It’s been asked: How can you be a Jew and an Atheist? The religious Jew’s response has been: Why did God create Atheists?* Well, if we look more closely: Technically, whether we wish to believe this or not, “God” is a human imagined concept. So, maybe the question should be, “How did God create atheists after humans created God?”
Being Jewish is as much parentage and a Jewish community’s acceptance as it is religious. In historical fact, parentage and community acceptance is more so important, than religious – even among Jews who insist that ‘authentic’ Jews must also be religious. One is born a Jew if one has been born from a Jewish parent, period. And, … one can believe what one likes religiously. But, if one is respectful of Jewish religious beliefs, then one will be either an atheistic Jew, a humanistic secular Jew, a theistic Jew that practices Judaism, or a non-theistic Jew that practices a god-less religion like Zen Buddhism. One can be born a Jew and practice Christianity, but this would be just perverse – given the history of Christianity towards Jews. Jews existed before Jews formed the Jewish religion, and this Jewish religion has radically changed in nature and beliefs in several stages over thousands of years. Jews throughout history come in all forms – from polytheistic, to henotheistic, to monotheistic, to atheistic.
#MAGA one Semitic tale at a time! #Atheism #Jewish #Muslim #Christian #Deism #Humanism #MartinBuber #TalesofHasidism
*Martin Buber wrote, in his book “Tales of Hasidism,” that:
“There is a famous story told in Chassidic literature that addresses this very question. The Master [teacher] teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.
One cleaver 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 an 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’.”
A good information page on Atheism for followers of all theistic religions, written by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance: http://www.religioustolerance.org/atheist-18.htm For your growing education.
If the Deist ‘God’ does exist, as postulated by our United States Founders, then how do we create a society where all citizens – regardless of ethnicity, gender, or orientation – are found to be #inhisimage #inhislikeness and worthy of elevating, not denigrating?
Only when #alllivesmatter and all humans are deserving of equal rights and treatment under the law, only then will the United States be a nation worthy of emulation by the rest of the world.
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