The cold truth that when I die I will cease to exist in anything but the memory of those I leave behind, that those I love who leave are lost forever, is always with me. These are my truths.
But my conviction that there is no God is nonetheless a leap of faith. But atheism as a faith is quickly catching up in its embrace of divisive and oppressive attitudes. We have websites dedicated to insulting Islam and Christianity. We have famous atheist thought-leaders spouting misogyny and calling for the profiling of Muslims.
How to Show Faith in Christ
As a black atheist, I encounter just as much racism amongst other atheists as anywhere else. We have hundreds of thousands of atheists blindly following atheist leaders like Richard Dawkins, hurling insults and even threats at those who dare question them. Look through new atheist websites and twitter feeds. But our belief that we are right while everyone else is wrong; our belief that our atheism is more moral; our belief that others are lost: Perhaps this is not religion, but human nature.
If we truly want to free ourselves from the racist, sexist, classist, homophobic tendencies of society, we need to go beyond religion. Yes, religion does need to be examined and debated regularly and fervently.
But we also need to examine our school systems, our medical systems, our economic systems, our environmental policies. Faith is not the enemy, and words in a book are not responsible for the atrocities we commit as human beings. Are you saying your prayers every morning and every night? Are you reading every day from the holy scriptures?
My atheism does not make me superior to believers. It's a leap of faith too
Are you using appropriate language? Are you being honest? Are you living the Word of Wisdom?
Are you following the counsel of the Brethren. Are you actively participating in your Sunday meetings, especially sacrament meeting—partaking of the sacrament worthily and renewing your covenants with the Lord?
There are other things, of course, that I could add to this list. However, if you are seriously striving to do your best to follow Christ, then you can answer questions like these with a resounding Yes!
As you have thought about your personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, is there anything in your life now that you know is not what you want it to be? By sincere repentance the gospel of Jesus Christ provides an escape from mistakes we may make. Every day of your life the Lord will help you if you trust in Him and keep His commandments.