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Ten Reasons To NOT Believe In God
For Those Who Are Truly Willing To Explore The Question
Just as there is no way to definitively prove that God exists, there is no way to prove that he doesn't.* Interpretations of the available physical evidence will always be subject to personal bias. Critical examination of “holy books” can be easily dismissed with the claim that such texts are merely "metaphorical" or "allegorical" or have been "mistranslated." Thus, we are left with logical arguments to guide us in an honest quest for the truth.
This hub is designed for people on both sides of the question. For those who believe in a supreme being, it is hoped the arguments below will encourage an open-minded and objective examination of that faith. For those who already reject such belief, hopefully they will illuminate your skepticism in new ways, and will help you articulate the logic of your position in discussions with others.
(note: Any reference to “God” below is to the monotheistic male deity of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths)
*(I've recently reconsidered this notion, and have made an attempt at actually disproving the existence of Yahweh, the deity of the Bible and Quran, in my hub "The Disconfirmed Deity")
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 circular 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.
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.
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?