It is impossible for an atheist to hate God, since you can't hate what you don't believe exists. Still, the myth that atheists hate God permeates religious communities like a virus.
A theists religious belief system can be their entire world. When someone who does not share their beliefs, such as an atheist, comes around, the theist may perceive the other person as a threat to their “world”. This is partially true as encountering people with differing beliefs can cause one to question their own beliefs. If one were to question beliefs that stand as their “world”, that entire world may come crumbling down. Many theists understand this and, so, will attempt to resist questioning their own beliefs by implementing defense mechanisms:
One type of defense mechanism is to assert that the atheist is not honest in his or her position. This may manifest itself in a number of ways.
- “You're just pretending God doesn't exist.”
- “You're just trying to live in sin and get away with it.”
- “You just had a bad experience in your past.”
- “You're angry with God.”
The latter is the one we will focus on.
Asserting that atheist hates God discounts anything the atheist has to say. It is essentially a way to plug the ears, close the eyes, and sing, “La-la-la-la-la-la!"
Spreading the rumor:
Other theists may simply be attempting to discredit atheists by telling their followers any of the phrases in the bullet list above. If their followers believe the strawman claims, the followers will be less likely to subject their beliefs to scrutiny and, thus, faith is preserved. The followers will then repeat this lie about atheists, transforming it into a mantra.
Faith is an inherently weak position. I find it no surprise that dirty under-handed tricks like this are used to protect it.
If you do not understand how religious and , otherwise, supernatural beliefs come about, please read Knowledge: Imitation Is Not Flattery.
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