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What I Mean When I Say I'm an Atheist

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Before you read: I want you to please reread the title. This is MY take on MY beliefs. I haven’t ever or ever will be 100% right about anything. This is how I feel about the world through my own experiences. I am not trying to convince anyone of my beliefs nor will I ever try to convince anyone of my beliefs. Don’t go writing in the comments any shit about me. 

“Atheist” is a loaded term. When I was still a Christian, and even when I converted to Wicca, I had a false perception about what Atheists were. I thought every one of them was an absolute skeptic who believes God absolutely doesn't exist; and that they believe everyone who does is a brainwashed idiot. While in some respects I was right, I was wrong in just about the rest. 

To be open about my background I was born and raised as a “Non-Denominational” (Baptist) Christian in the deep south of Florida. At my church, I suffered religious, and other forms of, abuse. To quote my therapist, I was raised in a cult. It wasn't until I was about 13 when my biological father abandoned me and the rest of his family that I was able to leave. My parents divorced when I was born and he was given visitation time of Wednesday and every other weekend. However, he was still the one who kept the religious throat grip on me for my child and preteen years. When he left, I felt like the church left with him. 

As I struggled to grip with the sudden loss of two families, my father’s side and church, I was able to explore myself much deeper than I was allowed to before. A mix of this personal discovery and a harsh disdain for Christianity led me to look into Witchcraft and eventually becoming a Wiccan. 

I stayed in Wicca for a while, then I became just a witch, not wanting to be restrained by another religion. I jumped from one group to another, trying this and that to find a comfortable nook. Nothing stayed forever and I was onto the next thing. 

Before continuing, it is good for this blog post for Atheism to be defined. It is simply the lack of belief in a God, Gods, or any sort of Supreme Divine. While many Atheists are skeptics and aren't spiritual, there are many who are. Atheist Witches, like myself, are actually quite common if you look beyond the popular ideas of what a witch must be. 

After everything above about different religions and being a hardcore witch, how could I be an Atheist? Because I don't believe anyone can be a God. 

I believe that every being in the universe is connected by an interconnecting energy. This is how magick works, by manipulating this energy to create results in the universe. We are all personified energy with combinations of different kinds of energy. We all have the human energy, duh, but some of us have the empathic energy or the clairvoyant energy, and most on this forum have the energy of something not human, hence being Otherkin. This energy isn’t inherently spiritual. Our psychology/mind is energy, our physical body is energy. There is spiritual energy, of course, but energy is everything spiritual and nonspiritual.

Some energy has existed in one form for longer than others, yes, and many beings have come to guide us, yes, but that doesn’t mean they are deserving of worship. We all came from the same natural spring of energy that created everything, so no traditional idea of God (a supreme being who created some part of the natural world) can exist. 

I think I might be cheating the term Atheist, but my point is valid. To me, beings like Loki, Zeus, Krishna, Jehovah, or whoever you believe in do not fit the model of God. They might call Themselves it, you can call Them it if They want you to, but I won’t be bowing to Them or thanking Them for thinks I don’t believe They did. They are beings like us living in our existence, meaning They have flaws just like us, either They want us to know about it or not. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, so do you really think it’s out of the realm of possibility that a being like Odin might be stretching the truth here?

If that was way too complicated than I thought it was, simply put we are all created of the same energy of the universe. I believe this energy came about in a way like the Big Bang. Because I don’t believe anyone being created the universe or any natural elements in this universe, I don’t believe that a God truly exists. There are beings, like the list mentioned above, that are powerful and have come to rule over natural elements, yes, but because They did not create or aid in their creation I don’t classify them as the God atheists don’t believe in. Instead, They are just beings who have retained an energetic and sometimes physical form long enough to guide and protect us or Their chosen people. 

I think Gods are more guides than what They are conventionally seen to be. Of course, I respect Them like anyone who offers to guidance and helps through any situation, but more Ascended Master respect than All Mighty God respect. Ascended Masters are actually a pretty good comparison. You would show respect to an Ascended Master, as They are truly wise and powerful beings, but would you treat one like the maker of the universe? 

To touch on the associations of Gods (ex: Ares and war), I think it’s legit. Going back to what I said before, how we are all collections of energy, we are all associated with different parts of the universe. That’s why some people feel strong bonds to fire or to birds because that is where their energy leads them. Gods like Ares are being much more powerful than us but are governed by the same principle, They are tied to types of energy and that is where they rule. I just don’t believe they had any part in creating their associations. 

As I said, I might be stretching the term, but if the shoe fits (somehow) then I’m gonna wear it (if it looks good). 
 

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Your beliefs sound very similar to mine! I consider myself Pagan and have one "god" that I interact with on a semi-regular basis, but I don't worship him or see him as any "higher" than myself. He doesn't claim to be anything more than that, and is perfectly fine with the fact that I treat him as a weird friend rather than a superior. And, as you might have noticed, I don't capitalise his pronouns or anything like that. Personally, I tend to view gods as just spirits that are associated with humanity in one way or another. I don't think they're inherently stronger than other spirits (of course there is a line somewhere... like, a random human spirit couldn't just decide to be a god... but beyond that? I don't know, the line is blurry). But yeah, my idea of "gods" isn't the typical idea of them, for sure.

There's certainly some gods I respect and/or wouldn't want to mess with, but that's the same as how there's some people I wouldn't mess with. At the end of the day, I see them on equal terms to me. I don't fear them, and they can lose my respect just like a human can. If they have a problem with that, they're welcome to fight me. 😛 

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24 minutes ago, Charias said:

Your beliefs sound very similar to mine! I consider myself Pagan and have one "god" that I interact with on a semi-regular basis, but I don't worship him or see him as any "higher" than myself. He doesn't claim to be anything more than that, and is perfectly fine with the fact that I treat him as a weird friend rather than a superior. And, as you might have noticed, I don't capitalise his pronouns or anything like that. Personally, I tend to view gods as just spirits that are associated with humanity in one way or another. I don't think they're inherently stronger than other spirits (of course there is a line somewhere... like, a random human spirit couldn't just decide to be a god... but beyond that? I don't know, the line is blurry). But yeah, my idea of "gods" isn't the typical idea of them, for sure.

There's certainly some gods I respect and/or wouldn't want to mess with, but that's the same as how there's some people I wouldn't mess with. At the end of the day, I see them on equal terms to me. I don't fear them, and they can lose my respect just like a human can. If they have a problem with that, they're welcome to fight me. 😛 

I defiantly agree with the stronger-spirits description of gods. I am unsure of the line myself, as I am just now re-exploring what happens to one of us when we do die. For all I know we need to find the easter egg to unlock the god tier. I capitalize out of habit, and I don't really mind it. I do it for any spirit that would be considered "powerful" (I hate that term but I'm too lazy to look up any other words).

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I'm a Presbyterian and have been to a nondenominational cult most of those churches will lie to your face and make up nonsense beliefs that don't line up with scripture. But no one should hate on your beliefs many fake lukewarm Christians believe they have to judge others who are different and don't know Jack about the bible. I've left the church the beginning of this year and only go to intensive bible study.

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