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in response to reader comment: The last religion???

Submitted by DANIEL REDMOND (United States), Dec 8, 2007 at 05:10

As a lifelong Atheist and one who has never suffered the brain-washing effects of religious indoctrination as a child, I have never had a problem seeing through the basic irrationalities of religion. Questions quickly arise that should debunk religious claims in all but the most irrational minds. For example: For Christians I ask, if God endorses Christianity and God created all that we know, then why did God create more than a billion Muslims, 800,000 Hindus and an equal number of Buddhists? For Muslims, why did your Allah create two billion Christians? And for all sides, if your particular deity created the world and all that is in it, including all the people that exist, then aren't you waging war against God when you wage war against those of a different faith?

As to the question of a deity existing in the first place, why has no God ever shown himself to Mankind after all this time? You attempt to reason your beliefs by stating that all that we see around us is too complex to have just happened, that it must have had an intelligent designer. But that argument can be easily reversed. In all the vastness of the universe with its billions of galaxies each containing billions of stars, all of which are other 'suns' and most of which are accompanied by planets that are potential 'worlds' we appear to be the only place where life has formed and even upon our own planet there are vast tracts of land that are inhospitable to most life forms. Some designer......is that the best he could do? Could it be perhaps that mathematical probability accounts for the fact that somewhere, someplace at least one planet would eventually support life and that we are the culmination of that probablity?

And if God is all powerful and God is benevolent then why do so many terrible things happen to innocent people? You can't have it both ways. If your God is all powerful and is really protecting us from harm then it is irreconcileable that an innocent child would ever be harmed in this world, yet it happens every day. Conclusion: Either your God is not all powerful and has no power to intervene in human affairs OR your God is not benevolent and does not care enough to protect even small children from harm OR (my own conclusion) your God never existed in the first place and is merely a figment of your over-active imagination, albeit a very common delusion indeed.

When 'the last religion' has come and gone the world will be a better, and far more rational, place to live in.



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