Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds opinions should be formed on the basis of logic, reason, and science instead of authority, tradition, or other dogmas. Regarding religion, freethinkers hold that there is insufficient evidence to support the existence of supernatural phenomena. This freedom of thought is vital to being free from the authority of people that claim to speak for the first cause of the universe. Such authority may sound legitimate, but so might the authority of a pedophile coming up to a child saying their father sent him to pick them up. The unsuspecting child might do what this person says because they think they have the authority of their father, even though the pedophile doesn’t know their father at all. If the authority of the first cause of the universe were truly legitimate, then I firmly believe we would never hear a single disgusting news story about a pedophile religious leader. Human authorities don’t tolerate such behavior, so why would the legitimate first cause of the universe allow such a person to speak for them?
Think: What authority does any being have over us if we are independent individuals with our own existence?
I only know with certainty that my parents created me and they no longer have any authority over me as an independent adult unless I choose to follow their requests. The only authority over our being is the authorities we allow, such as allowing the authority of a good and just society since it’s in our best interest to allow their authority within reason. No authority is absolute and unquestionable even when we choose to allow an authority to govern our actions. We should live our lives with the same freedom of thought and freedom of will that we have from our parents after we’ve grown up and moved away from their support. This type of freethought and freedom of existence is the true nature of human existence.
Some religions claim a creator of the universe gave us the gift our existence along with a free will to decide how we live our lives. This is despite the fact that an omnipotent being would have power over everything and would already know all of our choices. Free will is only an illusion based on our lack of omnipotence if there is an omnipotent being that knows it all. Alternatively, the first cause of the universe could lack omnipotence and only created the environment that led to our existence. That type of first cause may not know or care that we developed in this little corner of the universe. We would have free will from such a creator because it didn’t directly create us.
Yet, religious people come to us like the pedophile to the child to tell us our father sent them. They want to tell us how we must live according to our father. I’m certain they don’t actually know any of my fathers and I do possess freedom in my existence. If I’m wrong, and there actually is an omnipotent and omniscient first cause for the universe, then it doesn’t matter what I think about anything. An omniscient being already knows all of time so all of our thoughts are predetermined and believing only time can tell us what will come is only an illusion. If there is an omnipotent being then it controls and sets everything into being to produce the very moment that I think this. I actually think this is not true or the omnipotent and omniscient being that caused my existence made me think this is not true. In which case, an omnipotent first cause created all unbelievers.