One the biggest follies humans can make is believing that the person next to them thinks and reasons in the exact same manner that they do. I believe
your question was more intended to mean your god and not a god in general? I believe in more, I believe in limitless possibilities and the strength of
human ingenuity. As for why I don't believe in the Christian version of god I will use two of its biggest statements of defense as justification and
the problems of being judged in afterlife.
The two statements are: god gave man free will and god is testing man to see if they choose to love him. Both of these statements I believe are
false. However, I if I stretch I may accept that the free will is a half truth. These two intertwine a bit so I'll try to present this neatly.
God took away any notion of complete free will once the notion of reward and punishment was introduced. This also completely nullifies the second
statement that god is testing man. You see this single act of introducing reward and punishment terribly skews the results. So, if god is using this
as a method it is not one worthy of a being with infinite intelligence. Take this analogy of a math teacher for example:
One morning a sixth grade math teacher decided she wanted to see how many of her students would stay after class to take a math test. Now, compare the
following two scenarios and decide which one would yield the more honest and accurate result.
1) At the end of the day she tells her students that they may stay after for an extra math test. There will be no grading or punishment. Just those
that wish to stay for whatever reason may do so.
2)At the end of the day she tells her students that she is having an extra math test after class today. They may choose to stay or go it is up to them
but if they stay and get over 90% right they get $1,000 and if they choose to leave they will have detention for the rest of the year.
The second scenario will undoubtedly skew her results. When she goes and tells the Principal that all of her students voluntarily decided to stay
after class to take an extra math test is she really being honest despite her saying she gave them a choice?
To further argue that god does not abide by the concept of free all one needs to do is take the cases of Sodom and Gomorrah and the flood into careful
consideration. If god firmly believed in free will and did not know the results of their actions than he " took away" their free will by destroying
the people. O.K. maybe the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were displeasing to him but how did he know that maybe just maybe in a years time the people
would see the error of their ways and become a shining example of all that he considered to be just and true? Did he not deprive them of a chance to
live in paradise? If you argue god did know it brings me to the final punishment in an afterlife. God made the rules and made the punishment knowing
people would suffer eternally because that's just the way he made it. Not a particularly loving act. Then, there are those whose brain chemistry is
different. Should Sally suffer because she didn't have access to medication that would help her beat the depression that the mind god gave her caused.
People have predispositions to many things so why should the deck be stacked for some and not others. It is much easier for a full person to deny
themselves a meal than it is for starving person.
God apparently sent his only son to save us. Once again this was by his design and for what? To save us? From who? God? Wouldn't it have been simpler
to just forgive mankind? Or maybe take a nice basket of fruit as an apology instead of setting up the rules so that your own son has to die to save
people from you who can do anything including change the prior silly rule?
You and everyone else can believe in what they want there is nothing wrong with that. It is your reality be happy in it just realize it is not
edit on 19-4-2011 by DetectiveT because: (no reason given)