I have been an atheist since I lost my section running across a Bailey bridge at the Leopold Canal, a Humanist for about a dozen years now, in which I have had over two hundred letters published, most on some aspect of secularism.
I am a founding member of VSHA, a member of AHA and CSI Canada
YOU CAN BE GOOD EVEN IF YOU BELIEVE IN GOD
Well how? Easy–just get rid of the middle man; the old boys club, the pay and save franchise, the bible punchers.
Why not deal with God himself instead of taking someone else’s opinion about what he wants you to do Why should you take their word for it?. Do they have some kind of a two way radio to get God’s opinion? Is it because the bible talks to them differently, like does it glow in a certain way when they read it? Sure in ancient days when most could not read this must have been impressive—a guy looks at this book and behold the words of god came forth. But surely you can read now can’t you?
And surely a god with a brain would hardly use such a primitive way to communicate his desires and commands as depend on some book to get his message across—wake up, friend, these old men are having a laugh at your expense Would it not be more likely that He communicates His wishes to his own creations directly? Why the middle man? Perhaps the way we respond to external stimuli is just His guiding hand at work, inching us towards the right course of action?
So, yes you can be good even if you believe in a god once you reject the old boys efforts to encourage you to join them in their vicious attacks on women and gays, their evil attempts to foment contempt and hatred towards your fellow humans.
Relax, stop hating ,be good, You can do it