It happens all the time. I tell someone that I don’t think there is enough evidence to prove the existence of God, and they claim that I have no basis for morality, love, purpose or hope. Pick any positive emotive emphases and it is taken away from you by a Christian because they can’t understand how you can have it without having God as the backdrop for it to exist.
Take love for example. I have been told that if there was no God, I wouldn’t be able to love, but because I do love, there is a God. Now forgive me if I am wrong here but that really does feel like circular reasoning to me. I mean sure, we can both agree that I love my children. But what I am trying to say is that I don’t agree that there is a God who is the basis for that love.
Rather than work backwards by invoking the existence of a deity who is the fabric upon which my love for my children is woven.
But that’s the issue with believers. You are constantly told that your God, who is different from a whole host of other professed versions of God, by the way, is the source of everything we see, think, breath and live. But that doesn’t mean He actually is. We know that we have standards of morality that have shifted over the millennia, we know that we have a love for those we live with, more often than not. We know that we can create and embellish purpose into our own lives and we also know that we can foresee hope, even if ultimately these positive emotive emphases don’t have any lasting value. They hold value right now, and they make a difference in how and why we lived yesterday, live today and will live tomorrow.
I can hear the old religious Sam in the back of my head now, claiming that just because I don’t believe in God doesn’t mean He isn’t real and doesn’t orchestrate all of our lives. But I don’t think the old religious Sam has any evidence that isn’t personal preference or inference that would hold water on this point.
If you could prove in a deity, who created and sustains everything, then you would have won the Nobel Peace Prize and be on the front cover of every news website in the world. You would also be saying the same God who provides the basis for morality, love, purpose and hope is also the same God, who is right now allowing a male predator somewhere within the world to kidnap, rape and then kill a little girl. It happens every couple of hours within the world we live in, but we don’t like to pay it attention to it, because it is a heinous crime and the culprit deserves to be behind bars for the rest of their days.
I look at my children and I am aware that the same fate could, in fact, be in store for them. It fucking terrifies me. I don’t have any control over their fates, other than to be a sensible and diligent parent and protect them with my very life. But you can’t say to me that there is an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving God who is orchestrating this existence to give us the simple chance to possibly know him. How often do we get varying accounts of what a knowing God is anyway within the world? Surely the truth would be clearer to understand.
You see, I would rather nothing had ever existed, no pain, no sorrow, no frightened child who is right now aware that they are going to die at the hands of someone who views them as a commodity to be used and then thrown away.
I know this is the world that we live with. It’s fucking dark and it scares the shit out of me each and every day. But I am willing to say that these things happen, as much as I don’t want them to. That I will fight to make them stop, that we can make things better if we work together and stop waiting for a divine being to wade into the world that you claim they created and take responsibility for the evil they facilitate each and every day.
I don’t think there is enough evidence to show a supernatural explanation to the world I witness around me, but that doesn’t mean that I am right, it simply shows that I am yet to be convinced. I believe that morality, love, purpose, hope and grace arise naturally, that they take their position within the world as they do precisely because the world has evolved as it has.
You might want to evoke God as the reason for these things and you might want to use the things you see around you as proof that He exists. But I want you to stop for a moment. Pretend there is no God watching over you right now. Yep – I am sure it’s a scary thought if you are being intellectually honest with the activity. What if this state is actually the correct one that we really live within? What if God is nothing but an idea that humans invent to grant hope and the actual place we find ourselves in isn’t the one where God is a reality?
Could you still have morality, love, purpose, grace, reason, hope and worth without a God? Sure, none of it will last forever, but even if it didn’t, I am not sure anyone could live like that was the case anyway.
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