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The

Gospel According to

Atheism

 

 

I.      EARTHLY SALVATION PROMISE

II.     HEALING POWER OF ATHEISM

III.    ONLY GOD YOU NEED IS YOU

IV.    FREE WILL IS A LIE

V.      FREE FROM HATRED & GUILT

VI.    THINK FOR YOURSELF

VII.   NON-EXISTENCE OF GOD

VIII.  EVIL OF RELIGION

IX.    ATHEISM: JOY & MEANING OF LIFE

X.     THE HUMANIST WAY

XI.    ENJOYMENT OF SEXUALITY

XII.   BARE ESSENTIALS

XIII. ABOUT HUMANISM

XIV. ULTIMATE TRUTH THEOREMS

 

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PART 14 OF THE GOSPEL, THE THEOREMS OF ULTIMATE TRUTH
 
Truth is our gift to the world and truth is the pearl of great price. We present The Theorems of Ultimate Truth to you to learn off by heart so that the greatest truths will always be in your hearts. We all need to stem error and be protected from it and we can only do that if we remember the essential things. They are best memorised word for word which makes it easier to remember them when you need them and makes you clear in your mind. They must be recited at every meeting. In some forms of Humanism, nobody can be admitted to membership without understanding them and having proved that they have read The Gospel According to Atheism in its entirety. We must not forget that many facts are like the truth of mathematics and if we have to believe in maths and be taught maths then we should be taught these other truths as well. Otherwise we end up irrational and inconsistent. The truths that follow are as important as 2+2 being 4. And they are just as strong and evident and conclusive.

THEOREM ONE

The only thing that can make me happy and make the world a better place is love. Love makes me happy because it reduces fear.

THEOREM TWO

Love is cherishing myself in the form of taking what is best for me and helping others because I want to and because I cherish myself. So when I love others it is really myself I love not them. I know that this is love because there is no such thing as sacrifice. Anything I do, I do because I want to even if I dislike doing it for I want to do it under the circumstances. When I value God or another it is myself that I value because I value the image I have created of them so I value only my judgement and feelings for them not them. I do good not to deserve happiness but to see that I am good and this will enhance my happiness.

THEOREM THREE

I only do wrong because I am afraid of being unhappy. Fear is the cause of all evil and incorrect thinking gives birth to fear. Fear makes me love myself the wrong way.

THEOREM FOUR

Happiness is what emerges when I remove as many of the fears I have as I can. All I need to do is see through the things that repress my happiness. Nobody can allow anything to hurt my feelings except me. Recognising that I have found a philosophy that can make me happy will give me hope no matter how depressed I get.

THEOREM FIVE

All desires are painful in the sense that they crave something I do not have. So I should be more interested in helping others for that desire is easier to fulfil than in going after money or in hating anyone. The selfish person helps others more not less and the selfish person delights in his or her faults if they are not too bad for they make her or him more interesting.

THEOREM SIX

I will feel that there is good in every evil and that I can make an advantage of every evil. I will see it as a challenge not as an attack and as an invitation for me to grow and become stronger in self-esteem and wisdom for human goodness is just self-esteem - I will see the challenge as a compliment to my ability to overcome it!

THEOREM SEVEN

The only thing I and others deserve is to be happy no matter what evil we do. Deserving comes from what I am not what I do. If I am not a deserver by nature then how can I deserve anything from what I do? A bird is not a bird just because it sings. It sings because it is a bird. When we do evil we are after the good that is in it and don't mean to be evil. Thus the doctrine that our choices are free in the sense that we can be intentionally evil or intentionally good and we are not programmed to make them is false. The way to avoid holding a grudge against anyone is to see that nobody is really responsible for what evil they do. It is the programming inside them. I love my enemy and I bless those who hate me. Rewards are mainly about wanting to encourage good work so we can still give them and instead of punishing a criminal we want to purify them through suffering.  If you have to believe in responsibility, then why not believe that instead of punishing those who do harm you just don't reward them? Give the rewards to those who do good.

THEOREM EIGHT

When free will is out so is God for God can only be good if evil is our fault. Evil is not our fault so the God belief is an abomination. It is wrong to accuse human beings of being the cause of all that is bad in the universe if you do it so that you can believe in God. That is mercenary.

THEOREM NINE

I am my own God and therefore nobody has any business telling me to serve another. God cannot need me to do good if he is the reason I exist. He can do it himself. God is self-sufficient if he is almighty and all-good. Rights come from needs not wants. God does not need me to do good therefore he has no right to order me to do good. Miracles are well-concealed evils produced by some evil lying force if they happen.

THEOREM TEN

I must be as permissive as possible. Unnecessary rules are slanderous and bigoted. No philosophy is perfect so I just go after the best one. Religion is an evil because if I love myself it is unnecessary and a burden.

THEOREM ELEVEN

The right to life is the most important right. I cannot say people should be happy unless people are more important than happiness so that means life comes first. Realising that is more important than realising anything else. Thus reason not God is the basis of right and wrong.

THEOREM TWELVE

Lying, stealing and cruel acts are bad because we have no free will and do not deserve these things. Criminals are not to be punished but treated. Judge no one but just stop them doing wrong for there is no need to judge yourself or anybody else. Judge evil political systems and religious systems at every opportunity.

THEOREM THIRTEEN

I must acquire as much evidence and proof as possible for my main philosophical teachings for if I love myself I will protect myself from wasting my time and from getting hurt by error. Error is often treacherous. Except in an emergency, I will not put myself down by letting another tell me what to think. I will reason for myself and do it with caution. Since I am most sure I exist I come first though in my putting myself first others will benefit so I have to convince myself of and be an evangelist for the truths of Humanism with kindness and gentleness for my own protection for I want the world to be the right place for me and my children and family and friends to be.


DECISION

I pledge loyalty to the principles of Humanism now and always.