Definitely my favorite piece I’ve written. For any Christian. How can anyone without complete knowledge KNOW something?
Just an FYI. Most atheists (note the lower case A) are agnostic atheists. That is, they acknowledge that there no way to prove that there isn’t a god (agnosticism), but that they see absolutely no reason to believe in one (atheism).
Which makes asking what evidence you have for your god a perfectly legitimate one. I, for example, have been raise without a religion. Many, many religions are mutually exclusive; that is to say, believing one to be true means that you will be punished by the god in question for believing in another. So I am faced with a bewildering array of choices as to which religion is the correct one. Choosing wrong could cast me into an eternal hell, after all.
How am I to choose which religion is the correct one? By far and away most people stay with the religion that they were born into (an extremely poor method for choosing a correct religion, if I may say so), but even this isn’t an option for me. For me, the natural choice is to find out which religion has the best evidence as to its correctness. However, anyone doing a more than cursory objective study into makings and beliefs behind any given religion will quickly find that there is NO religion that even comes close to mirroring the world that we see before us. What’s more, the reality of our world often as not flatly contradicts most of the major events depicted in the world’s major religions.
So, is it not reasonable for me to ask you to provide some evidence or reason what evidence you have to support your religious beliefs? Faith doesn’t get you anywhere, because Muslims have faith, as do the Hinduists. People who believed in Zeus or Apollo had plenty of faith. I would ask you to explain, however, to me, as an outsider, why your religion is more believable than any of the others.
Science is more than willing to confess that it is imperfect, but frankly, it is the best method for determining what is true that we have. Since what we learned from science has given us satellites and and airplanes and computers, I’d have to say that it has a pretty darned powerful track record for success.
So, when I see the overwhelming scientific evidence in favor of things like the age of the universe and evolution, which completely contradict the claims made in the Bible and Koran, and I see a total lack of evidence for major events such as a global flood or the Exodus of Moses, well, it rather starts the Abrahamic religions off on the wrong foot, so to speak. Anyone asking me to believe in any of these religions is going to have to come up with some pretty strong evidence on the balance sheet for me to accept ANY of it. Even the very existence of Jesus is supported by very circumstantial evidence, at best.
I have nothing against the idea of a god, but it is really just that no one has ever shown me the slightest reason to believe in one.