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I Don't Need God

Updated on December 12, 2012

The whole concept of God is pointless. I do not see any evidence of God’s existence, so why should I believe in Him. Not to mention, I do not have any need for God in my life. I have a good job, a home and a family. I am a good a person. I am honest and I help those who are in need. Surely, if there is a Heaven, God will allow me into it. I deserve it.

These are arguments against God that I was recently confronted with. How does a believer answer such questions, and what could be done convert someone that has adopted such logic? I will be dealing with these issues in this hub.

Does God Exist?

Of course God exists! As a matter of fact, there is so much evidence for the existence of God that the Bible puts unbelief in the same sinful category as murder, and condemns them alike (Revelation 21:8). One of the most convincing evidences of the existence of God for me is the fact that every living thing in our world works by design. Take the human body, for instance. It is designed of many intricate systems that depend on one another in order for humans to live.

For example, take the process of eating. God has designed us with teeth to masticate our food in preparation for digestion. During chewing, glands inject saliva into the food we eat with pre-digestive enzymes to help break down our food before it reaches our stomach. In our stomach, more enzymes and acids are utilized for the further breakdown of food matter and absorption of nutrients.

After our stomach breaks the food we eat down sufficiently, it travels through the intestinal track, where the intestinal walls absorb more nutrients. The remainder of the food matter gets disposed of as waste. This is an amazing and complex process that works by design; and if it works by design that means there is a designer. The Bible identifies that designer as God.

Something else I point out to people who protest the existence of God, especially when they tell me that they have never seen God so why should they believe in Him, is that 2,000 years ago God came down to our planet to reveal Himself to us, in the person of Jesus Christ. Since Jesus is no longer with us, the New Testament was written by witnesses to testify of Him. Therefore, we have a reliable record of His existence and character.

What Do I Need God for?

True happiness and direction in life come from knowing God. A good job, a home and even a family provide only temporary satisfaction. The human soul longs for something more. The human soul longs for God. I can relate to this. I was once without God and achieving my ambitions. Although, I thought, is this all there is to life? My existence seemed so shallow.

We are designed for a relationship with God. We have a God shaped void in our heart. When we attempt to fill that void with worldly things, it does not work. This is why, oftentimes, after people achieve their ambitions they are still not satisfied with life; or, at best, only temporarily satisfied.

When we accept Jesus into our heart, we experience tremendous joy. This has been my experience. I felt like I was starving for the joy of the Lord, but I did not realize it until I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior; because after experiencing the joy of having Him in my life, the temporal joy that I had previously experienced over the course of my life seemed so shallow and unfulfilling. I saw the joy that the world had to offer in its true light because I had the joy of Jesus to compare it to, and I wanted more of the joy of Jesus.

Not only does God give us lasting joy in our life, His Word provides a basis for us in terms of morality, which in turn works to protect us. In a corrupt world with a degrading standard of morality, it is hard to know how we should live. Fortunately, for us, we have an unchangeable standard of living in the Bible to help us.

For example, drinking alcohol is looked upon as something social, fun and enjoyable. Every time I go to a Polish wedding, vodka flows like water. Toasts are customarily made with the proclamation, “To your health”—except there is nothing healthy about alcohol. It is poisonous, plain and simple.

Drinking alcohol has led to untold misery for humanity throughout history. I once read that one in seven drinkers become alcoholics. Drunk driving accidents kill numerous people every year, and drinking alcohol causes injury to the body in the form of liver damage, among other things. These are some of the reasons I believe the Bible condemns drinking liquor (Proverbs 23:29-35). In obeying God, we are safeguarded against such injurious behavior (Deuteronomy 4:40).

This applies to many other examples, with detrimental consequences, which are also accepted by the world. These include promiscuity, homosexuality, smoking cigarettes, eating unhealthy food, etc.

I Deserve Heaven

Without the Bible, it is so easy to loose sight of just how corrupt we humans really are. Our heart is so naturally deceitful and wicked (Jeremiah 17:9), that we can actually fool ourselves into believing that we are noble and honorable. This is because we could always find someone else that is worse off than we are and use them as a standard of comparison. In that light, we actually look pretty good. However, when we use the Bible as a standard of morality, we quickly discern the true nature of many of our thoughts and actions and see that we need serious reform.

No one, by their good deeds, could earn salvation. This is because we have already fallen short of the requirement for entry into the Heaven, which is no less than perfect obedience to the Ten Commandment Law of God. The Bible identifies all of us as sinful (Romans 3:23). Since we all have sinned, we deserve the punishment of death (Romans 6:23). Jesus died for our sins to deliver us from that punishment (1 Corinthians 15:3); although, He did not actually sin (1 Peter 2:22). If anyone truly deserves to go to Heaven by their merits, it is Jesus.

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In accepting Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins, not only is the justice of God fulfilled; but Christ actually imparts His holy character to us, so that we can be considered righteous and worthy of Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:21). Don’t we have such a wonderful and loving Savior?

God is real. Evidence for His existence abounds in the world around us, through the person of Jesus Christ and in the Bible. True and lasting happiness come from having a relationship with Him. His Word gives us wisdom and protection against the morally depraved world in which we live. He helps us to see ourselves in our true nature, and to reform that nature. He is loving; and salvation is found in Him.

About convincing an unbeliever about these truths: all we could do is tell them the truth and pray for them. The Holy Spirit will do the convincing (John 16:8). We only need to do the talking and plant the seed. Although, if an unbeliever rejects the workings of the Holy Spirit, sadly, there is nothing that can be done. God does not force our will.

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    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      God doesn't exist, the condition of the world today proves that God doesn't exist. If may prove that Satan does exist.

      If the fictional God needs our help then we need a stronger God. If the Fictional God cannot beat Satan then why are we involved in fighting his enemy.

      Let us see who wins, and follow the winner.

      Remember Satan never says NO to us.

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      Greg Sereda 5 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      ib radmasters - If Satan exists than Jesus must exist, don't you think? In addition, we already know who is gain the victory in this battle because the Bible foretells the outcome. And the condition of the world affair is no strange thing, because the Bible mentions it.

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      Caleb DRC 5 years ago

      Very well said, Greg. You've given powerful Truth, all confirmed by God's Word. An erroneous conclusion based on the "condition of the world" validates Jer. 17:9.

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      Druid Dude 5 years ago from West Coast

      Excuses, excuses. Bad things happen because we, the rest of Mankind allow it. When we stop trying to blame others (Satan made me do it) (This is all God's fault!) the we can get down to controlling our emotions, which is what we really need to do. If I had a bunch of supposedly intelligent creations that tended to leave everything to me, instead of using their heads for something other than a hatrack, and actually doing something themselves, I think I'd let 'em all go to Hell too.

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      Druid Dude 5 years ago from West Coast

      Everything is a manifestation of energy....including consciousness. Energy seems to be an excellent candidate for God. Explain to me why it's not.

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      The Stages Of ME 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your hub ~ The Truth can be refuted but it remains the Truth ~ To live be His Word and example is the best life you can live for others and yourself ~ thank you for sharing :)

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      Greg Sereda 5 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      Caleb and The Stages Of ME: Thank you for your positive comments.

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      Caleb DRC 5 years ago

      D.Dude: Energy cannot be a condidate for God because we can control energy, which would make us its god. Energy has no concept of right and wrong, but God does. Energy is finite, God isn't. However, you are on the right track as far a prophesy is concerned. In the later days there will be a god of forces.

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      manny75 5 years ago

      Dude: who created Energy? Look around you how this happen just like that when you find a letter by your door do you say it just happen yes energy involve for it to come there do you say it just come by some energy ? and when you open it and find it's a bill for you to pay do you trow it away and say it's exist never existed and I choose not to believe ever existed right? now can you take it out of your mind and never think about it, us it never existed ? what if more come and they keep coming everyday ? do you still say they don't exist and go on with your life? do you be normal? if you say yes I don't believe you and you don't believe you because you and I know you will pay it or pay for it sooner or later . God exist and God is beyond this universe nothing like Him nothing, nothing.

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      MissMelissaK 5 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      This is beautiful! God does exist and he shines through you my brother in Christ. I pray God's light shines upon you as you strive to influence others of the power and beauty of Jesus. Amen.

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      manny75 5 years ago

      Well I don't know about that miss Melissak Jesus is long gone he don what he had to do and gone just like many, many messengers of God but the creator live forever if their is ever beyond this universe God is not it or part of it His beyond it all we human have connection with God is a our spiritual being, God is a spiritual being so us we say we how we mean our body or soul witch we don't know, but we know exist and we know it's not our mind or brain or heart it's something else we don't know but we understand the more we get in touch with our inner self, or understand our inner self, the better we feel and the closer to God we get. Us the saying if you are looking for God look in to you, know yourself you know God. start by using your good character to defeat your bad ones, character are part of the spirit or you see how feel good luck in to your journey.

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      Greg Sereda 5 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      Manny75 - The Bible identifies Jesus as the Creator. We don't find God by looking in ourselves, either. That's a lie of the devil. And we can't overcome sin with good characteristics. The battle to gain the victory over sin is a spiritual battle; therefore, we need spiritual strength. That strength comes from God.

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      Caleb DRC 5 years ago

      Greg, I agree with your comment to Manny here.

      Manny, the Bible is the foundation upon which to build your Salvation( John 1:1--14), and the heart is the devil's forte' against us( Jer.17:). Anytime you want to know what NOT to do, then listen to your heart within.

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      Greg Sereda 5 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      Caleb DRC - Amen, brother!

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      Julie McFarland 4 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      There are many flaws in the supposed "design" theory. we are powerful, wonderful beings, but the human body is flawed, which would show that it's "creator" is flawed. Not to mention, the "watchmaker" theory has been debunked over and over and over again, and is no longer considered valid - even by a lot of christian apologists.

      You do not need a god to be good. You can be perfectly good on your own.

      What makes the bible an authority - or even accurate? You cannot cite the bible to prove that the bible is valid- it's circular logic, and it's a logical fallacy.

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      Caleb DRC 4 years ago

      @ JMcFarland, Would you give a synopsis of some of the argumentation that has been used to "debunk" the Watchmaker argumentation "over and over and over again." Thanking you in advance.

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      Julie McFarland 4 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      Manipulating is not Creating

      To say that the existence of manipulators manipulating pre-existing matter proves the existence of an intelligent being creating ex nihilo, is a non-sequitur. It is an equivocation of two different uses of the word "create".

      Making consists of manipulation of pre-existing matter and energy. It is true that the existence of a building or car presupposes a maker. But it also presupposes something else: pre-existing matter and energy that the maker manipulates. The maker of a building does not “make” it by saying: “Let there be a house. And let it be of brick and have shingles of asphalt. And let the brick be yellow in color and the window trim be of almond coloring.” A “maker” makes something by starting with something that already exists. She then manipulates it by changing its shape or size or even applying energy to change its attributes and then assembles the modified pre-existing matter into the building.

      A log cabin maker first finds existing trees, chops them down, removes the branches, shapes them and then piles them in a particular way to “make” the cabin walls. The raw materials of glass are subjected to heat until the heat manipulates it into a transparent substance that is then molded or cut to fit holes in the walls to make windows. A sand castle maker does not make the sand, he merely shapes existing sand into a shape we call a castle. Making is not “creating.” It is merely manipulating. And, of course, existing matter and energy can only be manipulated by a manipulator.

      Creation ex nihilo or speaking something into existence is a completely different category of event. Where making presupposes the previous existence of matter and energy, creating presupposes the opposite – that nothing exists previously.

      Noticing that existing matter and energy can be manipulated tells us absolutely nothing about how the matter and energy came to exist in the first place. Finding a piece of clay and noticing that it can be manipulated it the shape of a horse tells me nothing about how the clay got there to begin with.

      False premise p1: Complexity

      The idea that aspects of nature are too complex to have happened by chance (or more aptly natural processes if we wish to avoid straw men) is a fallacy of argument from ignorance, or even willful ignorance, in the case where the theist also has to reject what we already know about the facts of Darwinian evolution. It is essentially tantamount to the statement “I can't think how it could have happened, therefore God did it!” It's also begging the question as to whether something can be too complex for evolution, at all. How would we know whether something is too complex without a sampling of confirmed examples contrasting natural low-complexity cases versus supernatural high-complexity cases?

      This has led to the formulation of such theories as Michael Behe's theory of irreducible complexity, which was laughed out of court during the Kitzmiller v. Dover court case, who when presented with counterpoints, "Professor Behe’s only response to these seemingly insurmountable points of disanalogy was that the inference still works in science fiction movies. (23:73 (Behe))”.

      Ray Comfort's version of the argument (in classic Ray Comfort "slap your knees" fashion) bypasses this entire premise by committing a fallacy of begging the question and simply assuming a priori in the premises that nature is a “creation”.

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      Caleb DRC 4 years ago

      JMcFarland: I know the Bible states that God spoke the original universe into existence; however, Scripture( Genesis) also addresses how God formed and made things. I believe what God's Word says, but that is not relevant to my question. It is news to me that the Watchmaker argument has been discredited, and what I would like is some sort of summary of the arguments used to invalidate the Watchmaker premise along with its conclusion.

      Although I think I understand what you wrote, from your perspective . . . probably not. It seems to me that paragraph 3 and 4 of your reply substantiate the Watchmaker argument. It requires intelligence to specifically direct forces to make anything structurally significant. You wrote, "It is true that the existence of a building or car presupposes a maker." Well, yes, this is what I believe also, and this is the essence of the Watchmaker argument. God creating something out of nothing is another subject.

      I found an excellent site with the entire transcript of the case you mentioned, but I don't know when I'll get around to reading it. Can you tell me some of the counterpoints that were used against Behe?

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      Julie McFarland 4 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      Paragraph 3&4 were restating the argument, so it's normal that you would agree with them. I would recommend reading the counter-apologetics. If you're going to go the Wm Lane Craig route, there's a fantastic book called God: the Failed Hypothesis which goes into a lot of detail that I cannot sum up here about the first cause, etc.

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      Caleb DRC 4 years ago

      @ JMcFarland,

      OK, I'll see about getting a copy. Until then I'll continue to use the Watchmaker argument until someone comes along with some powerful argumentation against it. Boy-howdy! That will be a bummer if that happens because I'll have to do a WHOLE LOT of editing at my site. I use it all the time, don't ya know. And what would I do with my faith? Believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Clause, I suppose. I believe in God Almighty and Jesus Christ because of the unfathomable evidences proving His existence. What would I do? What would I do . . .

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      Julie McFarland 4 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      is the sarcasm really necessary? You asked a question, and I provided a source. The fact that you don't recognize that the Watchmaker is not even commonly used among christian apologists anymore because it has repeatedly been debated against succesfully should increase your humility - but unfortunately it seems to have done the opposite. Are you claiming to know more than science, more than theologians, more than world-renowned apologists that do this daily for a living?

      There is no evidence for god. People have been trying (and failing) for over 4000 years. If you could prove god, you would surpass scientists, apologists and god himself - and i'm sure that your Nobel prize would be your profile image. Where is it?

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      Caleb DRC 4 years ago

      There is a difference between humor and sarcasm; I apologize if you took it the wrong way.

      You said "the 'watchmaker' theory has been debunked over and over and over again", but I do not believe it; therefore, I asked for some of the argumentation that supposedly accomplished this. If you have that book, or can remember some of the arguments that debunked the Watchmaker argument then present it so I can see if it does what you claim. Maybe I'll change my mind about God; maybe we will have to agree to disagree--I just want to see some of those arguments.

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      MissMelissaK 4 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      You all need God! If you didn't then this thread wouldn't be nearly as long as it is now. Keep going around in circles. Faith is spiritual. You will never be given the proof you crave. God can do amazing things with an open heart but he can only do so much if your heart is closed when you reject him.

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      Julie McFarland 4 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      for starters, read "the blind watchmaker" by Richard Dawkins.

      or you can just go here. http://www.update.uu.se/~fbendz/nogod/watchmak.htm or http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=Watch...

      Sorry it took me so long to reply - your comment got lost somewhere in my notification thread and I didn't realize you had asked.

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