I'm sick and tired of people saying that God is "so unlikely to be dismissible". You seem to assume it's so likely life evolved by chance, but it's really not.
- if the "resonance" between nuclear ground state energy levels of helium and beryllium was out by 1% there would not be enough carbon in the universe to sustain life
- if the ratio of nuclear strong force differed by 1 part in 10^16 then no stars could have formed
- if the ratio of the electromagnetic force-constant to the gravitational force-constant were increased or decreased by 1 part in 10^40 then we would have a universe containing either only big stars (too hot to sustain life) or only small stars (too small to manufacture chemical elements)
- if the ratio of expansion and contraction forces acting just after the Big Bang had altered by as little as 1 part in 10^55 then the universe would either have expanded too quickly, so no galaxies formed, or too slowly so that it quickly collapsed
- unless our universe fell within a very tiny volume of the phase space of possible universes, corresponding to an accuracy of 1 part in 10^10^123 then there could be no second law of thermodynamics
Imagine a dice with 10^10^123 sides to it. Pick a number, any number. Believe me, you've got a lot to choose from. Now imagine rolling it. Think of all the possibilities that could come up. What are the chances that it lands on your chosen number on the FIRST ROLL??
That is what happened with the universe. In fact, it happened several times and all of them landed on the perfect number; the dice landed, again and again, on your number on the very first roll. It didn't have a second chance or a back-up plan if things went wrong; it couldn't just decide it was "bad" and remake itself. It had one chance, one roll, and everything was perfect. To quote the Bible, "It was good."
You claim it is so probable life began by chance. Look at the above. Does it seem so probable now?
Now tell me God is less probable than that.
Believing in God means creation of the Universe and everything contained therein by Him. It is mandatory; otherwise prior existence of anything either created by itself or other than by God excludes itself from the dominion of God. This is true because nothing can exist without being created by any power, which could not be anything other than God. Every matter so created should be associated with its creator. Obviously, for supreme power to exist there should be nothing at the very beginning and everything subsequently to come into existence under the supreme creative power of God. Till date no evidence could be made available by any scientific principle, which could reveal existence of any matter or force by itself. However, this is a valid reason, which could substantiate the existence of anything not for itself.
The most important aspect requiring a deeper thought is as to what happened exactly at that particular stage of the creation of anything from nothing and how does it came from nothing. What could be the form, nature or characteristics of nothing-no form, no dimension and no matter within it! Could it be the case that the creator having the power created the universe from nothing becoming dimensionless due to the presence of infinite acting and reacting forces thus having a potential to exhibit when required. If it is so then the nature or the fundamental forces which are only few viz force of gravitation, attractive & repulsive forces within the nucleus of the particles of the matter could be more in nature not completely revealed to us so far. Our identification or classification of forces to a limited number then becomes restricted.
All the forces are inherent to the presence of equal and opposite forces in which case the presence of matter has to be excluded, as it is the outcome of such forces.
Light has its significance importance (may be the building block of universe), which is composed of Electromagnetic radiations and is associated with source. The electric & magnetic components of the whole universe will ultimately show the total presence of the matter, resulting in the realization of the charge contained in the Universe. This could not be realized at the present stage, as it could not be possible to realize the total quantity of the charge now when the matter has already been in the state of its existence.
The nature of the change producing force must be entirely independent. This is the true independent nature of God. God having no anti-God has the power to change the fabric of nothing to anything so perfectly designed with no flaws in his creation.
The process of expanding of the universe still to continue linked with its existence. However, the time and space relationship and laws of physics only initiated once the big bang took place and prior to that a state with no beginning and no end.
I do believe that God exists, but not simply because "the Bible tells me so" (which it does). Still, however, this was a decision I made fully aware of all the data. I looked at science. I delved into the laws that govern the universe, and the reason why we're even here, and it came to my attention that maybe we all start off asking the wrong question. Instead of asking the God question to start with, maybe we should consider why we're even here. Why do we have something rather than nothing? If non-life creates non-life and out of nothing comes nothing, then why do we have something instead of nothing at all? In short, there had to be something. So this leaves us at a crossroads. If there had to be something, what was it? Really (once you boil down the prospects), there are only two possibilities: an eternal universe, or an eternal God. So which is it, you ask? Well, where does the evidence point? Eternal universe, or eternal God? My vote goes to eternal God since all key evidence such as Einstein's theory of relativity, the fact of the expanding universe, the laws of thermodynamics, and even the Big Bang theory itself show that the universe is not eternal. It had a beginning. Notice I have not once used a single biblical reference to reach my conclusion. This was simply the most logical choice, given the evidence. So there's my stance. And yes, I am a Christian.
Explain to me the big bang theory. If there had to be one thing in space to start it all, then there was no space to begin with. I mean really. In theory, the big bang created everything, but what was there to create a big bang? How do you get a whole bunch of something from nothing? How could all this be just a coincedence. To say there is no exact creator is to put a shame on all the things that have ever been anything. There is too much evidence that we were created by a God, that is so huge, and amazing that it is almost foolish to deny it, just because we cant see it.
I believe in God full heartedly. I must say that to start. Although, i do believe in evolution in some aspects. No, i do not believe that Adam and Eve were monkeys, hominids, or apes of any sort. But i do believe in the adaptation part. I believe that finches when having to move had to adapt to there environment and there bodies did this naturally. Though what were hominids supposedly adapting to? Could they have been a species of there own? Bird are some of the closest animals to dinosaurs (research it) but they are 2 different things. Therefor how did humans come to existence without some sort of creation to start them. If something is extinct, is it gone forever? Well that is the definition. But according to atheism, we appeared because the right molecules were in the right place at the right time. We were not in existence, but we came into it. Dinosaurs are no longer living, and by extinction will never be again, correct? But we will go with the right place and time theory if you would like.
For an atheist to answer no, there would be a burden of proof to justify the view. This question would therefore ask, does God exist? With Yes as the only possible answer. Atheists claim that they do not deny God's existence, merely question the evidence. While I will not generalise this to all of them, there is no reason to say no God does not exist, only to say Yes. I respect the atheistic right to say the answer is not yes, however, to say no explicitly means to assume a burden of proof. The creationist has the better reasoning for how the universe came to be. While it does not necessitate the existence of God, it rules out atheism as a valid explanation since they have none. While God is not proven, we do not need to prove God. Nothing in science can be proven (with the exception of absolutes). So the question should be whether there is sufficient evidence for us to be able to say beyond a reasonable doubt, does God exist? I think the answer to that question is yes.
From the moment man opens his eyes to this world a great order surrounds him. He needs oxygen to survive. It is interesting that the atmosphere of the planet on which he lives provides more than just the adequate amount of oxygen he needs. This way, he breathes without difficulty. For the existence of life on this planet, the existence of a source of heat is essential. In response to this need, the sun is located just at the right distance to emit just the exact amount of heat and energy man needs. Man needs nourishment to survive. Every corner of the world abounds in astonishingly diversified provisions. Likewise, man needs water. Surprisingly, three-fourths of the planet is covered with water. Man needs shelter, and in this world, there is land on which it is suitable to build and all sorts of materials to make shelters.
These are only a few among billions of details making life possible on earth. In brief, man lives on a planet perfectly designed for his survival. This is certainly a planet "created for human beings".
To Claim All these things came by it's own will be the Biggest Lie the world Ever seen.
In every detail of the infinitely varied world, man finds his Creator. God, the owner of everything in the whole universe, introduces Himself to man through the flawless design of His creation. Everything surrounding us, the birds in flight, our beating hearts, the birth of a child or the existence of the sun in the sky, manifest the power of God and His creation. And what man must do is to understand this fact.
These purposes owe their existence to the fact that everything has been created. An intelligent person notices that plan, design and wisdom exist in every detail of the infinitely varied world. This draws him to recognition of the Creator.
The existence of God is OBVIOUS. Ignoring it would only be the beginning of the greatest damage we could ever do to ourselves. That is simply because God is in no need of anything. He is the One Who shows His greatness in all things and in all ways. God is the owner of everything, from the heavens to the earth. We learn the attributes of God from the Qur'an:
God! There is no god but Him, the Living, the Self-Sustaining. He is not subject to drowsiness or sleep. Everything in the heavens and the earth belongs to Him. Who can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them but they cannot grasp any of His knowledge save what He wills. His Footstool encompasses the heavens and the earth and their preservation does not tire Him. He is the Most High, the Magnificent. (Surat al-Baqarah: 255)
God exists because the Bible says so.
O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! Long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Since their isnt undisputed scientific evidence either proving or denying God, it comes down to ones own spirituality and beliefs. I believe God exists but thats about all I can say
I am a christian, so of course i believe that he exists! I mean things had to be created by someone. They didn't just pop up. God created everything and everyone for a reason, if you don't belive then you should serioulsy be baptized.
First off, the origins of the earth will never be scientifically proven either way because no one was there to observe the event. Personally, I believe God exists because when I look around at the mountains, oceans, solar system, universe, and the complexity of the human body, I can come up with no other logical explanation. So I come to a conclusion: God MUST exist.
I get sick of people saying there isn't a God! So I simply ask them this queation,"Prove to me that there isn't one!" I guarantee it that the evidence you'll come up with I can prove you wrong! GOD does Exist!! Ad no you don't just have to have faith he exists! There's proof!! You. Can not just tell me we got lucky with a "Big Bang". If that's the case how could a "Big Bang" put us to the exact degree away from the sun so we don't burn or freeze??
The bible is true in many ways. First of all, it is historically accurate. Before anyone knew that there were endless amounts of stars, people created studies on how there were only 11 stars, or only 10 stars. The bible states that there is an infinite amount of stars. Secondly, the bible is scientifically accurate. Thirdly, the bible was written over a period of 66 years, by thousands of different people, on 3 continents all on one topic, God's salvation.
I don't have much to say, simply because I don't think anyone who reads this will be swayed by my words. No one ever leaves these debates with a changed opinion, just anger and bias and judgment. Nonetheless, I must point out that improbability that the order and "design" to our world just happened randomly. I hear a lot about facts that prove He doesn't exist, without any actual evidence of it. The prophesies of the Old Testament, which were about Jesus, came to be true. Science itself asserts Christ lived and died on a cross, at the least. I choose to believe the hundreds of accounts of His actions on earth. He was either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord. That's one seriously dedicated liar to allow himself to be beaten, bludgeoned, and ultimately killed. And how many lunatics were able to draw such a huge following? Other than Hitler and Hussein, who were directly responsible for mass murders.
YES, religion is absolutely flawed and man-made. Keep in mind, Jesus was executed by the religious people of his day! He hated religion! I vehemently oppose the Catholic Church, as well as several other denominations. I implore you not to base your view on God based on any man-made church. It's like blaming Obama for one stupid police officer or a corrupt congressman.
Look, if you're reading this, I hope that you see God for what He really is: A loving and caring Father. Please let me know if you wanna talk sometime. Even have a conversation about it, not a silly debate.
He does. We all know he does. We all know we respond to someone greater than us. We all know that we did not get here by chance. We have seen the power of what Jesus can do with people, and have seen his miracles. We have seen how his word has lasted thousands of years, and no matter how hard the wicked try to destroy it, He comes out victor.
Only one of the two can be correct. Evolution is clearly false in that not a single intermediary form has ever been discovered, complex systems required to survive (like the respiratory) must be instantaneously operational and can't develop over minutes one can live without them (let alone years, or millions of them), and such order as exists in the universe cannot occur by chance. Since evolution is false and cannot explain the universe and creation does, a Creator must be admitted.
because the Bible tells us so, and the Bible is the Word of God. Don't like that argument?? Ok then, take your chances. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. He gave you free will to do as you please, so if you prefer to be your own god then so be it.
You look at the life of a butterfly and you see how amazing it is. It starts out as a little insect and gradually gets huge. It then enters the transformation stage leaving 7 blood cells in its body! And then turns into a butterfly! Flys everywhere for long distances and people can just say "Oh, thats evolved" I mean give me a break. God has made wonderful creations, its not just by chance that we're a perfect distance from the sun, not too hot and not too cold but just perfect. Its sad that people are not smart enough to get this through their heads. The evidence is there guys, you just have to look for it.
I've seen people get healed in the name of Jesus. I've seen what he's done in my life. Prove enough for me :)
The bible proves God's existence. Read the bible, its in there. Wow people are forgetting this important document.
Nature does not raise the dead back to life. Jesus was resurrected. Therefore, God exists.
The universe did not pop into being out of nothing by itself. Nothing does not "do" anything. Therefore, there must have been some non-natural, immaterial, timeless, spaceless, super powerful, super intelligent un-embodied cause that chose the universe to exist rather than to not exist. This cause matches the description of the God of the Bible.
I have always simply known God exist. The evidence in my life personally verifies this daily. I see all other reasons for existance simply lacking in the human character. There is no way to explain all things by just physical means. But the people try and they fail. Thank God for that clarity He has shown me.
We have no way to explain how the Earth started out. The Big Bang Theory just doesn't make sense, but neither do any of the other ideas.I mean, they make as much sense as you allow them to. So you can believe in nonliving idea about the universe suddenly existing because of a "big bang", or you can put your faith in a God that created EVERYTHING. I would rather believe in God now then go my whole life not believing only to suddenly find out on Judgement Day that he were real and that because i had spent my whole life not believing, i was now going to hell, an eternity of torture.
Since the evolutionary theory fails to explain where the first phenomenon came from, I think that there is a creator. Even Darwin admitted that there has to be an ultimate creator, as things don't just pop out themselves.
We do not need to prove that God exists because we do not have another explanation at the moment.
But trying to prove he exists (tangibly) is impossible. I'm sure if it weren't for the fact that everyone could feel emotions such things would also be deemed non existent. Because they aren't tangible. We just affiliate certain facial features and actions, with emotions, as a non verbal communication. And some even mask their true emotion by giving said features to convince people that they are feeling a certain emotion when they aren't. And on top of this emotion is heavily intermingled in religion. And while science can explain how we express emotions, I don't think they explained why we have them. It's like trying to understand a problem I suppose. You can't understand the 'answer' (God) without understanding all parts of the equation (ex: faith, emotion). This is all just an opinion however. I don't mean to force my belief out on people; I merely wanted to state it for those who'd want to read and see it.
The God, absolutely exists. He is exists in the past, now, and in the future. How we can proof of this questions? First, because of the God is invisible essence, we cannot see him. However the ways to try see him. Second, because of it, we must separate between visible essence and invisible essence. if the object is different, so the methodology is same, different. We cannot make it same, that we use visible essence methodology to proof invisible essence. Third, the God has own method to communicating with the creation, and to know or understand it we shouldn't find it, because the God has the perfection essence and the man, the creation, is not perfection essence. To understand it, science and technology now in two minutes later can be change because the man cannot know the right science.
Atheists out there, I know deep down you want to believe in God. And plain and simple: HE EXISTS. My friend was also atheist, and he was about to commit suicide before God spoke to him. I have seen an angel wrap up my deceased grandfather just as his eyes closed. Do you honestly think billions of people are following some fantasy? These people have experienced God and have heard his call. Wheather Muslim, Christian, or any other means of spiritual connection, all comes from the same Bieng. There's already proof through ancient Roman scriptures of the miracles Jesus committed. King Solomon's mine has been discovered. The Shroud of Turan. Physical Evidence aside, the Lord is with you, even if you are a determined non-believer. Just understand, the Lord is ALWAYS willing to accept you. Have you ever considered that perhaps it was God who created the big bang? The bible is not to be taken literaly, but rather teach murals and the spiritual wealth that comes with God. I am not a preacher, but have questions like yourself. If you take away anything, just know that there is a God WHO ALWAYS CARES FOR YOU.
Jessalyn over there ------>
says that God is no more likely to exist than unicorns. But I proved in a debate recently that unicorns DEFINITELY exist. If God is a likely or unlikely to exist as unicorns, then God almost certainly exists. But besides that, if God doesn't exist, then nobody meant for us to be here, which means we have no purpose, which means it ultimately doesn't matter whether we're here or not, which means nothing we do while we exist matters, which means nothing we do is right or wrong. But only a sociopath would think that, and sociopathy is a mental illness. Obviously there's such a thing as right and wrong, as every sane person ought to recognize, and that entails that God exists. (That first argument about unicorns was a joke, by the way.)
The amount of order and law that is evidenced by nature is overwhelming proof that God exists. Randomness and chaos cannot create order. There is a universal morality in man which states that murder is immoral and theft is wrong. Why a universal morality if no universal moral giver? No sane person would look at Mt Rushmore's distinct faces and say that wind erosion created them but people believe blind random chance made all the diversity and complexity that is life itself. Evolution cannot explain the laws of logic or mathematics. Materialism and naturalism doesn't explain sacrificial love or kindness to random strangers or the weak. There is proof that God exists my friends but it is our choice whether or not to accept it as such.
Top scientists such as Darwin stresses that the way nature works is by 'survival of the fittest' where whether we live to breed depends on how strong we are against the world and means that we should be living in an anarcaic society but we don't. This means that we are more than just what science explains. As well science cannot answer deep questions such as the meaning of life what is right and what is wrong the things that truly matter to us.
I think there is plenty of evidence to think that God exists.
Cosmological argument - states three premises -
1) whatever begins to exist has a cause.
We can see this in everyday life - life begins because of fertilisation in the womb. A cloud begins to exist because water vapour collects together. We don't see things come into existence uncaused - for example we don't see chairs pop into existence, or houses come into being with no previous cause.
2) the universe began to exist
We know this simply because of the big bang - an event we have plenty of evidence for. The universe is not eternal in it's existence because infinity is an impossibility - if there are an infinite number of events in a universe, there will be odd and even numbers to those events. But the odd numbers will equal the total number of events, wich is totally impossible.
3) therefore the universe has a cause.
It therefore logically follows that the universe, which begun to exist, had a cause to existence.
But how do we know that cause was God?
Well, the cause has to have a number of properties: it has to be timeless, as it brought time into existence; it has to be immaterial as it brought the physical world into existance; it has to be hugely powerful and it has to be personal by the mere fact it brought the universe into existance.
There are only two things that follow that criteria: abstract objects - such as numbers, or an unembodied mind - I.E 'God'.
2) the argument from fine-tuning:
Simply, the universe would have had to have been so fine-tuned at it's original conditions that even if it expanded 1/10 of a millimetre too quickly or too slowly, it would have collapsed back onto itself. There are only two explanations: chance, or design. And the most probable explanation (by far) is design.
3) teleological argument
This states that the Universe is so ordered and so complex, that it could only have been designed by a creator. We need to only look at our own body to see how complex life is - let alone the whole universe. Iasaac Newton used the intricate design of the thumb as the only evidence he would ever need for the existance of God, for example.
I think these three arguments alone (even though there are many more) are more than enough to prove the existance of God.
First of all it is hard for some people to understand that godly wisdom is not the same as human wisdom and cannot be subject to the same criticism. It means that our ability to understand God's wisdom is fundamentally limited ergo arguments on morality and science are irrelevant. God has spread the word with his son JESUS. Now as for proving the existence of god well we have the Big Bang which cannot be detected as a chain of causality. The PRIME MOVER? By definition to be a being existing outside our conception of reality- natural answer 'GOD'.
I am an agnostic because know one thing for certain, and that is the fact that I don't know whether or not God exists. I don't think we can prove or disprove the existence of God or any other deities. "God was made up by humans back in those days to account for what they didn't know" is not a proof, and neither is "There can be no other possible way that the Big Bang or life or whatever occurred."
I call myself a Christian because I choose to have faith in God. That way, I am happier. I go to church and I've made some real friends. I choose to ignore any evidence against God, or to twist the facts in such a way that everything makes sense for me. I do believe that if God exists, He will manifest himself in my life and I will become a true Christian.
I don't think there should be a debate about God as I think this is a matter of opinion and faith, rather than of truth and knowledge. No particular belief is superior and we should learn to tolerate and respect, if not to consider other religious beliefs. Please comment if you think otherwise.
I believe in God the Eternal Father and His son Jesus Christ who shed blood, sweat and tears for you and me. If you would all please just sit and think, "How did I get here?" and think that science couldn't prove it period, and that's why I believe He exists. Talk to the LDS church and they will testify to you that He is real. You all need to have a little faith and not just think that there is an end after we die.
Of course there is a god. His name is Jesus Christ. He died for our sins on a cross so that we could be saved. How do you explain creation? An accident some say, but I say it was God who created us. He created us with a purpose to worship and love him. Proof? Look at the walking testimony of people. There is only one reason for someone to have completely changed their ways and be born again through God.
Science has already proven this one....but if you need proof beyond that you won't find it. One must search their own intellect, study natural science, but more importantly, study your true place in the larger universe to see the existence of a higher power. Religion is man made and thus inherently flawed.
God does exist! He created this whole entire universe! Some might be laughing and unbelieving...But how do you explain those TRUE STORIES of people who died and saw the afterlife and lived again!? Like those in "i Survived" and also the many many miracles that cant be explained by science! Like there was this church in buenos aires argentina wherein the Eucharistic host literally turned into a cardiac muscle with blood! When the scientists checked it, the cells were still moving and it was a LIVING muscle, even though it has been stored for days! For those who dont believe in God, EXPLAIN THAT. This miracle is TRUE. It was witnessed by Pope Francis himself. You cant say that someone just played a joke and switched the host (bread) with the cardiac muscle because if it was just like that, why didn't it rot? Anything like that should have rot and insects should have gone there, BUT NO, it was WELL PRESERVED and when they checked, it was blood type AB, human blood. And the DNA of the blood sample was THE SAME as that of the one from the lanciano italy miracle, too! Science couldnt explain it! In fact, an atheist scientist even converted upon witnessing such! Search it! It's TRUE. And if God doesn't exist, it means there is no afterlife, it means that we will all just disappear after dying...So why do people say stuff like 'we will meet again after we die' or why do they even give respect or bury the dead and commemorate the dead if they already disappeared forever?! Yes I really do strongly believe that God exists! And he LOVES US.
He exists and created everything. The intricacy of everything is so intense that it must have been created. Think about the human body for instance. We have millions and millions of cells, and scientists have been able to see what is inside them. Recently they've been able to see that there are things inside a cell's nucleus. there are many scientists who were atheists who studied the human body and decided that it was too intricate to have been formed by chance and was created by someone or something. plus just because you believe in God doesn't mean you have are suddenly religious, it means that you have faith that there is a God out there and that He cares for you and the rest of the world.
Look around, the mountains, the world, the oceans are all created by God. He exists! If you are wondering why there are so many bad things, it's because of the devil. The devil tries turn us evil, to make our lives miserable and to oppose God. God always wins though. He loves us so much that he gives us a choice. We have the choice to die in hell or live in eternity with the Lord. Christianity isn't about repenting, it's about loving the Lord and believing in Jesus. When you love God and Jesus, you will repent, but the first step in Christianity is to love God and Jesus. Dear Twistedlocus, if the man who didn't repent, but did less sins were actually a Christian, he would have repented. When (and not if) Jesus comes back, it would be sad to be on the wrong side of the wagon. By the way, for all the people who need to see the evidence and face the facts, here is a question: Is seeing always believing?
God loves EVERYONE enough to give them a choice, to send his son down to die for us, to come back for us and to give us an eternal home.
This world will fail us, like how our flesh will die, but when it does fail us, where are you going afterward?
Of course, He does exist! I mean, look at Israel, look at Godly men and women, we are getting what we need. "My God shall supply all my needs, according to His riches and glory!" And He does! I have seen things in my lifetime, that I don't believe to be real, but they are as real as you and I... just like God, He is completely real. No, He is not a hologram, no, He is not imaginary, no, He is not just a fake figure. He is totally real!!! I know He is, and I would die for my beliefs in His existence!
Of course God exists.The bible says, 'blessed are those who have not seen but yet have believed'. There is everyday proof that there is a hogher power above us. A higher power that is... God. Yes, the eternal God does exist... The whole world shows eveidence of being designed so thererofe there must be a designer- the designer is called God. The big bang theory is a theory that suggests the whole universe was formed from an explosion. My point is- an explosion containing the universe couldn't have just occured form absolutely nothing... I believe that there is a God..
I do have subjective proof that, to myself, eliminates all doubt. To anybody else, it really wouldn't cut it.
Yesterday the sprinklers were on in my backyard. I observed them. However, there is no way for me to prove to anybody else that they were on. Lack of objective proof does not falsify something.
First of all , who created us ? Who created the universe ? , who created everything ? It can't be a person who's ability is limited it has to be someone grater someone stronger someone more creative someone who has the full power who has the full intelligence all those questions lead us to the answer that there is a god and only one great god because if there were more than one they would be arguing about things , So I believe in god and I believe in god's existence and I hope you all believe that everyone was created for reason we can't be here for nothing and god created us for a reason
God's existence is undeniable, because there is no other theory that can accurately explain why and how everything has come into being. Man has been fully aware of a supreme being since the start of time. Also, man has a moral code that could come from nowhere or nobody other than a creator. This creator must be God.
The bible is self explanatory. It survived all of this time so that everyone may know the truth to salvation. Jesus said that no one can come to the father unless by way of me. You must be reborn in the savior Jesus. There is no Allah , Buddha , Hindi god or Mormon view of god. Sorry Marie Osmond and Mitt Romney!
1. Our understanding of God is a being than which no greater can be conceived.
2. The idea of God exists in the mind.
3. A being which exists both in the mind and in reality is greater than a being that exists only in the mind.
4. If God only exists in the mind, then we can conceive of a greater being—that which exists in reality.
5. We cannot be imagining something that is greater than God.
6. Therefore, God exists.
The highest point of conceivability causes reality and that is why God exists. Of course, we're assuming the essence of God but even though we can't know what God actually is, we can easily know God's characteristics as in being omnipotent, omniscient, etc.
God can exist based on human faith, just like Santa Clause. If you do not believe in his existence then he does not exist, but if you trust in him and you put your faith in him then he will exist and he will be there for you.There is a lot of proof and evidence of his existence.
I believe in God. Although I believe in him simply because I do, there are also various reasons that prove his existence. For example, if the Big Bang theory is correct (and I believe it is), something must have set off the big bang. A massive explosion containing the entire universe couldn't have simply come from nothing. There's also a lot of miracles that have been scientifically proven, but I'm not going to go into details.
There is no way that a universe can exist without existence of God. With existence of God, we know that all questions do have an answer - even if we cannot find the answers. There are no answers if God does not exist.
To answer this, we must first define "god," if nothing but a "creator" it is highly likely. If you drop a 1,000-piece puzzle out on the floor and all the pieces fell into place, would you assume that it was nothing but chance? And if it was a 100,000,000,000 piece puzzle that fell into place, would you?
The universe is an intricate design. A design implies a designer, God.
I suppose you could call god reality this universe and others if there are any that's all I think when you die you get to choose your ending to a beautiful we call life sure to some that's heaven I am going to an ice cave with little Pekingese dogs how about you I think the Hindenburg uncertainty principle hints at many things that will be impossible to prove but it's good enough for me I live in a quantum universe after I die anything can happen I will see want I want to see nothing more nothing less
The question isn't really about whether God exists or not. It is more a question of what is God. Reality is largely about perspective. Some things are always the same across a group, because we perceive them the same. But, many details are largely based on the beliefs and ideas of the individual. If a person believes that God exists, then, for that person, God does exist. It does not matter what others tell them. Within their reality, God does exist and cannot be proved to be otherwise.
There is plenty of evidence for Gods existence but blessed is the man who doesn't need evidence.
Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
We are here for a reason, we did not just pop up out of no where. The evidence is all around us but we are just blind to see it.
The origin and stability thereof is hidden from view...except for those who dig for it....and look up from time to time! Meanwhile most people are like ants on the trunk, following the ant in-front of them.
"If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex?"
I have myself read almost all the arguments for and against the existence of God and thus, I can say with certainly that the existence of God is much more probable than not given all the arguments for and against His existence. The KCA for example, in my opinion, successfully proves the existence of God. It has many objections against it but all of them are fallacious and have been refuted.
I'm not going to go through the arguments here simply because there are two many. I'll just leave this quote here, "the laws of nature, life with its teleological organization, and the existence of the universe--can only be explained in the light of an Intelligence that explains both its own existence and that of the world." - Antony Flew
God exists because I believe in him. God exists because there places of worship all over the earth. God exists because there are religions. God exists--that is why you are Christian or Sikh or Hindu or Muslim. God exists--that is why Jesus came on earth.
If the world was made by the big bang and the big bang was caused a particle, what made that particle? What is the true substance that created the first? Well we can't answer that question unless there is already one. God. God is eternal. You can ask those same questions about God but if God is eternal did he not make himself. And if you say the particle that created the universe created itself is that not the same theory of there being a God? An accidental God?
You deny God because you have been disconnected, because you have been disconnected you deny God. The fist question the nonbeliever must answer is this. Are we teaching the Universe or is it teaching us ? Once you're ego exhaustion all the wrong answers and you realize the Universe is teaching us, you begin to realize God. Now this does not mean that the die hard skeptic will experience God, because for them this means nothing and yet somehow everything. Those whom deny God can not help but to deny God, anymore then the blind may deny a rainbow. The blind are physically disabled in sight and the nonbeliever is spiritually disabled in understanding. The cord connected to God has been severed and the spiritual understanding of God is lost. Its like the nonbeliever is stuck in the state of a dropped call, while with every proof of God. God is saying on the other end " Can you hear me now " The nonbeliever is standing there with the phone to his head saying " There is no one there " Not all names are written in the book of life and Gods will maybe not only the that there are believers but that there are the nonbelievers as well. If this wasn't true then the two paths would switch widths. Just a thought God bless
Of course, how do you think this galaxy turns out to be perfect. In a way you can think God doesn't exist, but did you ever see a painting without an artist. Is this logical? Should we really see the God?!? Think like this do you also see your feelings. Yes, it is just there.
Many believe the universe was created from thin air and we as humans are nothing but meaningless "accidents." However, in order for there to be even nothing, something must exist and if nothing existed before us, it would be impossible for the human race to exist. This would occur because there would be no source in which all living things share their origins origins. Therefore, God does indeed exist.
I believe that God exists, I can feel it, and feel his inspiration almost every minute in my life. He created us as His Image. I do believe that His is our heavenly Father that loves us so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to give us an opportunity to come back to Hm. I love Him, I praise Him and I looking for the day that I can see Him again!
Life itself is proof of a designer. The nature of the universe is proof. Computers, cars and technology do not come about on their own. Neither do human beings or any other life form that is far more complex, intricate and advanced than any technology we have. God does not have to be all powerful or benevolent in order to exist. This question has nothing to do with the traits or character of God. It is asking whether He exists or not regardless of whether He would be declared evil or good in the opinions of human beings. You are getting into theological / philosophical type questions which are highly subjective areas in a lot of cases.
While there's no "scientific" evidence that God exists, that's not what's needed. Science has limits within nature, and God is supernatural. That's not to say that God's existence can't be inferred from nature -- such as with teleology and the cosmological argument. I think there's plenty of good reason to believe that God exists, even if science can't prove it one way or another.
People often cant get their head around the fact that God is 'eternal'. However, it's really quite easy to understand: God created time, but he did not allow time to affect himself, thus he is ever existent and there can be no such thing as a 'first time', a 'start', an 'end', a 'tomorrow' or a 'yesterday'. We were created with time affecting us, which is why we cannot comprehend what it will be like if there was no such thing as 'time'.
I feel as everything is its own God.
Agreement: If you have ever tried personal manifestation, positive or negative you have experienced you self being changing something because you said that it was to be that way.
Disagreement: I personal do not think that any being with complete perfection would manifest something imperfect just to idolize him.
I understand how some of you don't think God is real because there is "no proof". But change your perspective for a second. Sometimes I like to think of God as a verb, a way of life, not a guy on a cloud with a white beard. God can be something that challenges you everyday to be a better person. Yes I believe in God with all my heart. God will never be something we will understand. That is the beauty of it.
Look around you, see all that death all that horror, all the inequality, all the hate makes you doubt G-d how could he allow such atrocities to happen, he must not exist. Well the gods are not all loving, nor are they divide into such black and white categories as good and evil. Humans may be of interest to the gods but not as sons and daughters more of as play things, so if to amuse themselves they cause a few deaths so be it. Gods must exist because how can one honestly believe humans are the epitome of creation. Humans creatures who occupy but one infinitesimal in the vast seas of the universe. Food for thought: this so called big bang if its real where did everything come from and is it really so unbelievable that some other beings could have come to.
To the people that say "If God exists why does He let all of these bad things happen?", He lets them happen because He has given us a choice, we can either choose to follow Him, or go about our everyday lives and do what we want. You can choose what you want to believe, the choice is yours.
If serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
It is impossible to presume we were formed from nothing, live by nothing, grow old and die on nothing but the staunch rebellion that comes with survival on our own fittest, a trial and error session if you will. Why hold the precious human life so dear? Why love a new born child as it ignorantly sucks from its mothers bosom for its nourishment? Why train that child in the way it should go? Why wish for education, money, occupation, housing, clothing, food? What is the meaning of human life should we never have a gracious merciful yet jealous Father, watching us, guiding us, and having loving dominion and all power, in which none can stray his hand? Why do good times come, why do bad times come? What is the power on earth that controls this should humankind be the final authority on all matters? Why cant we all be wealthy, attractive, famous, successful in our own sense of the word? Why is there justice? Why is a child spanked and an adult imprisoned? Humans call it karma, just desserts, luck, facets of obtained glory by our own hand. Yet there is logically a dominion of equilibrium that dictates all matters. Why are there rules and guidelines to live by and how do we reach this conclusion? Surely the moral relative universe wins out should a guideline be true and binding for one and not the other. If one feels in his heart differently, who is to stop him besides God? And why do we as humans reach spiritual convictions, what we hunger and thirst for, what we desire, what is important to us, where we stand on issues, what we are meant in this life to do? Shall it be by pure experience? Yet what would it be if one's experience was so rotten as not to have providence? Does his own effort damn him to an unwilled loserdom, or does he wish for it? Who governs that downfall and suffers the rain of mercy to fall by his command but a powerful deity in charge of humankind? What binding relationship, what facet of discipline, what life and breath before our untimely death, do we possess? For there is no god by the world's sound decree, and you try to destroy him, have your peaceful world where there are no fights, wars, disagreements, bitter arguments, estrangements, tumults, and pain? How is this possible? How would it be without the gracious hand of God, who sent his own to deliver from sin, and let his people go? That is the question.
The Universe seems to magnificent of a thing to have come out of pure chance, there must have been a guiding hand somewhere in its creation. Life must also have meaning I cannot believe that humans simply do not have purpose in life and are just more animals. We were gifted with intelligence on a scale not seen by any other species. I believe a God does exist, I just have no idea how he works in the universe.
I will not say whether the God of the Bible exists, but I do believe that, at the very least, an uncaused cause exists. This is because if there is no uncaused cause, then we have the logical conundrum of an infinite number of causes. When we have an infinity of causes (which is required if there is no uncaused cause) we immediately run into contradictions (the number of causes growing while not growing). Thus, we find that it is impossible to have an infinite number of causes, necessitating an uncaused cause.
In addition, there are numerous other arguments for God's existence (some better than others), such as the cosmological argument, the teleological argument, the moral argument, the argument from truth, and the argument from logic. Combined, these convince me that it is more likely that God exists than not.
It's just matter of belief of someone.
Within the protection by government of freedom to choosing one's religious tenet, we must not suppress someone to believe it.
However, if someone ask me the reason I trust, I'll ask him why he doesn't believe it.
It doesn't matter because anyone in the earth never is able to prove his existence or not.
Atheist also has his own perspective also believers do.
Open your eyes. Do you really think that everything around you and everything in nature came out of some primordial ooze? That is a crazy theory to me. The world is too vast and too perfect for that theory to be viable. The next time you eat a piece of watermelon on a really hot and dry, ask yourself if it's a coincidence that this wonderful fruit is available during a the hottest and driest part of the year. That is a tiny miracle. Or how fall harvest is full of vegetables loaded with nutrients to get us through winter. Now, not all parts of the world have theses same crops and nature can be cruel but works too perfectly for it all to be random. It's definitely created by a higher power. There are miracles everyday. When a life is saved or an accident, averted, I challenge you to think about it.
The reason I believe that God exists, resides within the fact that we are intelligent life. In all forms of life we have some form of intellect, for instance plants have a cycle through which they absorb sunlight to produce to continue life and also to release oxygen. In order for something like that to have there had to be a purpose behind giving that plant this ability.
I was helpless and did not know what to do I said dear god I need help in my work and want the teacher to be absent and after a while she was absent, the next day she tells us she didn't feel like coming to school.......I guarantee you this is true
Regardless what one might think of the institution of religion, the existence of a deity, even spiritualism, is widely debated... I can't say I don't believe in God for the following reasons.
1. I shouldn't be successful, nor should I have a clean record. I've done things that are both stupid and illegal, yet when the time came... I prayed. I made a drunken wager with the Deity after a bad night, stating that if something within the next week were to happen to give me a sign that he was real, then I'd stop shrugging him off. I then dealt with law enforcement search the next week because of my actions that night.
I had one thing on me... One last pill. The pill bottle I hid in my boot popped open when the officer had grabbed it, and the pill that was inside fell into the depths of the shoe before the he could see it. Good or bad, this is a reason why I hold myself to my belief. I would have a felony for the possession of a prescription drug if not for this sign.
2. I would be bored without my belief. I see the world through pessimistic and sometimes depressing eyes. There are many cruelties and stupidities that mankind deals with on a daily basis. To look around and see all of these people leading such pointless can sometimes make me sick. There is no fun in working white collar for 14 hours a day, and construction gets dull. Our competition for mass-produced currency drives my pessimism even further. Yet, with a belief in God, maybe it'll all be for something. Karl Marx once wrote that Religion is an opiate of the masses. He was right.
3. It puts me at ease. I feel calm whenever I go to church. While I know for a fact that I am not like the other worshippers, I don't mind it. It relaxes me to be in a happy environment where people at least have this in common. Unity through faith, as bastardized as it was by the movie V for Vendetta, is still unity. If you don't have anything in common with your fellow man, then how can you expect to get along with them? Faith transcends the specific elements of what we like. It unites us under a broad flag, rather than a single string.
While there are various interpretations and stories about God and other religious concepts, I have my own way of looking at it. I am satisfied with that.
If it matters so much to SAY whether or not god is real, however, then the people who come here specifically denounce the idea must lead the boring life that I cited earlier in this text. To them, I say while what I have faith in may be nothing, I have no faith in you.
I pray that I don't stop believing... My faith is the reason I put my fellow man first.
I believe in God and what the Bible says fullheartedly, as I have come to these points in my relatively young life(15 yrs)
1) Science of Evolution and God can coexist and Scienece ends up aggreeing with God then challenging the idea. If you want more, check the other wuestions on this site, there are more in depth explainashions.
2) I am a non demoninational Christian, meaning that we basically believe what the Bible says word for word and take it literally, with study of the culture back then and what it means in the original languages(We do NOT have to stone our children with the New Coveneant:)
And I have seen people healed on the spot, something that cannot be proven by science, but has been observed personally. I have seen peoples lives changed and prophecies made and fulfilled, and if you see that, and you feel things and experience things that God promises and have a little faith, it would be only a matter of time to see that there is a God.
It is scientific law that everything comes from somewhere. There are thousands of scientific laws and principles and the way our universe was put together. If even one little law was changed our whole entire universe would be out of wack. It seems that for the billions years of our universes existence everything has been very stable, stable enough for live to thrive on planet Earth. I beleive there is something out there.
I find that the opposing side makes many claims which have no substance because of lack of evidence. When they do try to prove there points they go through means of science, a warzone where many battles are fought and contains many winners and loser on both sides. I believe that it is time to take things onto a different scale which this debate forum and many people have not yet discussed. I believe that we must abandon(but not forget) the particularity of science at the moment and go to great philosophical questions, specifically, those with a universal nature. For example: if I were to ask the question, "what are morals,"(universal Q?) the opposition would come back with postmodernist and universalistic answers(answers that can be debated).
"I believe in Christianity, just as much as I believe in the sun; not because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." - C.S Lewis.
Morals are absolute, or unchanging. Some believe that morals are based on personal beliefs and therefore, morals change. However, this supposition is false. If morals were relative then murder and pedophilia would not be an issue as there would be sects which accept these crimes. Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines morals as, "Conduct; behavior; course of life, in regard to good and evil." So, what then are ethics? R. C. Sproul defines ethics as, "...What morals should be." So ethics is the opinion of what morals should be; the opinions of the groups or sects regarding right and wrong. According to my ethics, stealing is wrong, but some one else, a thief takes that ethic disregards it and justifies his own. However, this is only ethics; morals are on a much higher level. Science cannot explain the basis of morality and only one religion can give a sound answer; Christianity. A parent sets rules which the child is to abide by. So, without the parent there are no rules. In the same manner, we as humans need someone(God) to set the boundaries or rules. Without the boundaries there is no God. However, there are boundaries, because there are morals, thus, God must exist. Likewise, without the parents there can be no child. So, morals in turn support the belief in God.
This is only one question which I have not even discussed in the depth that I should, but it should suffice for getting the ball rolling. There are many inquiries which can help us see the light in a dark world and aid in our understanding of the truth. Some questions, for example, would be: What is(are) truth, morals, ethics,(Who is) man, information, matter, God, religion, faith, etc. If we start with the universal truths we can find the particulars. Instead of studying the particulars we should shift our attention to that which will make a difference in the world. Universal questions and more importantly, their answers, should be considered and are crucial part of everyone's lives.
Most people believe God doesn't exist because there is no tangible evidence in existence. The problem is, they are basing the argument on the laws of existence. For example if something is observable and testable within existence then it exists. The problem with trying to apply this method for God, is that God is the Creator of All that exists and existence itself. God is not Limited to the laws of existence Since He Created all existence and all that exists. God was, before existence therefor he doesn't have to be limited by the laws of existence in order to be real.
Almost all the cultures around the world have some concept of God.While they may disagree about his nature and their understanding about him often gets colored with their own culture,Is however existed, why is it that different people in completely different time periods and circumstances,using completely different approaches always end up with similar conclusions?
Despite all our advances in Neuroscience and psychology, we still don't even know which part of our brain makes us capable of abstract thought.We have only a rudimentary understanding of the true nature of the Universe at best, and have so much more to discover.It would be a bit premature to completely negate the existence of God Just because it seems Contrary to our limited understanding.If someone spoke about Time dilation just 100 years ago, but did not have proof to back him up, he would be criticized just like Mystics are criticized by atheists.
There is well documented evidence to show that mere belief helps to improve symptoms.This is called the placebo effect.While it may not cure diseases entirely, it would be unwise to totally ignore these things.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I may not be able to provide to you an argument that will convince even the most staunch athiest that God exists without them having the slightest likelihood of doubt. But even the most doubtful can't prove that he doesn't exist. Its all just a matter of faith.
If the the universe exists and the universe had a beginning, logically speaking one must account for the cause of the universe. This is not "god of the gaps" because those things that have been explained to exclude a deity are those things which are observed in this universe. A non physical cause to a material universe however can only mean a spiritual source, and an eternal spritual source makes it a settled matter that God doesn't merely exist but is the source of the notion of existing...And all things that are existing.
This sort of debate is bound to go in circles, though, because the people that believe in Him (myself included), will use perspectives from the Bible to prove their points, and people that don't believe will use science and various other human means to prove he doesn't. I will debate from both a Christian and secular side for this. As a Christian, I believe that we "Walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7. I do not search for evidence of God because I have faith that He is there.
As for the secular approach, people that don't believe aren't going to see God, it's as simple as that. If you don't have faith that He exists, then you're not going to find him in His creations. You'll come from a scientific standpoint (and don't bash me for using science here because, personally, I love science) and say that God cannot be found because science cannot detect Him. As a Christian, I would have to argue that you have to remember that God created EVERYTHING. This includes the laws of physics, quantum mechanics, even the infinitesimal strings that are said to oscillate within the quark of an atom. If God created those things, then He is not under their jurisdiction. He is not controlled by what He has created. Also, he chooses to be illusive because he is challenging us as his children to trust in him and have faith. It all comes down to faith. And so, I'll reiterate: Christians will see Him from a Christian view and atheists will continue to look for Him and say He doesn't exist while trying to use human means of finding the God of the universe. In the end, God has a plan for everyone, so whether you believe or not is up to you, but in God's timing, you will be challenged to open the door to let Jesus into your heart. Whether you do or don't is your choice and all a part of God's ultimate plan for your life.
The matter of God's existence has never been a questions of science. It is and will always be a question of faith. I am not going to list the many scientific arguments for God's existence, while these are all compelling to the believers, they can always be picked apart by the unbelievers, albeit with much greater effort. God has no responsibility to manifest himself to unbelievers who challenge him. He manifests himself to those who have proven worthy through their faith and he requires that we follow a similar pattern of not "casting pearls before swine."
"Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Doctrine and Covenants 88:63
These are Gods own words to a modern prophet who saw him personally. You may not believe this but that doesn't make it untrue. These words have proven to be true in my own life and in the lives of many others.
Charles Darwin, the man of evolution, came to the eventual conclusion that there has to be a God that began the processes of the universe. Isaac Newton believed in God. If both of these great scientists couldn't find enough to refute their own faith, how could we interpret their laws of the universe as anti-God? God exists, and not at the expense of science.
I know that there is a God because I know that evolution is a lie because we did not evolved from a monkey & how can a monkey with a low IQ possibly can evolve into a human being speaking a language out of nowhere, that theoy has no evidence because we can not witness what happened before we were born, and God has his bible written down way before Darwin could make such a false claim about life how can he know? Darwin turned his belief into a cult. God written down how the earth & animals were made not man.
There is no proof other than an old book, that God, from the Christian religion, does exist. While I do believe the man "Jesus" existed, I do not believe his father "God" did. If he loved and cared for everyone, why is there so much crime, death, and violence in this harsh, unforgiving world? Explain that.
If god is so powerful, then why does he need people to go out and "spread the good news". If he is all powerful he wold be able to prove his own existence. But yet again, the whole point of religion is to have faith. Arguing with theists is counterproductive because they wont believe you because they have faith. Every argument I have been in with a theist, they never provide adequate evidence. When I try to present evidence to them, they simple say that it can't be so because it goes against their beliefs, and what their god says. Honestly, I could write whole book about the arguments I have heard. But I will spare you from the stupidity of their claims.
For the last time, god isn't real. Science has denied his excistance and there is no legit prof that hes real. This is a very complex topic but to be simple the universe was created by the Big Bang. Humans and life where created from stardust, which is a good way to put it, and evolved over time into new species.
In order to believe something as true, a person should demand evidence, otherwise they are just gullible. The burden of proof is on those who make a positive claim. Anyone who claims that a God exists, has the burden of providing evidence for that claim. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. Claims without proof can be dismissed without proof.
It is obvious. No. Because the existence of the supernatural god is highly improbable, and this opens so much other questions like 'where the god comes from' 'who made the god'. It is time to leave those bronze age myths behind and accept the world of reality as it is.
God (or gods) have always filled in the blank space of human knowledge. The less you know the more supernatural. Take this in reverse, that's why I think there is no Almighty Creator (for one reason). God created all creatures? Evolution proves it's not the case. Earth is placed by god in the center of the universe? Galileo proves that also to be wrong. The list continues almost endlessly.
Most likely doesn't exist because there is absolutely no proof for the existence of any gods. Still waiting for proof, and guess what? The bible is about as much proof for god as the Harry Potter books are evidence for the existence of Hogwarts. So I won't waste my one life on something that doesn't exist like most people do.
Creationism is clearly false first of all. We see micro evolution in our everyday lives. And since micro evolution clearly exists, macro evolution must exist, because all it is is macro evolution over time. Meanwhile, creationism states that God created everything as it is. That is complete bullshit. Just look at a cow. A modern cow is the work of artificial evolution by humans. Same with corn. The corn we know of today could not exist without human interference. If you saw and tasted early maize, it would be unrecognizable from the corn we know of today.
Another one is reptiles. It is a fact that reptiles are decendents of the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. An iguana is a lot different from your average T-Rex, as is an alligator, crocodile, etc. Yet dinosaurs are reptiles, and iguanas never existed back in the days of the dinosaurs. Now are we to assume that iguanas just magically appeared, or should we take the more logical approach, and come to the conclusion that iguanas evolved from the surviving reptiles of the one of many mass extinctions 65 million years ago?
Eternity, my friends. Do you think a god capable of love would condemn anyone to ETERNAL suffering? In a faith where repenting gets people into heaven, why would a god punish anyone forever? There is so much wrong with that! There are logical problems (love & eternity), human problems (what is pain?) and stat problems (human life span).
First, the life span issue.
Religion has been around for quite a while. People used to not live much longer than 40 or 50, I'm sure I'm even at a rare and high estimate at 40. Now people can live up to 100. This brings a moral issue, say the man who is a light sinner who lived to be 40 would have repented in his life around 50. God knows everything, he knows the man would have repented, but he did not. Now lets say a much worse sinner lived to 100 and repented around 80. Does the man who sinned worse for a longer period of time deserve salvation while the man who sinned less burns in hell for never repenting? Let's say they both had 60 years to live, the first man would be saved and the second would not. Do you see the issues here? An all knowing and loving being would not send either of them to hell, yet the circumstance of their time period and medical technology granted or took away their salvation.
A second issue is pain. What is pain? People get used to pain that occurs over a very long duration. If hell is eternity.. then no how matter great the pain, people would eventually get used to it.
Finally, how could a loving god condemn anyone to an eternity in hell? It seems unlikely. This one doesn't need as much explaining because the concept isn't hard to understand. None of these reasons even get into scientific errors that are in each holy book... hopefully by this character, a point has been made.
I personally do not believe in God, or any deity for Ifthat matter. If anything, there's more proof that he doesn't exist then he does. In the Bible, it says that the Earth is only 6,000 years old. False. It has been proven that the Earth is much older than that. People claim Jesus walked on water and rose from the dead. Prove it. There's so much more I could say that it would take days to read it all. In conclusion, we can't prove he does or doesn't exist for sure, but there is more evidence to suggest he doesn't than he does.
When proper solid proof has been given that doesn't rely on taking someone's word and can't be explained in any other manner of legitimate logic, no matter the likelihood I shall stand corrected. Until then I simply can not understand the concept or need to believe in a greater being than what we already are and have achieved by ourselves. Believing in such a being is just a coward's way of avoiding acceptance of the fact there is nothing after death.
Everyone saying that God does exist give no examples, proof or facts that even come close to proving their might be a slight chance that a super-natural being exists. All of the arguments I read went something like, "It's in the Bible", or "He exists because he does" but my personal favorite is "Stuff is so complex there's no other explanation then God." Using an argument that states,"He exists because you can't prove he doesn't", isn't really an argument at all. Also, just because it's written in the bible doesn't make it true, I could write a book claiming that I could levitate across water and fly, but that wouldn't make it true. There's no proof at all that God exists. Where as science has proved many question's and explained how many miracles of life happen. Like Evolution, which in itself pretty much most of the Bible invalid. Not expecting to change anyone's opinions but just sharing my own.
It is as Smithereens says. However, since there are only two options (yes and no), this is the one that I must go with. There seem to be very few people with respectable positions on the left column. Most of the arguments seem to be that everyone knows there is a god... "I know there is a god because I know it" ... or attempts to shift the burden of proof onto the atheist, which is just as ridiculous as ever. "Do you honestly think billions of people are following some fantasy?" - Politicain22
Yes. Yes, I do. You do too. The differences in the beliefs espoused by various religions are irreconcilable. Religions often criticize other religions for being ridiculous. I feel that any theistic position is not a respectable one. As I former fundamentalist, I can attest to the fact that I was very deluded. The ability of humans to believe anything, no matter how ridiculous, never ceases to amaze me. I will believe in a god (or gods) as soon as there is real evidence presented for one (or more than one).
If there was one iota of proof in a God, this world would be rid of much of this cancerous strife of religion. Religion, or Christianity (I don't know about other religions actually) creates a bubble where anything basically goes. Because Christians proclaim and revel in the mystery of faith, everything can exist, there are no limitations. Praise be to an almighty God. And anyone who is able to look beyond the amazing novel written by old "wise" men (the bible) is deemed to be weak because he couldn't keep his head stuffed in the clouds of delusion. And those who can successfully delude themselves for a long period of time are rewarded as strong.
In a society that values improvements in every aspect, equality in every aspect, how is it that there is still a large section of this society that still advocates for the regressive, and frankly quite backwards view of hiding from empirical truth. Since methodology of science was created and used to advance our society, those who could not understand, or chose to ignore the laws of the world, were seen as ignorant and naiive. Yet this strange sect dictates that only those who can be truly ignorant can enter into a magical world called heaven.
Which also brings up the question of, how can heaven and hell exist? Heaven-endless happiness, and hell-endless pain. Which are both concepts that can not exist.
So if we were to enter a world where truth, the scientific method, and other laws are moot... Then yes we can all learn to embrace the Lord. But...Being that we are still living in a progressive society, the mythology of a God, is a relic of the past. In its place is the Big bang theory, the multiverse theories, and the string theory. Once we find proof for any of those theories, we should hopefully be closer to ridding ourselves of this cancer.
All religious scriptures and books, speak of God and phenomenas that cannot be justified by any logical evidence. In the contrary, most evidence points in the opposite direction e.G if God is omnibenevolent why is there suffering, and why does it seem the people that suffer the most are those that are the least fortunate? In contract, empirical, repeatable evidence has contradicted beliefs about the origins of the universe and hence the existence of God. In addition, all religions point to a different God and have different beliefs. It is easy to think your religion is absolute, but if you have any common sense you will realise every religion in just as misguided as each other (if they believe in God). Religion and God could have been justified in the past as it provided an answer to what was impossible to explain based on our knowledge at that time. Now we have science and religion has no purpose in life, if anything it causes divide and conflict that can be detrimental.
There is no evidence that what is written in the bible is fact. Even if it was, how do I know which 'god' is the real one? Am I supposed to believe in the Islamic god? Or the Christian God? Or maybe the flying spaghetti monster? Please enlighten me... Give me proof, provide me with scientific evidence and rational answers and only then will I consider the existence of god.
I think it's silly to think that because some old book wrote about a god, we must all believe that it is true. What if nothing existed? Who would be there to define it?
I am a Buddhist, and our religion has no god. We believe in kindness to all things, living or inanimate. We are not afraid of death, instead we embrace it and are happy.
To assume that what we can't explain must be relegated to the power of "God" is a mistake. Science explains the universe around us far more aptly than the God Hypothesis could ever hope to do. When one settles on the God Hypothesis, one must wonder what designed the designer. Surely God can't be exempt from the rules which we so eagerly place on the universe. If God created the universe (which is complex in itself), then God must- by extension- be far more complex than the universe which He created. Therefore it would take an even more complex being to design Him. So we reach a regress ad infinitum, which explains nothing. As Richard Dawkins said, "The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference."
While religious belief can inhibit this question, there just isn't any hard evidence. While there are things that aren't explainable, an all knowing creator just doesn't cut it. Sorry y'all.
"The universe is an intricate design. A design implies a designer, God."
No, the universe is a subject to the properties of matter and anti-matter. Get a microscope and look at some particles
" With existence of God, we know that all questions do have an answer - even if we cannot find the answers. There are no answers if God does not exist."
The notion that all questions have an answer is science based. If you cannot find answers yet, then you simply havent found it yet/dont have the technology, this does not prove existence of the invisible man in the sky
Many try to make the argument that there would be no objective morality if there was no god. This I find borderline offensive. To say that God is what gives us the ability to distinguish right from wrong and that we are just crazy bloodthirsty monkey otherwise is just insulting to the human population in general. The ability to perceive things and make decisions is an evolved ability that took thousands and thousands of generations. The entire notion of religion pretty much takes a shit on this beautiful work of nature. Life is meaningless, just accept it, enjoy freedom, and quit living in your fairy-tale land with the invisible trident wielding man in the sky. If your going to love anything, love yourself.////
There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of god. If and only if theists present a proof for the existence of god, should we believe in god. Besides, umpteen crimes are committed in the name of this imaginary entity.
We don't believe in elves or dragons, so we shouldn't believe in even less plausible critters like gods.
The invisible and non-existent look very much alike. Delos B McKown
While it is 'possible' for a God to exist, there is nothing to suggest that one does. We are limited in our perception of the universe however, so I won't deny the possibility. But based off what we know, I say no.
and maybe I'll consider it.
There have never been any good arguments or evidence to ever convince me otherwise.
Not gonna go through this again...
I simply can't accept that God exists. The evidence put forth is extremely lacking. I see the idea of God as a fill in for the unexplained; the thing is that we're getting better and better at explaining things through natural means and the need for God has long since passed. Unfortunately God is ingrained in the culture of much of the world and such strong belief is extremely potent medicine, causing all kinds of delusions and wilful ignorance.
But I don't think any of the Judeo-Christian explanations, or any others really, provide any evidence towards his existence. I'm agnostic, btw.
It is impossible to prove the existence of God. God is different things to different people. But, in each case, he has been created by the individual to counter the most fear-inspiring mystery, which is death. God is a reassuring concept which counters this fear. But, beyond living in the mind and hearts of people, he cannot be proved to truly exist.
If someone told you there was such thing as unicorns and dragons, you would laugh at them and say it is ridiculous. But somehow people are supposed to believe that there is a god who controls everything in the world, yet we have zero evidence of him. Beautiful things in nature is not evidence of god because if there is an ugly thing in nature you wouldn't say there is no god. Evil things happen in this world yet you choose to focus on the pretty flowers. It's a double standard. The fact that I can't prove that there isn't a god doesn't mean that there is one. On the contrary, in science if someone claims that there is something, they need to prove it, because it is almost impossible, or is impossible, to prove that something does not exist.
Humans innocently mistake the longing for hope, and purpose as justification for god's existence. None of the religious 'proofs', prove anything. And as the ones positively stating that something does exists, the onus is on them to prove his existence is at least more likely than not. Things don't exist, until proven otherwise. Morals do not come exclusively from god, or the Bible seen by studies which put moral issues to an equal number of atheists and theists. Both groups answered equally.
If there actually was a god or some unknown power, why do so many horrible things happen around the planet on a daily basis. Millions of people are in pain and suffering the earth is falling apart at the seams. Surely if there was a god, as many people claim, he would save us from all the perils of life.
Power and strength exist, in yourself.
People believe in God because they were raised to believe that they need someone to listen to them all the time and make their prayers come true - God is fake hope for people.
If a person chooses to educate himself, he will eventually realize that he is the god of him own self and he is responsible for everything that happens in their life and if they work hard enough, they'll get what they want. but sitting there and praying to someone whose existence cannot even be proved? nope.
The time to believe is when you have the evidence to adequately support the idea, and not a moment sooner. While the "possibility" of gods can be argued for, it still doesn't mean anything without demonstrating that a god actually exists. I can conceive of all sorts of things that are possible - unicorns, magic, cosmic teapots - but without evidence, they're as good as fairy tales.
There will always be a very small chance that God exists, but it is very likely that he does not. It is obvious from a modern vantage point that God is a concept that was created by humans in order to explain things that can now be explained by science.
"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish."
There are a number of reasons why I do not believe god exists. Trends in societal views have diminished the importance of gods, limited gods' powers, and forced gods back into ore and more obscure dimensions.
Once I see thorough, reliable evidence that "God" does exist, I will recant my evolutionary, agnostic views and bow down to this supposed deity. In my opinion, a God may exist and a God could exist. Evolution isn't a fact or proven piece of evidence, but it is a testable theory. Creationism isn't even a testable theory or concept. It's a mere afterthought that will never be proven.
Long story short, there is no evidence to it, and all such evidence is plainly gravitational based and cold heartedly physical in nature. If a rock falls from the sky it won't stop until it is forced by another body to the opposing direction, be the force from a baby's skull or an orphan's body. You see, there is no magical intervention, no guarding hand, freak accidents happen and they leave us speechless, but if ever we could speak we would damn nature.. It is tragic, and I think that the only gods there is, is us... let's respect that.
Do you people ever get tired of regurgitating the same horrible arguments?. Honestly, this is so bad the trolls are almost indistinguishable. "Evolution can't explain where life came, therefore God", "The universe must have been caused, therefore God", "Deep down you believe in God herpdy derp".
I'm seriously surprised you people can even use a computer.
Firstly, the religious would have to define what a god is before they begin to contend its existence. Once you define a god, you still have all your work ahead of you. All religions are frauds and must be treated as such. Here we are in the 21st century and there is still not a single piece of compelling evidence for the existence of a supernatural being.
I would like to start by saying, burden of proof, blah, blah, blah (insert everything that you're used to hearing in questions like these). Now then... I'd like to comment on one of the posts below that asserts that all atheists have a deep yearning to believe in God. No. This is patently false. Some nonbelievers may wish that they could believe in God based upon logical grounds, but I feel that these people are few and far between. To generalize all of the nonbelievers that I know and the general attitude that I get from them, we don't WANT to believe in God and we don't WANT to not believe in God. Most of what we accept as truth is based on evidence, or lack thereof. I do so hate to go totally off-topic like this, but seriously, guy, don't generalize an entire group of people and talk to us like we're inherently incomplete beings.
I feel that RELIGION in general is something that people just made up just to have faith in something, especially when you go through a rough time in life. I definantly dont believe in heaven or hell though and I never understood the whole "Im Saved" thing as long as your a living human being you will ALWAYS SIN!!!!!
The "correct" religion that everyone believes they have is based upon where they were born. If you were born in the Middle East, you're probably Jewish or Muslim. If you were born in the United States, you're likely a Christian. Geography determines what you believe is the "correct" religion; a true, loving God would never pit humans against each other in this way.
Well, the way it's written in Genesis is clearly impossible. One cannot measure a day without the sun. And yet the sun isn't created until the fourth day. It is ridiculous to believe that earth came into existence before the sun, the moon, and the stars.
Consider this -- vegetation was supposedly created on the third day, and somehow lived through a day without sunshine? Do you know how cold the earth would be without the sun?
It's so poorly thought out that it demands ridicule. It's so foolish that you really have to wonder about a person's intellect if he
If we look at all the religions of the world today, there has been no evidence presented to justify any belief in a god. There are those who attribute their gods with intervening in their lives on a day-to-day basis. To these people, I must ask why exactly all others who do not believe in their god see the exact same results? With that in mind, the concept of a personal god cannot be justified. In regard to a deistic god, there is nothing to distinguish god in that case from science in its most complete form. Science has shown that the universe does not need a creator, does not need a designer, but can exist in its own right. Deists (most, anyways) tend to call god the initial spark that triggered the universe or something to that effect. Ignoring all science now and using pure reasoning, is it more likely that the universe simply popped into existence or that a divine being, capable of creating the entire universe popped into being? Occam's razor declares that the stance that makes the fewest assumptions is most likely correct.
Speaking from a point of probability, god is not something any rational person would bet on.
The burden of proof lies on those who believe something that defies common scientific understanding of how the world works. Until evidence is provided, there is no logical reason to believe.
By evidence, arguments such as, "there has to be a creator," or "prove me he doesn't," don't suffice and aren't by any means scientific.
"How can you create a universe from nothing? Well if you calculate the total matter of the universe it is positive. If you calculate the total energy of the universe it is negative because of gravity. Gravity has negative energy. When you add the two together what do you get? Zero, so it takes no energy to create a universe. Universes are for free. A universe is a free lunch." Michio Kaku
There is just no proof of the existence of a supernatural creator. The only proof offered by religious people are unverifiable personal experiences. All of which can be explained by common psychological processes or illnesses or a selection of holy books, written by people, containing obvious contradictions and incorrect assertions. In fact, most of the verifiable claims of religion have been proven to be false. Carl Sagan said that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and so far, that evidence has not been presented.
First, why is the question whether "he" exists? Why would an omnipotent, omniscient being need a gender, and why is it presumed to be male? Second, there's no evidence. By definition, faith is the belief in things not seen or evidenced. How can we construct an experiment to test for the existence of God? Right now, God is no more real than any other imaginary entity.
I look at it like this, if no one from when I was born to today told nothing about God, Jesus or some holy spirit, I would have no idea they existed. They call it blind faith, but if I am raised not knowing what the Bible is, or who or what God is and he never comes down to show himself I will never have any concept of a God. So for that seeing is believing.
When I read of the existence of 'x' mythical creature (mermaid), 'x' fat eliminating wonder drug, or 'x' person cures blindness with a blessing, I always question the source and the evidence supporting the claim. If neither are valid, or don't stand up to testing, or simply don't make sense, I will not believe until further valid supporting evidence is provided. Same applies to god.
The Bible Could Be Written By Anyone, Theres No Proof, And Also For The People Who Are Saying "You Cant Prove He Doesnt Exist!" Well, You Cant Prove He Does Exist, So Yeahp... One Giant Stalemate, Believe What You Want Because I Really Dont Care And Neither Does Anyone Else
The only reason religion ever came to be is because people want someobody to sort there life out for them because they can't be bothered to do it themselves. They create a "God" and say: "Hey, it doesn't matter if we do anything wrong, because God will forgive us instead of us taking responsibility for our action - that'll be easier." or "Hey, I don't understand how stuff works in the world, so I'll just say that God made it."
I used to think that people centuries ago, turned to fantasy in order to justify things that science had no answers to. That was before science really knew anything, and all people had was their imaginations. But that was then, and this is now. Science has answers to a lot more - more than we could ever have imagined. It explains things rationally, with proof. Surely, all the fantasy beliefs about divine intervention, heaven and hell, the devil and angels, can now be dispensed with? There is no place for any of it anymore. If i wrote a book today, entitled the bible volume 2, containing various mythical stories plucked from my vivid imagination, and handed copies around, in a thousand years time people would probably be referring to my book as fact rather than total fiction, and accepting it as the word of god. I have one life, and i would rather spend it appreciating what is real, what is seen, what is justified, than being absorbed in fiction and fantasy and thus wasting my life away. If everything has a creator, who created god?
I personally feel that there is no proof that god exist. Everyone is believing in some book known as ; The Bible. That "Bible" was written by someone else long ago that had faith that there is a "god". No one knows how this earth was created or who created. I think everything happens for a reason, But I dont think "god" exist. Until, there is REAL proof , I stand with my opinion and respect everyone else's.
I believe in an outside force which created the singularity in which the universe was formed, but it doesn't care nor judge us. I believe it isn't even sentient, it just exists.
God cannot be the paragon of all that is good the world when he lets such evil things happen everyday. If he has the power to make everyone perfect and make us all happy all the time, why does he torment us? It's sick really.
If we are talking about God from any religion, then I do not believe it exists. The God from man's religion is superstition. But it is possible that a creator exists as a higher and complex being out there in the cosmos; as long as it is scientifically proven. For now, I believe that the universe was created by an event called big bang. It doesn't always have to be a being that created the world. IF this creator exists, it may not be needed to be worshiped, it may or may not be omnipotent and/or omniscient, and it may not listen to us. So far, we haven't proven it yet. If there is a sufficient evidence that a creator exists I'll believe it. People back then, made up stories to satisfy their needs for answers due to lack of knowledge in this world a.k.a. superstition. It's similar to this situation, a girl from a tribe a long long time ago asked an elder all the BIGGEST questions in life. The elder was a bit nervous because he himself doesn't know the answers. But he will be ashamed if he didn't satisfy the girl's question while every member of the tribe is listening to him attentively with curiosity. The elder started to think deeply looking for a way to answer the girl's question. AHA. The elder started to make up stories about how we came by saying that the King of Unicornland created the world as we know it. Everyone believed it, and now they worship it as if it hears their prayers for their needs. Such belief patches up the holes of their knowledge in this world with superstition. While if we think logically with the use of scientific method, we remove the patch of superstition and replace it with TRUTH. Until now, scientist still fill up the holes of the puzzle of the universe by putting the ACTUAL pieces of the puzzle using their analytic minds.
Back in the days when we couldn't explain things... Let's say lightning we created the god of this thing.But now we know why it happens and we no longer need a god for an explanation. Now we know laws of physics, evolution and all that good stuff, but where we came from ( well... We actualy have a theory for that too, but it needs more proof) ? That's an opportunity for him to shine again, but I'am more willing to trust my brain rather than pure faith.
If he did create the universe he isn't like any the traditional gods(muslim, christian with it's MANY MANY flaws...). After he created this universe there was no reason for him to sit around and he went somewhere else to create anthoner one. But that's unlikely , as I said before I'am more willing to trust my brain and ligic. ( sorry for bad english(probably))
It would throw everything we know right out the window, and provide an entirely new point of view regarding all of existence. However, that hasn't happened. I don't think it ever will happen. It seems that the only "proof" ever given is either the writings in a man-written holy book, or ramblings that show a clear lack of understanding of science. I believe that gods are a way for otherwise insignificant beings to make themselves feel more important and make the orderly chaos of the universe (or perhaps multiverse) not seem as complicated as it really is. "God did it" is no longer a valid explanation. I think it's high time we embrace our simultaneous insignificance and uniqueness, and actually attempt to better understand the world around us instead of dodging the hard questions.
Flaws of god
If a muslim prayed to his god to win a war and a christian prayed to his god to win the same war...Well we have a problem.
All catastrophes could cease to kill mankind if the great and powerful helped us...Oh wait...Nope
why does he speak such a man made language...Man made entity?
We need him to create a working universe...No we don't...Evolution and pure accident!!!
The thing is he is not really needed to make everything run and if he did make everything go why would he make things to kill us A.K.A tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc. I believe that everything happened by coincidence because all you need is a large space(universe), lots of planets, and stuff. The large amounts of planets will provide some environments safe enough for species to evolve.
The Dictator...I mean GOD
God somehow being the highest authority figure who doesn't need anything needs people???Why is he so jealous that he needs followers? Isn't he omnipotent? Why is god egotistical? Ego is a human trait. Why are we his kids yet we are sent to hell if we do bad things.
I think god was just a tool for authority figures to manipulate people
There is little or no evidence for the existence of God. It is (currently) impossible to disprove God but the burden of proof is currently upon the theists. However we can prove it is extremely unlikely and unnecessary for God - evolution and big bang provide other explanations for the universe.
My belief is based upon the unlikeliness that God exists however my opinion would be changed if empirical evidence for the existence of God is produced.
I believe in the god of order and chaos. Not in the god of personal prayer. I am an agnostic deist and believe that there can be a god; a god who does not belittle himself in what he can call only a "minor achievement". But does it really matter? We are just an infinitesimal speck in the very fabric of the universe and existence. Adding an almighty creator to the equation can complicate things but in the end, does it even matter? I personally think we are all wasting our time here. Regardless of logic, if the world just suddenly exploded and all humans died, who would care? God? If the bible (of any sort) is true, then would paradise exist for all of us to dwell in? Is God good? Is God Evil? Does he even exist? In the grand scheme of things...It doesn't matter.
My Atheism is simple and it's the conclusion to the current state of evidence. Additionally, I use of the philosophy of Hitchen's Razor, which states: "that which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence." Another explanation for why I don't believe in God is the God of the Gaps argument where Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about how science is an ever receeding pocket of scientific ignorance.
Let me just just list a few of the somewhat paradoxes that arise from believing in god.
1) Biology. OK, I am aware that many religious people do believe in evolution, and they are a credit to their religion. But, if you do believe in evolution then...
You should know that humans derive from primates, 98% genetically identical
Thus you should believe that there has to have been a time before humans
If god created the world, why wait 100's of millions of years before the first humans came to be?
Considering that humans really aren't of any way more significant than other animals, why is god always in a human form? (Christianity)
2) If you decided to pay attention in school, instead of listening to all the things that your parents told you about the world and god, you would know what there are simple explanations to the formation of the sea, the mountains, floods etc
3) Your opinion doesn't make you right.
4) How is it so inconceivable to so many that we were created not by a God, but from Chemistry, maths and Biology? Yes, it is a one in a million chance that life is present here. But you wouldn't be able to question its rarity without you being alive to be able to question it, so the one in a million thing doesn't really make any logical sense.
5) Science is making so many leaps and bounds, and finding so many pot-holes in religion, that religion has resorted to having to change some of its fundamental principals e.g. age of the earth, existence of dinosaurs before humans.
6) There is no meaning to life, Biology doesn't come with a manual, the fact that you are here by complete chance with no justification to be here is more rewarding than any religion can tell you otherwise.
If you describe God as a maximally great being (MGB) who must be all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving, then according to the ontological argument, he is compatible with some possible worlds. The other premises of the ontological argument conclude that this means that no possible worlds could exist that are not compatible with the MGB. So, if a possible world could exist that is not compatible with a MGB, then the MGB cannot exist, since it must exist in all possible worlds.
So what evidence do we have that a possible world exists that is not compatible with a MGB? The actual world! Think of these 4 propositions:
(1) God (an omnipotent, omniscience, omni-benevolent being) exists.
(2) Natural evil exists.
(3) God is the creator and designer of the physical universe, including the laws that govern it.
(4) Natural disasters, and the evil they cause, are a direct byproduct of the laws that govern our universe.
Plantinga thinks natural disasters may be caused by "Satan and his minions" but no scientifically educated person today thinks that's remotely plausible, and it shows how intellectually bankrupt modern theology can be. God would have to be the designer and author of natural evil, which afflicts sentient non-human animals for no logically necessary reason. That is incompatible with an all-loving being who'd be incapable of unwarranted cruelty.
Thus, a maximally great being cannot exist. Bam!
3 words. All three reside in the laws of sciences. Religion always fails because it bases itself off such a concept as an all powerful creator. Science prevails because it is not afraid of CHANGE or contradiction; it bases itself off of years of experimentation and facts. God doesn't exist because WE made him, not the other way around. Animals have no god. Planets have no god. Nothing has a god. We laugh at people who believe in Zeus, yet people still sit here believing God? I have a feeling that we will outgrow such a misconception and finally progress with science, rather than regress with religion.
This is really the main reason I signed up on DDO. I wanted to debate intelligent theists on the existence of God. Debating in some internet forum wasn't really attracting the intelligent ones.
All the evidence I've seen is faulty. No real convincing evidence. If God existed, and wanted people to believe, he would give convincing evidence. So, either he doesn't exist, or doesn't want people to believe in him. Atheism is presumptuous. When Theism doesn't fulfill its BOP, weak atheism is justified. I don't state for certain there is no God, but until evidence exists that shows he does, I will not believe. I am also a weak atheist in the sense that God has never been properly defined. I couldn't hold such a position if "God" is meaningless. So I don't believe in this God thing until it's been defined, and has evidence. There's good evidence against a loving God, such as the problem of evil. I've never heard a good response to the POE, free will, God's testing you, sin, ect all have problems.
A made up control system to make people behave a certain way and explain the unknown. Science continues to account for unexplained mysteries of our world removing our need for God and religion. A sun god chariot pulling up the sun and Zeus slinging lightning bolts is much the same. Creating a hell scares people to be good. Follow the golden rule and all in the world will be fine.
Belief in god is like saying I have a pet invisible dinosaur that hovers and flies. You can't see, hear,, smell, touch, taste him, but I can assure you he's real. WTF? It's natural human instinct to want a father-figure, some one to lead then and create a sense of self-worth and "team spirit", an example could be the government (or just president) and nationalism. Is it possible that a god could exist? Well, what we know about the universe for example is infinitely small. There's so much we as humans just can't wrap our minds around, and an all powerful being such as god could be included. However, there isn't any evidence to support god's existence.
There is no evidence of any god. Any holy book, (lets use the Bible) are just stories concocted by people who lived only a few hundred years ago. The only "evidence" that Christians, and any other religion can give about their Deity existing is that, "Our book says he/she/it does.
God DOES NOT exist! God only exists through faith for people to believe, that's that. We are now in the modern age where God is now a laughingstock compared to thousands of years ago. The percent of Christianity in Australia has fell a lot in past 100 years, and they predict that by 2060, only under 5% of Australians will be Christian - and these 5% will be a laughingstock of the society because they believe in something that doesnt exist.
Santa exists! Tooth fairy exists! Unicorns exists! God exists! No. No. No. No.
If you want to believe in something as stupid as "God", go ahead. It just shows how idiotic you are. There is as much proof that unicorns exist than there is that God does... And just saying, how can someone physically create a world? Simple, they can't. Instead of backing up your claims with more vague claims, show us some proof then we will believe you!
A single shred of evidence. Extraordinary claims made without evidence can be dismissed without a single shred of evidence. Substitute the word 'God' in the question's title with 'Allah', 'Zeus', 'Thor', 'tooth fairy', 'Santa Claus', 'Superman', 'flying spaghetti monster' or 'invisible pink unicorn'. Now, considering the burden of proof is on those proclaiming the existence of a totalitarian (but invisible and inaudible) creator in the sky, please, tell me what the difference is between any terms listed and 'God'?
No creationist arguments have ever actually asked where God came from, thus they believe something came from nothing. Life was created by an extremely unlikely collision of elements. Then there was evolution and natural selection. Please read your arguments and realize how dumb they truly are and realize GOD DOES NOT EXIST.
It is an undeniable fact that the concept of god and heaven and hell give mankind something to look forward to after death. To be able to say that you're a good person so you'll go to a peaceful place and be happy for all eternity is a very reassuring idea. Hell also gives you the assurance that anyone who has ever wronged you or yours will be punished for their crimes. However, beyond this it's all just a way to explain what you don't understand. 6,000 years ago the Greeks saw a lightning bolt in the sky and had no possible way to understand how it came to be. Therefore they created a being that had the ability to create such an event. That one guy worked so well that as more things they did not understand came up they created yet another supernatural being to explain what was happening around them. Science can explain how a lightning bolt is formed. It can also explain what an echo is, and an earthquake, and the four seasons, and every other occurrence including how this universe, and perhaps others, came to be. God is no longer needed to explain things, science has taken its place. Now the concept of god still gives people strength to overcome adversity and in that application it is a useful tool. However, beyond this religion is largely irrelevant. There is also the argument that religion is one of the largest reasons that the human race is so segregated, and that it will keep us from every becoming a unified group. Think about it, the Christians and the Muslims have been fighting for thousands of years. All that has been accomplished is the killing of too many people to count. As long as those two religions are present, the followers of each will never be able to live together in perfect harmony. Remove religion and what separates them? Facial features, clothing choices, and skin color. All differences which we have overcome before and can do so again.
I only say no as there is no reasonable reason to say that God exists. Of course you'd probably disagree with me, but every argument for the existence of God is faulty. So, I'm only really saying no because of the extreme lack of proof for such an extraordinary claim.
There is no evidence. No matter what syllogism they come up with, it is faulty. The Kalam Cosmological argument, The Moral argument, The Teleological argument, The modal ontological argument, they are all faulty and fall under 'PRATT' which stands for previously refuted a thousand times. To conclude, I say no.
There is no actual evidence other then a old book that was found in the ground and translated hundreds of ways. There is no proof of there being a God but then again there isn't proof of there not being a God. Back then people believed in this and the Commandments served the same purpose as the US Constitution. You don't think so? Just compare the two and tell me otherwise. I believe that religion was brought up to prevent chaos. Same reason we have a document telling us what we aren't allow to do with things we are allowed to do. My father said it once, "The only thing that the bible proves is the world's first travel salesman" Think about that one what is the #1 profitable organization in the world, Church. Yeah they truly are. Also the Bible clearly states it should not be sold but it's one of the most sold books if not thee most sold book. How does that make sense.
In order for the belief in god(s) to be justified, there must be either some sort of evidence in favor of such an assertion. Evidence in favor of god(s) directly available to the senses is nonexistent, so many theists attempt to make logical arguments proving their god's existence. Upon examination, it's apparent that all the stock arguments are fallacious or self-contradictory.
This is apparent in the argument from design, for example, since biological intricacy is explained from Darwinian evolution. On the other hand, the universe as a whole isn't very suitable for life at all. The vast majority of the universe is empty space, which is completely inhospitable to life. Any sort of argument claiming that the universe is abnormal or irregular, thus requiring explanation as to its unique properties, is fallacious as well. Our universe is the only one of its kind, so saying it's unnatural is to claim you have knowledge of what universes tend to be like. However, Empirical evidence for parallel universes, let alone the ability to measure their properties, is scant.
Another common argument is the Kalam Cosmological Argument, popularized by William Lane Craig. However, using the premises found in the KCA and some basic assumptions that may or may not be challenged, you can show it leads to a contradiction:
P1: Anything which exists cannot cause something which does not exist to begin existing.
P2: Because of (1), anything which began to exist could not have been caused to do so by something which exists.
P3: The universe began to exist. (For the sake of argument)
P4: Due to (2) and (3), the universe could not have been caused to begin existing by anything which exists.
P5: God caused the universe to exist. (The conclusion of the KCA)
C: God does not exist.
To go against any of the above premises is to reject the KCA, with the exclusion of (1). However, proving (1) to be false is a big move, since it's based in simple logic. To cause something to happen, there has to be something to be effected. You cannot cause something that does not exist to begin existing because there is nothing to effect.
In giving the above examples, I hope I've conveyed the fact that the stock arguments for god boil down to fallacies or self-contradictions. Due to the lack of justification for believing in god, the most reasonable position to take is that god(s) most likely do not exist.
As demonstrated by hundreds of past gods, it is very unlikely. As these gods have not given any evidence, let alone proof of their existence, we must assume for the time being that they do not. Until the aforementioned evidence is given, this will have to be the human species' stance. This is the case with every demonstrated god, with no exception.
I never experiment god in my 38 age of life & no one has see him ever, we all heard only story nothing else. Its waste of time, money and no output or good result. Religion masters like Fathers, Brahmans and Islams Maulla making fool to people and robbing money and mind.
As many other people have stated, the burden of proof lies with the person who makes the claim, not those who refute it. So asking if God exists is not the appropriate question, rather the appropriate question would be "Is there enough evidence to support the existence of God"?
To me, it comes down to the understanding the idea of the null hypothesis. The null hypothesis is the default position on any given argument, by definition it is "The hypothesis that there is no significant difference between specified populations, any observed difference". Therefore, the null hypothesis, when it comes to the existence of a God is "there is not sufficient evidence to support the existence of God". You could never assume that the null hypothesis is "God exists", because we all know that the idea of a God, by being omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, is inherently different from specified populations.
Therefore the Null Hypothesis (Hn) is as follows:
Hn=there is not sufficient evidence to support the existence of God
Theists counter with an alternative to the Null Hypothesis:
Ha=There is a God
Now, the only way to refute a hypothesis is to disprove the null. Therefore, rather than prove that there is a God, theists have to disprove the null, whereas they present sufficient evidence in support of God's existence. Theists, you must assume that the alternative IS WRONG until you present sufficient evidence to the contrary.
Here is an easier example. I lay a pen in front of you. The outside of the pen is black, but you cannot see the ink feed tube. Based on your visual cues and experiences, you contest that the ink is black. Remember, the null hypothesis is "The hypothesis that there is no significant difference between specified populations, any observed difference". Therefore:
Hn= The ink is any color, or there is possibly no ink at all.
Ha= The ink is black
Now this is easy, if you want to disprove the Hn, you pick up the pen and write with it. Very quickly, regardless of what ink color comes out, you will refute the null hypothesis.
The problem is, the God null hypothesis has never sufficiently been refuted, and likely never will. Based on this, if you appeal to your rational evidence, you will find that while not 100% certain, it is more likely that God does not exist.
Those who claim that a God exists should have some proof other than just plain faith. These people have to show us why there is a god instead of asking us why there isn't and asking for proof of that. The burden of proof is on those who make the claim not on those who disagree with it.
No proof at all. There are more words in this useless post than there is evidence for your god. Which one? Vishnu? Thor? Odin? Zeus? Apollo? Aphodite? When you understand why you don't believe in those gods, you'll realize why I don't believe in yours. Again, no proof at all.
The main reason for the "existence" of God in the human psyche has always been as a means to explain away phenomena for which humanity had not yet developed an answer. As science becomes more advanced, even to the point where we can adequately answer questions such as "how did we come to be?" and "how did the universe come to exist?", not to mention being able to explain where the sun goes at night and provide a rational explanation for the plagues of Egypt (which, admittedly, must have seemed extremely "God's wrath"-like to the people at the time), the necessity to fall back on the "God did it" answer is diminishing every day.
The Tooth Fairy, Santa Clause, God....guess what they all have in common?. They're all imaginary, the only difference between them is that The Tooth Fairy and Santa Clause actually help kids by giving them fond memories of Christmas and showing how much your parents love you by sneaking in in the middle of the night and leaving money under your pillow. God does nothing for the 9 million children who die every year, remember allot of parents prayed for them to be spared...but apparently there's some higher purpose to let kids die painfully of sickness and hunger. I have a lot more reasons,but seeing as religious people don't like to read the facts about science,astronomy or evolution. Why bother listing them here, there is no god, and I can say that with 99.9% certainty
I believe God both doesn't and does exist. I believe God doesn't exist because of the "superficial" qualities associated with "him". Do you see how we automatically make God a "he". The fact we still hold onto old scripture about human qualities compared with God and the Bible is irrelevant now. For example: if one says a long time ago that rice can only be eaten without utensils because the metallic from the utensils will infect the rice due to lack of proper hygiene and cleaning, than that rule was applicable to that time, but today, because we have proper hygiene and cleaning, we can eat them with utensils, but trying to apply that to the masses is not necessary. Do you see that today, the majority of people who follow religion read the Bible and take it literally; nit-picking all of the superficial details. I believe that the Bible and other scriptures are important for self idealizing; that we need to better ourselves. Some of the ideals in the Bible are important; it's just when the Bible says "You must follow this, or you won't go to heaven or hell", this is once again bringing such beautiful ideas on such a low level. Ideas need to be free in that people can believe and choose their ideas, but it must be in moderation and a personal affair.
I believe God does exist because it is not fair to say he isn't. Their are an infinite amount of possibilities and statistics to say he is. For one to try to justify he isn't real is an act defying logical probability. This goes for saying on both sides, "God "could" exist, but God couldn't exist". If God truly exists, it exists within. In essence "we" are "God". Because we say that God contains qualities of: He "is" a man, he knows, he has faith, he creates, he thrives, he opposes, and he loves. These are all qualities of a man, and if God is as great as we say he is, then we could not possible conceive the idea of what he is, what he is after, or the fact he exists. In reality, to what we can perceive, God is merely and Ideal form of what we wish to become and in that, we progress and thrive as individuals inducing to a greater society.
All I am saying is that God should not be be downgraded to the level that we can fathom. If he exists in that form, it is only for time and probability to decide. For our time, "believers" should just be individuals who want to better themselves solely. Do not practice or follow the old superficial qualities that there is a "heaven" or that God is a man. That is just old science to help people understand certain concepts. One must take God as a calling for greater internal development. So in fact, God could or couldn't possibly exist.
There is zero evidence to support a supreme being. The books that claim that there is a God are filled with contradictions and downright lies. Picking and choosing portions of these books to support a claim do not prove the existence of a God. Contrary to popular belief, the burden of proof lies on the people claiming there is a God, not the opposite. Until there is undisputed proof that a God exists, I feel that the correct answer to this question is no.
If there truly is a loving and caring god that truly cares for us somewhere in the universe, why does he allow suffering in His or Her as it could be, world? Look around and see all the suffering in this world, Africa, the AIDS epidemic, poverty, homelessness, and more horrors. How could a truly loving god let this happen? If it is a malevolent hateful god, why worship it? For fear of Hell or more? A slim chance at worshiping the one true god or gods so that you may live in paradise?
There is no evidence for any god, critical thought leads to the conclusion that we cannot know, but as there is no evidence there is no reason to have gods. What is certain that all the main faiths are man made, they are clichéd and contains many fallacies that real gods would not make
Fifty years ago religious folks used gaps in our understanding of evolution to "disprove it" but in the last few decades our understanding has grown rapidly and those gaps continue to disappear. It won't be long before all the gaps are completely gone and the complete biological history of the Earth can get published into one multi-volume book series. As our understanding has grown we have learned much about things like diseases; especially viruses. Evolution is the reason you need a new flu shot each year and without our understanding of evolution we couldn't possibly keep up with making these shots. Evidence of evolution is being discovered everywhere and one day education will have advanced enough that everyone can come to understand that there is no god.
God doesn't exist. We all come from primates. If God exist he wouldn't let a lot of things happen. Like shootings, violence, burglars. I think people are just getting through others heads with nonsense. God, what is god? People say God is a strong person. Then why isn't he fighting battles with us. I think Jesus exist. But, Jesus isn't a magic baby either.
Science satisfies my queries. Saying there had to be a god to start things, to me, is not very different from proposing that things started on their own somehow; because then you have to ask, what started god? Saying he just was there sounds to me more like 'I'm done thinking.' I'd rather pursue scientific knowledge that gives actual answers.
Any person can say "I can fly" and ask another person to prove he can. That other person would find that ridiculous and ask the obvious, prove to us you can fly. The same is for religion. It is not enough to say that I believe in God because my book says so, their are a million other books stating others and it would be like proving naruto with a naruto manga book.
There is no evidence supporting a god being. If there is any empirical evidence, I would consider it. However so far after examining various holy texts and conferring with several religious people, I can't believe in something that way. It feels like a waste of time to me. We only have one life.
Obviously, proving non-existence is practically impossible. The lack of evidence, and I'm talking about the real kind that holds up in court, suggests to me that even dabbling in belief in a deity is a waste of time. If there was sufficient evidence to support the existence of the biblical, Abraham god, we would do best to figure out how to find and kill it, given it's track record.
I do think that billions of people are following some fantasy. However, I submit that you think the same thing. I will make the assumption that you are a christian. Even though not all christians would agree, I'll allow that jews, muslims and christians worship the same god. However, that still leaves billions of other people in the world who subscribe to other religions, such as hinduism or zoroastrianism. Is there any view other than "they are all following some fantasy" that is consistent with your christianity? What do you think they think of your christianity in the context of their own religion? Wouldn't it be exactly the same? That is my perspective on all of you. Virtually all of us think that billions of other people are all following some fantasy. I just haven't arbitrarily picked one fantasy amongst the thousands to actually believe.
For any positive claim, the burden of proof lies on the individual making the claim. There is no more evidence for the Christian or Muslim god than there is for any of the Norse, roman or Hindu gods, or the flying spaghetti monster, or for unicorns and leprechauns. Belief in god persists due to socialization.
In order to claim something exists you must offer proof of your assertion. Without evidence, one does not have an argument and can put their god with the list of over 2000+ gods in history that also have no evidence and are now considered to be incorrect. Note: citing your "holy book" as evidence does not count, you must prove the assertions made inside your holy book of choice.
There is an overwhelming amount of evidence for the Big Bang Theory, for evolution, and other scientific studies that are often credited to a God. However, the only argument for God seems to be that believers do not accept the evidence given to us by the scientific community , and the only option left is that an omnipotent being is responsible for our creation. It is very limiting to think there is only one way to explain creation of the universe and life as we know it on earth.
You can't prove god doesn't exist. Maybe it is possible that there is an omnipresent creator who is interested in the goings on of petty humans. But what is important is probability. We have an understanding of the universe that does not need a creator at least at the present. If the common arguments for the existence of such a god were to be true, I could very well use the same arguments to say, prove the existence of a fire breathing, winged lizard which rules the universe. What is further interesting is how all divinities and deities cutting across geographical barriers have either human traits or mirror something in nature that people held in awe and respect. This alone goes to prove that god/gods are man made.
Because this "God" has zero evidence going for it, thus far the best evidence I have been able to get is that I must rely on faith alone. Well that helps a lot. Also did you know that there is a psychic cheetah who wears roller skates, eats KFC, surfs around Saturn's rings and sends me telepathic messages about what garden slugs are thinking? No? Well you're just gonna have to trust me on this because I have faith in it.
The problem with saying that God exists for sure, is the fact that your only proof is the word of a book a few thousand years old. There are obvious issues with this that don't even have to be stated. The Bible has had different variations, but never changed its content. Science, on the other hand, is always changing, and changing what it states is even encouraged. Science has pointed against the existence of any deity, and while we can't prove either side of the religious argument, science is winning the argument by a landslide.
The burden of proof lies on the person making the claim. Since there is no evidence for any gods or supernatural beings, we can rule that they do not exist. Just because you have 'felt' god or it seems as if you have been helped, there is no God, you cannot prove him, just like you can't prove the flying spaghetti monster.
There are close to 3k gods in a approx. 6k year human history range. Never been physical proof of any of them. Sadly, we may one day evolve intellectually enough to lose the need to create answers where we don't currently have them, but I doubt it. I need three more words.
The unsubstantiated claims such as: God exists outside of the universe, God created the big bang, or ideas that the human body has components that are irreducibly complex have no plausibility to them because they have nothing to support their claims and have been debunked numerous times. Arguments against evolution or geology are given a form of leeway from their pseudoscience propositions, but even these are nothing more than claims that have little to do with what the real scientific evidence has to show. It's rather startling to see people claim that they would lay down their life for a simple set of beliefs that they hold so dear to them, especially since the beliefs that they hold are being questioned about their validity and are failing to convince the majority of people out there.
We're being to grow out of religion, and I feel as though religion is slowly jogging behind the scientific community, trying to keep its place in the race of life.
First of all, I'd like to state that it is everyone's personal opinion of whether or not a god exists. Personal beliefs should never be forced on another person and belittling someone for having an opposing opinion is immoral. Even writing this, I don't intend to offend anyone.
Looking at the evidence alone, there is absolutely no tangible evidence that a god exists whereas science does have an enormous amount of undeniable evidence. Looking at religion alone, it has always been the method of explaining the unexplainable. It has always been a compass for teaching morality. However, it has now become obvious that morality is determined by culture, not by religion. As science has expanded, religions have tried to change their views to work with the science or completely deny the ones that completely contradict the religion's beliefs (ie. evolution). Most people are raised to follow a religion and are essentially brainwashed to think that it is the absolute truth. The ones that stray from the status quo are typically criticized by the rest of the population, making them reluctant to come out with their true beliefs. Religion only inhibits the progression of science. It is understandable that everyone believed in a god a few hundred years ago with little science known, but now science has disproven the idea of a supreme being. I think religion will dissipate over time, which is already evident by the growing Athiest population, and will allow mankind's knowledge and abilities to expand to its true potential.
Of course, he doesn’t exist! I mean, look at Israel, look at Jewish men and women, they are getting what they need while Muslim refugees are persecuted, attacked and killed. No deity would be the saviour of Jews and nobody else, not unless he was a racist god. Even if there was such a bigoted god, wouldn’t he prove to the whole of humanity that he was the one and only god and all the other gods are false? If he created the universe, as his followers believe, it shouldn’t be beyond his ability to flash a message up on the moon or something like that.
If you believe there is an invisible giant man of a particular ethnicity in the sky who is directing everything and who is so hateful he will viciously punish us for challenging his existence--
If you believe that this invisible giant man got a 13-year-old virgin girl pregnant, who then gave birth to him as his own son--
If you believe that this god person wrote a book--and one book only--
If you believe that "confessing the Lord" will instantly remove your sins, thus allowing you to commit more--
If you believe that a stone will remove your sins, thus allowing you to commit more--
If you believe in vicarious blood-atonement, i.e., that "the Lord died for your sins" and thus you can commit as many as you wish--
If you believe that merely believing in such a god person makes you righteous, no matter what atrocities you commit and what hatred and intolerance you carry and spread--
If you believe that some "good" god person is going to reward you for killing living, breathing human beings "in his name"--
If you believe that going to church, temple, synagogue or mosque, making pilgrimages, or wearing particular clothes or headdresses, makes you a righteous person, even though you don't behave like one otherwise--
If you believe that you are special and chosen because of what you believe--
If you believe that it is good to mindlessly go along with whatever anyone tells you about the nature of God and religion--
If you believe that believing in one God makes you better than and superior to those who don't--
You are not displaying critical thinking, not using your mind. You are also uneducated as to the world's cultures and history. It is not a sign of great intelligence to blindly believe what someone else has told you is true, especially when such beliefs basically condemn hundreds of millions of other people. Many of these blind believers are simply not very bright, yet they assume that their belief equalizes them with those who are smarter. "Jesus loves you just the way you are!" is the hypocritical hue and cry of those who feel inferior but who will not recognize it and admit it. Yet, according to these same cheerleaders, Jesus DOESN'T love you just the way you are--you must thoroughly change, surrendering your mind and soul to him. A bit of a psychotic extortion racket.
People on the Yes side are (see title). The words of a pope. Evidence for God is lacking, he just seems to be the reason for things that we don't understand yet. Arguments such as "everything has a creator" and "where did blah blah blah come from?" come from are very lacking. E.g, abiogenesis. Something from nothing, clearly then not everything has a creator. The evidence just isn't there yet.
Any rational person looking at the history of gods (and lack of consistency in god creation) and the implications of science would conclude that there is no god. Any other conclusion is irrational. The scientific method specifically excludes the acceptance of conclusions without evidence. There is no evidence that requires god as an explanation.
Of course, he does not exist. There isn't any satisfactory proof of his existence. People just so used to believe there's something above, that tell them what is right and what is wrong to do, that they cannot turn their eyes to science (what really matters). People believe in God, mainly because they need to believe in something, in higher power actually. If God really exist, then how come he can allow killing, violence, death, suffering and many other negative things happen? God is just a famous myth. Actually religion itself is wrong, as it makes people blind to see how things really are, and it also sometimes makes them to rely on such called predestined things or higher power, stopping them of creating their own choice.
There is no proof for the existence of God. I could claim the existence of the giant flying teapot and it would have the same probability of existence as God. Religion itself has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction, an all loving creator can simply not exist. God is a paradox. I dare believers to read''the god delusion'' by Richard Dawkins
Many of the arguments I see on the Christian side of the argument is that men did not come from apes, or that a big bang creating this entire earth was impossible. Personally, I can understand that these theories are far fetched and sometimes make claims that are almost unsupportable. But you have to look at this from the standpoint of evolution, when, or if, the big bang really did happen, it took many many years before life even evolved to the point of being several celled organisms.
All in all, I don't necessarily believe that there was a big bang, or that we descended from apes, but as an atheist I believe there is some logical answer out there.
I would like to call upon the 'celestial teapot', as aforementioned, that has been used in many debates. Just because we haven't found the answer to a question scientifically doesn't mean the answer is as 'imagined' by religious heads, it is just that, till now, we are woefully ignorant.
Many opinions here suggest that the sheer probability is of our existence without a 'god' are miniscule. I'd like to point out that they are OH SO ABSOLUTELY WRONG! The universe is INFINITE! if not around our particular solar system, life WOULD have developed somewhere on a planet in the goldilock zone. Look at it this way, of the SIX MILLION sperms, you came into being. it's probability, not improbability.
It is sickening how half the opinions by my esteemed opponents are factually incorrect. it's a shame they do not research their opinions, rather, just assume it on 'faith' that what they are saying is correct. This is the exact mindset that caused, in one example, the church to subjugate the general populous to it's selfish will in the olden times.
The majority of claims presented by the side that says that God exists is through a the perception veil of faith. Tynielsen3 states that we must prove that he doesn't exist, which is an illogical argument because the concept of any deity is a unfalsifiable claim. Creationism is a pseudoscience with hardly any evidence to back it up.
To have "faith" is to give up on logic. I have yet to hear one reasonable point supporting the belief in a higher power, and until I do, my mind remains unchanged. Sometimes I just want to shake society and say "really? You're really this gullible?" Wake up. There probably is no god, and there definitely is no good reason to believe such a god exists. Logic is the answer...Not faith.
The belief that one single being that happened to not only invent i mean create the world, people, and everything else but he did it in 6 days. Oh and the earth is what 6-9 thousands years old thats strange because we have proven this to be incorrect in many ways. First we have carbon dating, which proves many objects and and places are much older than this. Second we have such things as the grande canyon and glaciers/mountains. I believe that the bible was written as an inspirational story and was never ment to be read as the truth. There will always be the question of what came first the chicken or the egg and i cant give you an answer for it. But i personally think that it is more logical that we were brought here or created by ETS or atleast visited by them. If you read the bible the so called god, jesus, and angels all sound like space visitors. But anyways there is no real way to prove anyone right or wrong its all about what you believe. On last comment i would like to say is if god is so good why is it that "christians" and the "church" are responsable for more deaths and murders than every war combined?
If god exists, why does he allow people to test their belief in him? Just as a test of loyalty? What supreme being needs a test of loyalty? HES A SUPREME BEING. All arguments backing such a claim are not arguments at all, they are a naive set of never-ending loopholes that make me question if people even understand critical thinking.
Christian argument: "The universe shows evidence of creative design. Therefore, it was created by God."
Substitute argument: "The Toyota Corolla shows evidence of creative design. Therefore, it was created by Japanese engineer Hikaru Hashima."
This is a fallacy. We know that the Toyota Corolla was created by many people working in a factory, and not by any one specific individual named Hikaru Hashima, who may or may not have been involved.
This substitute argument illustrates how a Christian who successfully argues for creative design does not prove the existence of God. God is a singular deity, and men have dreamed up the existence of many thousands of deities over the years. Any or many of them could be responsible for creative design. The Hindu deities, for example, could just as easily be responsible for creative design as any singular deity named "God".
There is no real entity such as any of the gods mankind has created during its brief existence. Is the idea of God real? Yes. Did some force instigate the creation of the universe? Yes, it stands to reason that it did. In no way is the concept of "God" as humans understand it related to a cosmic event that occurred over ten billion years ago-- our existence has been so short that it just speaks to the arrogance of humanity that we think we know the ultimate answer to everything: God.
This is not a scientific fact with real proof. Stories from a book do not constitute a fact. To play the "what if" role; If there's one god, wouldn't he have harmony on earth as opposed to multiple religions, three of which fight over the right to call him their own?