If there is no God, how do we explain all that is around us? There is an understandable human reluctance to accept that we are all nothing but a mistake or an accidental coming together of fortuitous circumstance, but how else do we explain it?
All the Christian hands will be going up now with the owners eager to tell how the Bible explains everything.
But does it?
Actually, the Bible confuses the issue because it asks you to believe that God has always existed.
Does that make any sense at all?
If God always existed, why did he decide, arbitrarily, to create matter and form it into the most fantastic variety of things, articles or whatever you wish to call them?
Is it really credible that God, after an immeasurable amount of time, noticed that He was surrounded by nothing?
Since, for Him, this was normal, why should He decide that it needed something to replace the nothing?
Actually, if He did create everything in the universe, He seems to have gone about it a little half heartedly since he replaced nothing with “not quite nothing”, judging on the scale of things as we see them.
If God is so powerful that He can exist for ever and create matter out of a void, what on Earth possessed him to create something as insignificant and troublesome as mankind? He didn’t even make mankind any different to the animals that roamed the Earth He created. Mankind is a smelly creature that reproduces and consumes food in the most unattractive manner and has a selfish and destructive temperament.
So, can we believe what the Bible says?
The Bible is a book that has been written by men who claimed divine inspiration. This could be accepted at face value or could be seen like the snake oil salesman’s pitch – an effort to convince other people of the veracity of what has been written. The problem with this idea is that it is also men who have taught, for centuries, that it is the fount of truth.
We know that the Bible has been used relentlessly to excuse massive slaughters, torture and spiritual guilt by the priesthood. People believe what the Bible says because their priest tells them to. The priests tell them to because that is what they were taught to do.
Many zealots will use the Bible as a club to beat into submission anybody who dares to think differently.
The sad thing is that the priesthood has been promoting the Bible as truth ever since the first one recognised the money-making opportunity it represents. The question has to be asked, what form of brainwashing is employed to make people believe that a book written by men, translated by men, used by men for evil purposes and being constantly reviewed by men is holy writ? The only argument Bible believers have is “It says so in the Bible”, which is no argument at all.
If there is no God, do we have to accept that we are, indeed, nothing but creatures born of circumstances and doomed to future non-existence?
This is probably the least insanity inducing attitude to strike but is it the only one?