No believer alive today has witnessed the death and resurrection of Jesus, the saints emerging from their graves, heaven, God, or any of the other myriad things that they claim to be "witnesses" to. What is the majority basing their opinions on? If credible evidence existed of a man being actually deceased and rising three days later, this would be unprecedented news quickly publicized to every corner of the globe by every kind of formal or informal media. With God in the equation, all things, including miracles are possible. We evolved to eat these substances for this very purpose- we were not created to eat these things (nor were they created for us). Response: The biological theory of evolution does not attempt to explain the origin of life; it describes how the diversity and complexity of life found today arose from simpler organisms. (To be fair, historians do sometimes use such "countersupportive" evidence as positive evidence of historical claims — for example, Bart D. Ehrman's analysis of which sayings of Jesus in the Bible might be historically accurate relies in part on whether each quotation shows Jesus or his message in a positive or negative light — but a good historian would never go so far as to argue that this makes the claims true.). The vast majority of humans consider rape within marriage and slavery to be wrong while working on the sabbath is considered to be acceptable, which conflicts with biblical morality. In moral systems that lack a divine component, we are accountable to those around us. Most will be too hot or too cold for life, but there will surely be some that are the right temperature just by chance alone. It makes no sense to speak of something being a "code" unless it encodes a message of some sort from a sender to a receiver. Prayer will not set a broken bone; prayer will not move a mountain. What follows is a collection of responses to these purported "reasons". Indeed, there is now so much contrary evidence AGAINST the historical accuracy of the Bible that the term "biblical archaeology" has been discarded by professional archaeologists and Syro-Palestinian archaeology has been suggested by some practicing in the field as a more appropriate term. The conclusion that the creator must necessarily be more complex than anything in the universe demonstrates that the existence or such a being is greatly improbable, perhaps even "infinitely" so — that is, impossible. It's a fairy tale for grown ups! This page was last edited on 13 July 2017, at 21:55. Where does our consciousness come from? Response: We know that this claim is factually wrong. Response: This is an attempt to shift the burden of proof. All of these tendencies may have conferred evolutionary advantages in the past — and may continue to do so today — but they can easily lead to the misinterpretation of evidence. These things which do not consist of matter are beyond the detection of science. Response: This is an example of the anthropic principle. The life on earth tends to conform to the conditions of the planet they inhabit. Given the history of the 20th century (for example), there is some doubt as to what "civilized" actually means and whether humans can be said to possess that characteristic. We also cannot detect it. While I do not claim to hold the brilliance of Hawking, I was one who was led into the mire of agnosticism earlier in life. Penn Jillette of "Penn & Teller" puts it nicely in one of his videos when he states something to the effect of "if you are a theist and you DON'T proselytize, I have no respect for you." This is your decision, no coercion here Benjamin Franklin was accused of heresy by Catholics and Protestants alike, for developing the lightning rod, which was considered an effort to stifle God's wrath. We cannot confuse God with man. Have the believers read any skeptical positions? The adherents to these religions often try to impose the values and practices of their own religion onto society at large. While a consensus theory of abiogenesis or panspermia would not disprove the existence of God, the burden of proof is on those who assert the existence of supernatural phenomena. In other words, just because something is not known doesn't mean it cannot be known. Even if it did, this would hardly be sufficient reason to deem it true; extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. If you need to know more about Jesus and reasons to believe in him, please see: Beyond Blind Faith. If God is omnipotent, there is no limit to what more he could do. From as early as 2000 BC, there is archaeological evidence to confirm many details we're provided with in the Bible. Response: This is surely an instance of the pot calling the kettle black. This reason is also contradictory to the argument proposed in Reason 12. Response: This just hit your knees argument is an attempt to shift the burden of proof. However, if we wish to speak of it as encoding a message, then that message surely comes not from a god but from prior generations of living things. But I'm determined to base my personal philosophy and my concept of truth on nothing but rock-solid facts. There is no 'good news' to preach in atheism. Most of us are born with the five senses to detect our surroundings, which we're provided with. There are many skeptics who didn't believe in Jesus before his crucifixion, and who were opposed to Christianity, yet turned to the Christian faith after the death of Jesus. Response: Scientists haven't answered all of the questions of the universe. 4 Reasons Why I Believe in God: #3 Vince Vitale takes us through four reasons why he believes in the existence of God, and contrasts them against counter-arguments for a robust discussion on this topic. Response: This unsubstantiated anecdote about a believer assaulting an atheist with a vegetable is actually a form of the unmoved mover/uncaused cause argument, implying that atheists are foolish not to believe in a higher power that created the universe. I threw out queries, suggestions; wondering all the time over everything, and to my astonishment the ideas took like wildfire - people made a religion of them." How can you know that God exists? Response: Terry Pratchett, of all people, gives an insight into this. Did God change the arrangement of the heavenly bodies in the intervening centuries? Snowflakes are a special case of crystalline structure. Or why create poisonous foods? In other words, why isn't God's existence more obvious, based on direct, observable and irrefutable evidence and not theoretical guesses and feeling? "[2], According to a review in Patheos, Harrison discusses the reasons believers give for believing in God, doing so "succinctly and painlessly", and without insults. You can’t see, hear, touch, smell, or taste Him. Science can only be the detector of certain things. If you believe in God or find yourself in doubt, you will want to read . Response: Please see article - Mythicism to learn why history does not support a Biblical Jesus of Nazareth. Done any research? There are dozens of others. If we are aware, we must have some small measure of understanding. What's more, even if the "missing link" were really missing, that does not prove it does not exist. Similar instances in his writings may support the idea that Darwin believed in a form of god, assuming these same were not simply matters of linguistic convention. While this argument attempts to defend the Christian mythological deity, it serves the same function for all other deities, as well as for any other unfalsifiable claim, including Russell's Teapot, you are in the Matrix, or that the universe was created 20 seconds ago by me. What/who knew that had Earth been built larger or smaller, its atmosphere would be one where it would not be possible for us to breathe? Furthermore, science is not about proofs, but evidence, and the evidence supporting evolution is solid. 50 Reasons … The laws of evolution fall flat. 50 reasons people give for believing in a god Nov 22, 2020 Posted By Clive Cussler Publishing TEXT ID a455c3a2 Online PDF Ebook Epub Library reasons why people believe the moon landing is a hoax 10 video list 735 10 reasons 2. Furthermore, there is evidence to confirm many of the details provided in the Iliad or the average Spider-Man comic, but that doesn't mean that Achilles and Spider-Man exist. Response: The "five senses" common to most humans, while adequate for the purposes of savanna apes, are only able to capture the barest fraction of all light and sound waves, and detect a very limited set of chemicals. I believe it is and I believe that designer to be God -- the God of the entire universe and everything in it, including us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him ( 1 John 4:16 ) Again, what a scary universe this would be if God were not loving. If we have no understanding of these forces, then how can anyone be said to be "aware" of them? Rather than this childish, storybook view of the world, we know that emergent complexity happens all the time, and is an exciting and interesting branch of mathematics and science. In our text, John is repeating some of the reasons to believe in Jesus that we have already seen (see 5:31-47). Science is constantly recorrecting [sic] its findings. We know a great deal about how such things "could possibly" work. The sensory stimuli may be the same, but the interpretation is different. There are distances and lengths of time that we cannot measure (see: Planck Units), and the current scientific belief is that we cannot because they are too small. Response: Argumentum ad ignorantiam and argument from design. Isn't everything in the universe under the direct control of God in the author's worldview? Response: Many of the arguments in this email appear to promote Christianity by opposing science, but even if we grant that there is no conflict between science and Christianity and that many scientists are Christians, this hardly provides evidence that Christianity is true. However, science could explain how life began on Earth if a credible theory of abiogenesis or panspermia emerges in the future. If they are no more than a fizzled out battery at the end of the day, then why don't they spend their lives partying, or getting a hobby?! And if we fail to grant that there is no conflict, we recognize many contradictions[8] between the Biblical account and established science. Response: Majority opinion is irrelevant to truth. However, this fact is not a reason to believe in God. We can not always assume that people join a faith because they believe that it is true. Further, most of the so-called prophecies have been refuted by Hebrew scholars on the grounds that they 1) Are not prophetic in nature 2) Did not refer to the Messiah 3) Are wrongly interpreted by Christians 4) A combination of 1, 2 and 3. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The question "why" presupposes that there is a story to be told. Finally, consider the fact that the very same phenomena that were once attributed to "ancestors" in early human history may have been attributed to angels or demons in the Middle Ages, to witches or the Devil in the 17th and 18th centuries, to "spirits" or poltergeists in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and to extraterrestrials in the late 20th century. Inevitably, advocates of the effectiveness of prayer emphasize the "hits" and ignore the "misses," as if prayer were involved in any way with the outcome in the first place. However, there is absolutely no verification for any of the so-called miracles and many of the events are contradicted by more historically reliable sources. Can you give me any proof that God exists? Response: Even if there was a first cause, how is this a proof of a god? The Gospels were also written and promulgated by men. Evolution has never been proved, which is why we call it the 'theory of evolution'. Modern evolutionary theory is supported by a large number of independently verifiable facts and is used to explain, predict, and manipulate the responses of all manner of biological systems. Response: I'll play error's advocate here, and assume the author is being honest, mainly because it doesn't matter if the author is honest or lying. You can’t weigh Him like you can a five-pound bag of potatoes. 'Chance' isn't the cause of something. Finally, there is nothing special about our sense mechanisms when compared with other members of the animal kingdom. Response: There are approximately 200 – 400 billion stars in our galaxy alone. Wow. This is another example of the God of the gaps argument. It's naive to believe that they all are induced by chemicals or drugs. Feeling, Emotion, Belief? Moreover, the earliest New Testament texts were purportedly authored by early church founder Paul of Tarsus, who was not an eyewitness. Kyle Butt, M.Div. Humans have evolved a variety of cognitive shortcuts to deal with the mass of information provided by our senses. Where do our moral values held within our conscience come from? Response: Aside from this claim highlighting sexism initiated by religion, in particular christianity, this would also put the rest of the mesopotamian Gods who's myths mimicked jesus' myth, including the women part, as more likely to be true, doesn't it? The history of science, medicine, and mathematics (not to mention politics and religion) are littered with examples of ideas that used to be believed by "most people" and not only are no longer believed today, but have been conclusively disproved. "What shall I speak about?" Our 'inventor' of evolution, Mr. Charles Darwin had this to say to Lady Hope when he was almost bedridden for 3 months before he died; "I was a young man with unfathomed ideas. Shouldn't we all just jump in and have a little faith? 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