Atheism and lust

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An essay at the website Thirsting For Truth indicated about atheism and lust:

We all know instinctively that sex has a particular purpose or design. Even if we don’t know exactly what that design is we can recognize when something about a particular sex act or result doesn’t seem right. At this point we are not trying to show the purpose of sex. We are only trying to demonstrate that if we can recognize that something like rape is a misuse of our sexuality then there must be a proper use. If we say that rape is a wrong way to use one’s sexuality then, in effect, we are affirming that there exists a right way to use one’s sexuality. We won’t go into the philosophy of what makes an act like rape, or incest, wrong. We will only discuss the damage it causes and why I think it can lead a person to Atheism....

So when we image that love of God properly with our sexuality then we become something of a portrait, a painting, of God to the world.

In other words sex in its pure form speaks a truth to the world: “God exists, He is real and He is Love”. This is evident in a family that sacrifices out of love for each other: the man lays down his life for his bride and the two lay down their lives for their child/children. When we see a family who truly and unselfishly love one another something resonates in our hearts. Something tells us that this is what life is all about. This is what real love is. This sort of love gives us hope and we love to see this sort of love in action. Hence the countless movies that are centered on a love story or a man who sacrifices his self out of love for his woman or his people. Movies like Braveheart, Titanic (where Jack dies saving Rose), and pretty much every other powerful, and lasting, love story share the same theme of self sacrificial love. This sort of love inspires us and gives us hope.

On the other hand sex in its forms of perversion, or lust, speaks a lie to the world: “There is no God. God is not love; he is a slave master and a dictator”. This is evident when we see a man who controls his wife and children through fear and abuse, when a person is raped and murdered for the sake of a climax, and when innocent little children are sexually abused, manipulated, and exploited. This sort of lust clashes with us at our deepest levels. This sort of lust goes against everything we know to be true, good, and beautiful. These sexual perversions cause us to lose faith and hope, not only in humanity but in a God who could allow such things to take place.

Many conclude that such a “loving” God could not exist, thus, atheism.

It seems to be that the popularity of atheism has risen very quickly since the advent of the sexual revolution. The sexual revolution’s message was “Have sex with who you want, whenever you want, for whatever reason you want”. I interpret that to mean “Forget the rules of sex defined by the ancient old Church. You define sex for yourself”.[3]

Doug Giles wrote in his essay Atheism: An Intellectual Revolt or Pelvic Rebellion?

I think the atheists believe in not believing, however, not because they’re intellectual little dandies but because they want to be autonomous, loose and randy.

As Dinesh D’Souza said about the atheist’s faith in no faith in his new book What’s So Great About Christianity: “Atheism is not primarily an intellectual revolt, it’s a moral one.” God, that’s got to hurt you guys because you pride yourself on being so wise . . . so sophisticated . . . and here he/we are saying that your atheism rises out of hedonism instead of intellectualism. Ouch. Need a bandaid?

Bertrand Russell: “The worst feature of the Christian religion is its attitude toward sex.”

Christopher Hitchens: “The divorce between the sexual life and fear . . . can now at last be attempted on the sole condition that we banish all religions from the discourse.”

Sounds like these atheist apostles are simply putting a nuevo twist on an ancient bent. They appear to be humming the Marquis de Sade’s tune more than Sagan’s. Looks and sounds like a moral revolt to me. Yes, this is Epicurus all over again.

You remember Epi, don’t cha? His whole goal was to “get rid of the gods.” He and his other pre-Socratic “thinkers” like Lucretius and Democritus didn’t like all that duty and responsibility to higher powers and fellow mortals crap. It put a hitch in their get along. It brought them pain and they liked pleasure. They believed that such an obligation to men and the gods caused too much anxiety. They didn’t like the thought of being responsible and having to account for their lives in the afterlife. Such thoughts really screwed with getting their groove on, ya know what I’m sayin’?[4]

See also: Atheism and morality

Atheism and pornography

See also: Atheism and pornography

One of the causes of atheism is a hedonism. See: Causes of atheism and Atheism and hedonism.

The infamous pornographers Hugh Hefner and Larry Flynt are both atheists.[5][6][7]

In 2003, Arena magazine magazine listed Flynt as #1 on the "50 Powerful People in Porn" list.[8] Flynt is paralyzed from the waist down due to injuries sustained from a 1978 assassination attempt by the serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin.[9][10]

Atheism and child pornography

See: Atheism and child pornography

Atheism and sexual immorality

See: Atheism and sexual immorality

Agnostic Aldous Huxley and sexual immorality quote

See also: Atheism and meaninglessness and Atheism and morality

Aldous Huxley

The agnostic Aldous Huxley wrote:

I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning; and consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics. He is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do. For myself, as no doubt for most of my friends, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom. The supporters of this system claimed that it embodied the meaning - the Christian meaning, they insisted - of the world. There was one admirably simple method of confuting these people and justifying ourselves in our erotic revolt: we would deny that the world had any meaning whatever.[11]

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Notes

  1. Flynt writes, "I have left my religious conversion behind and settled into a comfortable state of atheism": see the epilogue of Flynt and Ross
  2. "I am not saying he don't believe in God. I am just saying I don't believe in God. That puts me at odds with him." Larry King Live, January 10, 1996
  3. Lust Leads to Atheism
  4. Atheism: An Intellectual Revolt or Pelvic Rebellion? by Doug Giles
  5. 10 celebs you didn't know were atheists, Salon 2-23-2010
  6. Flynt writes, "I have left my religious conversion behind and settled into a comfortable state of atheism": see the epilogue of Flynt and Ross
  7. "I am not saying he don't believe in God. I am just saying I don't believe in God. That puts me at odds with him." Larry King Live, January 10, 1996
  8. Larry Flynt - One News Page
  9. Flynt and Ross, pp. 170–171.
  10. Larry Flynt - One News Page
  11. Aldous Huxley quote