On atheism…

I wanted to write a post on why I’m an atheist, but it took me two years to get to a point to where I could not only say I don’t believe in god, but the stronger point yet, where I say there is no god for me to believe in. During that two years, I thought about so many things from so many different points of view that to go back and rehash every argument in my head would be pointless (for me) and a time consuming venture as well.

So with that, I’ll cover a point here and there and if you follow along long enough, maybe you’ll see how I ended up where I’m at.

A point I’ve shared several times lately is the question, “what makes you think you’re significant?”

I illustrate this example with the number of stars in our universe. Picture a 5 gallon bucket full of sand. For every single grain of sand in that bucket there are 100 stars in the universe. But, there’s more. There are another 100 stars for every single grain of sand on earth. Every beach, every gravel pit, every single grain of sand. Our sun is a typical sized star and it’s 1,000,000 times bigger than our earth. One million earths could fit in it. And there are 100 more stars for every grain of sand.

In real numbers, that’s 70 sextillion stars, or 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. That means that for every person on earth, there are around 116,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the sky. Each one on average capable of holding 1,000,000 earths inside them.

Considering all of that, we as humans are infinitesimally small. And there are a whopping 6,000,000,000 of us. So, if there is a god, what makes you think you’re the least bit significant? He seems to like making stars more than us. Maybe that’s what he wanted to create and we are his after thoughts.

Or…. Maybe we’re a random product of chance in that gigantic universe and god is a creation of early man, created to deal with the anxiety that would have come with understanding our finite life span? I’m thinking it would be much easier for man to create god, than for god to create man… and all of those stars.

2 thoughts on “On atheism…

  1. Seth,
    Just wondering, can you create something from nothing, (without modification of what’s already here? do you tell your heart to keep beating when your are asleep? What part did you have in making a star, or a grain of sand. Do you fall down when you jump up. The law of gravity comes into play, yet it is invisible. In order to be an true atheist in my opinion, one must have seen everything be able to travel the whole universe in every crack and cranny to say there is no God or Satan. good or evil, right and wrong. Tell me have you actually been everywhere to know these things you say is maybe true. If not. Then you are not an atheist by the true definition, but an agnostic (one who doesn’t know but still doesn’t believe in God) Therefore you are still seeking for the truth. In your post you vividly display a reality that is magnificent and only confirms what you are trying to refute. Why you feel the way you I do not know. You have not given accurate evidence that the ones in your early years are wrong, but do confirm that in your latter studies you have a lot of maybe’s with no absolutes. Let me give an absolute. We were born into this world. and some day we will die. I’m 61 yrs. old. (last chapter of my life I guess) I didn’t will myself to get old, but that is an absolute fact. I can’t change it. If your honest with yourself you would agree that you too can’t change that reality either. So you and I and all the rest in this world will face this reality sooner or latter. Are you sure there is no afterlife, no heaven, no hell, absolutely sure. If your not sure, I ask you to consider to give yourself more time in your search for the truth. Be a self thinker, don’t rely on man’s reasoning but rather ask God, the God you claim doesn’t exist, to reveal himself to you. In His own words I suggest you read the Gospel of John in the bible. Why? because it teaches us who Jesus is and why He came. Also when you read it, ask the God whom you freely deny to reveal His truth to you. Really study it inductively and in context verse by verse. Read it in it’s narrative but also study it and find out what it means by what it is saying. Take your time and don’t rush. If you are a man who is truly seeking the truth, I believe you will find the truth even when your trying to disprove it. One more thought. In order to believe what you have said in your post. You must be a man of great faith. because that’s what it would take in order to believe that this world and everything in it was made from nothing. Lots of faith man. Note: It’s not how much faith you have, but rather who you put your faith (trust) in. The Gospel of John was written so that you might believe in Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, and by believing you will have (present tense) eternal life in Him. Kind regards, ed

    • Ed, Thank you for taking the time to comment. I just wrote a new post addressing the first cause argument.

      One other thought though, on agnostic verse atheist: I’m pretty bold in saying none of the 1,700 or so gods that man has created are real. I feel towards your god the same way you might feel towards Thor or Oden or Poseidon. Would you consider your Thor stance to simply be agnostic? Are you agnostic towards Poseidon?

      Depending on how you define god, I could be agnostic. Is god simply energy? I’m agnostic. Love? Sure. As long as god isn’t all seeing, all powerful, all knowing, and doesn’t have any communication with us, or affect the outcome of our actions to serve a plan, I can be agnostic towards a lot of definitions. But as soon as a character starts revealing himself to men who write books, I become atheist.

      That’s a general simplification of my stance. And mostly my agnostic views would only be semantically different than atheism.

      Seth

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