Why follow atheism? Because it is the truth! It is supported by the fact and makes perfect sense. So if you believe that fact, truth and reality are wrong, atheism is wrong. Otherwise, it's not! Why follow any form of theism?
You think that believing is a nonexistent, mythical being with nothing to prove it exists is a good thing?
There is no evidence that there is, was or will be a god. The ONLY evidence every listed is:
The Bible (or other religious text). None of these texts, including the bible, has anything within them to prove that they are not just books of mythology like the Iliad or the Odyssey. The bible, the Tanakh, (Torah, Nevi'im & Ketuvim) or the Quran all have stories that are outrageous and not just implausible, but impossible. Not to mention, if you really look at the bible closely, you will find MANY contradiction, lies and fallacies. So, these books are NOT evidence that god exists, just that man has a great imagination.
There are those that like to say, "I have felt the presence of god. I know he exists." Or the people that say, "I pray and I know my prayers are answered." To these people, I often laugh and explain, that just as they 'feel gods presence' so do Muslims, Hindus, Taoists, Wiccans and practitioners from virtually all other religions have the same experiences. New age practitioners claim to feel the healing white light. Buddhists talk about touching nirvana and reaching enlightenment, the Taoists create and use charms that make their lives better and people that practice Shinto commune with the spirits of nature and feel at peace. Even people that are non-theistic, or atheistic have stories of sensations or seemingly miraculous things occurring. (The key word is seemingly) They are ALL explainable. So, the ONLY two conclusions available are:
1 - All gods exist and are real. (Yahweh, Allah, Zeus, Odin, Vishnu, Kali, brahma, Susanoo, Lü Dongbin, the Green Man, etc...) There is no one god, but since all religions and faiths have 'experiential evidence' then they are ALL REAL.
2- None of these gods are real. They are all mythology and all 'experiential evidence' is simply the subconscious mind trying to cope with the stress of reality based on the conceptual parameters dictated by the conscious mind.
I suppose you could also conclude that there is but one god and that he is just worshiped differently in different parts of the world, but the differences in power, abilities, mentally, personality and so forth are drastically different. Thus this idea is also unlikely.
There are also people that like to use pseudo-logic to try and convince others that there is proof of gods existence. My favorite such argument is, "Everything that we know of had to be created. Trees come from seeds, seeds come from trees. Chickens come from eggs and eggs come from chickens. Thus something had to create the first seed and the first egg." If you bring up evolution, even if they are intellectual enough to accept that evolution is real, they will argue that something would have had to have created the universe itself because, according to their 'logic', "all things that exist MUST have been created and therefore, there MUST be a creator...a god." My reply is simple. "If all things that exist MUST have a creator, then who or what created god?" If he wasn't created then the hypothesis that everything must have a creator is invalid and the argument is invalid. This seams to really infuriate theists for some reason.
So if there is not evidence for a god other then mythical mumbo-jumbo and all scientific evidence points to evolution as the reality of life not mythical creation, then how is atheism wrong?
As for what good it does, it is better to live knowing the truth and in a fantasy world. Or perhaps you are one of these people that believe that living a pleasant lie, a fantasy, is more important then knowing the truth. Do you also believe that drugs should be legal and that being drunk is better then sobriety? Maybe you should consider that. You could spend you entire life high and/or drunk rather then lucid and sober. Some people believe that's better...more fun. If lies and fiction are your idea of being enough or being 'good' for people, then keep up believing in the lie.
· 1 decade ago