WHY ARE PEOPLE OF FAITH AFRAID OF ATHIESTS??
i have been doing a great deal of work and research surrounding this idea of consciousness and in the process have really learned a great deal about the EGO. the ego is something that most people see as a trait in someone other than themselves... but in truth... the ego is the driving force of nearly everyone...especially in western society.
the ego in the simplest term is; identification with form. "The unconscious compulsion to enhance one's identity through association with an object..." ...which can be your thoughts, the physical things you have, or even what other people think about you. the ego is basically identifying who you are with anything outside of yourself. anytime you use the word "I" or "My/Mine" that is your ego. "...'I' embodies the primordial error, a misperception of who you are, an illusory sense of identity."
most people go their entire lives believing that this illusion of the ego is actually who they are. they believe that they are their beliefs...they are their things...they are their money...they are their job... they are their thoughts. but this is the illusion.
the ego is..."a deep-seated collective delusion that lies within the mind of each human being."
every religion...even christianity speaks of the ego in it's teachings... but it has been misinterpreted and has not been found to be of that much importance. even Jesus spoke of the ego...
because of the ego...
Religions have become devisive rather than unifying. "They became ideologies, belief systems people could identify with and so use them to enhance their false sense of self."
the ego is what has made most religions the dogmatic practices that they are today.
"I" have to be right. "My" way is the right way. This allows them to define themselves apart from others... making themselves right and others wrong. this become their identity. their ego gives them the illusion that their beliefs or their thoughts are who they are... it's what defines them...what sets them apart from everyone else.
so God has become..."My" God...
I think that Eckhart Tolle has put it the best way... "They("religous" people") equate truth with thought, and as they are completely identified with thought (their mind), they claim to be in sole possession of the truth in an unconscious attempt to protect their identity. But they don't realize the limitation of thought."
I feel that people of faith are afraid of athiests because athiests challenge their sense of identity. They challenge this illusion of self which scares those who base their entire being upon it. People of faith don't understand that no thing...no belief...and no thought will ever define who they are.
(the quotes come from Eckhart Tolle...)