Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Utah, USA
Language: English, a little Japanese, Java, C#, C++
I don't believe in god(s) because I've never encountered sufficient evidence to convince me. I really did try throughout my teens -- I went to church, read my scriptures, prayed, fasted, gave tithing, the whole nine yards. But I never got the slightest inkling of the existence of anything remotely metaphysical.
How could it be that some people so easily receive this 'knowledge' of god while others do not? Does god really love playing favorites, or does he just hate some of us?
Or are some people just too quick to accept a convenient and comforting lie, because they can't face the bleak truth that this life is all we've got?
Incidentally, the argument from design always makes me shake my head. Some people really need to take basic Biology. You're getting it completely backwards -- we exist BECAUSE of the water, sunlight, soil, food, etc. on this planet. If we didn't have water to drink then we never could have evolved to the point we're at. The only "design" at play comes from natural selection and random mutations, over billions of years. Besides... combining our waste removal system with our reproductive system seems like really bad 'design.' Not to mention the useless vestiges of our predecessors that remain, such as the appendix or tailbone. I think cancer is a prime example of how imperfect we really are -- just the fact that parts of our bodies can start growing out of control, spreading to other parts and eventually causing enough chaos to kill us... Why and how could a "perfect" creator make us so fragile?!
"Churches ... appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.." -Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason