Atheists- why do you not believe in God? or various gods?
I will be using peoples answers for an article I will be writing. If you do not want me to quote your answer, please say so in your answer.
Why don't you believe in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, and unicorns?
The better question would be, why do people believe in God/gods?
Blind faith, fear, ignorance, or delusions. There is no other reason. But it also depends on your definition of God.
I don't believe in God/gods because of the lack of proof. Magic isn't a valid argument. Prove to me God is real, give me solid proof and I'll start believing. May be I am coming off as a rude, condescending guy, but it's a valid argument.
I completely respect your point of view. Thank you for the insight. Do you mind if I use your answer as a quote for my article?
I don't mind. What is the article about?
Honestly, I have not figured out the layout one hundred percent yet. But I for sure know that I want to be discussing the difference in believing in God/gods, atheism, monotheism, etc. I thought it would be interesting to have peoples views
I don't believe in any gods, because it is clear that all of these gods were invented by mere humans, from our ancient past. Ancient holy books, in no way, portray the mind and assertions of an all knowing creator, but rather the ignorance of unlearned, dishonest, and savage humans.
I think Occam's Razor is the best way to conclude the existence of a god, as opposed to man made fraudulent assertions. There is irrefutable evidence, everywhere, of dishonest humans, but there is NO evidence of a god whatsoever.
Our only point of reference for deities is us. Divine accounts, texts, and rituals are all relayed by humans. And, aside from our knowledge of the universe being extremely limited, we are unreliable narrators. There is a saying that 'history is written by the winners' and religion is no different. That which survives was on the "right" side of history, and everything else gets designated as 'mythology'. If some early civilizations hadn't fallen, atheists of today would be debating believers in Zeus.
The over-abundance of gods, and the way they steal narrative concepts from each other, stinks of human creation. Without the ability to verify any of the "miracles" from the past 10,000 years, prophets and storytellers have no more weight than modern day writers.
That is a very interesting way to put it. Thank you for the insight. I hope you don't mind me using this in my article when i end up being able to write it.
Not at all. I answer these types of questions with the specific hope that others will see and consider these viewpoints.
Interestingly enough a question is directed only to a- theists. One of the definition of atheism is n. " the doctrine or belief that there is no God."
Long time ago, when communism was progressing well, one of my friends honestly admitted " I just believe that there is no God..."
Have a great success with your article.
Thank you. It is true I directed the answer to atheists, and that is because I am unable to answer the question why atheists believe what they do, not being on myself. I have been agnostic, and I am a strong believer, i have not been atheist.
I am an agnostic. The reason I am not a full-on atheist is because based on my informal study of near-death experiences, I believe there are beings more powerful than mankind. However, they exist in a separate realm, and they have limited control over what happens in this one.
I believed in God most of my life, but a series of unfortunate events, which involved my inadvertently joining a cult putting my life in danger in the process, and then being forced to watch helplessly while my niece dropped out of high school to join a cult, caused me to reconsider my stance. Flashbacks gave me the repeating thought, "What if I did that to my children? What sort of parent would I make? Even with my limited knowledge and abilities, I know better than that! If I can't do better, don't do it at all." (I have no children - my choice.)
Reading articles and comments from atheists have also helped me see the emotional manipulation and lack of logic regarding the Abrahamic religions. I have also done a brief study on the 10 most practiced religions in the world (they are included in 4 hubs titled, "What Takes More Courage Than Rebellion? Considering Another Point of View). Most religions believe in at least one Deity, but they also are open-minded enough to admit they don't have all the answers. I have since come to the conclusion that any religion that declares itself as Absolute Truth should be suspected as a cult. No one has the right to make that distinction, since no one has all the answers to life's questions.
Yes - please feel free to quote me!
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