Many people believe that to have a good life, one must believe in God; in fact, I believe it is one of the main reasons people believe in God. However, this is simply not true.
Have you ever done something you thought or think is incredible?
Do you remember the feeling you got, the pride? Well, according to Christianity that was not your accomplishment. That was not your achievement. God did it. When I heard about this I felt empty inside, even though I am a very passionate, very active atheist. I tried to imagine what my life would be like if I never received any credit for anything I have ever done or will ever do.
It was terrible
This brings me to my first point. To live a good life one must take credit for what they have done and be proud of what they have done. Self-worth is an important part of having a good life. If one does not feel good about their self, one does not feel good at all. So, to sum up, my first point, take pride in what you have accomplished if you follow this guideline you should feel better as an atheist or an agnostic.
In most religions one must follow certain doctrines, for example, a Muslim must not eat bacon. While this law used to have a purpose, there are other rules one must follow to be religious that have no benefits, for example, going to church. There is no logical reason to go to church, nor has there ever been. Some can argue that church brings people together, but I can argue that if one wants to spend time with other people, then organize an activity that everyone will enjoy, don’t nap together in uncomfortable chairs with someone on a very high horse droning on about something very insignificant.
“Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.” Bill Gates.
To sum up and simplify my last paragraph and sourced quote, another way to improve one’s life is not to let ridiculous religious practices affect your life, in this way non-believers get a lot more joy out of their life than believers.
Religious people tend to be less tolerant of other people’s personal choices or differences.
In my experience, I have found that religious people tend to be less tolerant of other people’s personal choices or differences. To force yourself to be tolerant is difficult and hard, but to be naturally tolerant of others makes life easier, and by extension better. I do not claim to understand why the religious pick on the different more often than the non-religious, but I have seen it, as have many others.
So, to state my last point if you are an atheist or an agnostic, I don’t know why, you will probably be more tolerant to others, and will have fewer worries, in short, a better life.
In conclusion, take credit for your achievements, you did achieve them, not god. Shake off the shackles of religion and indulge yourself in morally acceptable, religiously rejected activities. Do not concern yourself with things others cannot control. If you follow these guidelines you will have a good life without god.