Why I Probably Don’t Believe In Your God
I lack belief in any sort of god or universe creating sentient being. That’s why I feel that I am best defined by the word atheist. Coincidentally I also believe that every god I’ve heard about so far is more likely to not exist than exist (which can also define an atheist).
Deities, in my opinion, are defined by what they do. Adherents to their respective faiths are the ones who make the claims for what their gods have done. If we can prove these claims to be false then their gods can be dismissed. For instance: Yahweh is defined by his actions and the claims of his adherents in the Bible. If you use the Bible as a reference you can conclude that Yahweh created the entire universe, to include every animal alive today, in six days approximately 10,000 to 6,000 years ago.
We now know through the use of science that the Earth is much, much older than that; somewhere around 4.55 billion years. We also know that life on Earth originated about 2 billion years ago, and through the process of evolution, became the life we know see around us, to include ourselves. That, to me, is enough to discount Yahweh as a legitimate god. If you know anything about the origins of the Bible itself, and how it has been edited over the centuries, further degrades any claims about Yahweh actually existing. There are many sites devoted to discrediting claims made about Yahweh in the Bible and a quick search can show you just how much of the Bible is scientifically inaccurate.
Most, if not all, other gods can be refuted by similar methods. Like I said, I’ve not seen a proposal for a god yet that stands on its own legs. Please note that I am not saying with 100% certainty that any gods do not exist. However, I don’t think the certainty level has to be 100% dismiss a deity. More against than for is enough for me to regard it as likely to be fantasy. When you don’t have evidence for something you assume it doesn’t exist until you can prove it to be true.
We currently have no evidence that a god exists. If one does exist I think it is safe to assume it does not want to be found; whether it’s a trickster god or some complacent creator, it clearly has no interest in interacting with us on a level we can actually understand. My point is, whether there is some non-interventionist god out there or not, we’re better off acting as though it did not exist and just go on about our lives and progressing society.