I’m bored and just in the mood to spill some of my thoughts on your screen. Permit me this freedom for it has been a hard-won right.
My unwillingness to believe in the christian god does not stem from a poor understanding of biblical scripture or christian history or some personal rebellion against authority, but from the lack of trust I have in the thought process of people who had not the tools of science and reason by which to scrutinize their own thoughts and the thoughts of those around them.
To accept this erroneous source of scripture and religious instruction is to proclaim an unfailing belief in the human mind and its ability to perceive reality in a flawless way. We were, by our five (some say six) senses alone incapable of determining the shape of the heavenly body on which we persist or its place in the universe.
Without the tools of science and the faculty of reasoned evaluation, we mistook diseases for curses, droughts for the lack of human sacrifice to honour the gods, schizophrenics for prophets, etc. We sought comfort from the harshness of an uncivilized and unscientific world and found it in the promise of another world, somewhere beyond the door of death.
We are a species wholly incapable of coherent and practical thoughts unless we use the tools that extent and multiply our senses.
The religious do not want to be excluded from the discussion about how our civilization should continue. But look at the antiquity of their arguments, which literally prevailed when we did not even understand what caused the sound of thunder.
If you can trust this, if you do trust this, then you have aborted inquiry, and you have abandoned honesty. Who but the village idiot could believe anything you have to say or take seriously any additional argument you render to discussion? You believe, and you believe without proof, evidence, or even a coherent explanation. You believe without demonstration of authenticity, and you expect others to accept your arguments on the same basis.
Your way of thinking had its time and place literally thousands of years ago. At the time, such were the best arguments and explanations that human minds could come up with. There is no shame in admitting that belief, being a more idle and simplistic form of inquiry, must have preceded reason, which is a more fervent and advanced form of inquiry.
As an atheist who is convinced that complexity arises from simplicity, that is the natural progression one expects for a species that developed consciousness without authorship, and who needed to find reliable patterns and accurate explanations for an environment that came with no instruction manual.
I find it disappointing that your supposed almighty god could not foresee the age of reason and tailor his supposedly eternal message to be more convincing to people who lived in a time where the mechanisms driving the world, life, and the universe are exponentially better understood than at any prior time in human civilization
And I must disappoint your god by saying that even if he is real, I’ll look right past him to find the mechanism that spawned him. He may say he is the alpha and the omega, but I would still demand proof. As an atheist, I am compelled to do the same thing believers do: they put god in front of all scientific discovery, and I put science in front of all supernatural claims.
God, if real and detectible, can be thoroughly explain by the scientific process, in due time. And there lies, perhaps, the greatest revelation of the faithful mind: It cannot have god be detectible and real, because then god can be studied, quantified, and explained, which limits him to a mere discovery and scientific subject.
This is why the faithful deliberately hide their god away from the scrutiny of scientific instruments, the inquiry of reason, and the soundness of logic. God must never be presented to the scientist for the scientist will then scrutinize and judge god.
Looking at christians, I have no reason to believe their god is honest and reasonable. Therefore, I do not expect him to present himself honestly or demonstrate his authority in a convincing manner.
I cannot live my life on other people’s faith, especially if they are convinced by such incomplete, self-contradicting, and primitive arguments. If god expects me to reduce my intelligence to that of a child, then I want nothing to do with him.
Of course, I know that if the christian god is real, he can’t allow me to have free will to the extent that it allows me freedom from his oppression. But I don’t have to worry about hell because it, too, is undetectable by our most sensitive scientific instruments.
Thus, the christian god and his reward / punishment are as real and considerable to me as Allah and Krishna are to christians. I, thus, dismiss the christian argument on the same grounds as they dismiss the mulsim or hindu argument, and I sleep just as soundly at night for my offence committed to religion in general as the religious sleep for their offence committed to each other’s religion.
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