Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
~ Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791 ~

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Why I don't believe in God

Below are the reasons why I don't believe in God...

1. INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE
(TO WARRANT BELIEF INCLUDING RULING OUT ALTERNATIVES AND FALSE POSITIVES)

That's about all.

The very same reasons also apply to:
  • Why I don't believe the Bible was divinely inspired.
  • Why I don't believe any Bible prophecy was ever fulfilled.
  • Why I don't believe the exodus was a historical event
    (as described in the Bible).
  • Why I don't believe Jesus (or anyone else, ever) was raised from the dead.
  • Why I don't believe any other holy book was divinely inspired.
  • Why I don't believe in any supernatural phenomenon including miracles.
  • Why I don't believe in any gods or goddesses.
  • Why I don't believe disease is caused by evil spirits and/or demons.
  • Why I don't believe in alternative medicine or pseudo science.
  • Why I don't believe in paranormal claims.
  • Why I don't believe vaccines cause autism.
  • Why I don't believe Christadelphians have the "truth"
    (or any other religion for that matter).
For every single person out there who believes in any of these things, at least one of the following necessarily applies:
  • You have some evidence I am not aware of,
    but you refuse to share it with me or with other unbelievers.
  • You could be fooling yourself and you are ok with that
    or you are not self-aware enough to realise it.

I know of no exceptions.

Perhaps the reason I don't believe is simply that I am not ok with self-deception. I am not saying I have never deceived myself. Only that I follow methods specifically designed to avoid the possibility, and if I ever become aware of the possibility I will improve my methods and update my beliefs accordingly.

7 comments:

  1. Love it: short and to the point. Debates between believers and non-believers often include a vast amount of talking past each other based on differing views of what counts as evidence and where the burden of proof should fall.

    As you know, I don't always like the implications of these principles, but the principles make perfect sense.

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  2. I've had a look around this blog. While it's interesting, and in some cases quite funny, "Why are you a Christadelphian", it began to sound like a long moan. I wasn't sure why, but it became clearer while reading, "Why I don't believe in God." The question is, do you believe in anything, because it looks as though you don't.

    Throughout what I've read so far, I haven't seen a mention of what that necessary item called 'faith' might actually be. Odd that. Without faith it is impossible to please God, as I'm sure you've read. But how do we get faith? Or, how do we feel we 'know' anything well enough so that we may place our trust therein? Personally I've found it is only through much endeavour, much desire, much persistence. And, much loneliness at times.

    So, for what it's worth, do your own homework; pursue personal investigation with your time, effort, and commitment.Then endure in it until you find what constitutes evidence for you. THEN you can place your faith in your findings.

    It doesn't matter which doctrine, pope, minister, priest, religion, sect, scientific research, natural cures you get acquainted with, because in each one of these you will find masters of deception at work, as well as the self deluded. It's your job to fish them out - try the spirits.

    But there is a lot of guidance here - the burden of proof is on them. And, of course, for anyone who whole heartedly seeks for truth, there is that most precious possession at their disposal, and that is, their Will.

    Truth be known though, the masses can't bear the truth, and are much happier with being deluded, or kept in the dark. To hear the truth means starting to take personal responsibility - that's just too much to ask of most. Why do you think Jesus said, "Hard is the way, and few there be that find it."?

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    1. //The question is, do you believe in anything, because it looks as though you don't.//

      I believe in things for which there is sufficient evidence such that it would be perverse or unreasonable not to. Obviously that's a bit different for everyone, but the key is evidence. I also try to ensure that my beliefs are testable or verifiable so as to avoid fooling myself if possible.

      For example, I believe the earth orbits the sun, and I believe disease is often caused by germs (E.g. viruses and bacteria).

      //I haven't seen a mention of what that necessary item called 'faith' might actually be//

      Can you explain what you think "faith" is and why you think it's necessary?

      //Or, how do we feel we 'know' anything well enough so that we may place our trust therein?//

      We "know" something when we can confirm it by way of experiment or observation. We might also call it "knowledge" when we learn something from a qualified teacher, for example in school. It would be unreasonable to do every experiment ourselves, so we therefore rely on a large body of data that has been accumulated over the years by many individuals via the scientific method. Sometimes this "knowledge" needs to be revised as better data comes to light. It's the best we can do. Note that while we might trust that our teachers are not lying to us, there is always the opportunity to look up the data for ourselves and confirm it, so it's not merely just taking someone's word for it. I think it's important to revise one's beliefs as new information is discovered.

      Not sure if that answers your questions. I wasn't entirely sure I understood what you were getting at.

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  3. That 'necessary item called faith' is what we find when we have applied our all in the pursuit of the truth of a thing, or matter. It is something experienced within ourselves. Just take vitamin D for instance. For just about ever we've been told that 400mg was the right dose. On top of that we've been told, what seems like forever, that we must always put sunscreen on to avoid getting skin cancer. Who has been telling us these things? Well, the experts, of course. Were they right? No, they were not. In fact there was only a shred of truth in what they said. What about statins, which were backed by science. Now though, the tide is turning, but only after the natural health nuts have been warning people against the use of statins for many years. What would we do without them, the nuts, I mean. Not that I think they're nuts, but you probably do. Global warming is another big one. What a lie. Or, did you fall for that. Practically the whole scientific community spun that one. Did you fall for that? Nearly everyone else did. I can tell you where I live there has been obvious evidence of global cooling for the last fifteen years at least. How did I know? I looked, and considered the physical evidence, and searched for documentation to the contrary. I'm a natural skeptic. It was out there, if somewhat hidden.

    The evidence of each one of these three examples is right in front of your nose. It doesn't take a lot of faith to believe the truth of them. Now the faith that pleases God is to believe in what He has said and promised, which we cannot yet physically see. We believe through what we experience from our endeavours to learn, to find out the truth. This is how God speaks to us, through His Word, and also other people, dead and living, who loved/love Him above all else.

    About revising one's religious beliefs, in this case, Christian: Yes, from time to time that's going to be required, but the overall message doesn't get trashed because a long-held belief gets blown away - Let God be true, though every man a liar. Let God's Word alone speak to you. Other people are useful, but they are no replacement for a one on one with the Creator/Author.

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    1. //That 'necessary item called faith' is what we find when we have applied our all in the pursuit of the truth of a thing, or matter. It is something experienced within ourselves.//

      This seems very vague. Do you have a more concrete definition?

      //Just take vitamin D for instance. For just about ever we've been told that 400mg was the right dose. On top of that we've been told, what seems like forever, that we must always put sunscreen on to avoid getting skin cancer. Who has been telling us these things? Well, the experts, of course. Were they right? No, they were not.//

      I think I see it now. Do you see "faith" as the ingredient that allows you to believe in things that disagree with what you had been told by "experts"?

      I'm curious, how did you determine that sunscreen does not reduce the risk of skin cancer? I'm interested in the methods you used.

      Do you use faith to arrive at truth? How would that work?

      If I understand correctly (forgive me if I'm wrong), you seem to think that the majority of the world's experts are wrong, despite many years of education and experience. Are you also an expert in all of these fields? If not, how did you manage to arrive at truth while so many were mistaken? What do you have that they lack? I'm very interested in how you go about determining what is true. I know roughly how scientists do it, but if what you say is true, then your methods should be superior to theirs. Could you please elaborate?

      //Global warming is another big one. What a lie. Or, did you fall for that. Practically the whole scientific community spun that one. //

      Do you think there is a global conspiracy among scientists?
      What would you accept as evidence that you were wrong?

      //This is how God speaks to us, through His Word, and also other people, dead and living, who loved/love Him above all else.//

      What do you mean by "God" ?

      And how did you arrive at this conclusion (say, as opposed to being possibly mistaken or deceived by yourself or others)?

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  4. Your comeback is utterly tiresome and a waste of my time. Goodbye.

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