Lucretius — ‘Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum.
(To such heights of evil are men driven by religion.)’
I don’t think it would take me a few essays to destroy God.
The burden of proof lies on the believers.
I simply don’t think a “loving” God could make a world like this, much more, a universe made for you for a purpose. If one says “God made you with all his love. He brought you to this world because he loves you. He knows you by heart for your name and soul is written in the palm of his hands,” then, obviously if this was “God’s plan for you” the same can be said for a newborn baby born with bone cancer, for no reason and purpose at all. If you thank God everyday for the food on your table and for feeding you, then are you implying that God did choose you to feast on food this day while millions of African children die of starvation?
When something good happens to a believer they say, “God is good all the time. All the time, God is good.” But when millions of children are torn away from their parents’ hands they say, “God is mysterious.”
The earthquake in Haiti killed a quarter of a million people. The tsunami in Japan killed thousands of people. The Indian Ocean earthquake killed a two hundred and fifty thousand people.
Children drown and God lets their parents grieve in this way. A God who could not stop this is a weak God, and a God who could stop it but doesn’t care is an evil one.
For anyone who says there is a reason and purpose for everything, fuck you.
The great St. Thomas Aquinas had five arguments for the existence of God. The most important one was the “Argument of the First Cause” he states that, “in order for the universe to exist, something greater that transcends it must have caused it to exist, therefore it is God.”
This argument is rather and ridiculous on a massive scale because it shoots itself in the foot.
So I’ll attack the argument using the argument itself and bring you the question of “What caused God to exist because something greater must transcend him?”
A professor of mine said this can’t simply be, because God is supposedly the uncaused caused of all things caused which is pretty bullshit because you cannot set your arguments foundation on a premise like this.
The same Aquinas also fabricated the idea of “Limbo”. It is where the souls of unbaptized babies go when they die. Just imagine… imagine the suffering of millions of parents who heard about this ludicrous idea.
Imagine the billions of people who grew up in a different culture believing a different God. Imagine the lives they lived, even how good they were to their loved ones and friends, they would still end up in Hell because of an evil ruler in the sky named Yahweh.
Can God condemn us for things we have no control over? I don’t simply think so because it is not our fault we were born into the wrong culture. Furthermore, if God knew you before you were even born, did he create you just to throw you in the lake of fire along with the millions of loving people who worshiped the wrong God?
At the end of all this, if someone does say, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” how can you be possibly sure that that beginning was real?
A wise man named Christopher Hitchens once said that “Anything without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. And surely there is no evidence that if I lived my life good and loving, I would meet you all in some theme park.”
If, scientifically, humans have been around in this world for, give or take, one hundred thousand years, then that means heaven watched with indifference and neglect for ninety thousand years, until three thousand years ago, they decided to send “someone” to the stoniest, most backward, most illiterate place on the Middle-east. And that was probably how the bible was formed, written by desert dwelling superstitious peasants wanting control over their people.
The idea of Jesus as a scapegoat is stupid. If God wanted to forgive us, then why didn’t he come down here to earth and forgave us? I’m sure that’s a better way to make people believe in him even more but no, he sent his son to be tortured and killed. What a disgusting “loving” father!
If you love someone you can serve their sentence in jail, but that does not absolve them of the fact that they are still guilty.
And I would like to state my last point: You do not get your morals from the bible.
Empathy, sympathy, or compassion are keys to moral thought. We are born with this. It is innate in us.
We see the same kinship in wolves. They hunt in packs. They have societies. They love their fellow wolves. And the funny thing is, they don’t have a celestial dictator. Same for monkeys, same for dolphins, same for whales, same for primates.
If you do get your morals from the bible, then why are you cherry-picking your favorite verses?
Numbers 31 advocates rape. Leviticus 18 and 20 states that you should stone gay people.
And do you also ignore the fact when God took the lives of children in Egypt? When God was such an asshole to Job just to prove he is God? Just because God commanded it, it does not mean it is right. There are a lot of atrocities in the bible. The believers only choose their favorite verses.
Don’t you also forget that the cruelest of all crimes are committed by believers:
The suicide bombing community is highly religious.
The genital mutilation community is highly religious.
People do this because they think they have “divine permission.” In Islam, if you kill people for your religion, that’s a one-way ticket to paradise.
We all want to do good and live happy lives, but religion destroys everything it touches. God is not dead, simply because there is nothing there to kill in the first place.
In a world we live in today, if you take off the blindfolds and open your eye of reason, you will see the world for what it truly is. Look through the galaxy. See the stars. That is more beautiful than the idea of a “burning bush”. We only have one life and our purpose is what we make of it.
God is not dead, for there is nothing there to kill in the first place.
The idea of God was fabricated by a crude, uncultured desert scribe.
And a God like that, is not a God worth believing in.