How can we look at the world around us and say there is no god?
I bet you’ve heard that more times than you can count. As a Christian this was never an argument I used. When other Christians would talk about the beauty of god’s perfect design I would nod in agreement, but the thought never moved me toward god. It was just a thing other Christians said. I knew they meant it, I just didn’t share their passion for it as being some kind of proof. If not for faith, the possibility of existence felt very possible without god.
Some people simply cannot imagine that all this came to be without a divine creator. The typical atheist response is to ask, “Then what created god?” Of course Christians do not believe god was created. They roll their eyes as if it were not even a valid question. Ridiculous! God is an eternal being!
But if you can wrap your mind around the concept of an eternal, uncreated being; then you should be able to wrap your mind around all sorts of other creation concepts that do not include intelligent design. Christians are not selling a creation concept that is more obvious or easier to comprehend. They are simply filling in the gaps of knowledge with a god theory. Except…. their god theory will never be open to modification as evidence presents itself. And that seems like a bad idea.
We were all born into a world that believes such things. We often laugh when other cultures believe in outrageous supernatural myths, but it is part of human nature to make up answers where there aren’t any. It is also human nature to hold on to comforting traditions.
Some of us need god to be real and those information gaps are the only places where the idea of god can survive. As time goes on and we figure out more of life’s mysteries, there are fewer and fewer places where gods can be applied. We have watched this unfold throughout history. People do not want to let go, but within a few generations we do manage to move forward without them.
Some will even point to gaps in knowledge as proof of god. The argument that “because science does not have an answer yet then it must be god” is a sad moment for any Christian debater. One thing that is not a mystery is that understanding our surroundings has been a work in progress from the beginning. We have a come a long way and we have a long way to go, but the journey is visible to all.
As long as mysteries of the universe exist, god will survive. And as long as there are those who doubt god, we will keep solving the mysteries.
Christians are afraid of saying those three little words: I don’t know. Popular answers such as eternal god, mysterious ways, and because the bible says so are avoiding the truth about Christianity. Clearly this theory has holes, but holes are not acceptable when it comes to the theory of god. Ever notice how Christians have all the answers? To admit not knowing would be to admit their version of god is up for debate. And why shouldn’t it be?
They aren’t seeking new information about god, which is a mistake. This is how Christians become agnostic. If you need god and are truly searching for it, the god concept is easier to swallow without the rules of Christianity. You are free to wonder, seek, and say I don’t know.
That’s how you get to the truth.
So how can I look at the world around us and say there is no god? I don’t have all the answers. But it’s easier to dismiss intelligent design than it is to imagine a god, and then understand how he has existed eternally. Let alone all the other baggage he brings with him. In the meantime, I will look around in wonder and amazement. And keep searching.