"I've found that devout 'Christians' and committed Atheists are equally difficult to reason with. People who are on either end of that polarity are closed off to any other perspective. I find it ironic that Christians neglect the love and acceptance of all that was taught by Jesus, and Atheists refuse to consider the possible existence of a unifying spirit. You'll be called a tool of satan by one and a superstitious fool by the other.
*Gotta love humans..."
If there was to be a cyclone of crap blow-back for that statement, I expected it to be from those who identify as Christians. I was genuinely surprised when it was those who identify as atheist responded and blew that thread up to an over 200 comments, 12 hour 'how dare I say that' temper tantrum. There was nary a peep from a Christian. The atheists who responded resorted to every logical fallacy and emotionally manipulative technique in the playbook trying to discredit me and my statement. I was called names, one person even resorted to sending me rather childish, foul mouthed personal messages. I need to say before I go any further that this article is not intended to lump all atheists together. But there is a brand of atheism becoming prominent that is hostile and ignorant. That hostile, ignorant atheism may not be growing in numbers, but it is becoming more vocal, shrill...it wants to silence and ridicule anyone that doesn't think like it does.
These angry, ignorant (not dumb) atheists claim to only 'believe' what can be scientifically proven. The major problem with that is; science as practiced today is only concerned with materialism, the study of that which is already 'visible' or tangible. Science today avoids the intangible, that which cannot be seen or measured. Mainstream science has shown no compunction to study consciousness and the source of conscious energy. Science has divorced it self from philosophy, mysticism and any acknowledgement of spirituality. These angry, willingly oblivious atheists simply insist that anything that hasn't been seen does not exist.
The main curiosity for me about this brand of atheism is their venal taking offense to anyone who alludes to 'spirit'. My quote above speaks about the 'possibility of a unifying spirit'. An atheist at the far end of the polarity of materialism has a knee-jerk reaction to the indication of anything concerning spirit. I can attest to spiritual experiences that I've had. I have learned that using language to relate any spiritual experience is fruitless, so all I do now is report to those who are interested that spirit exists, we are it; and that they to, if they so choose can experience their spiritual nature; emphasis on 'choose'. It's like trying to report back to someone standing on the shore how deep the ocean is. If the person standing on the shore refuses to get on the boat or tells you that boats are illogical and don't really exist, and that the ocean isn't deep; then so be it. That person has found comfort on the shore, and they will deny at all costs any knowledge or experience that is not of the shoreline.
I don't believe in fairies, mermaids or unicorns, but I would be hard pressed to argue against their existence just because I have never seen one of those entities. It seems to me that arguing against something just because you've never had that experience isn't rational at all. Atheists like to view themselves as the only rational folks, yet I cannot see the rationale in setting ones feet in a concrete-like belief that something doesn't exist. Atheists also would like to paint those who speak of spiritual experiences into the religious corner. Personally I think that is the core of the atheist's reticence of anything 'spiritual', their disdain for religion. I share the same disdain. Religion is not of the spirit or at the least, religion as practiced today has lost it's spiritual connection.
When I speak of my experience with spirit, I'm speaking from a direct knowing...that is what experience is, a knowing of something. I'm NOT speaking about 'faith' or 'belief'. I liken it to a sky-diver trying to relate what it feels like at the moment they jump out of the plane, what the experience of free-fall and the glide to the ground felt like. I've never jumped out of an airplane, I can only imagine what that feels like. Someone who has sky-dived can give me the language of what it felt like, but they could never relate the substance of that feeling to me. Some things can only be properly appreciated by direct experience. That's what spirit requires; a direct experience. Given the above analogy, the militant atheist will insist the sky-diver was suffering from delusions. That the sky-diver never really jumped from the plane.
I doubt the atheists who are that militant will ever test a spiritual practice with the proper effort and required time, to experience consciousness beyond their brains. That I find disingenuous of them, because they purport to only 'believe in' what they can experience, if they refuse to walk down the road then how can they know? They will only call others who are walking the road 'delusional' . Spirit doesn't exist because the atheist says so, although they cannot offer the proof of the non-existence of spirit that they demand of others. That is their logical fallacy...we who know spirit, who are exploring deeper conscious knowledge and the unity with all things that heightened (deepened) consciousness shows us; can only smile at that.
Reporting my experience...