Why do some people think there is no GOD?

Bahamas
May 14, 2008 8:29pm CST
There are people living here today and say that there is no GOD, when church is built on every corner and still no believe. And some paths of the world people never heard about the bible or there is a God and don't know any better. But my believe is the peaching of the gospel soon be over when every men hear the word of GOD!!! I know there is a GOD and beside HIM, there is no other.
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@ClarusVisum (2163)
• United States
15 May 08
"There are people living here today and say that there is no GOD, when church is built on every corner and still no believe." All that is evidence of is the effectivity of brainwashing. "I know there is a GOD" No, you don't. You pretend to know. You don't know. You assume. You assume because there is no evidence, and your confirmation bias makes you assume that events X, Y, and Z are all because of your deity of choice even though there is no solid link at all. Lots of people don't believe in God, and atheists are the fastest-growing 'religious' demographic because the more information we have, the smaller God's 'sphere of influence' becomes, and an increasing number of people are realizing that it's all made up, as it obviously is.
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• France
15 May 08
ClausVisum, your reasoning skills are really impeccable. I did not know that atheism is spreading so rapidly.This info really gives me hope for the world. Freethinkingagent, it's good to know that you have discovered the atheist way of life.But you should realize that conversion from a theist to an atheist is a painful process. I was never a firm believer of god, but even so , turning into a atheist took days for me. Belief is not something you can just throw away. So please don't think too low of all theists.I know that there are a lot of theists out there pointing the finger at us, but we should not stoop that low.
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@AnimeMom (517)
• United States
15 May 08
Dude you need to chill. Berating people because they do believe in a god, or the god, or whoever is totally not cool. You can't prove that a god does not exist more than you can prove that he does.
• United States
15 May 08
What a hypocrite. See how you have no complaint about response #3, in which atheists are called fools, yet you tell me that I "need to chill". "Berating people because they do believe in a god, or the god, or whoever is totally not cool." I treat all baseless ideas the same. What's not cool is being considered a second-class citizen just because I don't buy into millenia-old superstitions. I made factual statements. No one "knows" that a god or gods exists, by virtue of the obvious fact that proving the existence of a deity is FAR beyond the capability of a human being. It is also a fact that confirmation bias is the main reason that someone, for example, associates any rare event of their choosing with divine intervention. "You can't prove that a god does not exist more than you can prove that he does." Of course, this doesn't matter because it's not my burden of proof. It's the theist's claim, and it's his/her burden of proof. I don't have to "disprove" a god; indeed, it's impossible to prove a universal negative. But the only logical stance to take in light of the total and absolute lack of evidence, is non-belief. In other words, I don't believe in a god or gods for the same reason that I don't believe in unicorns.
• United States
15 May 08
Just so you know well over 75% of people believe in aliens from outer space. That doesn't make it true.
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• Spain
15 May 08
I don't believe in god and seeing a church in every corner doesn't prove me that god exist, the only thing that proves me is that the church is very powerful and rich
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@pterion (419)
• India
15 May 08
Amen!
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@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
15 May 08
Yes the Church is very rich....too rich....all the money they use to build those fancy churches could be used be used to feed many starving people....What a caring god....He would rather have fancy temples built for him instead if helping people.
• Bahamas
19 May 08
You make a big point!!! now what are you going to do about it because, I believe in GOD but, HE never said anything about the big building or living in there. What HE wants to do is live in our hearts and build on the inside of us to love others and look after our nieghbours and brothers. If we as believers focus on living the way GOD want us to live this place can be a better place. What you say!!
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• India
15 May 08
Well, I can ask you same in other way that ' why do you people think there is GOD ?' Don't you believe in yourself or you dare to go beyond a myth to follow some super natural power .... Try to give me answer from your heart.... Thanks !!!
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@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
15 May 08
So true....it seems that people who put so much faith in a God really just dont have faith much in themselves...I am sick of hearing religious people saying "God will take care of it" while thousands of people are dying from starvation and war in the world and all they have is to say is "god will take care of it"...people got to start having faith in temselves and get into action, cause God aint gonna do sh*t to stop what is going on in this world and we dont stop it, it will get out of control....than the fools will realize what they did....my biggest argument with religion is the fact that, and I will use the catholic church as an example, spends tons and tons of money building churches and temples and all these monuments to thier god when THIS MONEY COULD FEED ALL THE STARVING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!!!! If God really cared and if religion was such a good thing, people would worship in a field without a roof and give that money to those who need it....lots of people have to sleep in open fields, so why not wroship god in a field one day a week.....it makes no sense to me.......and I jsut saw somewhere recently that the Pope is one of the richest men in the world and the Catholic church brings in millions...for what!!!!!! There is constantly churches being built, but still people who have no $$ to eat....what a nice god...
• India
16 May 08
Yes you are right . Your every sentence is correct .... Thanks !!!
@pterion (419)
• India
15 May 08
"Religion is the opiate of the masses." Thats a quote by Karl Marx. Anyways this whole subject is quite tricky. The believers have majority in numbers but the greatest thinkers (contemporary & past) are of the notion that this 'pop' God does not exist....For e.g Einstein believes in God but not of this Catholics n' jews & churches, no!..he believed in a cosmic entity which is very much part of our universe. Coming back to God..in my personal case i'm a catholic living in India. That in itself raises several conundrums. If you go through the old testament of the bible you can find a vengeful God punishing his people for worshiping a golden calf. As you all know there are millions of Hindus in India and cow is sacred to them, i've seen tons of idol worships going on. So according to the bible are they all damned??...and if they are then arent the christians supposed to tell them that its not right(which practically is impossible). So here again i drown in a religion rhetoric.
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@pterion (419)
• India
19 May 08
Ya..He was a hardcore thinker unlike most of the human race...noone dares to question, anyways theres other literature too that you can find where Einstein talks about his idea of a God...Think i read about it in Richard Dawkin's book, 'The God Delusion'...check it out, its a good read.
@Ravenladyj (22940)
• United States
15 May 08
Because to some of us there isn't....or rather for some of us "god" is something different to what you consider it to be...Like its been asked by others...what makes you so sure there IS a god?
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• Bahamas
19 May 08
I know that I know and I prove Him were I can't trace Him! He is really a GOD OF HIS WORD. He might not come when I wat HIM to come but, HE is always on time for me!!!
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@Galena (9123)
15 May 08
probably because they've seen no evidence to the contrary. a lot of people are very logical, and won't beleive in something without seeing evidence with their own eyes. I don't beleive in the Christian God, as I've never met the bloke. whearas, my own Gods, I have a long standing relationship with, and have seen and personally encountered them. as such, I beleive in them. I wouldn't expect anyone that hadn't experienced that to beleive, unless they felt that beleif without the encounter
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@sonja22 (16)
• Bulgaria
15 May 08
Just as you have the right to believe that there is a God, others have the right to believe there isn't. Questions like "Why don't you believe in (my) God?" and statements like "My God is the only God, and you have to believe in him." is what gets wars started, not what changes people's minds. This is a very sensitive ground for most people, and I think that both believers and nonbelievers should show be more tolerant.
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
15 May 08
Many people including myself, think the bible is a book of Myth! But I talk to God everyday and He always answers me. Prayer is what you do in Church. Talking to God is what I do every day, and I don't need a Bible to tell me anything! The Bible was written by illiterate men with little or no education, hundreds of years after the described incidents! And then, after it was written, many different Religious Denominations re-wrote the Bible as many as 250 times, each time to make it say what they wanted the people to believe!
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• Philippines
15 May 08
it is because they are worldly. they think that there is no God for there is no peace. as like these story: one day in a barber shop a customer and a barber are chatting then they talk about God. "There is no God" said the barber. How come? asked the customer. "look outside how can you tell there is a God." then the customer shut his mouth to avoid arguing. after he got out he saw a man with a long hair. then he get back at the barber shop and said "barber does not exist." how come? said the barber. coz there are men who had long hair the customer said. "it is because they don't come to me to cut their hair" the barber answered. "thats the point men did not come to God so they don't have peace of mind, and carry their problems on their own." the customer answered.
• United States
19 May 08
That story is a very bad analogy. Barbers do not attempt to, nor do they claim to, cut everyone's hair on Earth. On the other hand, religious people claim that God created everything. There could be a god despite there being no true peace--it could be a warlike god, it could be a non-intervening god, etc...but regardless of how you define a god, the bottom line is that there is no evidence whatsoever, and therefore no good reason to assume any god exists.
• Philippines
20 May 08
try this bro.. http://www.everystudent.com/features/isthere.html
• Philippines
20 May 08
and this bro.. http://www.existence-of-god.com/index.html
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
15 May 08
Because they have no faith! I personally DO believe in God; just not in the traditional sense. Many people are also in the mindset of requiring proof. Like doubting Thomas really; they just can't seem to embrace something that they cannot touch or physically see. Unfortunately the digression of religion into many non-ethical and arguably immoral directions also doesn't help overall. A relationship with God is personal and not necessarily dependent on church or state. There is one particular story that I have always appreciated: A man was in a barber shop getting a hair cut and discussing many topics with the barber. Eventually the topic centred on religion. The barber quite adamantly stated - "There is NO God. Given all the pain and suffering in the world how could there possibly be?". The man getting the haircut immediately pointed to a homeless man outside the window who had long dirty hair and a full messy beard. And the customer said - "Well I don't believe that barbers exist either. How could barbers exist if men like the one outside end up with dirty hair and a messy beard such as this?". To which the barber replied - "How ridiculous. Of course barbers exist; I cannot help it if men like the one outside do not come to me." Seek and ye shall find.....
• Bahamas
18 May 08
That is a very simple way to put a story and not complicated I like that story!!!
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• United States
19 May 08
You're the second person to use this bad analogy. How do you explain the myriad of atheist who have spent years and years seeking without finding anything? Many of them have tried very hard to validate the belief system they were raised with. It's not that they didn't seek, it's that nothing was found.
15 May 08
Don't you think it's a bit far-fetched to believe that the entire Universe was created by a single person, who later sent his only son to Earth and deliberately set him up to be murdered?
@soham1357 (187)
• France
15 May 08
There are quite a few reasons people do not believe in God. Some are confident that they can live a good life without praying to a greater power. Some believe that as the universe is vast, and the earth is almost a negligible portion of tyhe universe, hsd there been a God, he would have no need to look after human beings, such an insignificant portion of the universe. Some,including Marxists believe that God is a religious concept that had been created by human beings as a tool to create discriminations among people and to attain power . A lot of people do ot believe in God as He has not been proven scientifically . There are also a lot who have been treated so harshly by fate that they have entirely given up faith in God. The list goes on.But it doesn't matter what others think. If you feel at peace believing in God, do believe.
• France
15 May 08
I am sorry. I was in a hurry to get to my 100th post. So I just saw the question and wrote out the first few lines that popped in my mind. Thanks to your comment (despite how rude it felt) I finally re read the discussion topic. It was not generally a question but rather an opinion. She wrote what she believed. I should have made it clear that I am an atheist too. It is due to the first two reasons I initially gave. I do not need to pray to feel good or safe. I do whatever I do not to secure a place in heaven, or to escape hell. But the reasons I gave about why some people do not believe in god are pretty objective. I did not just make them up.I wrote what I saw. The 'some people' I wrote about aren't fictious, they are real. And where does "if your view is correct then i'll just believe that .... knocked up" fit in? What view are you talking about? I suppose that this has something to do with my last two sentences in my response. My response was directed to the starter of the discussion,not you or anyone else. Our views (mine,yours and hers) might be different, but this does not mean we should disrespect each other.I don't care basically whatever anyone believes as long as they don't want me to believe the same. Everyone has the right to believe whatever he/she wants to.I respect that right.So I shall respect a theist as long as he/she does not try to convert me.
@grammasnook (1877)
• United States
16 May 08
You are right there are churches all over, the church wasnt made by go it was made by man. You call your higher presence GOD. remember there are many religions, therefore what you call God another may call by another name. To me if you believe in yourself than your higher presence is doing the job they should be. Religion is such a subject with much contraversy, sometimes I find that holding my beliefs to myself is the best thing I can do I do not want to coherse nor to preach to another person. I wish you good luck in your venture to find this answer although I believe it has been around forever and this is one of lifes mysteries that will never be answered
@megaplaza (1438)
• Nigeria
15 May 08
if you talk about churches being everywhere, i don't think that will make someone to believe in God, i feel the issue of existence of God started from the fact that man can't account for the origin of their existence, why they are here and where they will go from here, hence they attribute it to God, some find it hard to believe.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
15 May 08
I think there is no god because there is no god. It is what I believe.
15 May 08
i believe in god n i think he is the ultimate strength to guide us all. we r all struggling to reach to him.nobody can dether my faith in god. but its useless to ask an atheist to believe in god as every 1 has there own view point!!!!!!
@Springlady (3986)
• United States
15 May 08
Hi shanny, I truly believe that deep down, everyone knows there is a God. Some people choose to mold God into what they want Him to be. Lots of people choose not to believe in God because they know that they are not living the way God wants them to. They want to run their own lives instead of living for the Lord. That is foolish because we are all so imperfect and we are constantly making mistakes when we do things totally on our own. God is completely perfect in every way and we need Him. Lots of people are just too proud to admit that they need the Lord. They want to believe that they are strong enough to handle things by themselves and that is totally untrue. We ALL need the Lord and that is a fact that cannot be changed! I praise God that He is here for us all the time! I praise God that He is #1 in my life and that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in my place for my sins! He made a way for us to be with Him forever in heaven! I really feel sorry for those who do not know the Lord. It is very sad and very tragic! We need to pray for them. God bless you!
@2btrueinu (703)
• Philippines
15 May 08
Some people needs proof before they believe. Well that's what they want. But me I know there is God and I believe that he exist. I don't need proof coz I can feel him in my heart. They will also believe someday when they were called to follow him. There will be a situation that they will prove the he exist. I don't know when, how and where but it will happen.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
15 May 08
i think it is because not all people have encountered God in their lives. we cannot really tell them what to believe. they have their own beliefs and so do we. what matters is that we respect each other's opinions and beliefs right?