Top 10 Reasons No One Should Believe in God
The number of people who don’t believe in God has been rapidly rising ever since the Internet became a commodity. As soon as people started to educate themselves about different religions and taking part in interesting discussions with people from all over the globe, they quickly began reexamining their faith. Of course, other factors like generational displacement, secularization, and broad social disengagement all had an impact on the rise of nonbelievers as well.
There are two main types of people who don’t believe in God – atheists (i.e. the people who don’t believe in the existence of any deities) and people who believe in some sort of life force or spirit, but don’t identify with any religion.
“Does God exist?” is one of the three oldest and most famous questions about our existence, along with “why are we here?” and “what is our purpose?” However, the last two questions have propelled scientists to achieve some remarkable things in order for the global population to advance and be connected. These two questions have brought many positive changes to our lives, unlike the debate of God’s existence, which was numerous times the reason why huge wars started (some are still going on to this day).
But, just by saying that terrible things happened in order to ‘protect’ God’s name isn’t reason enough to stop believing in such a deity. Some people are convinced to stop believing only because of this, but in case you need some more convincing, here are the top 10 reasons no one should believe in God.
When science wasn’t so developed (or present at all), God was the explanation behind everything including natural occurrences like thunder and lightning, the sun rising and setting, illnesses, and death. Although it now seems unimaginable, all of these things once had a single explanation. And despite the knowledge we have gained by examining everything during these last few millennia, some people still choose to believe God is behind every single thing that happens.
The most notable example of when science replaced a very popular religious belief is Darwin’s theory of evolution. This theory suggests that all life on this planet has descended from a common ancestor. In other words, complex creatures came to existence thanks to them evolving from more simplistic ones. The evidence that backs this theory is so compelling that the majority of the general public simply couldn’t deny it once it was published.
If you carefully examine the number of times a religious explanation has been replaced by a scientific one, you’ll see that it goes well into the thousands. On the other hand, we’ve yet to see a scientific explanation be replaced by a religious one. And, quite frankly, you shouldn’t get your hopes up on that ever happening.
As we see more technological and scientific advancements, we’ll also likely get to understand human consciousness and the origin of the universe. Soon enough, we will run out of questions that won’t have any scientific explanations, and believers will have no other choice but to stop using God as their main argument.
9Because You Get Religion From Family Not God
When is the last time you met a person that studied all the different main religions in the world and then decided which one he was going to stick with and worship the particular God of that religion? Your answer is most likely that you’ve never met such a person, which is totally understandable, considering that we all know religions run in families.
For as long as religions exist, the strongest factor that determined a person’s religion was, and still is, family. Although you sometimes hear that people from a highly religious family decide to completely abandon their faith, you’ll rarely ever get to see someone from a devoted Christian family become Muslim only because that person felt it was a better religion. Whatever you were taught as a child is exactly what will be engraved in your head, making it almost impossible to change your beliefs.
However, you’ll notice that there is no way for this to happen with science. Even though we learn a lot of scientific theories as children, we can quickly change our views after stronger evidence suggests that other theories may be correct. Whenever we see that the evidence changes, our understandings will change as well.
This is one of the main differences between understanding science and religion. People stick to religion due to tradition, intimidation, fear, and social pressure, while science is supported by giving your mind the freedom it needs in order to understand and support certain theories. Now, which of these two options sound better to you?
8Because Religious Arguments are Weak
We’ve all participated or observed at least one discussion between a believer and a non-believer, and we’ve probably got to notice the same thing. While the non-believer was constantly pointing out solid arguments backed by scientific research and evidence, the believer simply denied it with replies like “God exists because the Bible says so” or “God is an entity whose existence cannot be proven, therefore you don’t know that he doesn’t exist.” Others will say that they simply feel it in their heart or that deep down they know that God exist, citing that as their one and only argument. Some even use the Bible as the perfect and accurate historical book to back their claims, but how could such an accurate and flawless books have so many inconsistencies?
When you see these arguments, you will notice that almost all of them are only a single sentence, opposed to scientific ones that have whole books filled with research and evidence backing one claim. Not to mention that science is just way more believable. For example, if someone told you that the sky is pink and that they know it because their mother told them or because they simply feel it in their heart, would you believe them? That’s exactly how silly some of these arguments actually sound. Certain people choose to use the complexity of life as their main argument by stating that something so perfect had to be designed by a supernatural entity.
Then, you have the worst kind of believers that constantly say “we don’t need to show you any evidence, but we know it for a fact!” And then the same people demand to be taken seriously.
7Because of Non-Testable Claims
Back in the early days of science, religion had a much stronger presence in the community. In fact, most of the scientists spent their days trying to come up with experiments that would prove the existence of things like the soul, the metaphysical, and God. Since there were religious skeptics even back then, the scientists wanted to make sure that the proof for the existence of these things is known. However, they quickly came to find out that the claims made in religious scriptures were not exactly testable.
Now, despite what some atheists think, certain religious beliefs can be (and were) tested. As a matter of fact, there is an organization called the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, which was founded by famous scientists, science writers, and academics that does an amazing job of testing all unusual claims. To this day, there are still a lot of scientists in the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry that are interested in examining paranormal claims and fringe science. Since there is such an organization, it comes as no surprise that they tackled certain religious claims during the last 40 years of their existence.
If you had a chance to guess how many testable religious claims were proven to be correct, what would you say? None. Of course, since believers don’t like to hear this, most of them will say that the testers were biased. But, the real beauty of science is that you can’t possibly be biased, as you’re letting the laws of the universe determine whether a claim is true or false.
6Because God Is Unstable
When something incredible happens to a believer, they will use it as a way to reassure themselves that God really exists and that what happened to them is a sign of God’s grace. On the other hand, if something bad happens to them, they will also use it to reassure themselves that their beliefs are right. One of the most famous arguments that a believer uses after something bad has happened to them is that God moves in mysterious ways. It doesn’t really matter what happens, as every situation can get twisted around to make is seem that God is always present and controls everything.
In science, when a claim suggests that no matter what happens a certain theory will be right is considered a completely useless theory. For example, the theory of gravity can’t be correct if certain beings started floating and others stayed on the ground. Therefore, you can’t really trust a theory which suggests that no matter what happens God intended it to happen like that.
As far as the people who use the Bible as a historical book go, they also need to do some explaining how they can consider it such a book when there are so many inconsistencies in it. This website points out the many mistakes that are present in this book. When someone points out mistakes such as these, many believers tend to say that people aren’t interpreting the passages correctly. This leads us to a very important question – why would a historical book need interpreting?
5Because Religion Doesn’t Improve Over Time
Over the last several centuries, mankind has had the opportunity to learn a lot about the physical world and understand things that were previously explained by the presence of supernatural entities. The thing about science is that it is constantly improving. Technological advancements help us build better tools that allow us to conduct experiments in order to get all the answers we seek. And as long as there are questions and uncertainties in this world, science will become better and offer great explanations.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about religion. Not only did it not improve or began to clarify itself over time, but the mentality of people devoted to it also hasn’t changed one bit. If you were to travel back in time to the 17th century, you would see thousands of different sects fighting over how a sacred text should be interpreted. And if you have any friends or family members that are very religious, you can see the same occurrence now.
The main reason why this was, is, and will always be happening is because times are changing, so the interpretations will always have to make sense for the time people live in. There are many scientific methods to prove a theory or at least make it the most probable, but people have yet to find a method to decide which interpretation of a sacred text should be followed. All a religious person can do is carefully read a sacred text and point out their interpretation.
4Because of the Inconsistency of World Religions
If God or any other type of deity actually exists, then why are there so many ways people perceive it? In the United States, part of the African American Christian population says that they don’t want to perceive Jesus as white, like he is mostly represented in famous paintings, but that they firmly believe that he was a black man. So, if people of the same religion can’t really agree on how such a famous Bible character like Jesus looked like, then there is even more to say about the inconsistency of different religions. And if religions are so important, then why are there so many lost and forgotten ones? A famous evolutionary biologist and author by the name of Richard Dawkins wrote in his moth popular book, The God Delusion, that “We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”
If we would to go outside right now and examine a tree, we would all agree on its size, shape, and the color of leaves, for example. We would all be able to acknowledge its existence and share the same basic facts about it. But, that is simply not the case when it comes to God. Even people who firmly believe in the existence of God can’t come into an agreement regarding what God is, what God wants from us, and how God looks.
They wouldn’t even be able to agree on whether God is a metaphysical substance or a personal being. Not to mention that if such a deity did exist, it would be a lot more powerful, bigger, and significant than a single tree. So, why don’t we see God in the same way we see a tree. Well, the only logical explanation is because God doesn’t exist.
3Because of The Diminishment of God
Okay, so almost the entire world population once decided to give religion a shot hoping that it would lead them to answers, but it turns out that that didn’t quite work out. So, as time passed, more and more people started questioning the religion they were part of and, of course, questioning the existence of God. During this same time, science began giving its own explanations to natural occurrences, which made people question their faith even more. Understanding what everything mankind accomplished over the last several centuries is the reason why the diminishment of God has become so noticeable over time.
God was once seen as this deity that had the unlimited power and was the reason behind everything that happens on matter how large a scale. For example, there used to be a time when people thought floods were caused by the almighty God. But, the thing is that people can’t claim that now, considering how much we know about all of the world’s natural occurrences. If a believer claimed that God had the power to do anything, do you think they would rely on a prayer if their child was really sick or would they go to the doctor and let the child take the adequate medicine.
As you may have noticed, the perceived power of God has grown weaker over time. Believers still claim that God is responsible for everything that we don’t understand yet. However, know that there will be a scientific explanation for everything sooner or later.
2Because You Don’t Need God
Some people don’t take religion too seriously, but still choose to believe in the existence of God or some other divine force because it helps them stay motivated to do the right things in life. Some people need to believe that there is something out there in order to make the right decisions in life, which is totally understandable. They use their beliefs to convince themselves that there is a greater purpose they’re serving by leading an honest and happy life.
Real believers, however, mostly choose not to take credit for anything that happens to them or to their loved ones, whether it’s good or bad. In their eyes, the things that happen are exactly as God intended them to happen. They believe that no matter where they go or what they do, there will always be another set of footprints right beside them.
But whether or not you believe in God is totally up to you. Perhaps there was a time when people were afraid to stop believing in God due to fear that something terrible will happen to them. In fact, many terrible things did happen to atheists earlier, but these things were not done by God, but by other men. However, nowadays we know that nothing in your life will change if you stop being a believer. You simply don’t need God to get through your day and enjoy your life, so why should you even bother believing in this deity. Your life will never depend on a prayer, and asking God for forgiveness will never bring as much personal growth as acknowledging your mistakes and learning how to avoid them the next time.
1Because there is No Evidence
We can all agree that religion as an idea was born way before modern science. So, let’s compare how much evidence religion and science have gathered about our existence on this planet and what controls the flow of occurrences on Earth and the visible universe. The latter has made very noticeable contributions, while religion doesn’t point to any evidence that would verify the existence of the almighty God, a deity that controls everything.
How could it be that people who’ve been following such an old idea have yet to come across any evidence that would verify their beliefs? Haven’t these people spent their whole lives devoted to religion over a span of a few millennia? Marshall Brain, a famous writer, is known for often expressing his views on religion and does a good job of explaining why he doesn’t believe that God exists.
One of his main points is that there is no scientific evidence that would point to God’s existence. God didn’t leave any physical evidence of his existence. None of the miracles Jesus performed left evidence either. God has yet to communicate with a modern man. There are a lot of mistakes in the Bible. You can’t prove that God answers a person’s prayers. There wasn’t any response from God when terrible things such as the Holocaust happened. Basically, the list can go on for pages, as there is an endless amount of arguments that show God doesn’t exist. However, as long as there is one question that science can’t answer yet, there will always be believers who will claim that it’s because God is the answer.
So, why do people believe in God in the first place? For most people, it’s to feel a sense of purpose and understanding about how everything works. As intelligent beings, mankind has always been searching for knowledge, desperate to find the answers to the most important questions of our existence. A long time ago, people didn’t have the tools we have now, and couldn’t conduct scientific experiments in order to get these answers, so they decided that God was the explanation behind everything.
The basic idea of that (especially for that time) was completely fine, but some people took it, and still take it, too far. Since we’ve seen that science has given us far more answers than God, shouldn’t we all come together and put our collective thinking to good use in order to find more answers? Scientists spend their whole lives devoted to their field of study and do a countless number of experiments every year, while believers just say “God did it” or “God created it.”
Although we have an idea of how the universe came into existence, we still don’t know for sure. But, believers sure do – “God created it.” However, that will only be the case until we come to a real explanation. Know that back when the Bible was written, people didn’t know how to explain the existence of rainbows, so they wrote that it is a sign of the covenant between God and the Earth.
So, if many believers nowadays don’t believe that is the explanation for the existence of rainbows, why believe anything else written in the sacred texts?