Why do People Believe in God?
There are many reasons why people believe in God. Some folks have been brought up in a religious family that took them to church. Others have taken to religion themselves. As for myself, well I’m an atheist – a non-believer and will most likely forever remain that way.
While I don’t have a problem with free thought, what I do have a problem with is people being brainwashed into believing in something that is without doubt make believe.
That said, however, if an old lady gets comfort from talking to God, whether he is real or not doesn’t really mater.
It’s Disingenuous to Pretend to be Religious
What annoys me is when politicians use God and religion to curry favour with voters. I suppose politicians are scared of telling the truth for fear of losing votes. That is more a fault with our voting system than anything else, though.
Most ancient things have moved on for the better. Our legal system isn’t as barbaric as it once was, for example. So why isn’t religion moving in line with scientific findings? It’s as if religion keeps on clinging on to the ever decreasing gaps that enable it to survive.
Today we have enough knowledge to admit that religion is a crock of rubbish and there is no just reason for including it in our modern lifestyles. Pretending to be religious is a terrible scam that politicians should be ashamed to pull off
When George Bush Junior admitted that he asked God to help him make a decision for the Iraq war, it made me cringe that the leader of the free world is making decisions based on religion. He should have been making choices on fact based argument. Maybe he just wanted to blame God if it all went wrong. Either way he was wrong then and history has shown he is wrong now.
Education by Terrifying People
Back in the day, people were God fearing types who did what the Bible told them out of fear. That isn’t a very kind religion, is it? Education by terrifying people. Surely people should warm to religion because of its benefits, not because of what will happen if they are naughty and don’t do as what God wishes.
Not to mention, what man decided he was educated enough to write God’s wishes down in a book in the first place? Why was he the chosen one? It’s all mind control that has been diluted over 2000 years and now people just believe it.
How the Universe was Created
There are obviously many tales about how the earth – and Universe – was created, but realistically there are only two worth speaking about.
- The Big Bang created the Universe.
- God created the Universe.
If you accept mainstream science’s version, as I do, that the Big Bang created the Universe then Evolution over billions of years created mankind then you are in my opinion a rational person.
On the other hand, if you believe that God popped up out of nowhere and created the Universe, I think you are misguided and living in dream land unfortunately. Not intentionally trying to be rude – just honest and factual.
By our own observations, more complex things come along later in any process. A house doesn’t start off as a house, it is built up through the hard work of the craftsman and the many ingredients that we call building materials. This is the same whether you are building a car or making babies.
So God arriving at the beginning of the Universe is like a house just appearing out of nowhere. It goes against the arrow of time.
People Could be Excused Many Year Ago
If you were born two thousand years ago, you could be forgiven for not having Google maps or the Internet. Knowledge was hard to come by, even for the wealthy individuals with all the right connections. Hence, if you believed something that wasn’t true then that was more akin to living in those times rather than any fault of your own.
Chances are that even people who are religious sceptics today would many years ago have been without doubt deeply religious. That’s how it was back then.
Now, however, we have science and modern understanding. To believe in something that is merely a fabrication of someone’s mind is not only ignoring reality, but it’s being ignorant of the facts. To my understanding, the facts are that there is no concrete proof of God having ever existed at any point in time. To me God is no more real than Father Christmas or Cinderella.
I was reading another blog, Christianity Today, and they mention what are the odds? They mention a quote from famous astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle, asking if a tornado blew through a scrapyard containing all the stripped down parts from a 747, what are the chances of it assembling them into a plane?
Even if the tornado blew through a scrapyard on every planet through the whole known universe a plane would never be assembled.
So in his book The Intelligent Universe, Hoyle goes on to state that life couldn’t just arise by chance. In other words, he is saying that it had to be designed.
Well the very stupidity of this argument is that if life was designed, there had to be a creator and – as the argument states, life needs a helping hand to get started. This make the statement a catch 22. You can’t say on one hand that life can’t start on its own, then in the next breath state that it was intelligently designed by a creator. Because who created the creator?
Saying that a God is above the laws of reality is just a cop out. It’s like giving yourself a joker in a card game. Yet even in the face of this, people still defend the ridiculousness of the statement.
Well I’m sorry, but you can’t bend facts just to suit your own agenda. Either life started on its own, which is what I believe or it had a helping hand from a creator, but the creator will have needed a helping hand also so the only logical way is to admit that life happened naturally.
From Junk into a Fully-Built Plane
While Hoyle’s quote about a tornado in a junkyard might be a nice sound byte, it is highly misleading. We all know it is entirely impossible for a tornado to assemble anything mechanical. Even screwing a nut on one bolt is nigh on impossible just through the wind blowing by.
Therefore, his quote is deeply misleading, even though people know what he is trying to say.
Life starting out in a natural way is nothing like a scrapyard. For a start, the minute particles that floated around in a primordial sea many billions of years ago were humongous in number and the churn of the sea was – and still is – like a biochemical cement mixer. Imagine how many trillions of times certain formulas and cocktails of organic ingredients come together? It was surely only a matter of time before life started no matter how simple.
The Sheer Beauty of Planet Earth
For many people, they are mesmerised by the millions of species of life on earth. It is said that there are over 11 million species in total. People look at the variety and sheer beauty of such animals and can’t comprehend how this all came about by chance. They say to themselves that it had to be created by God.
While the above statement is understandable, it is not the true reason why the world is full of beautiful creatures.
Where people go wrong is that they look at a shark and say, “Wow!” They say, “A great white shark didn’t just happen by chance – it must have been intelligently designed by a creator. It was designed by God.”
While the shark is amazing and, I admit, it does seem illogical that a shark would after billions of years of evolution end up looking like it does today.
The shark, though, however glorious it is, is just an amalgamation of smaller parts. When you zoom down into the microscope and see the little blood cells, even though they are still amazing, they aren’t as amazing as the shark as a whole. What I’m getting at is, if you zoom down small enough you will find some small, almost insignificant chemicals and beyond that molecules then atoms.
From Complexity to Ordinary
In summary, the amazing great white shark is just a hugely complicated jigsaw of natural elements. Together they are incredible, but on their own they are insignificant.
Would you honestly look at a carbon atom and think it is amazing? Most probably not.
So in my mind the shark is like a Ferrari that is made out of lots of smaller parts that are more powerful when together than they are separated. It is the combination of individually ordinary items that form greatness through complexity.
It is important to note that the great white shark didn’t just arrive on this planet as it is. It has evolved over billions of years through incredibly small changes over generations. Each evolutionary step is itself ordinary or insignificant, but it is the sheer number over the many years that has made something we hold in awe.
By breaking these amazingly beautiful creatures down into smaller parts we can start to understand that this is just one example of how planet earth turns the ordinary into the wonderful. We don’t need a God to credit with such work. All that does is complicate the matter even more. If you wish to blame anyone then at least give Mother Nature the props for giving us the world we see today.
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How About You – Do You Believe in God?
It would be great to hear your thoughts on this, possibly the biggest question that you can ask a person. There is no right or wrong answer – everyone is entitled to believe in whatever they wish so don’t feel like you are being judged. Believing or non believing is your right.