"And what is objective reality? God's a fantasy?"
Yes. He is the mythological explanation of primitive peoples (like the ancient Jews) with no knowledge of science to speak of for how the universe came about. There is no compelling evidence that a creator exists. Science has for all practical purposes proven things like evolution, whereas there is no evidence that God exists. So I consider him a fantasy.
"Define this full free life for me? How can the Christian not be able to live a full free life?"
What I'm basically saying is that religious people believe in this omnipotent, omniscient sky goblin who will punish them if they refuse to obey his exceedingly many commands and prohibitions. Atheists are concerned with being moral (I.E. don't hurt other people) but over and above that, have no worries that they have to live a certain rigid, restrictive lifestyle or they will be apostates, go to hell etc. I don't think I need to describe this in detail here, I think you know what I'm talking about. Plus, I think that a devout Christian can be so concerned with focusing on the future life in "God's kingdom" (which I believe does not exist) that living for the present and in some cases noticing the beauty of the world around us can be undermined and take second place.
"On a side note, my neighbor has been really bothering me lately and is prohibiting me from living well and to the fullest. If I was to kill him this would be entirely permissible since I would then live well, right?"
This is just ridiculous. In fact, it is insulting. Atheists are moral people. I am an atheist and I hold to certain moral standards. I don't just do what pleases me at others' cost. You don't need religion to be moral. Morality comes from the necessity to coexist with other people, not from some divine source. In fact, you are saying that without your god, you would be immoral. Doesn't speak too highly about your character, IMO.
Regarding your comment about morality being subjective without a god. Yes, it may be so, but that doesn't mean God exists. It just means that morality is at least partly subjective and that's the way things are. Your wanting there to be an objective morality doesn't mean it exists in fact, only that you want it. The same holds true for your god. BTW, while I agree that morality is largely subjective, there is a lot of common ground. For example, most people agree that it is immoral to steal or murder. This comes from the evolutionary need to have an ordered society.
If you believe you are living a fulfilled life as an Orthodox Christian, well, good for you. But that's not the experience of many other practicing Christians. Religion teaches that all sorts of things are commanded/forbidden (examples: you have to fast, at times strictly, for over half the year. You have to go to church every Sunday and religious holiday if possible. You have to love God. You must not have premarital sex or even masturbate. You must not practice homosexuality. You must forgive people who hurt you...and so on and so forth). If you willfully refuse to do this and many other things, you are damned. Sorry, but this is what the church teaches and there are people who take this seriously and practice it. On the other hand, an atheist, who doesn't believe there is a sky goblin who can punish you for these so-called sins can do what he wants, as long as they don't hurt other people.
The truth that atheism offers is that there is no evidence for God's existence and no reason to believe in him. Disagree with me? Show me the evidence to the contrary.
Gebre Menfes Kidus:
What you are saying has nothing to do with reality. To me it suggests that someone indoctrinated you with lies about what atheism teaches. There is no "atheist world view" that atheists are supposed to adhere to, that there is no morality and that all we care about is pleasure. Atheism does not equal hedonism. We simply don't believe there is a god. Why should that stop us from adhering to what we perceive as moral? Morality can and does exist without God. It comes from the evolutionary need to have peaceful coexistence and a functional society, and similar sociological and psychological things. Oh, and our lives are not meaningless. We find meaning in things of this world (love, sex, food, hobbies, helping others, etc.) and not in things of some perceived other world (God, heaven, whatever).
In all that you are writing, you are not providing any evidence that God exists. You are merely stating your psychological reasons for wanting him to exist. Other than your wish for there to be a god, is there any real proof that you can provide to us that he exists?
I think it is most unfortunate that you (and other people) seek meaning of life in a non-existent creator, whereas in truth you can find meaning in your life yourself. Look how you are limiting yourself. You don't need a god to dictate to you what meaning of life is. You can find your own meaning for your life by striving to live your life as you wish and as your conscience dictates.
I'm not saying that believing in an objective reality enhances enjoyment. I am saying that by focusing on living for a fictitious god and living with a view to a fictitious future life, a Christian (by practicing the obedience and self-denial inherent to practicing Christianity) is missing out on various opportunities to enjoy life in this lifetime.
Your "two choices" are based on the assumption that Christianity is true. I ask again: what evidence can you give us that God, Satan etc exist? As an atheist, I believe that I have the choice to live diametrically opposite to the teaching of the Christian church, nay, even to actively blaspheme against it, and that nothing evil will happen to me in consequence, because the god I would be blaspheming against and disobeying does not exist. If you have proof that I am wrong, you are welcome to share it.
Oh please. The teleological argument? Can you do no better than that? Really. All these "philosophical" arguments for God's existence are arguments from ignorance. How do you know that the elements that make up the universe have not always been moving? The laws of physics say that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. And if there were a "prime mover", how do you know it is an intelligent spirit and not a physical process?