Ninavism - The Philosophy of Immortality
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SUMMARIES OF CHAPTERS:
Introduction
1. Technological Immortality
2. Final Immortality
3. Life Creation and Propagation
4. Life Centres in the Universe
5. Reincarantion Combined with Resurrection
6. Complete Model of Immortality
7. Postimmortality
8. History & Evolution of Immortality
9. Ninavism
10. Supernatural Forces
11. Problem of Evil
12. Epistemology
13. Methodology
14. Compatibilities of Immortalities
15. Heaven(s) & Hell(s)
16. Implementation of Final Immortality
17. Implementation of Present Immortality
18. Paradoxes & Puzzles of Final Immortality
19. Animals & Plants
20. Atheism
21. Population Control
22. Gays
 
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Chapter 20

Atheism

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Definition of Atheism


Ninavism defines Atheism as the disbelief in Immortality. This is different than the more traditional notion where Atheism is defined as the disbelief in traditional Supernatural Forces. Both definitions are independent.

Belief and Disbelief


Dead objects, such as stones, are neither believers nor disbelievers, because they are not able to think; the same goes for plants. Animals are able to think, but at a low level compared to humans. They are also neither believers nor disbelievers. Before the raise of humans, there was no belief and no disbelief. People born brain damaged and small children are not able to believe and are unable to disbelieve - they know nothing. Those who are neither believers nor disbelievers are not Atheists. Stones, plants, animals, brain damaged people, and small children are not Atheists. Only people who are aware of beliefs in Immortality or Supernatural Forces, and reject those beliefs are Atheists. Agnostics are people who refrain from belief, but do not reject it. They also refrain from disbelief. They are not Atheists, but are close to it.

Reasons for Atheism


Some Atheists disbelieve in traditional Supernatural Forces, and this belief serves them as a justification for the disbelief in Immortality. It is a serious logical mistake because it assumes silently that only traditional Supernatural Forces are able to create Immortality, which is not necessarily true. Ninavism supports the view that natural forces, such as Humans of Future, Aliens, or Nature, can also create Immortality. Some Atheists are purists, in the sense of accepting the simplest model of life. They are methodological Atheists. They reject Immortality as an unnecessary complication to a simple view. However, life is nothing but simple. Arbitrary simplification of a view, for the reason of simplification alone, does not make it true.
      There are two main groups of Atheists. The first are scientific disbelievers (who are frequently not scientists). They include all people who quote the lack of direct evidence of Immortality as a reason for disbelief. For example, they cannot see ghosts with their own eyes, or people who have died have never visited them. The second group of Atheists are those who fear punishment after death. They reject Immortality in the hope of avoiding punishment.
      People who commit acts that are considered as immoral by a substantial section of society, vary substantially in regard to the self-acknowledgement of their own acts as wrong. This applies to both Atheists and believers. Some of them consider acts that are condemned by a large section of society as wrong in principle, but somehow partially excusable in their own circumstances. These people are not proud of their wrongdoings, but are prepared to do it again if the need or occasion should arise. Many criminals belong to this category. They accept the possibility of divine punishment after death for their own wrongdoing. The prospect of a future punishment frequently does not deter many criminals from a faith in Immortality. They are not afraid of small penalties after death, and accept it as a trade-off for a better life on the earth. This is similar to accepting small penalties after being caught by police in exchange for a better life before being caught.
      The other category of people consists of those who do not repent their own acts in any way, or consider them to be quite normal, even if a large section of the society condemns them as wrong or immoral. People in this category belong to a vast spectrum, ranging from small-time crooks, through cheating spouses, to homosexuals. Many of them are believers, who reject the divine penalty for their own acts because, in their view, they are normal or moral; they retain belief in Immortality. They psychologically reconcile Immortality with regular repetitions of acts that others condemn, but they consider to be normal.
      Atheists who reject Immortality from fear of divine punishment range from corrupt politicians, through serial killers, to gays. The exact composition of this group is subject to sociological research. The distinction between scientific disbelievers and those whose Atheism is caused by fear of punishment, is frequently blurred. For example, people who disbelieve in Immortality on the grounds of sexual orientation, rarely admit that as a reason. They prefer to present themselves as scientific disbelievers, because showing fear of punishment looks shameful. Sometimes the two reasons are fused together into one.

Atheism as Religion


Atheists have a tendency to claim that science supports their disbelief in Immortality. This is incorrect. Immortality is beyond scientific investigation. Science is not able to confirm, and is unable to deny, details of Immortality, which is a religious belief; it is not a scientific knowledge. Disbelief in Immortality is the belief of Atheists; it is their religion. Atheists believe that, after death, there is annihilation, a void, null. This is not scientific knowledge, but rather a religious belief. Some religions partially support Atheists by saying that Immortality is really an annihilation, a void, and nothingness, but only for Atheists. The same religions believe that their own followers have Immortality after death.

Immortality of Atheists in Traditional Religions


Animistic religions do not recognize Atheists as a distinctive group. Traditional religions on the Indian subcontinent also do not distinguish between Atheists and non-Atheists. They are all subject to Reincarnation regardless of their beliefs or lack of them. However, a lack of belief makes it more difficult to obtain a good life in the next Reincarnation. The moral conduct of Atheists has a positive or negative impact on their next Reincarnation, whether they believe it or not. Traditional Abrahamic religions do not explicitly identify Atheists either. They treat them the same as believers of other religions; like followers of other faiths, they are condemned to eternal suffering in Hell after the End of the World. The exact meaning of that is subject to different interpretations by particular religious groups.
      In the universalistic view of Immortality, all humans, believers and non-believers, have Immortality. However, under this standing, there is a difference between Immortality of religious and non-religious people. Religious people have influence on their Immortality; they somehow manage it. On the other hand, Atheists do not have an influence on their own Immortality; they leave it to chance, accident.

Atheism in CMI


Some traditional religions condemn all Atheists to suffering in eternal Hell. Ninavism rejects that view; nobody suffers forever, including Atheists. Some Atheists do not suffer at all; it depends on their morality. Since Atheists have brains large enough to develop morality, they enter Immediate World upon death. If their morality was bad, they are penalized. Atheists do not suffer in Immediate life due to their faith, which is a lack of belief in Immortality. Could Atheists be rewarded in Immediate World? The answer is yes. Atheists who are morally good are rewarded the same as believers in Immortality. Some Atheists are reborn after completion of stay in Immediate World, while others are not; this depends on their Identity. Atheists who are Reincarnated humans, that is they already have Identity, are reborn. Atheists who never have been humans before, without Identity, are annihilated; they are animals per se. They did not inherit Identity and they do not develop it during lifetimes; they vanish forever.
      Will Atheists be in Final World? According to CMI (Complete Model of Immortality), it depends. Atheists without Identities are animals, per se, and will not be in Final World. The Atheists who have Identity from previous life as humans are reborn and might reach Final World. However, their Resurrected life in Final World will exclude the Reincarnations during which they were Atheists. They will lose memories of Atheist life. They will remember only the lives during which they were believers.

Mistakes in Evaluating Rewards and Punishments


The alternative to Immortality is annihilation. This is hardly attractive compared to eternal life. One can wonder why Atheists persist in denying Immortality and rejecting rewards? Part of the answer to that lies in fact that, in some religions, Immortality can also bring punishments. For many Atheists, the reason for disbelief in Immortality is the desire to avoid punishments. This is a misconception. In most religions, the punishment in Immortality can be minimized or avoided. One needs to make the calculation of rewards and punishments. In most cases, there is more to gain by belief in Immortality, than to loose. When making a balance, the benefits are obvious. It is much more difficult to calculate the losses. Some Atheists have the wrong conception of sin. They think that they are permanently in sin and nothing can save them in Immortality. Others have no problems. For example, many criminals and prostitutes believe in Immortality and, at the same time, they accept that they did some wrong things. In their judgement, the rewards in Immortality are bigger than punishments. On the other hand, many gays are different. They sometimes have the wrong concept of sin. As a result, they mistakenly arrive at the conclusion that their penalties in Immortality are bigger than rewards. It does not help that some religions overemphasize the sins of gays. The detailed analyses are in the chapter GAYS.

Atheism as Opposition to Dominant Religion


Most people of the current age who declare themselves to be Atheists, are actually not Atheists, in the sense defined by Ninavism. They frequently pronounce themselves to be Atheists to express the opposition to religion that is dominant in a society where they live. It can be any religion - Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Taoism/Confucianism, Sikhism, or Shinto, depending on country of origin. They are sometimes justified in their feelings due to the overbearing or conservative stance of dominant religions. They treat Atheism as an escape route from the demands of official religion that, in their opinion, is too restrictive. However, many of those self-declared Atheists actually do not reject Immortality. Therefore, they are not considered to be Atheists by Ninavism. Many people are confused, not knowing how to classify themselves. They do not understand that opposition to dominant religion is not Atheism. Some men do not fully understand their own motives, with contradicting beliefs fusing into their mind as something unclear. They create self-illusion of Atheism, because they do not know and understand the alternatives. Many of these people need help and education.
      Transhumanists, Posthumanists, and Singularitarians are in a different category - they are usually well aware of the alternatives. It is known that many, if not most, Transhumanists, Posthumanists, and Singularitarians are not Atheists, even if some of them reject traditional religions.

Influence of Atheism on Society


Belief in Immortality and religions has a profound social effect on this world, on the lives of everyone, believers and non-believers. Believers make contributions long before death, by increasing their own discipline and of the entire society. In comparison, Atheists do not make that contribution to the society and to their own personal wellbeing. History proves that societies with well-defined religions are stronger in all areas, including non-religious.
      If Final World is created in the future by traditional Supernatural Forces (other than Humans of Future or Aliens), the disbelievers will only affect their own Immortality, because there might be no place for them in Final World. Disbelievers are free to choose a permanent cessation of their life. In such a case, the choice of disbelievers has no impact on Final World of believers. Disbelievers are not able to change the strength or will of traditional Supernatural Forces. The model of Final Immortality created by Humans of Future or Aliens is strategically very different than the creation of Immortality by traditional Supernatural Forces. If Final World is created by Humans of Future or Aliens, disbelievers have a substantial impact on Immortality of all, including believers. Disbelievers might prevent believers from achieving Final World. Disbelievers can change the strength and will of believers, who are just natural creatures and normally lack the power of traditional Supernatural Forces.

Legal Protection for Generic Beliefs


The disrespect of generic Immortality and God(s) is highly offensive to those who believe in Immortality or God(s), but are not committed to a particular religion. This stands, in stark contrast, to the protection of some tiny minority religions. For example, in Australia and in the US, traditional religious beliefs of Australian Aborigines and native American Indians are protected by law. It is illegal, in Australia, to disclose a secret men's or women's business that is Sacred to Aborigines; this is good. However, it is not illegal to ridicule on TV or in satirical magazines the majority's belief in Heaven by making stupid and rude jokes. The rights of minorities are protected, but the rights of the majority are not. It is time that people start talking openly about respect for generic beliefs in Immortality and in Supernatural Forces. People need to demand from governments the legal prohibition of jokes and other forms of disrespect for their beliefs; shyness and timidity on this topic are not appropriate.

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