The god of the Bible displays all the
traits of folklore, legend, and mythology.
Why assume he's anything else?
A god is defined as a conscious and supernatural being/deity that intervenes with the natural world. Despite many false assumptions, proven false for reasons described below, there is no actual reason to believe that a god exists. This should be enough to cease belief but based on modern discoveries we also know that a god does not exist and could not possibly exist, especially the character God from the Bible.
Nitpicky'ness with the wording
True, you technically can't say with absolute certainty that something does not exist... just as you can't say with absolute certainty that something does exist. Obviously when a person says something "does not exist" it means that there is no evidence suggesting it exists and only evidence suggesting it is just made up. Saying that "God does not exist" is as equally valid of a statement as saying, "the Smurfs do not exist."
A small amount of Christians will argue "but you can't prove something doesn't exist with absolute certainty" in an attempt to discard all evidence that is not in their personal favor. At the same time they continue to live life as if they do know with absolute certainty that the character God does exist.
There Is No Intervening
In ancient times we assumed that nature was controlled in the same manner which we controlled objects. If we saw a spear thrown down from a city wall we knew there had to be a thrower. When we saw lightning thrown down from a cloud we assumed there was a being doing the throwing.
We now know better. Occurrences such as lightning, rain, earthquakes, and tornadoes are not controlled by any sort of conscious being. The weather is also not influenced by which god we worship or which rituals we perform.
Consciousness Was Not Consciously Created
It is now known that the universe was not created by a god... and couldn't have been created by a god. The well established explanation of how the universe was formed, through natural means, has long dismissed the supernatural explanation for its formation. Now, thanks to a firm understanding of consciousness, we know God was never a possible option.
Consciousness, thought, memory, and even personality are 100% based and dependent on the physical structure of the brain. They are the results of that structure, much like the results of a circuit board's structure. Consciousness is something that was created by the material world so it obviously could not have created the material world. Learn more about consciousness in 2:4 Souls & the Supernatural
The Creation Of God
By looking at the history of any particular god you can easily see that he or she is nothing more than mere folklore. For example, the god written about in the Bible is vastly different from the earliest tellings of him. The god worshiped by the early Israelites was very different from the version worshiped by those who later wrote down the stories we commonly know of today.
Thanks to archaeological discoveries we can trace God's history. As with many gods the god of Abraham was simply an adaptation of an early god. In this case refugee slaves fleeing Egypt adapted a Canaanite god as their own. Early Israelites even incorporated a Babylonian mother goddess into their religion as the wife of Abraham's god.
Yahwe to Yahweh,
Adapted From An Earlier God
Certain clues have led biblical scholars to reinterpret the Exodus story to include the Shasu people, who lived in the deserts of southern Canaan from around 1500 BCE until 1100 BCE. Egyptian texts place the Shasu people in a place called YHW around 1375 BCE. The name YHW (Yahwe), which likely refers to the Shasu's patron god, bears a striking similarity to the name of the Israelite god, YHWH (Yahweh). Another clue is that, according to the Bible, Moses encounters the burning bush in the region of Midian (Exodus 3:1), which also lies in southern Canaan. Scholars now believe a band of refugee slaves from Egypt passed through Midian, including a place called YHW, and adopted the Shasu god as their divine deliverer.
"God" Is Not A Name
The name of the god of Abraham is Yahweh, not "God." The reason most Christians today think that the word "God" is the name of their god is due to Greek translations. In Jewish tradition one is not allowed to verbally speak the name of the god of Abraham so in conversation or when reading scripture the Hebrews would say "Adonai" (Lord) instead of Yahweh. This is what's meant by not taking Yahweh's (the lord's) name in vain. This however did not apply to writing. Jews still wrote their god's name when referring to their god Yahweh, which is spelled YHWH, without vowels.
This verbal tradition was carried over into the Greek translation of Hebrew Scriptures (The Septuagint) where YHWH was translated to the Greek word for Lord, "Kurios". Our English Bibles are based on the Greek scriptures, hence why modern Bibles say Lord instead of Yahweh. Despite translations the letters YHWH do not mean "Lord" or "God," they are the specific formal name of a specific god, the god of Abraham.
Asherah, the Wife Of YahwehHow could a god be married to another god if there is only one god? Well much like Christianity and every other religion, Judaism evolved over time into its current state from piecing together old ideas with new ideas. The early Israelites were not monotheist like those who eventually wrote the scriptures we know but rather polytheists who believed in many gods. Modern archaeological findings confirm this, an excavation at Tel Rehov unearthed thousands of pagan idols throughout Israel dating from the 10th to 6th century BCE. As it turns out most Israelites did not adhere strictly to the official state concept of monotheism.
Asherah is a Mother Goddess who was the wife of El, the head deity of Canaanite mythology. In the earlier stages of what is now Judaism Asherah was believed to be the wife of YHWH, the head deity of Israelite mythology. In the 1970s, Israeli archaeologists digging in Kuntillet Ajrud in the Sinai found a little desert fort containing the Hebrew inscriptions "Yahweh and Asherah" all over the place. In 1968 archaeologist William Dever discovered an inscription in a cemetery at the site of Khirbet el-QÃ´m, a Hebrew inscription of the 8th century BCE. It gives the name of the deceased, and it says "blessed may he be by Yahweh and his Asherah." It is clear from these findings that early Israelites during Abraham's time believed in multiple gods. Good thing the Israelites changed the story about Yahweh having a wife before later storytellers had him impregnating a young woman named Mary.
Sources include http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bible
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Start of time & space
Scientists agree that space & time had a starting point so they must have had a creator who must have been God.
View Problems (2)Problem 1 Time is simply the measurement of movement and the increments of such measurement (e.g. minutes, hours, days) are based off of how long it takes for Earth to move around the sun. During the Big Bang is when everything in our universe was set into motion making the start of motion and thus the start of time in our universe. Space on the other hand is, in simplest terms, the area within a container. Prior to the Big Bang our entire universe was condensed into a tiny fireball but then that ball rapidly expanded creating space within it. When scientists talk about the start of time & space they are talking about the start of movement and the formation of space within only our universe, not the start of all time & space. The Big Bang that created our universe is believed to be just one of many Big Bangs that each created separate universes containing time & space. Problem 2 Just because something was created does no mean it was supernaturally created.
The Cosmological Odds
The universe's formation had to have been guided by a conscious being since the probability of it being the way it is when factoring the other possible outcomes is [insert really high number here] to one.
View Problems (1)Problem 1 This is a false use of the Theory Of Probability. This "argument" is based on the invalid assumption that life, the way it is, was the pre-determined targeted outcome.
Consider this; the mathematical odds of dealing a hand of thirteen specified cards from a well-shuffled deck of fifty-two playing cards are about 635,000,000,000 to one. If a person calls out thirteen specific cards ahead of time and then those specific cards are dealt one could claim that was likely too improbable to happen naturally based on the theory of probability. However, if the cards are already dealt and made known before the person calls out the thirteen specific cards there is no reason to suggest that the selection of the cards required any special guidance.
Complexity of Life
Life is so complex that it had to be intelligently designed by a conscious creator.
View Problems (4)Problem 1 Yes, life is complex but that does not mean it had a conscious designer. A snow flake is complex and it does not require a conscious designer. Problem 2 Life is actually overly complex with far too many unnecessary parts assembled in such a frantic mess that causes a wide range of faulty design flaws from avoidable limitations to cancer causing agencies. The over complexity shows that life certainly was not designed by a conscious being with the ability to plan ahead or work efficiently. Problem 3 Time and time again we have learned that complext things come from less complex things. God, if real, would be infinately more complex than a human or snowflake and thus could not be their creator. Problem 4 The complexity of life has already been well explained by science through natural means.
Life is Designed
No one denies that life was designed. Since life was designed there had to be a god to design it.
View Problems (2)Problem 1 Life was designed, but not by God. Just as we assumed that lightning thrown down from a cloud had to have a conscious being doing the throwing we also assumed that the apparent design of life had to have a conscious being doing the designing. Life was designed, and indeed has a designer, but not a conscious one. The designer of life is nature and its method for fine tuning life is a process known as Natural Selection, not conscious decision making. Problem 2 We already know how life was desigend through natural means. In order to understand how life could have and was designed through natural means you first must understand the basic mechanics and principles of evolution along with the observable and known evidence which the explanation, or "theory," of evolution is based upon. You can learn more at Truth-Saves: Evolution
Earth: Designed For Life
Earth was made perfectly for life. Its distance from the sun and the tilt of its axis are just right for us to live.
View Problems (3)Problem 1 The planet Earth is far from being perfect for life and throughout life's history of existence there has been a vicious battle against nature to survive as life has gone through many mass extinctions, some even bigger than the mass extinction that devastated the end of the Cretaceous period. Problem 2 Just because life can exist on Earth does not mean that it was designed for life. Your shower is an ideal setting for fungus to grow but it obviously was not designed for the inhabitance of fungus. Life was a side effect of the conditions of Earth, not the other way around. Problem 3 Although Earth is the only planet in our solar system known to naturally sustain human life it is by no means the only planet in our universe that is capable of doing so. There are over one hundred billion galaxies in the known universe, each of which could potentially contain hundreds or even billions of separate solar systems. In light of this relatively modern knowledge the number of potential earth-like planets such as "Gliese 581 C" which could harbor life is, to say the least, dramatically and unbelievably high. The odds of known life forming on just one of those planets is suddenly less impressive.
DNA is a language
Scientists call DNA the language of life and all languages and codes must have been created by a conscious being.
View Problems (2)Problem 1 DNA has been nicknamed "The Language Of Life" because it is like a language. Although DNA has many similarities to language and code it also has many differences and is not subject to the same limitations. Problem 2 We also know different ways of how DNA and it's predecessor RNA could have simply formed by natural means so saying DNA could not have formed without a conscious creator only proves a failure to keep up to date with the modern knowledge of DNA.
Something from nothing?
Physicists commonly agree that there was nothing before the Big Bang and formation of the universe. Therefore it had to have been created by a supernatural being just as the Bible describes.
View Problems (2)Problem 1 When physicists say there was "nothing" before the Big Bang of our universe they do not mean literally nothing. What they mean is that there was no matter, just energy. It was that energy which formed matter and the Big Bang. Problem 2 If you are claiming that the universe had to have a creator because "something can't come from nothing" then you would also be claiming that that creator had to have a creator too and so on.
God Talks To Me
People talk to God all the time, how could anyone talk to someone if that being did not exist?
View Problems (3)Problem 1 Many credit the voice in their head as the voice of God. That voice however is just unfiltered thought. It is the same "voice" that speaks when people talk to other gods or when children talk to their imaginary friends. Problem 2 If one actually convinces themselves that the voice in their head is "evidence" for God then they must also believe in most other gods and every imaginary friend ever conceived by a child. Problem 3 Also, if God existed why would his communication abilities be limited to the same level as imaginary friends? In the Bible God speaks aloud, either projected from a bush, through the mouth of a donkey, or even face to face.
People have been healed after people prayed for them, leaving doctors baffled. This proves that God exists and supernaturally heals people.
View Problems (2)Problem 1 There have been cases where a doctor was sure that a person could not recover then after people prayed the patient did in fact recover. However the same has happened for those who were not prayed for. The opposite has also happened to people. The doctor was sure they would recover then the patient takes a fatal turn for the worse, even when prayed for. What is really going on is that the doctors were simply wrong. Even doctors make mistakes. Problem 2 People of all theistic religions are convinced that praying to their god or gods has caused people to be healed. Regardless there has never been any documentations to support such claims. There has never been imagery of structural changes to an eye as it was supposedly cured from blindness by a god. And there has never been evidence supporting any other supernatural case.
God Is Not Provable
The existence of God is not provable or testable so we can't be expected to provide evidence for our belief in him.
View Problems (2)Problem 1 If this was the case then it is very dishonest for anyone to say they believe that a god exists. Problem 2 The existence of God is actually testable and provable. The definition of a god does include a being that resides "outside of the natural world" which is realm that is not testable. However the definition also includes interactions with the natural world and it is those interactions that are testable and provable or disprovable.
God Is Nature Or Energy
God is nature, he is the energy all around us, and everyone agrees that those things exist so therefore God exists.
View Problems (1)Problem 1 By calling God something else, something that is proven to exist, does not mean that God exists. Saying that "Bigfoot is nature" or that "Bigfoot is energy" does not prove the existence of Bigfoot despite the proven existence of nature and energy. God is not nature, just as nature is not a supernatural being.
- 1:1 The Need To Discuss Christianity 1:2 Christianity Isn't Harmless 1:3 Has it Caused Good? 1:4 Christianity's Immoral Teachings
- 2:1 Why Christianity Can't Be True 2:2 God 2:3 Jesus Christ 2:4 Souls & the Supernatural 2:5 Why So Many Still Believe
- 3:1 Closer look at the Bible 3:2 False Claims 3:3 Contradictions 3:4 Bible Stories
- 4:1 History of the Faith 4:2 Creating the Bible 4:3 Changes & Lost Gospels 4:4 Inventing Christ
- 5:1 Living For This Life 5:2 What Godlessness Means 5:3 Atheism & Humanism 5:4 Stories of De-Conversion 5:5 Answers & Concerns
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