As an atheist, one is often challenged by the theists to prove there is no God.
It’s a question cleverly designed to elicit the only possible response, which is “No, I can’t”.
All intelligent people realise that you cannot disprove a negative. There is no known way for me to prove that fairies or unicorns don’t exist either.
However, the now famous “flying spaghetti monster” argument, is too easily dismissed by the theists who desperately cling to the “You can’t prove God doesn't exist” line.
So, I thought about the problem another way.
Theists are clearly choosing to believe in a God, and not flying spaghetti monsters (in the main). This implies that they’ve made some sort of discriminating decision in favour of their silent and invisible God.
They have in fact decided it is necessary for their God to exist and be a part of their lives.
So rather than try and argue whether God does or doesn’t exist, I have decided to attempt to prove that a decision to have a God in your life is simply of no benefit, and hence completely unnecessary. As unnecessary as believing in a flying spaghetti monster or fairies.
So how does one argue God is not necessary (another negative)? I’ll first need to determine all the reasons theists use to decide God is necessary, and then argue my case to the contrary.
In doing this, I have utilised my own knowledge of theism, coming from a childhood Australian Catholic background. I have some understanding of the other major religious traditions; however it is very basic in comparison to Christianity. Hence I will ask you to excuse the constant references to the Christian Bible and practices. It is not that I am singling their God out as the only unnecessary one; I just know more about how he is supposed to operate than the others.
I have excluded a few reasons which are unarguable because they actually aren't decisions; e.g. because my parents do, because my country is an Islamic state. If that is why you follow (not chose) a God, good luck to you. You could have just as easily been an atheist on the same grounds.
I may have missed an important reason that you think God is necessary. If so, I will be glad to amend this thesis to include it (subject to the test of logic as above). Just leave your reason(s) in the comments here.
With that in mind, the reasons I came up with for God being necessary in someone’s life are:
· To provide a moral code
· So you can go to heaven or stay out of hell
· Someone to forgive your sins
· To help with earthly problems
· To explain the mysteries of the universe
· To explain why things happen to us personally
· Someone to talk to
I’ll be tackling each one of these in depth (follow the links) and in the spirit of philosophical debate, invite your comment and counter arguments.
You can save yourself the trouble of warning me of my eternal damnation though. I’m not the least bit afraid and will be forced to respond with ridicule of your intellectual consciousness for the amusement of my atheist buddies. So keep it professional, and I will too.