Why do we believe in God?

 

Hell, wow what a concept. I applaud the geniuses who thought of this concept when they got together to make up the first religion to use it. I mean its such a perfect way to scare people into believing without proof. You are told all the great things about God, this miracle, that miracle, but then, WHAM! HELL. You will go to Hell if you do not accept God.

Hell is such a powerful motivator and I understand why people are still clinging on to their beliefs (even though deep down inside, they question it). It took me some time to get over my faith and Hell was the primary reason why it didn't happen sooner. I'm willing to guess that 85% of the reason why people belive in God is because they are scared of Hell.

Religion is a tricky sale, but Hell is what a sales person would call the perfect closer. As soon as people want to turn away from religion, they pull out the Hell card, and you're locked in. Another soul saved. Which is the ironic thing, they believe they are doing you a favor, they are saving your soul, and for that you need to give them money.


 
 

For the most part, Creationists just haven't taken the time to open a science book. Most have the audacity to claim that Evolution is just a "theory". Which, ironically, they are right. If they actually knew what a scientific theory is, then they would understand that a theory is not the same thing as a guess.

A scientific theory summarizes a hypothesis or group of hypotheses that have been supported with repeated testing. A theory is valid as long as there is no evidence to dispute it; so theoretically, it is possible to dispute a theory if you are able to disprove the hypothesis or group of hypotheses with real observations.

So the creationist should first find evidence that disproves the evolution theory before they can make any claim that Evolution is false. What creationists must understand that in order to disprove Evolution, they have to disprove countless of tested hypothesis that support Evolution.

Creationism doesn't have real science (evidence) to support it, its just a collection of guesses that are fueled by old superstitions.To this day the Creationist hypothesis has not ben awarded the title of a scientific theory. Evolution is a theory, creationism is not; its just a belief. Faith, by it's definition, means to accept something as true without proof. That is where Science and Faith stand divided.

I read great analogy that can further explain to you what a theory is:

Hypothesis: All swans must be white.
Observation: Every swan I've ever seen is white. 
Test: A random sampling of swans from each continent where swans are indigenous produces only white swans.
Publication: "My global research has indicated that swans are always white, wherever they are observed."
Verification: Every swan any other scientist has ever observed in any country has always been white.
Theory: All swans are white.


 
 

Sin: any act regarded as such a transgression; a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle.

To put it simply, a sin is when you break a religious law. That is something important to point out: a law. Because that's what religion is at is very core, just a set of laws to follow, and it instructs followers to not break its religious laws. In return, the followers are promised an eternal life with God after death. I mean they are 100% sure of it. Which is just so weird to me. How can you be sure what happens after death, when its not something anyone can truly explain from first hand experience? Lets face it its not a proven hypothesis. But even I can't say that there isn't a heaven or hell, because there is no proof to prove or disprove their existance. 

But you got to be saved! Saved from what? Salvation, salvation, salvation! What do we need to be saved from exactly? The fact that our ancestor (Eve) ate a piece of fruit she wasn't supposed to? I didn't find anywhere in the story of Adam and Eve (Genesis), where it talks about original sin. Does anyone know where the concept of original sin is located in the Bible?

This is what Christianity/Catholicism preaches, that we are all born with original sin and therefore we must be baptized in order for our souls to be saved. So the fact that I was born, means I have original sin? Original sin is an oxymoron in itself. The very definition of sin is when you break a religious law. How can a baby break a religious law just by existing? The answer to that, is that is inherited by Eve. Wow, so god is punishing the souls of unborn babies just because Eve ate a fruit. Its so funny to me that religious people try to defend the things about religion that are just so unrealistic. Oh, God knows what he is doing, he is omnipotent, his ways are higher than ours, blah, blah...


 
 

The founding fathers would be embarrassed of this country if they were still around today and hear politicians and religious fanatics utter such things as "in God we trust", "God bless America", or "this is God's country". In fact many religious people don't, or just ignore, the fact that the founding fathers were very anti-religion. They created the constitution and made sure that religion did NOT interfere in politics, thus the creation of the separation of church and state. My favorite founding father is Thomas Jefferson.

"Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies."
"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."
- Thomas Jefferson, 3 rd president of the United States

In fact, he wrote a book called The life and morals of Jesus of Nazareth. He re-wrote the the new testament and took out all the bells and whistles; the virgin birth, the miracles, and the claim of Jesus' divinity. This is a huge slap to the face to all Christians. Other great minds include:

"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."- Benjamin Franklin

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it." - John Adams

"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise." - James Madison

I could go on and on, quote after quote, of the very creators of this country who all knew that religion did not have a place in the progress of their newly formed union. How did the US become so Christian all of a sudden?


 
 

USA Today has a story about how there has been an increase of non-religious people. Last year the American Religious Identification Survey found that 15.0% of Americans are not religious. That makes up 34.2 million people in America. So I am not alone people! Please take a look at the results bellow or follow the link for the article.

The results tell the whole story, religion is on the decline. None of the large religions increased over the past 18 years and the ones that have a positive percentage increased by less than 0.5% which is the margin of error for this survey. Non believers are now a part of the Third largest group of Americans. But when it comes to power and influence we are still the weakest link. Its time for the non-believers to come out and proclaim what we don't believe in a God. Let it be known, don't be shy. Don't allow religious leaders and fanatics (that are doped up on God) run the country.

Its going to be hard to reach the top spot, but if the current trend continues, in 30 years we will reach that point. Now, religious people, please don't fear us. We are not out there recruiting new members, they themselves are loosing their faiths for whatever reason. I lost mine because I searched for evidence to explain the Catholic religion. To those that think that they have proof, if what you say was evidence, then it would be more widely known and the God debate would have been settled.

Results of the ARIS from 1990 - 2008 (USA)

Religion /Population (millions)/1990 %/ 2008 %/Change in percentage
Catholic                               57.2                     26.2%             25.1%              -1.1%
Baptist                                  36.1                     19.3%              15.8%             -3.5%
No religion                         34.2                     8.2%               15.0%              6.8%
Christian, generic            32.4                     14.8%              14.2%            -0.6%
Mainline Protestant       29.4                    18.7%                12.9%            -5.8%
Don't Know/Refused      11.8                    2.3%                   5.2%               2.9%
Pentecosta                           8.0                      3.2%                   3.5%              0.3%
Protestant                            7.1                       2.6%                   3.1%              0.5%
Mormon                               3.2                        1.4%                  1.4%              0.0%
New movements               2.8                       0.8%                   1.2%              0.4%
Jewish                                    2.7                        1.8%                   1.2%            -0.6%
Eastern religions              2.0                        0.4%                  0.9%             0.5%
Muslim                                 1.4                         0.3%                  0.6%             0.3%