SK, I’m a little late to this party but I’ll toss in my experience.
What was the origin of my faith as a believer? I created it from the information passed on to me from people I trusted. It started with my parents and grandparents and the magical stories I was taught in Sunday school, and then developed over the years from confirmation with peers, church, bible studies, and retreats.
I had absolutely no reason to doubt it was all true. After all, everyone I trusted knew it was true. Who was I to question it?
The reason why I am asking is that I just had a chance to ask myself a question "Why do I believe?"
But you know what? I believe. I just believe.
This isn’t an answer. There is a reason more than “I just believe.” So what is it? Really think about this because it’s fucking important.
I found my answer in the bible.
What does that mean? What was the answer you found? All you did was turn to a book that has been called "the answer" by people in your social circle. Have you actually sat down and read it cover to cover? If you did AND you were honest with yourself while reading it, AND you managed to hang onto your “faith” it would be absolutely mind boggling. Sure, you can flip through the Bible and find uplifting and moral verses, but the other side of that coin reveals repulsive and disgusting scripture as well.
What’s funny is when you compare what they taught me as a child vs. the reality of what is really in the Bible. Compare these. It’s both hilarious and tragic:
• “One day Moses went out to his people and looked at how hard they had to work for the Egyptians! Moses saw a mean old soldier hurting a poor Hebrew! Moses took care of the mean soldier and hid him in the sand. The Pharaoh found out and started looking for Moses, but Moses ran away to the desert and went to the land of Midian!”
• "Have you allowed all the women to live?" Moses asked them. "They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD's people. Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man
Go ahead, guess which is which.
But have you ever wondered why normal, intelligent people still can not come to a realization that you had? Some of them indoctrinated, but some came from atheist family.
There are many reasons why people hold on to irrational beliefs, but it can usually be boiled down to fear.
Regardless of age, race, sex, education level. The world where you live in, you see Christians.
If Islam isn’t true, why are there so many Muslims? That argument doesn’t go very far.
Are you saying "God is not loving so there is no God"?
I know this was directed toward Anfauglir, but I think since the god of the Bible isn’t a loving being he in no way deserves worship. And if you take a serious look at the world we live in and make an attempt to juxtapose it with an all loving being- the gears just don’t mesh.
Why don't you start praying for faith?
Been there, done that. I prayed sincerely. Nothing happened.
What if I say Jesus died for you, to save you from this terrible destiny.
Doesn't he deserve your worship?
No. Because he didn’t really die, did he? The only thing he did was toss away his human meat sack to reign down supreme judgment with his sky wizard and phantasmal alter egos.
There was no real sacrifice. It was all for show and dramatic effect.
Original sin can’t sneak up on a perfect, all knowing and all loving being. A perfect, all loving being wouldn’t pretend to place the blame on his imperfect creations, would never require sacrifice for something he allowed to come into existence, wouldn’t have demanded blood sacrifices in the past or a sacrifice of itself in human form, and it wouldn’t even require belief in him to give you eternal salvation; it would already be given because that being is love itself. All forgiven, no questions asked.
The god of the Bible isn’t perfect or loving. Storm god Yahweh is a being that demands worship or else you face his infinite hate and wrath.