I'm late to this thread but I dont believe in God or the bullshit from the bible. I have many reasons. But one reason is the simple fact that Chrisitians say God is a loving God. When you read the old testament he was not. He was a war God telling his "chosen people" to slaughter,enslave and RAPE(yes rape). Example:Deuteronomy 20:10-14As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor. But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.
This verse is never taught in Churches because it shows this loving GOD supports rape and pillage. There is many reasons. Just google rape in the bible and you get plenty verses where this God supports it as well as Pedophilia.
Another reason why I stopped beleiving is the simple fact that if God helps me with the little things in life oh I dont know like finding a job or passing test how come he can't help a women being raped in an alleyway. Or why he doesnt help a family being murdered by a burgalor at night. I grew up on church and heard these ridicilous testamonies. Seriosuly if God can help Jesse find her lost car key then how come he does not help the children in Africa suffering from hunger? Or help babies who get cancer but saved a person who get into a car accident? that shit does not fly with me.
And finally I am haitian. My ancestors were slaves. They were raped,humiliated,brainwahsed,beaten,broken to submission. Why would a loving God allow the massive african slave trade to the Americas? Plus Christianity was forced upon our ancestors. They used it to brainwash our ancestors. Slave masters used scripture to justify slavery and used words from St Paul. African Americans after slavery were treated like animales,less then human,lynched,murdered. Why would a all loving God allow this. What was his will to allow black to suffer and be enslaved but according to Exodus he free the Israelites. Plus he has a chosen people? I though God loved all of us? So he has favorites that means he is bigoted. So in conclusionthat shit does not fly with me. The Bible contridicts itself. And we blacks worship a religion that was used to subjugate our ancestors in bondage,used to brainwashed for centuries.
Shit... Crusades, slavery, and genocide are annoying as fuck when you just want to be left alone.The question was posed as what kind of successful lives do atheists have, not what individual atheists say or do after it is established that they are atheistic and successful.
That's not the question that was posed. Bill gates came into the discussion as a faulty example of person whose atheism motivated him to get rich that of course made no fucking sense because atheism did not motivate bill into starting and running his business.
atheism as am ideology by itself does not push humanity to do anything except annoy those of us who choose to believe.
Jehovah's Witnesses are far more annoying then any atheist I've ever met....