I asked this question way back when I had about 20 followers. Now that I have a bit more, I’d love to know the answer. This picture was originally posted by A is for Atheist here, so I want to give them credit. Either tumblr won’t allow me to ask a question in a re-blog, or I just have no clue how. ~ Kim
How are you good without God?
I hear or see this every day. It’s probably one of, if not the most common statement on atheist blogs, websites, forums, and wherever we atheists express ourselves. This statement is on billboards, and the sides of buses, causing theist to lose their minds and take offense. So I’ve been wondering what it means to you?
When you apply that statement to yourself, are you using adjective good, as in “Would you like another drink?” “No I’m good”? This works for me. I spent years immersed in religious literature and theological bullshit, that if I never see or hear again, I’ll be more that good. Using the bible to support the bible, or twisting academic findings to fit into a God shaped world infuriates me. So no thank you, I’m really good without god!
However, you could also be using noun good, as in “I’m a good person, and God has nothing to do with it.” If I made a list of who I was before and after Christianity, the only things missing from the after lists are belief in God, prayer, church attendance, useless tithing, proselytizing and guilt. Dropping those things did not change who I am. I didn’t walk away from the church and stop volunteering, maybe it’s because I never did volunteer work that required fellowship and preaching. I’ve always gravitated to opportunities to serve and avoided those that made me have to share my faith. In hindsight, it can be said that I was never a good Christian, but I’ve always considered myself to be a good person.
So I’m a good person with no God in my life, and it would be really good if I never heard about him again.
This question is for all non-theists, not just atheist. How does being good without God work for you?