Thursday, July 4, 2013

Why God is so hard to believe in.

From a theists perspective I can see how they have such a hard time understanding how those of us that are not a part of their delusion just don't seem to get it. They ask such questions about the possibility of "something coming from nothing" or the whole argument from the impossibility of an infinite regress in time. They tend to cling to arguments from causality and first causes by default always lead to their God. In this post we are going to take a look at why it is so hard for a nonbeliever to accept the idea of the existence of a first cause or creator god.

Carl Sagan

When it comes to the idea of the existence of God I think that it does qualify as an extraordinary claim. We are supposed to believe without evidence that there is a being that exists outside of time and space who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. This being created everything including time itself and is the beginning of all things created. He insists through the written word revealed to certain individuals that he requires our love, devotion, and worship. 

The problem I have with these claims is that outside of subjective evidence there is no reason to believe in this deity. In fact, the very idea that worldwide several deities have "revealed" themselves to mankind since time immemorial is a pretty safe indicator to me that gods are the creation of the very fertile imaginations of men. The only thing that they all have in common is that they all claim that their god is the one and true god, or in the case of polytheists gods.

Santa Clause/ Yahweh

Let's make a common and I think fair comparison. Many atheists refer to the belief in God as the equivalent of Santa Clause for adults. Let's compare some of their common traits and see why this comparison is in fact a logical one. The first thing that they both have in common is that neither of them has ever been seen. They only exist in the minds of those that choose to believe in them which brings us to their second similarity. They both require faith/belief without evidence of their existence although in the case of Santa parents have helped this along by providing presents for their children as if Santa had brought them. Not to mention the missing cookies and the empty glass of milk that you might have left Santa as a child before going to bed on Christmas eve.

Santa has several magical powers that defy all the laws of the universe and nature itself. Somehow he is able to fly around the world in a sleigh being pulled by flying reindeer in one single night! He can manage to fit his plump frame into the smallest chimney's. He seems to have an endless bag of presents which he uses to fulfill every child's requests for toys. Somehow he keeps tabs on the behavior of all the children in the world and has two lists. He has a naughty list and a nice lists and based on where your name is on that list you either get your Christmas wishes or you get a lump of coal. 

Now let's look at the attributes of the biblical god called Yahweh. He is all powerful, all knowing, and present everywhere at once. But his greatest attribute which has served him so well to this day is that he is invisible! In fact this is one of the requirements of the believer he must believe without evidence because no one can see God.

20And he said, You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. Exodus 33:20

I know many will refute this and state that the Bible claims that several people did in fact claim to have seen God in the scriptures face to face. This is expected from a book that as many atheists such as myself has pointed out is not only untrue but self-contradictory. According the the scriptures God knows the intentions of your heart and every thought that crosses you mind. He too has a book which is referred to as the "book of life" where the names of those that are worthy of eternal life will be found. If your name is not found in that book then you will be cast into hell for all eternity. Quite frankly I'll take a lump of coal for bad behavior over hell any day. Like Santa, the Bible states that there is nothing impossible for God he too can defy the laws of the universe since he is the one who made them.
 
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
 
Like Santa, faith without evidence is key. In fact you are rewarded for this type of belief without evidence and asking questions is normally frowned upon amongst theists. What I can say about this matter is that if you look at God from a realistic perspective it is extremely hard to take belief in him seriously. God's love is contingent on your willingness to suspend critical thinking and the use of logic in analyzing what is said about him and what is expected of us as believers. 
 
You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4
 
In fact, the Bible clearly states that if you don't believe in God or keep his commandments that you are by default considered to be his enemy! So much for free will! This biblical tyrant wants you to believe in him without evidence whatsoever. Your refusal to do so puts God in a bad mood and you on his bad side. 
 
This isn't a display of love for humanity it is a clear demonstration of tyranny and complete domination of humanity. Love, worship, adoration are not asked for they are demanded and required from this being in exchange for his favor. Anything else is the exact opposite and incurs his wrath. That Yahweh has one hell of a temper and we are supposed to tread lightly and fear him at all times because we never know when he may snap! 
 

 


This does not seem like a loving relationship as we would define it amongst two people. If the relationship with God were analyzed from a human perspective it would seem that this is more of an abusive relationship. Many of the signs for domestic violence are present in the relationship between God and man as defined by believers and the Bible itself. Coercion, fear, and forced servitude are not the traits found in a loving relationship. In order to accept belief in God we must belittle ourselves by first recognizing that we are sinners. That without God our very existence is useless and our lives are for nothing. We have to bow at the altar and submit ourselves body, mind, and soul to the invisible tyrant in the sky. 
 
Like Santa and other myths and legends that man has created a belief in God without evidence is no exception. It's hard for me as an atheist to accept that this being loves me when all of what we know about him through the scriptures indicate otherwise. It is hard to pray to a being that sits around in whatever plane of existence he may reside doing nothing while millions in the world are born into starvation and poverty. While man continues to be cruel to one another and the good Lord stands by and does nothing. Even if I was to accept that he did exist I would declare that such a being is not worthy of worship. 

Note: All biblical citations are taken from the New International Version of the scriptures.

6 comments:

  1. The fact is that there is much more evidence to support the existence of Santa Claus than there is for god. Visit any mall or department store between Thanksgiving and Christmas, or just ask any 5- or 6-year old on December 26, after their fondest christmas wishes have been fulfilled.

    How many religious folks have had verifiable face-to-face conversations with god, or received physical responses to prayer on the exact day desired?

    Once childred realize the impossibility of Santa, it should be a simple logical step to dismiss god as well. But cultural/parental brainwashing is a powerful impediment to reason.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing as Paul when I read this. Their is so much evidence for Santa (for kids) yet people stop believing in Santa when someone shows their is none.

      Theists believe in a god with no evidence yet believe more when they are shown that their is none. Seems the less evidence for something the better in the case of religion.

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  3. "In fact, the Bible clearly states that if you don't believe in God or keep his commandments that you are by default considered to be his enemy! So much for free will! This biblical tyrant wants you to believe in him without evidence whatsoever. Your refusal to do so puts God in a bad mood and you on his bad side.

    This isn't a display of love for humanity it is a clear demonstration of tyranny and complete domination of humanity. Love, worship, adoration are not asked for they are demanded and required from this being in exchange for his favor. Anything else is the exact opposite and incurs his wrath. That Yahweh has one hell of a temper and we are supposed to tread lightly and fear him at all times because we never know when he may snap! "

    Nope, not what most of Bible says, YHWH consistently demonstrates Mercy, throughout the entire Bible, anything else would be an interpolation.

    Lets read Old testament, Hosea 3 - "The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”" - YHWH(The Father and The Son and The Holy Spirit)

    Now New Testament, Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." - Jesus Christ

    John 3:16, obvious, YHWH is not your enemy, you are YHWH's Ennemy, and doesn't hate His enemies, they choose to annihilate themselves(Hell is death, no one wants death, they want rest), He loves us all, you Treat Him as your enemy,

    "Theists believe in a god with no evidence"

    So there is No evidence for God?

    Also this blog should be shut down, How do you Know YHWH is a Myth? Please prove God doesn't exist, if Not you cannot claim that He's a "myth" but are left with either a faith that He does or doesn't or "agnosticism"

    You make the claim, "God is a myth", the burden is therefore on you to prove this is true, Remember the burden is Not on me, you are to prove to us that He doesn't exist. so don't reply saying the burden is on me, doing so is fallicous.

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    1. Myth: a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon Merriam Webster dictionary.

      Actually, my making the claim that God is a myth is based entirely on my own personal experience. I have exhausted every means possible short of dying to find evidence for the existence of God. The day that someone can prove that God exist they would win the Nobel Peace prize. It's not possible to prove that God exist or doesn't exist.

      He does exist in the minds and hearts of those like yourself who choose to believe in him. Being an invention of man he only exists in the imagination of man.

      You are the one making the positive claim that God exists and therefore you are correct to infer that the burden of proof is entirely on your to prove your claim. My claim on the other hand is a negative claim and therefore I don't have to disprove that God exists.

      Think of it this way. If I told you that I could teleport but that it only worked in my home from room to room would you believe me? If not, why? Because we know by our own experience that that is impossible. The only way I can prove it is to show you that I can teleport by giving you a demonstration at my home.

      All the verses you cited don't meean a thing. God seems to not understand what love is. You call his tyranny mercy when it is not. Regarding being an enemy of God here read it and weep.

      You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4

      Try reading your Bible before commenting on what it actually says next time.

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  4. ..."Also this blog should be shut down"..?

    Intolerance of opposing views are still alive and well in this yer country! By gawd that's what America is all about, besides this country was founded by Jesus and his apostles ya know...

    The lack of any god(s) explains perfectly why the world has the problems that it does. Sometimes, carp just happens in life and there isn't a damn thing we can do about it. I don't think we're any different than any other creature that has lived or is still living that faces dangers against their survival on a daily basis.

    Animals have the advantage on us as far as intelligence in one regard, they don't let their lives be controlled by superstitions and myths. They deal with the world through the eyes of reality as it is.

    Thanks again for a good post Chatpilot

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