10 Rock-solid Reasons I’m Considering Atheism
I’m one who likes to look at both sides of an issue.
Sometimes this causes me great indecision because I usually see the virtues and deficiencies of opposing perspectives and have a hard time completely settling on one side or the other.
And sometimes it frustrates my friends, because I don’t usually stand within the lines drawn by a particular convention. It’s part of my INTJ makeup.
Well, recently, my objectivity caused quite a stir because I decided to look over the fence and view the landscape from the atheist’s perspective and see what I could learn.
Lo, and behold! I discovered 10 rock-solid reasons for becoming an atheist.
- I don’t believe in God because I’ve never seen him. People are always talking about God, telling others they need to obey God, worship God, and even serve God, but just like Zeus, I’ve never seen him. And since I’ve never seen him, I can’t think of a single reason to believe he exists.
- I don’t believe in God because he didn’t answer my prayer. I prayed like the Bible said, and I prayed real hard too. But I didn’t get my prayer answered, and this one was real important to me. How can I believe in a God who tells people to pray but doesn’t answer my prayers? Either God doesn’t exist, or he’s playing games with people’s lives. There’s no other way to look at it!
- I don’t believe in God because the ordered universe is just a random act that created itself from nothing. Some really smart scientists have come to that conclusion; and even though it doesn’t totally make sense to me, they’re more intelligent than normal people, so I trust them completely.
- I don’t believe in God because I don’t need a crutch to get me through life. I can take care of myself. I can meet my own needs. People who believe in God are just weak, and desperate to make sense of the world so they can satisfy their own need to have a purpose for existing. I’m big enough to accept my life is a random cosmic accident without despairing over it.
- I don’t believe in God because there is injustice in the world. If there was a God, surely he would intervene and help all the innocent people. And if he did exist but let bad people do anything they wanted, I couldn’t respect him, anyway. Either God exists and I can’t respect him; or, he doesn’t, and injustice is just part of the natural selection process.
- I don’t believe in God because religion is the reason for most wars. Just look at the crusades in the middle ages. At least atheists live and let live. They tolerate everyone no matter what they believe. Just look at all the atheist leaders throughout the 20th century. That’s true morality.
- I don’t believe in God because science and God are mutually exclusive of each other. Since scientists have empirical evidence on their side, they have the whole truth. Furthermore, scientists are only motivated by the truth, so they always treat data objectively. That’s why I believe in science.
- I don’t believe in God, because I don’t want anyone being the boss of me—especially in respect to my sex life. The best thing for this world is to get rid of religion and just let people live their lives the way they want without interference. Besides, religious people think their morality is the only right morality. But we all know they just like to use guilt to control people.
- I don’t believe in God because there are so many different religions and denominations. They can’t all be right, obviously. Who is the authority on matters of faith anyway? By its very virtue, faith is totally blind and subjective. If there was a God, he would have revealed himself and made the truth plain. There wouldn’t be any mystery to his existence.
- I don’t believe in God because the ancient texts can’t be trusted. Just because a message about God, or from God, was written down doesn’t prove it’s true. Besides, the manuscripts of the Bible are just translations of copies of copies of copies, anyway. Who knows what the originals even said? Furthermore, the Bible is full of contradictions. That much I’m sure of because I studied it out once. And, who even knows if the writers were telling the truth? They probably just made the whole thing up to get rich or take advantage of people.
What do you think? I’d love any advice you have for me? Let me know in the comments.
About Scott Postma
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