I imagine many Christians, and others of differing faiths who have not deeply questioned their religious convictions wonder why a person would turn
away from religion, and a belief in God. My short answer is that there is simply no reason to believe in God, or subscribe to a religion. I, like I
suspect many atheists, was born into a household of believers. As I was growing up I remember I’d pray to God. I don’t recollect praying for
materialistic objects, no, most of the time my prayers consisted of asking God to give me courage to perform certain tasks. However, the notion that
God did not exist didn’t enter my mind until I began re-evaluating my beliefs in my late teens. And that is the problem I think, most children are
indoctrinated at a young age. They are made to believe one thing, without being given an alternative. After all, if a child is born into a Christian
household, he will be a Christian, but if he’s born into a Muslim household, he will end up a Muslim. Both which are considered different faiths. I
suspect many kids who grow up believing in God as I did never really give it much thought.
Not to go off in another direction though, this is simply about why I don’t believe in God, not how others are made to believe in fairytales. As I
previously stated, simply put, there is no reason to believe in God. But I will go a little in depth on why I don’t believe in God with a list of
1.) In all the time man has existed on this blue planet -which can be compared to an astronomical blink of an eye- man has created thousands of Gods.
Even certain men have been elevated to Deity status. My question is how is the Abrahamic God of today’s monotheistic religions any different than
Zeus, Poseidon or any of the ancient Gods that people long ago once worshipped? We seem to be okay with classifying Zeus as a figment of people’s
imaginations because “that’s what people believed in a long time ago”. But that is precisely my point, people believed in Zeus just as strongly
as Christians believe in God, or Muslims in Allah. I predict that in time the God we have all grown to know will be replaced by another, and if
humanity doesn’t grow up, the trend will certainly continue.
2.) Humanity seems to have a fascination with Gods and placing them as substitute explanations for that which we have no scientific answer. Simply
put, just because we don’t know how something works, doesn’t mean God did it…
3.) Someone somewhere likes to attribute rare events to intervention by his or her respective God. Some Christians claim that God answers their
prayers; well I say what makes that any different than a Muslim claiming that Allah answered his prayers? What makes that any different than followers
of ancient Gods claiming divine intervention? Another rare event too often attributed to God is the miraculous survival of someone near death. Not too
long ago I read a news story about a man who either jumped, or fell from a very high building. Somehow he survived the impact, and many people who
commented attributed his survival to intervention by a deity. Let’s say this God did in fact intervene and saved this man’s life. Does that make
him a good God, or a “just God” as he is claimed to be? Of course not. If he will intervene to save one man’s life, why did he not intervene
during 9/11 and somehow, using his omnipotence, guide those planes to a safe landing somewhere out of New York? So many people died in those buildings
and in those planes that day. Do people honestly believe that God would intervene to allow one man to survive, while letting thousands of innocents
die? “God works in mysterious ways” is the common answer among those who can’t think for themselves. It’s the ultimate copout in a religious
Do I think A God Can Exist? – Yes of course I do, completely abandoning the idea wouldn’t be very smart on my part. However, to me the God of the
bible is the religious equivalent of Santa Clause. In other words, I am 99% certain he does not exist. I am more inclined to believe in the existence
of the God of Deistic beliefs. Deism – The belief that God exists and created the world but takes no part in its functioning. With all of the
suffering in the world, poverty, murder, starvation, if a loving God does exist, (and it certainly cannot be proven that he does or does not)
wouldn’t it make sense for him to put an end to this senseless violence and suffering? Arguments of human free will are usually made to counter my
point, but how effective are such arguments when their main catalysts do not exist? In this case the main catalyst of the free will argument is,
obviously free will, which brings me to my 4th reason why I don’t believe in God.
4.) Freewill and omniscience – It has long been believed by Christians that free will was a gift from God. Freewill is our ability to do as we
choose, and omniscience is a deity’s ability to know all: past, present, and future. But how can I have the freewill to choose a course of action,
when said course of action was long ago predicted by the omniscient being? In other words, I have no choice but to do what God predicted I would do.
If I die an unlawful sinner, how can God condemn me to eternal damnation when he already knew of my sins before they were committed? Let’s go back
to the supposed beginning of man on earth, the fictional story of Adam and Eve. Did God not know that Eve would take a bite out of that fruit, and in
doing so seal their fate? The rules of omniscience say yes, he did know, but if he knew all along then why forbid Adam & Eve from entering the Garden
5.) This isn’t really a reason why I don’t believe in God, it’s more of an irritant. There is a reason why belief in God, Gods and religion is
called a faith. That reason is that such beliefs are not proven fact. So it boggles my mind when I see, or read of religious apologists arguing in
favor of God’s existence, and attempting to prove it as something other than a purely subjective belief unsubstantiated by any level of credible
evidence. The point of number 5 is that the existence of God cannot be proved, granted, neither can it be disproved. But you wouldn’t exactly go out
of your way to disprove the existence of the boogeyman would you? However, if someone claimed to have seen the boogeyman, on whose shoulder’s would
the burden of proof lie? Not the skeptic’s, that’s for sure.
6.) Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience are attributed to the God of the bible, but perhaps another term better suited for him is Incompetence.
Why would such an advanced being choose such a primitive people to relay his message to? Why would he allow his words to be skewed, mistranslated and
used as justifications for murder and violence? Moreover, why would such as perfect God allow stories to be kept from the bible, see Lilith, Adam’s
first woman. Wouldn’t it make sense, if he truly wanted us to believe, to let his voice be heard, literally, as a loud voice in the sky or something
of that sort? He’s omnipotent after all, so he can assuredly do such a thing. Even further, it makes no sense that such a powerful God would
actually care whether I, an ant in comparison, believed in him or not.
7.) The God of the bible displays childish human characteristics such as jealously and anger, but yet everybody tells me that God is well beyond the
realm of human understanding.
8.) Idiots – Religion has certainly given birth to some of the biggest idiots in the history of humankind. I cannot count how many times I’ve come
across a story in which parents allowed their child to die of a treatable illness because receiving medical attention was forbidden by their religious
beliefs. A seething hatred of homosexuals, and refusal to allow them the right of marriage is also another type of idiocy religion breeds. While
protesting against gays, a Christian extremist said about homosexuals, and I quote “I don’t hate them, God hates them”. This footage can be
found in Bill Maher’s documentary “Religulous”. The extreme pro-lifers are another brand of stupid people fueled, sometimes to murderous extent,
by religion. What is ironic about that though is, like is often said, they fight valiantly for the life of the unborn, but think nothing of murdering
an already living abortion doctor. Another claim by religious apologists, who obviously know nothing of what they’re talking about, is that America
was founded as a Christian nation. *snip*
Stop crying because I only attack Christianity. I don’t only attack Christianity; I attack organized religion as a whole. Christianity gets the
brunt of my criticism because it is the most prevalent in America, my country of birth. But in all actuality, I see no difference between Islam,
Christianity, monotheistic, and polytheistic religions. They’re all in the same boat as far as lack of evidence is concerned.
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