“Religion Divides and Controls People”: Refuting Atheism

One atheist claimed, “The reason why I don’t believe in God is that religion divides and controls people.” It is not true that a world without religion would break the dividing walls uniting all people as one in how they think about life. In fact, a world without any religious belief will surely give freedom for each individual to do the things what they thought is right in their very own eyes. (See Judges 21:25) Why don’t we imagine for a moment that we are in a world devoid of religious belief. I wonder where the atheist people would get their moral behaviours? Where would they get the idea that it’s wrong to commit adultery, steal, murder, and bear false against his neighbor? An atheist should have all the freedom to do the things what he thought is right because he is not under control of any humanist views that atheist would impose on him. Nobody has the right to control any atheist because they should be free to exercise their own rights as an atheist expressing what and how they feel without anybody thinking nor saying that they are doing any inappropriate thing. Do you think having an atheist society will make our world a better place? An atheist mindset is just like any other religious belief. In contrast to popular thinking, atheism is not feasible in any thinking society. In order for atheism to fully practice their faith they must be in a land where anyone are free to ransack somebody else’s house, rape somebody’s children, and steal someone’s Lamborghini. In the first place, why would they allow anybody to control their thinking about morality? Whether an atheist would admit it or not but they promote themselves as his very own “god” because he doesn’t want to be tied up in any so-called religious morality. What about religion? We are not saying that all religions are good because there are also some bad apples in a basket filled with good apples. There are some religion that promotes killing oneself by fire for the sake of others (self immolation) like Buddhism. Some encouraged suicide bombing to murder people for the sake of their religion (jihad) like some fundamentalist are doing. Another that prevents the killing of some animals they consider as sacred like cows despite extreme scarcity of food in their land like Hinduism. However, it is only Jesus Christ who taught, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matt. 5:44) He also said, “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matt. 5:39) And on another ocassion He said, “and if [your brother] sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” (Luke 17:4) What do you think will happen in our world if every people will think not only of his own interest but the interest of others as well? (See Phil. 2:4) Unfortunately, this is not always reflective in the lives of many people who claimed to be followers of Jesus Christ. However, let’s not be discourage but continue to be expectant. The Lord Jesus even prayed, “that they may be one, even as we are one.” (Jn. 17:11) It is my prayer as well that every individual will surrender themselves to Christ so they could experience real unity and freedom in Him.

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

Galatians 5:1, ESV

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