To atheists: what's the most important thing in your life?


#1

my atheist parents tell me money is most important. do everything to obtain money. and there’re so called atheist sexologists go to great lengths to prove how fornification and adultery improves women’s social position and the enjoyment of sexual intercourse.

I hope these are not answers from good atheists. and I need enlightment in this issue.


#2

[quote=abcdefg]my atheist parents tell me money is most important. do everything to obtain money. and there’re so called atheist sexologists go to great lengths to prove how fornification and adultery improves women’s social position and the enjoyment of sexual intercourse.

I hope these are not answers from good atheists. and I need enlightment in this issue.
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My athiest parents are hedonists. It is fun to hang out with my dad, he does enjoy his life, hanging at the VFW…horse races…card games…gambling on a boat… My parents are conservative. My dad thinks that the ten commandments are good rules, and that religion helps hold civilization together, and that is precisly why the fairy tale which is the Bible was put together.

They really are good people…they do not see the moral issues in the same way as I do…and have no problem with the idea of abortion, euthenasia, co-habitation…although they wouldn’t do these things themselves… lately I wonder about the euthenasia thing.


#3

What’s good about that?


#4

When I was an atheist, the most important thing to me was my human relationships. I had no problem with pre-marital sex and birth control, but I was dead-set against abortion on the grounds that for any human life to have value, it must have value from the start. I was a “socially concious” atheist, who believed that the fabric of society depended on the respect for human life and individuals. Of course now my standards are higher in that regards, but my views on other people haven’t changed too profoundly.

The biggest change was finding value in Faith, which is a HUGE difference. I believe much of what I did before, but with a much firmer backing, and a much deeper commitment than before.


#5

When I was an atheist, I believed in the “Golden Rule” because it just made sense. I had no problem with the Ten Commandments or anything else religious in public places, whether government buildings or what have you.

The most important things for me at the time was bettering myself as a person, following the rules of a civil society and not inposing my “will” on others. When I got married, it was for LIFE with one man with never a thought of “cheating” on him. Raising my children to love and respect others and to strive to better themselves. I was very “ME” oriented though and perscribed to the theroy that if it did not hurt anyone else, it was OK to do. Not believing in God at the time, I would never had thought it would hurt HIM! and seperate me from His love because He did not exist.

Now that I am a faithful Catholic Christian, I look back at some of the attitudes I once held and marvel at far God has brought me in my thinking. Not everything though was in opposition to Christian values, I just did not give credit where credit was due, Namely and always with GOD.

Thank You Mother Mary leading me home to your Son and His church.


#6

I’m guessing that anything worldly and materialistic is important for an atheist. Atheism is quite a depressing exisitence when you think about. For an atheist, every minute that goes by is another minute closer to nothingness, non-existence–the end. For a Christian, every passing moment is another step closer to Heaven, Joy, infinte love–the beginning! Seems like a no brainer to me.

:slight_smile:


#7

[quote=Lillith]… lately I wonder about the euthenasia thing.
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Do you mean that you wonder if it’s ok to put people to death because you perceive they have no value or quality of life?


#8

[quote=abcdefg]my atheist parents tell me money is most important. do everything to obtain money. and there’re so called atheist sexologists go to great lengths to prove how fornification and adultery improves women’s social position and the enjoyment of sexual intercourse.

I hope these are not answers from good atheists. and I need enlightment in this issue.
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Well, to me money is only secondaryly important. I want to see as much as possible of this world, and for that I need the money. “Life is an open book, read as much from it as you can.” Don’t remember who has said that, but that’s definitely part of my philosophy. Call me an Epicurean.

Besides all that, my wife is most important to me.


#9

[quote=Scullinius]What’s good about that?
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what I mean by “they are good people” is that they personally would not have abortions (my mother had 4 children…two pregnancies unplanned)…they themselves did not co-habitate (mom thinks it puts women at a disadvantage)…

They do not believe it is their duty to “tell other people how to live”


#10

[quote=Tmaque]Do you mean that you wonder if it’s ok to put people to death because you perceive they have no value or quality of life?
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Oh no…I’m sorry I didn’t make that clear! I went to my mother’s house and expressed my concern over Terri Schilvo, and my mother made it clear that she believed Terri did not have a life worth living.

Lately I’ve been worried because my mother is purposely does not go to a doctors. She had a stroke 5 yrs. ago, that could have been prevented (the stroke was probably caused to poor oral hygiene, my mother was pulling her own bad teeth). She had upper resiratory infections that she did not attend to and now she is deaf in one ear. I believe that she is practicing her own form of euthenasia…and so in my earlier post I stated that she does not believe in abortions for herself, co-habitations for her self, now I am wondering if she is not euthenizing herself


#11

[quote=AnAtheist]Well, to me money is only secondaryly important. I want to see as much as possible of this world, and for that I need the money. “Life is an open book, read as much from it as you can.” Don’t remember who has said that, but that’s definitely part of my philosophy. Call me an Epicurean.

Besides all that, my wife is most important to me.
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Okay,believe it or not to you have made your wife your God. Some make money their God. When one does this they break Gods First commandment. Thou shall have no other gods before me. :eek:


#12

My parents who were non-practicing Buddhists (a form of atheism), thought duty to family (past, present and future) and honor and integrity were the most important parts of their life. wc


#13

Hello. First I’d like to say that I am not a atheist. I hope that there is some higher power but still questioning that.

The first and foremost importatnt “thing” to me is my family. I also belive in treating people the way you want to be treated.

[quote=Mickey]I’m guessing that anything worldly and materialistic is important for an atheist. Atheism is quite a depressing exisitence when you think about. For an atheist, every minute that goes by is another minute closer to nothingness, non-existence–the end.

:slight_smile:
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Mickey, materialistic things are important to a lot of people not just athiests. I know many Catholics and other christian people who are caught up with materialism… not me…

I also think it’s a bit presumptious to say it is a depressing existence. I don’t dwell on death. I live life to the fullest everyday as everyone should.

Im also anti-abortion.

Feel free to ask anyother questions if you like.


#14

[quote=rpstpa]Hello. First I’d like to say that I am not a atheist. I hope that there is some higher power but still questioning that.

The first and foremost importatnt “thing” to me is my family. I also belive in treating people the way you want to be treated.

Mickey, materialistic things are important to a lot of people not just athiests. I know many Catholics and other christian people who are caught up with materialism… not me…

I also think it’s a bit presumptious to say it is a depressing existence. I don’t dwell on death. I live life to the fullest everyday as everyone should.

Im also anti-abortion.

Feel free to ask anyother questions if you like.
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Hi there and welcome to the forums! You said that you hope there is a “higer power” but you have questions… have you posted any? I had lots of questions and this is a great place to get them answered - or at least discussed. You could start a new thread -
you’d be suprised at how nice and helpful most people here are… :slight_smile:


#15

[quote=SPOKENWORD]Okay,believe it or not to you have made your wife your God. Some make money their God. When one does this they break Gods First commandment. Thou shall have no other gods before me. :eek:
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Well he said he is atheist by his nickname!


#16

[quote=rpstpa]Hello. First I’d like to say that I am not a atheist. I hope that there is some higher power but still questioning that.

The first and foremost importatnt “thing” to me is my family. I also belive in treating people the way you want to be treated.

Mickey, materialistic things are important to a lot of people not just athiests. I know many Catholics and other christian people who are caught up with materialism… not me…

I also think it’s a bit presumptious to say it is a depressing existence. I don’t dwell on death. I live life to the fullest everyday as everyone should.

Im also anti-abortion.

Feel free to ask anyother questions if you like.
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that sounds like a good way to live! But would you like to have a heavenly father to talk to? I’d miss that!


#17

[quote=abcdefg]my atheist parents tell me money is most important. do everything to obtain money. and there’re so called atheist sexologists go to great lengths to prove how fornification and adultery improves women’s social position and the enjoyment of sexual intercourse.

I hope these are not answers from good atheists. and I need enlightment in this issue.
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I’m more of an agnostic but I dont think money is most important at all. Its hard to say actually whats MOST important. I think having knowledge is extremely important and not being ignorant. I think being nice and stnading up for what you believe in is important. I think trying hard and doing well in school is important. I guess the most important thing to me is my friends because I have so much fun with them.


#18

I was once a CNO (Catholic in name only) agnostic. I was never an atheist. When I was an agnostic, the most important thing to me was finding meaning in life. I used to lie in bed at night before going to sleep and wonder what it was all about. I would marvel at just being alive. In the back of my mind, I thought that there might be a God, and that there could even be something more to this Jesus fellow. I was wary and skeptical. When I encountered people who authentically lived what they professed, it caused me to take a much closer look at the matter and, well, the rest is history!

Oddly, even when I was an agnostic, I was opposed to legalized abortion and pro-life. Maybe those Catholic nuns planted some seeds of faith in me after all?


#19

Will somebody mention freedom from religion? How can an atheist live in peace and treasure his family otherwise?


#20

DH is an agnostic/atheist - he’s not sure; one day there might be something else, the next day, no. His entire family is the same way. He was brought up with no faith at all. His family are all pro-abortionists, pro-euthansia, pro-homosexuality, you name it. Since I came into the Church, DH has moderated his stand on a few issues after much discussion with me. His family thinks he’s “brainwashed”. By me!
In answer to the question, the most important thing to any of DH’s family and himself, to a point, is “making a mark on the world”. They want their names/personalities/whatever, to live on after themselves. They truely believe that’s all there is.


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