No God for Five Reasons

I don’t honestly know when I realized that I did not believe God was real. I was about 15 years old when I became dismissive toward my Catholic faith.

A few years later, when I learned what an agnostic was, I jumped on that because it saved me from being labeled an atheist. And it was mostly true. I didn’t know if God was real.

That was approximately 60 years ago. I can now say that I am convinced God is not real. Because of that, I can also dump angels, saints, devils, heaven, hell, eternal life, and even the handy trope, there must be something.

I was reading Greta Christina’s “Top Ten Reasons I Don’t Believe in God.” Since my reasons (and experience) are not identical to hers, I decided to post my five reasons. That’s enough.

  1. As George Carlin said, I tried to believe in God. For many years I tried. It was hit and miss. Eventually, I immersed myself in Catholic religious practice, after I had previously tried several Protestant denominations. They seemed shallow and superficial. I did it all: Church attendance, ministries, leadership, Bible studies, fasting, lots of extra praying, and much more. I envied believers. So did Thomas Merton as he explained in his autobiography, The Seven Story Mountain. I considered the thinking and philosophies of eastern religions. I prayed to God to cure my unbelief. I said the Apostles Creed (aka the profession of faith) as often as I thought of it. I wanted God to be real. I wanted to believe it. I eventually wrote an analogy to reflect my experience and the eventual outcome (The Man in the Room). I tried everything. Nothing worked.
  2. The Problem of Evil is a big deal often ignored or dismissed by believers. Is it denial? Too much cognitive dissonance? The abundance of evil in the world and universe creates conceptual problems for us about God. It means that God doesn’t care, doesn’t know, or cannot fix it. Of course, we’ve all heard, “God works in mysterious ways.” I suppose some sort of deist is possible for me, but I still say the more reasonable explanation is that there is no god or creator to step up and take responsibility.
  3. The existence of any kind of God is less logical than ghosts, tooth fairies, Santa Claus, or Leprechauns. God fails every logic test. All attempts to explain anything about any god’s existence results in mental tap dancing. I might as well believe all the aforementioned myths exist along with the thousands of named gods we’ve created throughout and before history.
  4. It does not work for me to say, “I am. Therefore, God must be.” The lack of evidence of God’s reality or existence is overwhelming. Unless it is the Sun, a biblical golden calf, or something more than a burning bush, I see no god, hear no god, taste no god, feel no god, and I’ve no idea what a god might smell like.
  5. Along with evil, there is much good in the world. I’m uncertain if that applies to the universe. People are quick to credit God for good stuff. I wanted there to be a good God. If God is no good, forget it. Love is good. So, they say God is love. Health is good. So, they claim God heals. Not dying and life everlasting are good, as is staying out of eternal damnation. So, they play the God card. The very fact that I wanted there to be a God who met my requirements and did as I asked contributed to my eventual disbelief. When I looked around, everyone else was doing the same thing. Creating their God in their image.

I hope that clears everything up.

Bill

23 thoughts on “No God for Five Reasons

  1. It’s a leftover from early cave man and medieval times, before reason and logical thinking were part of the masses and before much that science has now discovered. When fear and control was even more rampant that it is today plus millions of people in those early times had horrid lives and needed some fantasy to make it possible to live without dying in despair…some hope for a reason and a better life after death.
    We are in a crazy upswing in the US, but not in the rest of the world and in time..a few more generations..it will be, hopefully, a thing of the past, at least in its more extreme and fundamentalist form. Hopefully it will be more about peace, love of all of mankind, protection of our literal home Earth, cooperation among peoples of different cultures and will have gotten rid of this obsession of hell, judgement and punishment that is so unbefitting of any possibility of decent magnanimous god.

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      1. Right. “Sacramental” wine all around.

        Hey, I’ve been reading about réveillon and common dishes: tourtière, ragoût de boulettes, and lpattes de porc. Do y’all do any of that?

        Charlie used to tell me about carrying his mug/cup and going house-to-house on holidays.

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      2. Sacrament(al)! We French Quebecers like to curse and it’s always against the church. All of our swear words are.

        Oh oui! Lookit you with the accents and everything! Tourtière is my favourite. Ragoût de boulette et patte de cochon…Mmmmm…. I don’t make it but my mother does… Don’t forget the “head cheese”

        I love that idea but no, we didn’t do that…

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      3. See what happens?
        I see something and I want to know more. I think that started when someone used Tourtière on their FF post.
        And of course, I want to know if you do it.

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      1. Arnold,
        I don’t mean to be difficult, but either you hear a voice or you don’t. I think you don’t and you’re speaking either metaphorically or religious mumbo-jumbo.
        You have every right to believe what you want. I happen to think what you believe is a lie.
        What you wrote here, and this is an atheist blog, is very vague (story, purpose, accomplished and finished, “the word”, and a voice you hear). I accept that you are a Christian and that you get your leads from a man/god, allegedly a Jewish one, in old religious writing (aka, The Bible). Like I said, good for you. I don’t.

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      2. The bible was written by men. Correct?
        All known about the three Christian Gods is biblical (created by men). Untestable, unverifiable. Impossible to prove.
        You wrap your whole life up in something like that.
        As I understand it then, it is also not real, not true, and dangerous. You don’t know if God exists any more than I do. All you say you believe is what someone else told you. No god, a person, a human, no spirit.

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      3. Ok. That is fine, Absolutely your choice.
        But must you reject logic and reason in the process of following Jesus? Can’t your religion be rational?
        I wonder why you believe what you do (he is).
        While I understand you putting your opinions out there, why here? You are certainly welcome to post here, but why?

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      4. Well, my religion is rational to me. I watched my folks live their faith for their lifetimes. They exposed their lives to God, included him in everything. They were real, if not perfect. As a teen though I reasoned God away so I could live life as I pleased. And did so for a large chunk of my life.

        Then 8 years ago a blackout-drunk, near-death event tipped the scale back. It didn’t scare me but it surely gave new perspective! Jesus Christ was a rational, simple guy with one focus–he lived his Father’s will. That’s what my folks did and that’s what I want.

        So I’m here because most Christian blogs are bible studies or praise reports. And that’s okay but sometimes I’d rather chat with the worldly-wise, when I see a relevant post. Thanks.

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      5. Christ exampled, and taught, ‘Be faithful to God, AND your neighbor’ (Luke 16).
        We believers fail miserably by cold-shouldering the very people we should get to know.

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