When we die, our senses shut down and there is nothing more. The Great Beyond is a void. To believe in an afterlife is foolish since rationalism proves it wrong.
A reasonable person can find no logical bit of evidence to support a religious outlook. No Jesus, no Mohammed, no Vishnu, no Isis, no Apollo. Wake up people. Stop getting duped. Religion is a scam and people must stop pretending to believe.
At least that is what the American Atheists are telling the world by their billboard messages.
The American Atheists want to get their message out louder and clearer than it has in the past. Some reasons for this new campaign:
- They believe most people are atheists and passively go along with religion just to get along with others.
- They want to separate the hold Christianity has on Christmastime (a.k.a. winter solstice) by attaching the birth of Christ to it.
- They want to raise awareness of the American Atheist organization.
Actually I do like one aspect of this billboard, the multi-religious symbols on the churches, synagogues, mosques, etc. If you’re going to slam religion, be an equal opportunity slammer.
It is true that religion has a hand in human suffering. Popes in medieval times have led less than stellar lives. The child abuse by 20th century priests doesn’t redeem Catholicism. Islamic leaders praise the murder of any number of Christian or Jewish people and their followers hold them in high esteem.
And it’s true no one has come back from the dead and explained it all to us. Near death experiences may just as well be explained by tricks of the mind than direct proof of an afterlife.
But this doesn’t negate the human drive for the spiritual.
Logic can only take us so far. The Great Beyond is unknowable by mere human understanding. The truth as the American Atheists see it is a shallow scratching at the limits of human senses. Any scenario after death is possible. Any religion may have it right. Absolutely nothing may in fact lie on the other side. Or the human brain may not have yet conceived the actual course of events after death. Only faith can explain it. If the universe is infinite, an infinite set of possibilities exist.
Atheists claiming to know the Truth cross over into the realm of faith. Anything is possible, we just cannot know. At least not on this side of the fence.