Believe not to Believe

I have to admit, I have a lot of respect for atheists. I don’t agree with them; but I do respect them. I am not talking about agnostics either, but true atheists. Where agnostics basically choose to sit on the fence and not put their faith in any camp, atheists put their faith into the no belief camp; believing what can’t be proven. You can’t prove something doesn’t exist; so, it takes extreme faith to believe that there is no God.

Christians, too, have to have faith to believe what they do. Though God works through our lives on a daily basis, it is possible to explain it away (though you cannot prove it is not God’s work) as coincidence or luck – even karma. What Christians do have is a mountain for proof that there is a creator, an abundance of evidence that a being greater than us is looking over us, loving us and ultimately working for our benefit.

Atheists, however, have to have faith in a lot of things, even if it can be played off as no faith at all. Take creation/evolution for starters. An atheist must have faith that the answer is not God but some other non-intelligent design based theory. For simplicity sake, let’s assume that the answer is based in the secular worldview “Big Bang” theory (I say secular because I, as a Creationist, believe there probably was something like an explosion at the centre of the universe to get us going, I just believe that God caused it!).

To believe that the “Big Bang” happened and that this is no superior being takes a lot of faith. Where did the stuff come from that was mixing before the Bang happened? What sparked it? What stabilized it? Even if you accept that you can never know the specific answers, you have to believe there is an answer. Whereas the Christian faith simply believes God did it, the answer for an atheist has to be more complex than that.

Boiled down to the simplest statements, there are three options we have when it comes to faith. We can decide not to believe (agnostic), we can believe in a superior being (religion), or we can believe not to believe (atheists).

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  1. Well, I personally don’t respect your “extreme faith” in the non-belief in fairies. Or your “extreme faith” in the non-belief in Zeus. Or your “extreme faith” in the non-belief in the flying spaghetti monster.

    Does it really take “extreme faith” to not believe in something if there is no evidence for it? No, that’s just the normal default position. You have absolute no evidence for something, so you don’t start believing into it. Does the fact that the thing is not falsifiable change anything? Not at all, I can invent non falsifiable things all day long, none of them likely to exist. Being non falsifiable is not a good thing. It’s more a sign that chances that you exist are getting slim, because, in effect, it means, that you have no influence on the world at all, nothing that can be tested, measures or verified. The universe can, in effect, exist without you and still be the same.

    And no, even the evidence for god that is presented by Christians so often is not good. You need to believe first to accept it. And there is not a single proof. Your feelings are not evidence and much less proof. Anecdotes are not evidence and much less proof. Arguments that aren’t valid aren’t evidence and much less proof. And long lists of these things still don’t replace real evidence.

    Ironically, the basics of the big bang theory was formulated by a priest. Anyway…

    a) The Theory explains various things you can notice about the universe. It fits reality. If god created the universe five minutes ago then he invested a lot of work into making it look like there was a big bang.

    b) Adding god there doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t make more sense. Either something came into existence from nowhere or something was there all along. Both things are something that we cannot experience in our lives (normally), so claiming that one is more unlikely than the other is nonsense.

    c) The honest answer is “W don’t know everything (yet?)”. Simply claiming that “God did it” is completely random. And it takes the problem from the wrong side. Science takes reality and tries to find an explanation that fits the facts. Religion takes an assumption and then tries to find an explanation that fits into the assumption.

  2. You’re asking where the stuff came from for there to be a ‘big bang’ but then, as an atheist, I’d respond to that by asking where did God come from?

  3. As a Christian, I also believe in Creationism. In my personal view, I have trouble imagining the world having been created out of nothing due to the fact that everything we know; our planet, what little we know about our galaxy and the vastness of space that we don’t know… out of all of that, I have to stop and wonder how it would work so perfectly in such harmony without an ultimate creator.

    Think of the complexity of the human body and the involuntary functions happening within you right now. Blood circulating providing you with oxygen. Heart pumping. Your stomach digesting your food and dispersing the nutrients you need to keep living. And think of all things living in the natural world. How are they so well adapted? How does every ecosystem work at such brilliant levels of complexity in such perfection? Animals that were designed so perfectly for their environments. This definitely points to a higher power, in my eyes. As I like to say, “How can something that came out of nothing make all the sense in the world?”

    As I’ve heard in a DVD series called The Truth Project, the creation of this world as we know it without a supreme being would be like splattering paint onto wooden Scrabble chips just hoping that it would form a recognizable letterform, let alone form words that made sense…. let alone form an entire intricate board full of words. The following video gives an outline about the series. He brings in intellectuals from the secular and religious world alike in His victorious quest for truth.

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