Why would a God in his right mind spend
seven days of his time creating an entire vast universe and then focus
on a teeny little planet in the middle of it? Why would he follow the
minuscule lives of the billions of ant-like inhabitants of that planet
when he could easily conjure more excellent beings into existence in another
six days (or maybe five days, since he’s practiced)? Why would he
care that those ants believe in him or not? If he really cared, why would
he not want to just manifest himself in some obvious way and show them
he was up there or out there or wherever he was?
I can easily imagine more excellent beings
than humans, why can’t this supposed God? The Bible says he created
man “in his image.” Maybe he’s a retarded God, and we’ll
be his little ant playthings until a few more billion years pass and he
gets tired of his toys and smashes us. He must be really retarded if our
stupid antics can amuse him for so long.
Is the world a better place than it would
have been had Jesus never been born? So many Christians have done awful
things in his name. So few Christians take his message to heart.
Apologists for Judaism, Islam and Christianity
often cite the transition from polytheism to monotheism as an advancement.
Can't we extrapolate and conclude that believing in zero gods is still
Do You Want God?
Which world would you prefer to live in?:
- A Judeo-Christian-Islamic monotheistic world?
- A Hindu Polytheistic world?
- A Buddhist world run on spiritual principles without
a personal deity?
- An atheist rational secular humanist world?
The choice of religion is more often based on an emotional
preference or prejudice than on a rational evaluation of which alternative
is likely to be true.
I prefer the last alternative on emotional
grounds because I like to be a grown-up, responsible for my life and actions
instead of subordinating myself to a mythical supernatural being.
I am a materialist. I don't mean that I
hunger after wealth & posessions, but rather that I share the scientific
point of view that the material phsical world, discoverable and knowable
by science, is all there is. The consequences are:
- No God, angels, devils, heaven, hell, karma, demons,
- No astrology
- No such thing as luck, except as favorable chance
- No vampires, werewolves, goblins or ghosts
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