All people have beliefs.
Some subscribe to the beliefs of major religions such as Christianity, or Judaism, or Islam.
Others who may not even have thought about it also have beliefs.
The best gauge of a person’s beliefs is NOT what they SAY they believe but what they DO which matches their beliefs.
The 10 commandments were given to
Moses, [not Charlton Heston :-)]. Both Jews and Christians believe in the 10 commandments as the cornerstone of values for living.
That is why both Christians and Jews are often, among the first to go to the site of a catastrophe like the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
In fact I know some Christians who keep going back every year to do what they can for the Haitians. I am not sure if any atheists do that or not. Hopefully some do.
Some atheists may value human life other than their own and decide to sacrifice some time and money to try to be of assistance. If they do value human life, one could say that they believe, in general, the 6th commandment “Do not kill.”. Why? This commandment is based on the principle that all human life is sacred and is to be valued. Therefore we generally do not have the right to kill anyone. Nor do we have the right to ignore those who need our help.
There may be exceptions such as war against an evil enemy such as Hitler.
A criticism often leveled at Christians, who like everyone else, are not perfect is that they are ‘hypocrites‘. [people that say they believe something but do not act like it.]
That applies to ALL humankind with the exception of Yeshua or Jesus Christ. He lived his beliefs and died for them and for us.
Christians attempt to live the teachings of Jesus and of God as shown in the Old and New Testaments called by Christians, the Bible.
Practising Jews attempt to follow the Torah which is an expansion of the 10 commandments. It is difficult to be a Christian because our western society which started out being Christian has basically left Christianity.
What lingers for many are some of the most basic standards called the 10 Commandments.
The 10 Commandments are the basis of the laws of all democratic countries whether the country realizes it or not.
Some who would say they are not religious, still have certain beliefs. They may have held on to some of the basic beliefs which came from our former western Christian society. Often that is the case. But other Christian or Jewish beliefs are tossed away.
Some would say they are not religious. They may mean that they do not go to church or follow the beliefs of any particular religion. Others are called religious because they attend church or synagogue or a mosque. But you can attend anywhere you like and be religious and NOT be a Christian. You can come from the race of people known as Jews and not be religious or go to synagogue. I suppose you could go to church or synagogue religiously and not behave like the values of your chosen religion stipulate.
Atheists too, are religious. They have a belief system. They may not have written down or even figured out what it is, but their behavior will tell you what they believe. Those that mock others who are believers are caught up in pre-civilizational attitudes because everyone has a right to his/her beliefs whether they make sense to others or not.
But when those same individuals insist they are smarter than everyone that believes, that is simply arrogance.
Especially when there is no proof, just the assertion “I am smarter than you!” 🙂
Atheists religious??? A true atheist does not believe there is God, or any god. However there are always people an atheist looks up to and tries to emulate. Often these are other famous atheists like the late Christopher Hitchens or Richard Dawkins. These people are comparable to ‘gods’ because many atheists believe what they say, taking it in faith, without questioning. In fact to go further, we, as all human beings, tend to become more like those they admire.
Many people would rather emulate Jesus Christ or Mother Theresa, or Moses, or Joshua than not even think about what they actually do believe.
I have asked an atheist or two what values they have if they have any. One said “Do no harm.”
The man-boy love association that believe it is fine to seduce young boys and perform sex acts with them “lovingly”. If you ask someone from Nambla [the North American Man Boy Love Association] if it is alright to perform sexual acts with a young boy they would probably say, “Of course.” They never intend any harm at all.
However regardless of intentions, anyone which has felt pressured or forced to perform sexual acts at a young age has scars that are very hard to get rid of.
So if you say you believe in not doing harm to anyone then the next step is to write down or explain what harm IS to you and what it is not.
You may think that mocking another person or their belief system is “doing no harm” but perhaps you should ask the “mockee” or person being mocked if they feel unharmed.
Probably the vast majority of people who have been mocked would say that harm has been done to them. Sometimes this harm can last a lifetime if someone is mocked consistently.
Often these people who are mocked build up a rage inside themselves and may commit suicide or attempt to. They may strike out at people who were not the original mockers but who are surrogate mockers in that they are in a some position of authority or part to the same group and so on.
Lee Harvey Oswald who was said to have killed John F. Kennedy, was a person mocked, even by his wife.
“Do no harm,” means nothing by itself. Many atheists are riding on the coat-tails of the past generations of our more Christian society where we were taught that there were right things and wrong things. “Do no harm” could be interpreted as a lazy way of not bothering to think about what one’s personal beliefs actually are.