So.. I just watched you video... It was rather 'interesting'...
I'm sure you have had plenty of negative feedback in the past, so might I just highlight... This isn't negative it's constructive ...
As a Christian myself.. I'm 15.. I think that your rationalisation that your existence on this earth is no no reason is a bit random ... You think you live for no reason .. :L ... And can I ask for some of your scientific explanation that God does not exist ?? Because science is beginning to explain and has begun to explain that the world was created by a form .. And not just a bundle of rocks .. But however .. I do believe that you have a right to your opinion.. Unlike you, in which it doesn't seem you like me to have my own opinion .... :L
I do not have an opinion, but I do have logic.
If I were to think a god exists and I decided to be a believer, it would be my opinion
that the Christian religion best represents the method of access to that god. I could also choose Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Scientology, etc. Any of those religions would represent my opinion
. Opinions are typically based upon your personal preferences, your predisposed beliefs or just whatever meets your fancy.
However, it is not an opinion
that caused me to be an atheist. It was a realization
. I do not choose to believe in any of the religions offered because none provide any evidence that they are correct, nor are the claims for their gods logically
possible. There is not a scientific
explanation for why your god cannot exist, but merely a logical
explanation. Science is used to describe nature and how we interact with it. The only value of science in this discussion is that discoveries showed that the claims about our nature made by religious leaders purporting to represent their gods are incorrect. In the most basic example, we can demonstrate with our scientific discoveries that the common Christian claims that this planet is only about 6,000 years old are false.
The user manual for each of these religions provides nothing even remotely logical
-- not to mention scientific -- yet there have been published many rational, logical explanations for why the gods depicted by all of these religions cannot exist. Or, at the very best, if they once existed they no longer do. An excellent example is The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins.
It's interesting that you are targeting Christians ... Might I ask why ?
The website was created by an American, and in America religious thoughts, theologies and associations are most often Christian. I am not sure if you are an American, but site statistics show that you most likely are. Regardless of your origin, you should ask yourself a very important question: Why do you identify as a Christian? Did you examine every other religion in the world and determine that Christianity best represents your world view? Or, are you surrounded by Christians and just decided to go with the flow? Did you just conclude that since everyone around you is a Christian that these people must be right?
What about a 15-year-old growing up in Saudi Arabia? That 15yo will become a Muslim because everyone else around him/her is also a Muslim. Of what other religions will that 15-year-old see or know? Probably none.
What other religions have you experienced at age 15?
You ask .. Why does God not listen to your prayers .. Or why does he not act .. Well sorry to burst your bubble, but Christian teaching is that of hears every prayer .. He may not choose to act because he works in mysterious ways .. but he does act and he does SPEAK to Christians every day .. He has put on my heart to end this email ...
"He" hasn't put any heart into my response to you. I am responding to you completely of my own volition and kindness.
Yes, Christian apologetics say that god will chose which prayers he will respond to and which ones he won't. This means that your god is a god with personal volition (much like you are a human being with personal volition). This is a very important point in understanding how god is illogical. The cycle of pray, wait and miraculous response, logically demonstrates that god has already pre-planned everything and what you do (or don't do). It requires the absence of personal volition, yet you imbue your god with volition because you recognize that you have volition. Yet, if god knows all, god cannot have volition. It is impossible to be all-knowing and then decide to do something differently. This conundrum is critical to understanding why there are people who do not follow your faith, nor many of the other faiths that are available.
Worse, it is a very good way to show that the god you are worshipping is not fair or just. A prayer that goes unanswered means that your god is ignoring you; there is no other alternative. What kind of evil is it to have a god that supposedly created you and holds you in high regard and then proceeds to ignore you? Still, even worse is examining the prayers that you believe your god did answer. I'm sure you view answered prayers as those with positive outcomes. I'm sure that Osama bin Laden prayed that the planes would make it to the World Trade Center without interruption. Were his prayers answered? I'm sure he would think so. Why would a benevolent god answer positively to such a prayer?
I know the devil has a hold on your thoughts .. He had a hold on mine too... Ha had a hold on everyone's ... So that's why I want to help you and not mock you ...
The devil is no better defined than god. But you should consider who created the devil: god
. If god created all, then god created anything that you identify as good and evil. Why would a god who is supposedly benevolent create something evil? To create evil or evil things and then promote yourself as the savior of mankind is evil in and of itself.
Of course, at 15-years-old, I cannot assume that you have had sufficient life experiences to recognize this. I hope it stays in the back of your mind so that you can recognize it at the appropriate time.
Just because something is hard to believe .. Doesn't mean it's not real ....
I agree. Just because the universe was not created by your god doesn't mean that the universe we have is any less real.
If you were told tomorrow that a collision between rocks created a whole world and humans and animals .. Would you believe it ... You might be confused that in fact I would .. Why couldn't God have caused it ??
Merely colliding rocks did not create the world we have nor the beings on it. That, however, is a very nicely simplified way of dismissing the larger reality of the processes that forged the sun, planets, and amino acids.
god have caused it? Perhaps, but it is illogical to presume that that particular god has any current care or interaction with the universe it created. It most likely dropped this one at the very moment of creation for the purpose of creating dozens, hundreds or millions of others.
I would like the opportunity to answer some of your questions ... But please be kind to my belief in Christ as I hope I have been kind to you ..
Just to let you know ... whenever a Christian comes along and says but please be kind to my belief in Christ as I hope I have been kind to you
is a code-phrase for please do not make me disbelieve in Christ because my sole purpose here is to make you believe in Him, not the other way around
. I hope I am wrong in your case, but statistics show I'm not.