The great debate

The debate between science and religion has always been something that had me somewhat fascinated. I like to hear both side of the argument but I am easily swayed towards science. I am not a man of faith nor do I have anything against it but I have to say that I cannot accept what faith has told me. I find myself coming back to this topic every now and then but I always reach the same conclusion. There isn’t anything convincing enough out there to change my mind. Must like most people, one you have an opinion on something, it can’t be changed.

Personally, I find it very hard to believe in something that no one has ever seen before. But then again, I’ve never seen the nucleus of an atom but I’ll accept the fact that it exist. I’m not sure why I don’t believe in a creator but the idea of a creator just seems very far etched to me. I can probably see the nucleus of an atom if I look through an electron microscope or even if I googled it but how do you see a supreme being? It’s not something that can be easily visible by looking under a microscope. Apparently, it’s something that you have to believe in without any actual proof. Ay, there’s the rub.

Faith is a pretty sensitive topic for some people and sometimes I prefer not to touch on it in fear of offending someone. I’ve noticed that some people, who believe in a divine being, can easily be offended. I don’t quite believe in a god so if someone was to tell me that there was a god and I disagreed, it wouldn’t offend me in any way. But if I was to tell a believer that there is no god, I would probably hear about it.

The main reason why I don’t believe in a god is because there isn’t enough there to make me a believer. I need some sort of proof that a divine being exists somewhere. It is not something that I can take on faith. I am somewhat a materialistic person so the only way to prove that anything exists is to make it materialize so that I can touch it. That’s the starting point in proving an existence of something. Mind you, I have never seen or touched the dust of a nearby galaxy but I choose to believe that it exists. But when someone tries to do the same thing and attempt to convince me that god is out there, I can’t seem to bring myself to believe.

I don’t have any reason to believe in god because it just doesn’t do anything for me. I don’t think it’ll make me a better person in any way. I’m generally a good person. I treat people with respect. I think I do the things that are stated in the Bible but I never needed the Bible to tell me that. I’ve learned to be the person that I am from experience. My parents are the ones that raised me and it was their upbringing that shaped me the way I am today. I don’t believe that religion, the Bible or even god had any input in shaping me.

George Carlin probably put it best when he said:

Religion easily has the best bullshit story of all time. Think about it. Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.

In the book, “The Human Side” Albert Einstein replied to a letter by saying the following:

It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.

Einstein did believe in a god but it’s Baruch Spinoza’s God which is “a God that does not rule over the universe by providence, but a God which itself is the deterministic system of which everything in nature is a part. Thus, God is the natural world and has no personality.”

No one knows for sure how the universe came into existent but to say that God created it and not have proof that he created it, is unacceptable. Science is looking to find that answer and they have not found it yet but at least they’re trying to arrive at a conclusion rather than just believe what is written in a book, a book that was written by man. Just because God supposedly spoke through him doesn’t mean anything. If God wanted to pass on a message to his people, I don’t think he’d rely on some guy to pass on that message. Would it not make more sense to pass on that message personally? If some guy who fits the description of Jesus started walking around and claiming to be Jesus, how many people would believe him? Would he be praises as the son of God or would people just label him as being crazy?

And on the subject of Jesus, I cannot accept the idea that someone died on the cross a couple of millennium ago, for me. He died on the cross for my sins but he had no idea about what sins I’m going to commit. People aren’t born into this world with sin because Adam and Eve sinned. I don’t think it’s right that sin is passed on from generation to generation. That’s almost like say, because your parents were bank robbers, you’re a bank robber and will have to spend the rest of your life in jail. It just doesn’t make sense.

Science has yet to arrive at the answer of how we came into existence but it’s not saying that the Big Bang was accidental. We didn’t come into existent accidentally either. It took billions of years for us to evolve to what we are today. And how those billions of years got started, we don’t know. Although there is a missing link that leaves a gap in that evolution, it just means that the transitional fossil evidence has yet to be discovered.

Unless there actual proof that God exist, I cannot just believe in him. I cannot see God nor can I feel his presence so he’s basically imaginary to me. I’m not a child anymore so I don’t have a need for an imaginary friend. I am not going to follow a book that tells me to be good now so I can be rewarded later. I can’t speak for everyone but I don’t think I’d work hard now so that I can be rewarded 30 years down the road. Who is willing to take that gamble?

In the past, I’ve had friends try to get me to go to church but I always decline. It might sound bad but I just can’t seem to keep myself awake at church. The last time I was there, I dozed off and couldn’t remember what was being preached. I don’t think that the church is a place for me.

An old friend of mine tried to tell me a story of how god helped out another guy who now believes in god. He said that they were leaving a gas station when they accidentally backed up into a pole and dented the car. The driver was really scared because it was his parent’s car. So they pray and ask for forgiveness and ask that they not get in trouble. When they got home, the drive told his parent about the little accident but they weren’t mad. They accepted the fact that the parent weren’t mad as proof that their prayers were answered.

I understand that some parents would be furious about the accident but there are parents who care more about the safety and well being of their children than a piece of metal. Couldn’t they accept the fact that the driver’s parent was one of those caring parents? No, they jumped to conclusion and decided that it was the lord’s doing. I like to think otherwise.

When it comes to religion, I have nothing but questions. All I’m looking for is an answer. Without an answer, I cannot accept anything. You can’t just assume something is there. Religion in this day and age is going downhill. There are probably a lot of people who will say that they have no religious affiliations and they don’t need any. I believe that people can get along just fine without it. The debate can go on for years to come but when it’s a matter of faith, you’re going to have even odds on both sides. So if you’re like me and you’re looking for an answer, all you have to do is look around you.