If an omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent god really did exist, it would show itself, provide clarity, and there would only be a single religion with a single denomination, so that there is no confusion. And yet, this is certainly not the case.
Myth: “MSG is bad for you.”
Actually, it isn’t.
I got a reply to this post:
There are other worlds besides this one. God created them. God cannot lie. He would not say He would be anywhere unless He would be. I see you have a lot of questions and most of them would be answered if you would read the Bible having an open heart. If you really believe what you wrote then just to find out for sure do this.. Get a Bible and ask God to let you know if what you’re reading is true and if He would let you understand what your reading. If He is not real you have nothing to lose. If you won’t take the test then it shows that somewhere inside you you know God is real..Wouldn’t you rather live your life as though He is real then to live your life like He’s not then to die and find out He is? think about that.
"God cannot lie."
How do you know that? What if your god is actually a deceptive, malevolent deity and the entire Bible is really just an anthology of lies made to fool the easily impressionable? Has that never crossed your mind? How do you know you can even trust this archaic book?
"…read the Bible having an open heart."
I’m betting that YOU’VE never actually read the entire Bible. If you did, you’d probably be an atheist too. The book is sick. It’s full of genocide, murder, slavery, rape, plunder, etc., all of which are condoned by your god. And on top of all that, it also has tons of contradictions and absurdities, to boot.
"Get a Bible and ask God to let you know if what you’re reading is true and if He would let you understand what your reading."
Are you saying that your god created the Bible without clarity, so that his followers wouldn’t be able to easily understand it? Why did he not make the Bible clear, concise and comprehensible? That seems like a blunder on his part, if you ask me.
"If He is not real you have nothing to lose. If you won’t take the test then it shows that somewhere inside you you know God is real."
What I have to lose is my time, and if I won’t take the test, it only means that I acknowledge that I’ll be wasting my time, because I don’t believe your god is even fucking real. The only thing that will make me believe is evidence, of which there is none.
"Wouldn’t you rather live your life as though He is real then to live your life like He’s not then to die and find out He is?"
Ahh… Pascal’s Wager. How original. This is the easiest theistic argument to refute because I can counter it by saying the exact same thing to you, only replacing your god with another god. For example: “Wouldn’t you rather live your life as though Thor is real then to live your life like Thor’s not then to die and find out Thor is?” Seriously, how do you figure that your god is real but discount all other gods? What if you die and find out that the Norse were right all along? Or the ancient Egyptians, for that matter? Then you’d be screwed. In the end, I can’t just will myself to believe in your god in the first place. Belief doesn’t work that way. I have to wait until evidence is provided before believing anything. That’s how we all should treat unsubstantiated claims.
I don’t really get how many Christians consider themselves moral, and yet these same people flippantly spout things like, “You’ll be burning in hell forever when you die.” I would think believers would look at the people who “sin” and hope the best for them, not desire to see them burn in an eternal dimension full of torment and fire and pain. Some appear to be quite ecstatic at the very thought. That doesn’t seem very Christian of them… Then again, maybe it does.
No, absence of evidence is not necessarily ‘evidence of absence.’ However, absence of evidence is also a bad reason to believe in something.
A very honest devout Christian admits he “doesn’t know” when an agnostic-atheist confronts him about various contradictory verses in the Bible.