Do you believe in God? If not please tell me why.


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Zaphod  Beeblebrox Profile
I do not. I will try to be succinct, but no promises there. I will also assume that you are talking about the Judeo-Christian God, for simplicity's sake.

I was raised and indoctrinated into the Christian faith, and specifically was schooled in Catholicism. I was actually quite the zealot in my youth. Sometime in my adolescence, I began to  notice discrepancies in the Catholic dogma. I can recall that the first test of my faith was pondering on the notion of purgatory. I remember thinking "if purgatory is not mentioned anywhere in the Bible, and  this faith is derived from the Bible, then  where did the idea come from?" The was merely the first stone in the avalanche, which culminated in me reading the Bible, cover to cover, searching for a way to restore my faith. Upon completely the book however, I could no longer  call myself a Christian. There were just far too many wildly fallacious claims. The whole book is historically inaccurate, widely apocryphal, and embarrassingly contradictory. I have  found this to be true of other religious texts as well. Specifically, in the Bible, I had the hardest time reconciling the two different God characters from the Old and New Testament, respectively. One was a spiteful, vengeful, angry, jealous,  genocidal maniac; the other was a forgiving, understanding, compassionate, loving god. If you ever take the time to read the whole Bible (which I highly recommend), you will see that God is two completely different  characters.

Geography plays a huge  part in which god(s) you believe in, a notion that always plagued me in my adolescence. The only reason that I grew up believing in the  Judeo-Christian God (aside, of course, from my parent's influence) was the fact that I was born in America. Had I been born in Iran, I would have been raised a Muslim; in India, a Hindu. Another glaring oversight that the religious reich seem oblivious to is the issue of chronology; when you were born having a great influence on your religion. Many religions have waned or been completely phased out over time (Norse, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, etc.). It is foolish and vain to think that your (the rhetorical "you") religion will be exempt from the test of time. In a few thousand years, children will be reading about Christian mythology in their history textbooks, and something new and, most probably, more absurd will capture the zeitgeist of that era.

God can be a great many different things to each person, but there are some more or less unified themes; that He is omniscient, omnipotent, altruistic (cares for the plight of His creation), and that he can temporarily suspend the laws of nature (read: Miracles). How anyone can live in this world, and be exposed daily to the ills and trappings of man, and still believe in a "loving" God is beyond me. Visit a muscular dystrophy ward and tell the dying children that "God loves them, and that their illness was all a part of his divine plan." It sounds pretty callous when thrown into that relief. Now take a look at the miracles of the Old Testament. In that tome, God was constantly interfering with his creation. The book is rife with dues ex machina. Why is it that now God has turned a blind eye on his work? Where now is his influence, his interference? How is it that a god that is all-knowing would inspire the scripture writers (who were supposed to be infallible) to write such fallacious, inaccurate things?

This is getting a bit long-winded, so I'll wrap up. To an open and analytical mind, religions are clearly a device of man. There have been thousands, there will be many more, and I  see no reason to adhere to one simply because I was indoctrinated into it as a child. Do yourself a favour and read the tome of your religion, then read an excellent book by Richard Dawkins called "The God Delusion".
Joan Profile
Joan answered
You ask if I believe, I most definitely do.  You do not ask for a reason from those who believe so I will not go beyond what you have asked other than to say, I absolutely know God has given an immediate answer to a prayer I made in a moment of desperation a few years ago.
Mike McCarthy Profile
Mike McCarthy answered
Absolutely.  Jesus as well.  Praise be God.
High Sea Air Profile
High Sea Air answered
Yes  i  do  cause  without  him ,  i would  have  drowned  at  age  10
yarnlady Profile
yarnlady answered
The the God stories in church never made any sense to me. I have read the entire Bible and it just sounds like crazy ravings, also, I have no 'faith'.
Ilina Profile
Ilina answered
I will call myself an agnostic. Without "God" being tied with religion, I feel as if there is a unique force, be it a person, a wave, existence and nonexistence, etc. When it comes to religion intertwined with the word "God", I just cannot say that I truly believe it. Especially when it comes to organized religions. See, God doesn't even have to be a force. God can be a tree, a child, love. Why must there be a book telling us what to do, then?

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