i am reposting this from my other blog;-
Psalm 1 King James Version (KJV)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Who is your god? Does your god give you the strength that the Psalmists god does? If you believe (can prove?) that Science and reason are your ‘god’ then does your god give you that strength? Do you live by the laws that your god has given you? Read the psalm, not as a religious tract but as a statement of belief in the benefits and strengths of your god, of the Laws of Reason or Science or Common Sense or whatever gives your life meaning and structure. ‘Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly’… But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law he doth meditate day and night… vv 1-2 If the ungodly are those people in our life, or thoughts in our heads, that lead us towards contrary or unreasonable thoughts and actions then we are best served by ignoring or avoiding them; having no place for them in our life.
To an ‘atheist’ that means that any argument that you make or support must be founded on Reason and Empiricism, there is no place for opinion or unreasoned, emotional arguments. Your faith sic in the laws of Reason etc should preclude you from making unsupported or irrational statements, not because the ‘law’ says you mustn’t but because you know how important it is to live within the guidelines of the ‘law’. ‘He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season: his leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. VV3-4 Some expositions of this psalm state that the rivers spoken of are ‘irrigation channels’ How exciting is that! Your belief in the Primacy of the Laws of Reason will irrigate your thoughts and allow them to bear fruit, but any thoughts not irrigated by those rivers will be withered and will die; any unreasoned or irrational thought process is pointless and doomed because it is unsupported by empirical evidence. …the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous …For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous but the way of the ungodly shall perish. vv5-6 You know that as an atheist anything you say that is not supported in all it’s aspects by the Laws of Reason is worthless by your laws. What are the benefits of following this ‘edict’? Read Psalm 23 to find out! Think about it!