Why I Don’t Believe In God…

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

I’ve never really believed in God. When I was young, I went to a Christian school so I didn’t really question it and called myself a Christian (we sung hymns and everything), but that was mainly because I didn’t know there was a word for not believing in God or never having considered it before.

These days, I’m a firm atheist. I try to be tolerant of other people’s beliefs but when you believe that you’re right and other people are wrong (to the point of certainty), that’s harder than it seems. (Hence why people of other religions try to convert you.) Try to let spelling mistakes pass when the other person genuinely believes that’s how it’s supposed to be spelled and you’ll see what I mean. Humans don’t like being wrong and they don’t like it when other people are wrong. After giving it some thought, I concluded that there is no God, but for a number of reasons.

One of the reasons is that I believe that the theory of evolution by natural selection is true and indeed, observable (if people started using the word “theory” correctly instead of using it to mean “hypothesis”, more of them would believe in it). Having worked that one out, I concluded that if life evolved, there was not really a need for a God. You could bring the idea of intelligent design into it, but I personally think it’s a cop-out so that you can still say “God did it”. (I also don’t understand why people are offended at the idea of evolving from primates.) The main beauty of evolution is that if it happened without a God, that just makes the appearance of certain species all the more wondrous.

The main problem that I have with God, and in particular, The Bible is that once you’ve refuted one thing from a 2000-3000 year old collection of myth and allegory, everything else starts to fall down as well and that makes it less likely that there is a God. You’ve got to remember that this was a time when much of what we take for granted today was totally new and crazy to the people of the time, so stuff like thunder probably was frequently interpreted as the voice of God. It was also a time where the written word had been invented not too long before so stories were only just beginning to be written down so people could just lie and say they heard the call of God (or, as is possible with some of today’s charlatans, genuinely believe it and/or have some sort of mental problem). I also feel that religion in general has done more harm than good.

I believe that Jesus was probably a real person (although he wouldn’t have been called that) and he’s on my time-travel “to meet” list, but that all he did was teach some lessons and tell some parables and it all got blown way out of proportion by the gullible fools of that time. And he certainly wouldn’t have been a white man.

I also feel it’s not exactly helpful, even though it’s understandable, to believe in a big man in the sky who will make everything better and is controlling it all, so there’s a reason for your suffering. This goes hand in hand with the invention of an afterlife as a consoling tactic for the grieving (which I’m fine with, just if you’ve read this don’t expect me to say things like “he’s gone to a better place”).

I think the most important thing, however, is the fact that I have got by perfectly fine without believing in any sort of God for most of the 20 years that I’ve been on this Earth. I’ve followed my own moral code and so far I’ve not committed any crimes against humanity or gone on killing sprees (although I have hurt people emotionally, which I deeply regret). I’ve seen wondrous things and known fantastic people, but nothing to make me think there’s some sort of God watching over me. Other people can believe that if they want, and that’s fine, but I have laid out here why I don’t.

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4 comments on “Why I Don’t Believe In God…

  1. wordsfallfrommyeyes says:

    Interesting, well put. My sister doesn’t believe in God either, and we grew up partly in a Catholic orphanage & then with a Catholic aunty.

  2. tunestermark says:

    While I completely disagree with your views, I (as a Christian) certainly respect your right to voice them. In the spirit of good natured debate, I would point out that evolution by itself does not point to how “it” all began. I guess my biggest reason for believing there is a God is the fact that I can not fathom how such a beautiful place as earth could have just “randomly” occurred from a “Big Bang” – that doesn’t comput for me.

    But as I said, I am not trying to convert you – and as a former “scientist” I cannot rule out that evolution is occurring. I just choose to believe that God created the earth, and enabled it to evolve as it continues to age.

    Just my two cents. Great blog post. Keep up the good work.
    tm

  3. My new blog should explain most of it:
    http://witaba.wordpress.com/ ,

    but as for the evolution part, if it were true, then monkeys becoming humans still today along with whatever else that is supposed to becomes whatever else.

  4. Ross says:

    I believe in God and his son, Jesus. But I don’t want to do anything to insult against Atheists. Some Atheists don’t like me. When I was a little girl I was deeply afraid of God. Because I believe when I die I will go to the place of Hell forever. But the Bible says God does not want people to go to Hell, that is why he send Jesus to save humanity from doom. Jesus been crying all the time for people who reject him. I been crying for those unbelievers because I do not want them to go to hell when they die. I am not a Christian hypocrite who blames those unbelievers. I love unbelievers including Buddhists. But they often do not know that Jesus is trying to save them. A lot of my friends are Atheists even my Father rejected Jesus. Atheists is not a problem, but the problem is this world is evil and full of darkness such as wars, famine, poverty, injustice, crimes and so on. Satan is trying to steal people from Jesus, because God promise the solution to get people out of darkness. But you must choose to accept Jesus or to reject him. Jesus loves you and he wants you to go to Heaven, he wants you to be a very special Christian. Jesus been crying for you, he tries to reach to you even you don’t want him. Jesus been crying for me also and I must NEVER reject Jesus. Otherwise I will go to Hell.

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