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10 Reasons Not To Believe In God


REASON ONE: HE’S UNNECESSARY

The progress of human understanding has closed more and more of the gaps of ignorance that used to be filled by God. The scientific explanations for nature agree with processes and conditions we can actually see, measure and experience, requiring fewer assumptions (and fewer leaps of blind faith) than the belief that “God did it.” This is the test of “Occam’s razor.”

REASON TWO: HE’S IMPOSSIBLE TO PROVE

If God truly existed he would make it possible, especially for those who are skeptical, either by demonstration or by sound logical argument. He would know exactly what it would take to “open the heart” of every non-believer. Yet for more than two millenia the greatest philosophical and scientific minds of humanity – presumably inspired by God – have offered nothing more than nogod2circular and illogical arguments.

REASON THREE: HE’S ILLOGICAL

An omnipotent (all-powerful) and omniscient (all-knowing) God is an absurd logical paradox. He is either unable to create an impossible task for himself or is unable to perform it once created (because it’s impossible). If God knows the past, present and future, these states are known quantities and God is unable to change them, and is not omnipotent. If they are subject to change, then God cannot know them with certainty, and is not omniscient. Additionally, if he knows his own actions in advance, even his free will is in question.

REASON FOUR: HE’S UNORIGINAL

The idea of God(s) has changed in form and number over the millenia, from many to few and eventually, to one. As numerous mythologies have come and gone, borrowing and discarding from each other along the way, only the generic idea of deities has persisted. This suggests not a single, specific eternal god but a fluid and evolving human imagining of the supernatural.

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? Epicurus

REASON FIVE: HE’S TOO MUCH LIKE US

Every aspect of the mythology of God is limited by human circumstance and understanding. Like humans, he is jealous, vengeful, misogynist and cruel. Like humans of the time, his “holy” books reveal an extremely limited knowledge of the physical universe. Like humans, his religious identity is geographical, depending largely on one’s nation or culture of origin. This sounds like a god created in Man’s image, and not vice versa.

REASON SIX: HE’S INCOMPETENT

He abandoned his innocent and ignorant first human creations, Adam and Eve, to be corrupted by a talking (?) serpent in the Garden of Eden, then blamed them for their failure. When their descendents went further astray, he killed them all and tried again with Noah’s family. When their descendents failed as well, he sacrificed his son to assume the debt of their failure. How many fixes does an all-knowing and all-powerful God need until he gets his human creation right?

REASON SEVEN: HE’S INCOHERENT

If God truly existed, he would speak to each of us personally, clearly and conclusively. He would not rely on fallible priests, rabbis and mullas to represent him. His “holy” books are ambiguous and full of contradictions and inconsistencies, and there are countless contrary religions and denominations, suggesting a human, not divine, origin.

The truth is so much more spectacular than the myth

REASON EIGHT: HE’S ASLEEP ON THE JOB

According to the religious texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, God used to personally intervene constantly in human affairs through miracles, commandments, etc. He spoke clearly to some in his own voice or, more often, through angels. This was millenia ago, and any supposed witnesses or participants are lost to history. Now there is only silence, and prayers go unanswered.

REASON NINE: YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN OTHER GODS

With regard to most gods, you consider it perfectly normal and rational to not believe, and your skepticism is well-placed. Yet for one reason or another, you’ve chosen to set your skepticism aside and accept one particular deity as genuine. If those believers in other myths are mistaken, perhaps you’re mistaken in your belief too.

REASON TEN: YOU DON’T REALLY BELIEVE IN HIM, EITHER

God is supposedly an all-pervasive deity who sees your every action and knows your every thought, and he decides your eternal destiny in either Heaven or Hell. Given the stakes, this should be the overriding concern in every moment of the life of every believer. Is it for you?

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4 comments on “10 Reasons Not To Believe In God

  1. Anthony Kiarie
    December 5, 2012

    “Does God exist? Is there evidence for the existence of God?”

    Answer: The existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. The Bible says that we must accept by faith the fact that God exists: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). If God so desired, He could simply appear and prove to the whole world that He exists. But if He did that, there would be no need for faith. “Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’” (John 20:29).

    That does not mean, however, that there is no evidence of God’s existence. The Bible states, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4). Looking at the stars, understanding the vastness of the universe, observing the wonders of nature, seeing the beauty of a sunset—all of these things point to a Creator God. If these were not enough, there is also evidence of God in our own hearts. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us, “…He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.” Deep within us is the recognition that there is something beyond this life and someone beyond this world. We can deny this knowledge intellectually, but God’s presence in us and all around us is still obvious. Despite this, the Bible warns that some will still deny God’s existence: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). Since the vast majority of people throughout history, in all cultures, in all civilizations, and on all continents believe in the existence of some kind of God, there must be something (or someone) causing this belief.

    In addition to the biblical arguments for God’s existence, there are logical arguments. First, there is the ontological argument. The most popular form of the ontological argument uses the concept of God to prove God’s existence. It begins with the definition of God as “a being than which no greater can be conceived.” It is then argued that to exist is greater than to not exist, and therefore the greatest conceivable being must exist. If God did not exist, then God would not be the greatest conceivable being, and that would contradict the very definition of God.

    A second argument is the teleological argument. The teleological argument states that since the universe displays such an amazing design, there must have been a divine Designer. For example, if the Earth were significantly closer or farther away from the sun, it would not be capable of supporting much of the life it currently does. If the elements in our atmosphere were even a few percentage points different, nearly every living thing on earth would die. The odds of a single protein molecule forming by chance is 1 in 10243 (that is a 1 followed by 243 zeros). A single cell is comprised of millions of protein molecules.

    A third logical argument for God’s existence is called the cosmological argument. Every effect must have a cause. This universe and everything in it is an effect. There must be something that caused everything to come into existence. Ultimately, there must be something “un-caused” in order to cause everything else to come into existence. That “un-caused” cause is God.

    A fourth argument is known as the moral argument. Every culture throughout history has had some form of law. Everyone has a sense of right and wrong. Murder, lying, stealing, and immorality are almost universally rejected. Where did this sense of right and wrong come from if not from a holy God?

    Despite all of this, the Bible tells us that people will reject the clear and undeniable knowledge of God and believe a lie instead. Romans 1:25 declares, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” The Bible also proclaims that people are without excuse for not believing in God: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

    People claim to reject God’s existence because it is “not scientific” or “because there is no proof.” The true reason is that once they admit that there is a God, they also must realize that they are responsible to God and in need of forgiveness from Him (Romans 3:23, 6:23). If God exists, then we are accountable to Him for our actions. If God does not exist, then we can do whatever we want without having to worry about God judging us. That is why many of those who deny the existence of God cling strongly to the theory of naturalistic evolution—it gives them an alternative to believing in a Creator God. God exists and ultimately everyone knows that He exists. The very fact that some attempt so aggressively to disprove His existence is in fact an argument for His existence.

    How do we know God exists? As Christians, we know God exists because we speak to Him every day. We do not audibly hear Him speaking to us, but we sense His presence, we feel His leading, we know His love, we desire His grace. Things have occurred in our lives that have no possible explanation other than God. God has so miraculously saved us and changed our lives that we cannot help but acknowledge and praise His existence. None of these arguments can persuade anyone who refuses to acknowledge what is already obvious. In the end, God’s existence must be accepted by faith (Hebrews 11:6). Faith in God is not a blind leap into the dark; it is safe step into a well-lit room where the vast majority of people are already standing.

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    • makagutu
      December 6, 2012

      Antonny you are right in saying in god can’t be proved or disproved but the god of the abrahamic religions can be shown to be incoherent in the least and further still that it doesn’t exist. But we still have a problem, what do you mean by god and which god would you be proving his existence.
      As for the arguments either you have not read the rebuttals or you are being willfully ignorant.
      The cosmological argument, if everything has a cause and effect, then god must have a cause but if it is un-caused what stops the universe from being un-caused as well? Unless you revise the premise of your argument it falls flat but that aside, what god would this prove even if it were proof for a god?
      The moral argument: if our morals came from god, how is it that most if not all our laws are in defiance of god? He condones slavery, we abolished slavery, he had no place for women, we want equality for women, he kills at whim we prohibit murder.
      Argument number two: the universe was not made for life, life adapted to the universe. We leave in an unpredictable and in many places so hostile environments that it is insane to claim that the universe or our planet is designed for life. Unless of course you are saying that your creator god could create a world devoid of earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters without even bothering to mention diseases.
      The first argument first put forward by Anselm, it has in the premise that which it wants to prove while we could add satan or island and this would still be perfectly correct.

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      • Anthony Kiarie
        December 6, 2012

        Why do you miss to spell my name? anyway, atheism proves nothing, theism proves something. Nothing cannot give something at any given time. The law of causation still stands to disapprove your thought that there is no creator God. Existence of warring physical forces like tsunamis and earthquakes are just proves of God’s prophecy. Your denial of the obvious is what is pushing you to the limit of trying to fight against your own conscience and morality.
        God set a path for us to follow and consequences of disobedience. You reap what you sow.

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      • makagutu
        December 6, 2012

        My apologies on misspelling your name.
        You make statements about my conscious and my morality do you even know me? You presented philosophical arguments here, I showed you they were flawed why then attack my person? Is civility an alien word to you?
        What prophecy does natural disasters prove?
        Atheism is the default position and it is right. You need to read about atheism before you make such statements.
        Atheism doesn’t need to prove a thing. It is the theist making a positive claim, the burden of proof lies squarely on his/her court.
        What law of causation?
        I see you have also brought into your argument the something from nothing argument. It will not fly unfortunately!
        You can follow that path set for you by god, i will not go with you! Your god is immoral to say the least and absurd and incoherent.

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