As I think about the things that have pushed me toward anti-theism, two of the biggest are the ideas of original sin, in the judaic-christian system of belief, and suffering, in the buddhist system of belief.
Sin is an idea, I feel, that is as sick and twisted as it can get. If there ever was a construct created solely for the control of human beings, it is this idea. Think about it: we can’t simply be born free and clear of stain and negativity, we come into the world, already set up to be going in the direction of evil. This is an area where the new testament strongly contradicts the old, I feel. No longer are we born in the image of a god, now we are born in the image of sinfulness and evil, an image that can only be erased by blind adherence to the words of a supposed god and son of god-who just happens to be one in the same, and it is the function of our existence from that point on to overcome the badness in order to become good-AFTER WE DIE!
Those of us who were brought up as Christians and who have lost our faith have retained the Christian sense of sin without the saving belief in redemption. This poisons our thought and so paralyzes us in action.
- Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), The Unquiet Grave (1945).
Now, by convincing people that this is true, the christian church has done a very powerful thing. They have grabbed hold of a persons very self-worth. They have told us that unless we do what they say, we are unfit to exist, and indeed will become something very bad, unless we give in, do what the church says, and have hope that in the end-AFTER WE DIE-we will become a good person. Kind of sneaky I think, promising something to someone that they can never fully know about-because, after all, who REALLY knows what happens after we die?
Once I understood this as the mind control technique that it really is, sometime in high school, It became yet another instance that eventually led to my decision to trash the whole idea of belief.
Now, in those intermediate years, once I had come to the conclusion that the judaic-christian idea of belief was a man-made construct created for the mind control of people, I delved heavily into the eastern religions and philosophies, primarily buddhism. Buddhism, I originally thought, was a great philosophy of life. Here is a philosophy that needed no god, could be practiced by anyone and seemed to make some sense. However, once I fully understood it, I became, once again, disenfranchised with whole thing. Why? Because the buddhist concept of suffering is not too far removed from the judaic-christian concept of sin.
To live, you must suffer. It is impossible to live without experiencing some kind of suffering. We have to endure physical suffering like sickness, injury, tiredness, old age and eventually death and we have to endure psychological suffering like loneliness, frustrations, fear, embarrassment, disappointment, anger, etc.
- From Buddhanet.net
Instead of being born “evil” and “sinful” we are born “suffering” and it is the purpose of this system of thought, and, yes, belief, called buddhism to remove this suffering from us. Will we reap the benefits of this suffering removal in this life? NO! We will only receive the benefits AFTER WE DIE and are supposedly reborn into another life. This may take many lifetimes. Once again we are promised something that we have no way of actually really knowing will happen, because, once again, who really knows what happens after we die?
Buddhism, and other eastern “philosophies” are really not very much different than the western death cults. All are highly constructed methods for controlling people and their actions. All are man created and have no actual bearing on reality. All are fake.