Atheism

Why people don't believe in God...

Evil - Prayer - Science - Evolution - Chaos

The Bible claims that people don't believe as a result of their hearts being hardened with sin (wrong doings). Sin causes people to become spiritually blinded from seeing the truth. The result is that they end up living their life from the mechanised, animal part of their being. The Bible calls this living by the ‘flesh nature'.

There is a sense in which this page as a 'red herring’ because it addresses the main five intellectual reasons why people do not believe in God and default to take the position of atheism. 

The dictionary meaning of atheism is being in disbelief, lack of belief in the existence of God, gods or an intelligent designer/creator behind reality.

People who don't believe in God, generally hold to one or more of five main reasons to argue that God cannot exist. These are: the problem of evil, unanswered prayers, science as a replacement belief structure, biochemical theories concerning evolution, and chaos theories within biology and physics.

Foundation! Dispensing with the White Elephant in the Room.

If God is who he claims - he can do whatever he wants to and we are powerless to do anything about it. In the Bible he says very clearly that if we engage in paths, habits and attitudes that are deconstructive to his perfect plan he will punish us. Furthermore, if we continue on a destructive path he will allow us to face death in order to save us for eternity. The Bible does not present God as a bully with a magnifying glass, burning ants in the sun. Instead the text shows us that he loves us in the same way that a parent would protect a child from burning their hand in a fire.

Reason 1. The problem of evil

If God is omnipotent (all powerful) he must be able to stop our suffering.

If God is omniscient (all knowing) he must know we suffer.

If God is benevolent (kind and loving) he cannot want us to suffer.

If God is Love why are there moral, borderline and natural evils?

The obvious answer of course is that God can stop suffering. He knows, feels and experiences our suffering, and indeed does not want us to suffer. Concerning benevolence we see in nature both love, beauty and violence. Crucially, we see the curios central feature of Christianity being benevolence: through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. (click link)

However...

Scholars, prophets, philosophers and teachers have for centuries understood that the Bible text states very clearly that God is above and beyond our understanding. While this might seem an unconvincing basis for a retort on the problem of evil, we can certainly bring solid claims as to why this position is presented in the Bible. They include the following:

The Bible text states that God has made the world to strictly adhere to a structure of micro and macro rules from for example the astronomical patterns in the heavens, down to what we call DNA in todays language: these are proven in science and explored clearly in the Biblical text. In this respect science merely underpins what the Bible has been saying for thousands of years. 

We might use the term Newtonian to explain the behaviour of natural science. Science and the Bible state that the universe is causal: Subject to cause and effect, action and reaction.

The Bible states that God has made us with the freedom to choose good or evil.

Bringing the above elements together we can prove by deduction / logically that if the Bible's claims are correct; then we live in a context in which both human and natural actions have causes and results. The first command of God to humanity was to be creative, to breed and to control the earth. While we have done this in part, it takes no stretch of perception to conclude that mankind has neither learnt to control themselves or the planet in a way that would create better results than the ones we are experiencing today. 

The question we might ask ourselves is this: If the Bible is true; to what extent are the thousands of years of actions by humans responsible for the corruption of both DNA and environmental disasters today?

Reason 2. Unanswered prayers

If God exists surely he would answer our prayers...

A common response to trusting God for something is; 'I tried that and nothing happened’. Sometimes when people pray for something and it doesn’t happen, they may come to the wrong conclusion that God doesn’t exist. 

King Solomon had in interesting relationship with God, when Solomon asked for wisdom over money. God granted him all things because his heart was focused on wisdom first. Similarly, the apostle Paul (academically one of the greatest minds to have ever existed) presented that we don't get what we want because we ask with wrong motives. Condensing this generic structure we naturally conclude that God will not answer prayers that are not inline with that which is beneficial for our lives of for the lives of others.

As we advance in bible studies we begin to find scriptures that contain a number of philosophical concepts that we may or may not find comfort in:

God will allow pain: 

As judgement

As warning

To assist in salvation 

As a result of poor moral decisions

As a result of poor general decisions

As a result of human cultural, socioeconomic, political and environmental action

Reason 3. Scientific explanations that rule out God

Steady state theory: The universe has always been here - nothing caused it.

Religion and Science cannot be in harmony.

Covered in more detail in this 'science v religion' click here

Reason 4. Biochemical theories

Big bang theory

Evolution

Covered in more detail in this link on evolution and creation, click here

Reason 5. Chaos theories

Everything happen by chance - no creator, no plan

Covered in more detail in this link on 'science v religion' click here

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