
Respect- includes all courteousness
Responsibility- Includes all levels of Honor and Valor
Resourcefulness- The many levels of tact and wisdom
Reverence- The respect of all life including your own
Unity- Closer connections with all living things
Kindness- All types of loving relationships with all mankind
Hope- The clearest view of optimism
Theists have but one thing that Atheists choose not to follow. They connect these virtues to an all-encompassing concept. I’ll provide and explain it and you can feel free to not believe it, because it’s your choice and you have the freedom to toss it aside, but at least try to understand it when you prepare for religious debate. Otherwise it sounds like a pointless argument because theists know that you have the moral virtues listed above so we don’t argue about that, we argue about the lack of understanding of the following concepts that the majority of THEISTS (not atheists) believe also exist. AND READ THE EXPLANATIONS BEFORE MAKING ASSUMPTIONS PLEASE. I don’t want to start an argument based on false premises
The Big ‘ole Missing Concept
Purity- The freedom from defilement that comes from a perceived taint or evil in our world
Whether it’s caused by perceived ignorance (Vedic schools of thought and Buddhism & Jainism), Devils (Abrahamic faiths: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity), Uncleanliness of body and spirit (Shintoism and some pagan schools of thought), Turbulence against the way of nature (Daoism), disconnection with the world around you (Most pagan schools of thought), or in some cases just downright lack of discipline (Confucianism) This perceived taint is characterized in religion as the main cause of all misery in the world.
It is perceived that from this taint all conflicts come before us and the best medicine to treat this taint is religion. All religions are different in how they treat this perceived taint and most Abrahamic faiths ask you to turn to God as the treatment, as a way to remove this said taint. The Vedic schools of thought look for introspection and wisdom-seeking (Buddhism and Jainism) and duty (Hinduism). The Shintoists and some Pagan schools of thought require ceremonial purification, prayer, and some exorcism. Daoism seeks to restore a persons flow into the Dao, or way, of nature. Most pagan schools of thought prescribe a reconnection to the natural world around you through many gods (which sometimes are merely used as archetypes and not real physical beings and sometimes not) Confucianism looks to the specific Confucian moral code of law.
Once this taint is removed from the being they become the pure human that they seek to become.
This often begs the question: If the above is true, then why do so many Theists commit acts of horrid inhumane indecency?
My answer is that they haven’t truly purified themselves to their whole potential and blame others and their own faith in response for their own perceived failures. My reason for this answer is that most of these terrorists seek to encompass their hatred for the “so-called” impurity in others when they really see the impurity within themselves. Fear may also be a big problem.
Atheists are lucky in the sense that they see the world as perfect the way it is, and I cannot imagine how liberating it must feel to see the world as it merely is, but in my opinion cruelty, hate, and all ills in the world seem to me as an example of taint and my personal feeling is that taint along with purity do indeed exist.
Using all the 12 Great Virtues of Man that you already have, in my opinion, will get you to that state of purity regardless of what faith you have. And all of the Prophets have preached these virtues at least once in their texts, and I’ll not be the last to admit that Atheists have the greatest of all teachers: Experience. This however doesn’t downplay the other examples from theism and other people’s experiences. Kill the Ego a bit, read the texts thoroughly, and you’ll see a huge pattern between ALL the prophets and religions of the world. They all advocate the 12 virtues in a unique balance. If you follow the virtues for their own sake with all your heart you’ll feel it too: Purity. I bet you all will feel it within your hearts whether or not you believe God exists and if you still don’t believe in gods, it doesn’t matter. At least you do not have to fear him/her/it like some do and you’ll still feel that purity in your life. Feel free to ask any questions, I might have some answers and I’ll be free to answer, though most of you will likely know it for yourself. This is my loving message to you all. You are already saved. Go in peace my friends and if you agree, spread the message.