I was on the Friendly Atheist (click here for the link) and saw this comic (from David Howard). The name of the post was Nothing Happens When You Lose Your Faith.
This is the comment by Hemant Mehta.
Has God gotten nicer? Of course not. Hell, Christians today still think you’re going to burn in hell eternally if you don’t buy into their mythology.I had to change to formatting a bit because the damn blogspot word processing program is giving me grief.
The first panel mixes fiction with fear.
The second panel is honest. Nothing happens when you lose your faith. God doesn’t smite you. The outside world doesn’t change. Your mindset shifts and you look at the world differently (more accurately, atheists would argue). My only gripe: Why is the guy in the second panel so sad? He lost his faith! That’s a great day in my book.
I agree with Hermant that the Christian God hasn't gotten niceer. JAWEH is a S.O.B.. There is a point where I have a different spin on the comic and Hermant's comment. Here it is.
It's disingenuous to say that there are no psychological or social ramifications from becoming an Atheist (especially if you were brought up in a faith). A person has to work through that. However, it is true that the Earth isn't going to open up and devour you.
I understand that the artist wanted to convey a divine sense of loss of being separated from God and that is simply Theistic propaganda. I agree that it's a good day (ultimately) that someone understands in their gut that there is no god. I don't think it's OK to make light of a person's legitimate pain (per the title of the post: Nothing Happens When You Lose Your Faith and Hermant's comment) of going through a transition from believing to nonbelieving. Stuff happens when you lose your faith - good and bad stuff.
I wouldn't even say that Atheism is automatically going to make you a happier person either.
It reminds me of a Buddhist story I heard (it's been a while so I am paraphrasing it)...
There was a Buddhist monk by the river Ganges and a peasant woman was doing her laundry.
Another person came up to the monk and said, "Look at her. She is a simple, happy person and when she dies she believes that her soul will float on the Ganges to heaven. Why do you live the hard life of a monk?"
The monk turns to him and says, "We're not in this life simply to be happy."
Atheism is not a golden ticket to happiness.
Atheism is the opportunity to get rid of all that Sky Fairy baggage.
If you put in the work, sort out your feelings and understand what it means to be without god(s) you will be a better (and probably) happier person.
But nothing is guaranteed...