ATHEISM IN THE PHILIPPINES
(IS IT GOOD OR BAD?)
SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT
IN COMMUNICATION ARTS 2:
Aguilar, Lenard Neil
Ibarra, Al Daniel
The purposed of this study was to access the relationship between Atheist and Christian. Our goal is to clarify the meaning of atheism, and its impact in Filipino Christian community We choose this topic to inform us about atheism, its effect in the Christian community. To know the possible reason why they choose to become an atheist. . The reason for this is to know a certain belief of an Atheist, its purpose in life and the reason why he/she became an atheist. This research will help us elaborate the meaning of Atheism, and to know the possible pros and cons. To know the difference between believers and non-believers, and the life struggles that atheists have. Though we have tried to be as neutral as possible regarding some contentious issues, always remember that this research represent only the viewpoint of some certain individuals. We would like to encourage you to read widely and draw your own conclusions.
Do God really exist? The Bible says so. Who is god? A powerful being that created heaven and earth, a being responsible of giving life to every living things on earth, the creator of the universe. But what if there isn’t a god? What if the Bible was wrong? That there is no god at all? These are examples of questions everyone often asks. And there are people who really don’t believe in the existence of a god. They are called ATHEISTS. An Atheist is an individual who does not believe in god. These people are often referred to as non-believers. Some Atheists go beyond a mere absence of belief in gods. They actively believe that particular gods, or all gods, do not exist. Just lacking belief in gods is often and considered taboo in some certain country. Atheism is characterized by an absence of belief in the existence of gods. This absence of belief generally comes in either through deliberate choice, or from an inherent inability to believe religious teachings. It’s not a lack of belief born out of simple ignorance of religious teaching but an act of one’s individual point of view of the world. Atheism is rising everywhere, and even, surprisingly, in the Philippines, a country with superstitious people. The Philippines is very religious country, with almost 80% of the population is religious. Atheism is one of the main issues of the Catholic society. For them, it is considered as a attack to their faith and beliefs. So it’s like a battle, between those who stand in god’s name, versus those who threaten the very foundation of the Catholic church. To avoid such a conflict, religious organizations proscribes this way of thinking, and some would even and an atheist often end-up being as an “ex-communicate”. Ex-communication is about taking away their religious right to get married in every catholic church, the right to be baptized, and a right to join in every catholic related agenda. Talk about a harsh and brutal punishment for one’s individuality. Though the reason of the catholic community is also right, that an atheist should not be married , is one of the greatest obstacle in an atheist’s life and this is why an atheist doesn’t want to be acknowledged and don’t want to be free in outside community as what an atheist should be. Christians and atheists cannot be joined together. This is because of their differences in beliefs. Christian’s believe that there is a god who created the world, a god that gives life in every living...
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