Why Did God Create Atheists?
There is a famous story told in Chassidic literature that addresses this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.
One clever student asks “What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?”
The Master responds “God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all — the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs and act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right.”
“This means,” the Master continued “that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say ‘I pray that God will help you.’ Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no God who can help, and say ‘I will help you.’”
ETA source: Tales of Hasidim Vol. 2 by Mar
I started reading this and was worried it would be something attacking atheists, or bashing religion, but this makes me really, really happy.
Oh shit this is beautiful.
Rarely do I see things written by religious people that make me feel warm and gooey about being atheist.
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the patron saiint of all helmsmen who have truly become one wiith theiir shiips has spoken
me and SS iis a terriible iidea
me and my honey iis a good one
me and phylus are a confusiing clusterfuck
and me and KK are so amaziing we diisprove deiitiies and valiidate exiistence
Best compliment I’ve gotten all night.
oh my god II was actually talkiing about cleverbot and now II feel bad
you however are the offiiciial muse for all helmsmen who have truly become one wiith theiir shiips because you wriite helmsman//battleshiip smut
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razairazerci asked you: 7 sweeps: What do you think of highbloods?
theyre a bunch of fuckiing assholles
wellll most of them
some of them are niice and giive you shiit iif you suck up 2 them or somethiing
but hey„ theyre iin charge
razairazerci asked you: That is a beautiful theme. I am in awe at your theme work.
I SHOULD TAKE COMMISSIONS
BECAUSE I CAN DESIGN THE FUCK OUTTA THEMES
i’ve considered doing that for a while
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razairazerci asked you: Also, looking back through that blog you made and suddenly I’m remembering everything that happened during that particular period of RP time and it’s just so different than it is now and it’s hard to believe it’s only been a year but I remember that period of time and I’m having nostalgia feelings right now.
You mean hadesufferer?
Yeah things have changed a lot. For the better I think; I was going through a bad time around then. But hey, good things came outta it.
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razairazerci asked you: Glitter icons/cursors!! Or flaming ones. Maybe.
omfg the blog would look so 90s
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