I want to take time to respond to an open letter written to atheists over at a reasonable faith. I would have rather commented on her site but it may not be approved so, I invite all of you to weigh in.
Why do you not believe? Why do you allow your senses to rule instead of your sense? Your eyes don’t see God, your ears don’t hear him, nor would your outstretched fingers find his form. But if God doesn’t exist, how is it that you do? If God doesn’t exist, why is there something rather than nothing?
To believe or not to believe is not a choice one makes. I don’t think you chose to believe but are in the particular religion because of geography. Had you been born in India, you’d be talking about Hare Krishna had it been Saudi Arabia you would be a Mohadeen maybe ready even to volunteer for a suicide mission. Why do you have a brain in the first place? Isn’t it to reason and follow the path reason leads you too? What has god to do with my existence? You can touch me to verify my existence, the fact that am responding to you means I exist, if god exists, I hope he is going to respond to this post. We can wait eh? Why is there something rather than nothing? Read Lawrence Krauss a Universe from Nothing
Why do you not believe? You clamor for justice and robe yourself in rights. But your appeals for fairness and freedom carry no weight without a transcendent standard. Who are you to tell me what’s right and wrong? Are you my judge? Are you my god?
Are you implying that without transcendence, there can be no justice? I disagree, we have made laws in defiance of god[s]. Your god condoned slavery, we abolished it, your god commanded we kill our children when they disobey we said no, your god commanded we kill those who work on sabbath, we don’t; your god drowned everyone except 8, we try to rehabilitate. Now between us and your god who is better?
Why do you not believe? You gaze out into the night sky and your immaterial thoughts carry you deep into space. You reason an endless expanse and discern a limited comprehension. Is it not reasonable to conclude that a limitless being exists who knows something you can’t?
Why is hard to conclude that we are a small speck in the entire cosmos? Why would looking at the vast expanse of space draw you to your god and not to Zeus, Odin or even better to Osiris?
God is horrid, you say, if he even exists. Just look at what his supposed Word says. He’s capricious and cruel, sadistic and sullen. Are you his judge? Do you really believe a creature who can’t even explain his own existence, much less create another like him, who is beset with badness, imperfect in piety, negligible in knowledge, can call to account the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Maker of all that is? Can expect to fully comprehend his ways?
Fortunately am not his judge, am just making an observation. If the bible is his word and he commanded those things, the only reasonable view is that he is capricious, a cruel bastard, a bigot, misogynist and all bad things we hate among our fellow-men. He is a racist to add to the list. If you think this deity created us, who is guilty of the imperfections, who is culpable? The created or the creator? Be honest with yourself Caroline and tell me do you believe we are born depraved?
And what’s that about anyway? How can you argue against God’s character and actions if you don’t even believe he exists? You fashion an image of what God would look like if you were him, and then cast off as unbecoming or unreal (one or the other…it can’t be both) a God that doesn’t line up with your image, in essence declaring yourself god by decreeing everyone else an imposter. You elevate the scientific method as the supreme diviner of truth, but skip over the observation of evidence and go right to the conclusion based on your biased preconceptions and your materialistic worldview that precludes any consideration of the supernatural.
You got it all wrong, the bible describes god and it is that description that we find in contradiction to what he does. The bible says he is all loving, but he commands Abraham to kill his son. If I was Abe, I would have told god to fuck himself! The god of the bible is contradictory even in definitions, all merciful and most just are traits that can’t be held by one person. Tell what truth has religion revealed to us since the beginning of time? Just one truth and while at it, I only ask for one miracle in our time. The ones you quote are old. The supernatural is not explanation, we live in a naturalistic universe and it has shown no evidence of the supernatural. The universe acts in a way that makes us conclude there is no divine intelligence involved.
Dear atheist…what if you’re wrong? What if it’s true that the God of the Bible does exist and your sin will separate you from him and happiness forever if you never receive his provision for your salvation? What if he is standing ready right now to forgive your sins and seal you for redemption if you will only turn to him and believe?
Caroline, the Pascal’s Wager is lame. What if you are worshiping the wrong god and every time you bless YHWH he takes offence and is waiting to condemn you? If this god you call true exists, let him show up and please not in my sleep neither should he send a representative. Pascal is asking you suspend reason and just have faith even if it is false. Hasn’t it occurred to you if this god is all-knowing as you want us to believe he would know you are faking it? And if it is a just god, don’t you think he will regard honest disbelief instead of rewarding blind faith?
What if you never believe?
That is god’s problem not mine and if he should exist and we meet, I hope he gives me a chance to defend myself. I will honestly tell him he failed in the evidence department!
Feel free to weigh in on your thoughts on this letter.