Sunday, August 11, 2013

Atheists and Bragging Online

In internet forums, it is common for the local Atheist to claim, "We Atheists don't need a god to tell us to good things, we just do good things on our own."

I might respond with something like: "Okay, what good deed have you done?"

Most of the time, the response is " I do good things" or else nothing, followed by the sound of chirping crickets (Ok, I'm being a smarty pants).

Atheists, it's time to come through. If you have hours on end to hunt down blogs like mine, and leave snarky comments behind, then you have 5 minutes to log into a website like UNICEF site and make a 5 dollar donation through Paypal.

Or, go to a park or beach during a planned cleanup, give the community an hour of your precious time and pick up trash.

Or donate some school supplies at your nearest Office Depot store.

Or mow your senior citizen neighbor's lawn.

Get the picture?

But don't sit there on your ample booty, log into my blog, dump a half page retort loaded with links you spent hours hunting down all over the web, and then tell me how much better you are than I am.

Talk is cheap. If you're better than I, prove it through positive action.


Logic Lad said...


dont you think you have rather missed the point of what this alleged athiest is saying to you?

He is not saying "lets get into a pissing contest as to who does the most goood" he is saying "the good I do is not motivated by a belief in god"

The normal point of this is that doing good in the name of getting eternal pats on the head from a giant sky daddy is more mercenary than moral. If you don't believe in the sky daddy then the good is done for it's own sake, out of empathy and humanity, not out of a desire to get a reward / avoid punishment.

indeed it could be argued that work done for payment ( entrance to eternal utopia ) is not really charity

Non of this detracts from the benefits gained buy all from any one donating to charity or helping out their community, what ever their motivation. Just stop pretending that doing good because you believe in god is any better than just doing good.

Stoogie said...

Logic Lad:

You're the one who missed the point.

Christians do not do good out of fear of punishment. There is no punishment outside of conscience for failing to help those in need if you have the awareness and the ability to do so.

The desire to help your fellow man is evidence of salvation. Works do not get you into heaven.

I don't pretend the good I do is better than the good some atheists do. I am suggesting Christians do it more regularly.

Your condescending insult "sky daddy" is also duly noted.

JBsptfn said...

God as "Sky Daddy" leads to many an Atheist straw man. They can't let go of that type of god. That's why they have problems understanding.

Anonymous said...

Atheists always feel the need to bully religious people online, and yet I've never seen Christians, Jews, pagans, etc. say anything negative about atheists. And yet, atheists always say they respect and tolerate everyone. Yeah, right! The world would be a much better place without atheists and their arrogance, ignorance, and bigotry.

Anonymous said...

Atheists only do good deeds so they can earn brownie points and bragging rights, not because it's the right thing to do. Unlike atheists, Christians do good deeds without bragging and without expecting some kind of reward. If you make a big deal about doing good deeds, you're not as great as you make yourself out to be. Good deeds should be human nature, not some rare, amazing, special act that warrants an award.