Real first off:http://hasidicplumber.blogspot.com/2011/09/late-night-chatter-with-rafi-our-second.html I did an interview. Read it or suffer my chocolate covered WRATH!
First off: I mean no offence with this post. None. If you're religious, it's cool. My dad is a Christian and so is my best friend. They are good ones, who are comfortable with homosexuality and don't take the bible as law. There are other good religious people, you guys just get a lot of people ruining it for the rest of you. I also don't mind if you're an atheist. Again, no offence has been meant, if you're offended, I will apologise my ass off for hurting your feelings, but not for speaking my mind. You want free speech, accept mine. Please note that's also a problem I have with atheists. And everyone else for that matter. Anyway:
Bob commented on a recent post with the comment:
Mark: Why would you believe in him then? People mostly believe in God, because it makes life easier to bear for them and also it makes them less afraid of death, but if you agree, that he's an asshole, why would you believe in him.
Not to mention, that there's no evidence of his existence.
And we got it worked out that he was cool with me waiting to make it into a post. So here it is, hope it was worth the wait man.
Believing in God doesn't really make my life much easier to bear. I was removed from the church when I was about 4. but I have still enjoyed being in them. Churches can be beautiful places. Anyway, we were talking about God. I just wanted to make a point I haven't been raised Christian.
I'll admit that when I was in my later teens, I did turn to God to make life easier to bear, but not in a "God will fix everything" way, but in a "God won't fix it for me if I don't put some damn effort in myself". I'm not relying on God to fix things for me. I also really do believe that the road to Hell can be paved with good intentions.
So yes, I believe in God, but not totally to make life easier to bear, to make things smoother for me, because I really doubt that he will make it easier for me. It's why I still say that I want to punch him in the face when I die.
Which leads us onto being more comfortable with death. I am NOT comfortable with death. I don't really know what happens after death, and even if I did, it wouldn't make me any more comfortable with it. I have my own thoughts on it, but like I said, that doesn't help me confront my own mortality. I don't want to die, and I doubt I ever will. Although, there is a way I want to die, self sacrifice. I want to use my life to extend the life of someone I care about. Hell I even stopped playing The Sims because the Sim I made based on me was about to die, that's how much the concept of death scares me. Though I am comfortable with the deaths of others, even if I have no real way to react to it.
God is an asshole. A massive, massive asshole. He's a bastard and a dick. But he has his reasons. Before Bob made the comment he did, he made another one, mentioning children who are born just to die of starvation, and how can someone believe in a God when things like that are happening. God's an asshole. But people dying brings people's attention to the problem, and they can either choose to help, or not. It's a tragic shame that these people have no real control over their own lives, it's mainly other people that have control over them. As much as I hate to I'm going to bust out a classic religious argument here. That these children are soon in the hands of God, and in a much better place. Although the Jehovah's Witnesses I talked to yesterday told me that humans don't go to Heaven. That Earth was our paradise, and we can live forever here. For me that's just God admitting to reincarnation. Either way, it means that the suffering they never asked for, never really deserved, is over. If people had acted sooner, their suffering could have been ended without it having to come to death. Make no mistake I'm not trying to justify the actions of a God, I couldn't even if I wanted to, I doubt even he could. I'm trying to explain it as best I can. You don't justify why a man killed his wife by saying it was because she cheated, it explains it, sure doesn't justify it.
If you want to get into tornadoes and hurricanes and floods and other such natural disasters and what kind of God could let that happen. The world is so finely balanced that no one should mess with nature, not even God. Deserts are dry for a reason, places with heavy rainfall get that for a reason, everything fits in perfectly, it's best not to mess with it. Natural disasters are just that, nature. And disasters. Even the garden of Eden probably had some rain. It must have done for that tree to grow. And for the love of Satan I'm not a creationist. The world is millions of years old, probably billions, the sun is at least, you've proved that. If fossils really were put here by the devil to test our faith he'd probably be doing more cool shit.
I mostly think God is the why, I think that God is what banged the big bang, I think he wrote the laws of physics, man found them so we better understand things, he can change the way the world works, but it works just perfectly as it is, so he wouldn't. That's just what I think anyway.
One thing atheists like to say is that they encourage people to think for themselves and not just follow a religion blindly. I don't follow a religion blindly, I don't like religion, and I mostly use the word "think" and not "believe".
One last point, common, again, but a good one, absence of proof is not proof of absence. You can say that logically you don't have to prove a negative, that you don't have to prove that something doesn't exist, but I don't buy it. People believe in aliens because you can't really prove that they don't exist. I for one find it almost beyond egotistical to imagine that we are the only intelligent life in the universe. With how vast it is, it seems quite reasonable to assume something is out there somewhere. The moon landing is another good example. There are people who continue to believe the moon landing was faked, even though most of their "evidence" has been disproved. Can you not just accept that there are some people who are going to believe no matter what you put in front of their face, and leave them be? There are probably people where if you showed them the dead body of God (assuming the dude has a body) they will just say "He can't be God, because he died". Though personally I believe everything has an end. One day even existence itself will probably cease to exist.
I'll be happy to answer any questions you have, but remember, I think God is the why, I don't really think he can change much of the world, I just think he's up there. I also don't plan to change the way I live for some magic man on a cloud. If God is real, I doubt he cares what I do as long as I'm happy.