Shouldn't all atheists die young?

The biggest and wealthiest businesses in the world are those established to manufacture, mould, interpret, advertise and distribute stories about gods. Trillions upon trillions of dollars are collected by these enterprises every year so one has to assume that subscribing to one of them must offer some form of measurable, tangible and evidential benefit not available to those who choose not to belong to any of them.

One of the touted advantages of believing in a god is the peculiar and primitive ritual called prayer where an adherent is led to believe that closing his eyes and then bowing, kneeling, scraping, prostrating himself before and begging assistance from his chosen god, by mumbling and moaning, will result in the god performing some form of paranormal intervention that gives a unquestioned advantage for himself or someone else nominated by him.

I have yet to see this work. Despite all the marketing hype, I have yet to see prayer providing better protection for god believers from disasters, atrocities, wars, conflicts, accidents, crime, divorce, poverty, hunger, disease or any other affliction or deprivation.

Facts are that on average:

  • God believers are no happier than atheists and for many god believers the contrary it true [1].

  • God believers do not live longer than atheists.

  • God believers do not become ill less often than atheists and being religious may well make them more sickly [2].

  • God believers do not recover from illness more often that atheists and may well have less chance of recovery if prayed for [3].

  • God believers are not wealthier than atheists and generally are in fact poorer [4].

  • God believers are not subjected to crime, atrocity, wars, accidents, hunger disease and deprivation less than atheists [5].

  • God believers do not enjoy better partnerships and marriages than atheists and in fact their marriages are more likely to end in divorce [6][7].

  • God believers eventually die just as atheists do and god believers can die in the most appalling, painful and miserable circumstances despite spending their lives believing in and praising a god.

Now we have some very keen type god believers who write articles and comment on News24 making all manner of assertions and claims about the god or version of a god they have chosen to represent. Whenever there is a disaster, war or appalling crime they quickly queue up to tell the world they are praying for the victims as if that will actually help.

The survivors of a tornado thanking god for sparing them is a bit like complimenting a serial killer for stabbing the family next door.

What I want to know is why god believers persist with their beliefs given the clear evidence that praising, begging help from, grovelling before, giving money to and praying to a god has absolutely no effect whatsoever on reality – other than enabling the self-appointed “men of god” to live comfortable lives - and serves only to make the person performing such degrading and embarrassing acts feel better about themselves? Because if prayer worked, we'd all be doing it and if gods existed and did deliver something useful and beneficial we would all believe in them.

Claiming a god believer benefit after you die is, well, patently ridiculous and was debunked millennia ago.

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” — Quote by Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (26 April, 121 – 17 March, 180)

[1] It’s official: religion makes you miserable and sick

[2] Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed





James Andrew Holeson 2014-08-14 09:39:25 AM
Yes they bloody well should!
Hendrik Kruger 2014-08-14 10:13:21 AM
A couple of points there are very debatable
PhillipHoffman 2014-08-14 10:26:33 AM
Atheitis "The biggest and wealthiest businesses in the world are those established to manufacture, mould, interpret, advertise and distribute stories about gods." WOW chap what a big lie. Anyone that reads this must google "world's largest companies. You will see that according to the top ten companies 8 are energy related One (the biggest) is a retailer and another is into commodities. Why do you lie to try and prove your point. Oh wait you will do anything to advance your hateful agenda.
Al de Coning 2014-08-14 10:33:19 AM
@Atheitis - watch the numties squirm, spew, and blather without being able to come up with ANY counter-logic. In just the first few comments, I see ample evidence of this already. Very good factual article!
Rools 2014-08-14 10:42:57 AM
Atheistis, I quote you: "The survivors of a tornado thanking god for sparing them is a bit like complimenting a serial killer for stabbing the family next door." You forget it is the Devil who kills people with natural disasters. God is all loving and caring and don't bring harm to any religious person. The Devil make the disasters happen to turn you against God. Why do you think we are atheists? Because we are angry with God. Just ask the majority of believers like Sydney, Dan and the YEC club.
JP Mhle Ngcongo 2014-08-14 10:57:19 AM
Im neither a theist nor an atheist, but i hear theists are of the idea that what happens on earth doesn't matter much. What matters is eternity. I love your referencing style, lol.
Lardo Stander 2014-08-14 11:09:18 AM
"But now, a very large study, which followed up people for a year, has found there...Over 8,000 people visiting general practices across seven countries were followed up at six and 12 months. The general practices were in the UK, Spain, Slovenia, Estonia, the Netherlands, Portugal and Chile. These general practices covered urban and rural populations with considerable socio-economic variation....The study defined religion as meaning the practice of a faith, eg going to a temple, mosque, church or synagogue. Being 'spiritual' was defined as not formally following a religion, but having spiritual beliefs or experiences. For example, believing that there is some power or force other than yourself, which might in?uence life." - Your bias and intellectual dishonesty, just on 'fact 3, reference 2' alone, is enough reason for any serious thinker/debater to discard your entire opinion as hogwash and utter nonsense, driven by your palpable hate for God and Christians, or as you call us, God-believers. You sir, are a fraud and a liar.
still faithless 2014-08-14 11:28:40 AM
FANTASTIC read! Will enjoy the inevitable squirming...
Dan Dadog947 2014-08-14 11:43:00 AM
@Attie, we are not the masters of our own destiny. You can live up to 100 without praying a day in your life. Being a child of God is not a guarantee for a long life.
Thomas Freeman 2014-08-14 12:40:55 PM
Christianity is a con. We all know that. But some make a lot of money out of it and others are gullible and naive enough to believe that they must give an invisible and indistinguishable entity money by tithing to eager begging Pastors too lazy and dishonest to get an honest job.