Originally posted by Agerg
...that [b]YOUR god does not exist.
Consider the following thought experiment:
Suppose you're making your way home with a friend, he[hidden]or she if you like[/hidden]has the last £20 between you both (half of which is yours)[hidden]or the equivalent in another currency[/hidden]and it will cost you this for a cab ride home (otherwise it's a 10 mi ably say that I am certain your god doesn't exist on these grounds.[/b]
And this is even before you throw into the mix the fact that some god ideas are inherently logically impossible,
and that you can trace the formation of most if not all of the modern religions through history as they were invented,
with bits and pieces coming from disparate myths to combine to form the gods we see today.
And the fact that if one true god really existed and there were people capable of 'picking up his signals' then they should
all be giving the same messages, anywhere in the world, at any point in history, all converging on one grand truth.
These messages should be clear and unambiguous in any and every language and should reflect the profound and infinite
intellect and wisdom your god is prescribed to have.
However in reality religion hive off and split into ever increasing numbers of sects that increasingly disagree with each other
and no two separate religions agree with each other either.
And the 'messages from god' are confused, open to interpretation, mundane, taudrey, and just plain wrong.
Also there is a complete lack of any need for god.
It's useless as an explanation for anything because it simply moves the mystery from the thing you want to explain to god, which gets you nowhere.
And every instance in history where god was postulated as the reason has hindered progress to actually solving the problem.
It's of no use as a moral guide, as morality is either deductible in which case we can deduce it ourselves, or it's arbitrary, in which case we are still
better off making it up for our selves rather than having someone else's ideas imposed on us. (hint, we can deduce reasons for moral choices, which
means it isn't arbitrary)
There is no evidence or reason to suppose such things as a soul or afterlife exist to which they can act as caretaker or gatekeeper.
The only reason for believing in god and his afterlife left is that some find the idea comforting, which is not a reasonable foundation for a world view.
There are many things it would be nice if they were true but aren't.
And frankly any god/s who demands we worship it/them, with no sound reason or evidence to do so, having 'given' us reasoning abilities, and who will punish
those who don't believe in it/them with eternal torture. Is/are not worth worshipping anyway.