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.

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “Is Intelligent Design Obvious?

      1. I agree that those descriptions fit in the end, but the latter two wrap the result of the investigation in with them (or assume the conclusion, in the case of no investigation).

  1. In the end, no matter where one comes out on the existence of God, there is something that is unanswerable. For the theist, it is “Where did God come from?”, and for the atheist, it is if there is no god, how did the universe come into being? I will admit that in the past, I did use the extent of the Cosmos to argue for something like a God behind it all. I really do not know how I think on that right now.

  2. I had an argument with a theist on Facebook (my own, personal account!!!) about this very subject. He simply couldn’t see that his idea of god as some uncreated initial cause for the universe was really no more plausible than the expanding and contracting universes theory. In short, an uncreated, supernatural god is no more logical than an uncreated, natural universe. If god is allowed to not have a creator (in the mind of the theist at least) then I just don’t get why the universe has to.

    I was like you though, the whole “just look at the world and you will just KNOW there is a god” made me want to puke, even in my most pious of days. Besides, I find the universe is infinitely more interesting and awe-inspiring now that I don’t believe some supernatural asshole dreamed it all up in a fit of needing to feel important.

  3. Since I think that if I were to become a non-theist, I would not consider it a loss of faith, but instead a change of perspective (no longer perceiving a god in the Cosmos), I wonder if instead that is what happened to you, a change of perspective, not a loss of faith. I understand what you are saying here, though. I wish I could be consistent, and get the courage to leave Church, for then it would be so easy for me to accept that maybe I am already an atheist.

    1. It is an incredibly frightening thing, leaving one’s religion. Especially when one’s whole life has been wrapped in religion, and for the most part still is.

      Just know that, whether you really don’t believe or are full of doubt, that is ok, and you are not alone. Even if all that you do is search out others like yourself, the internet is a wonderful resource for that, just continue to ask questions and pursue truth wherever it leads.

  4. I think the more interesting question is how could a god be present in such a seemingly undesigned universe? I’d expect a universe without design to be big, have a lot of wasted space, and be almost entirely unsupportive of life – and that’s exactly what we have.

    To me, the intelligent design argument is so debunked that the arguments against it are almost invisible. For instance, why do we have more than 1 chromosome? Why would we need more than 1? If you say it’s to support complexity, then why do so many simpler (lower…in Christian terminology) organisms have more chromosomes than humans?

    The fact that life managed to spring up says more about probability inside a virtually infinite space than it does about some celestial string puller deciding what lives and what dies.

    1. A thousand times yes! What you describe even made sense to me as a Christian. Christians often brush these thoughts away with an assumption that other Christians (with more knowledge about such things) surely must have answered these doubts in a satisfactory way. Couple that with the belief that they can physically feel god’s presence all around them and it is surprisingly easy to remain in denial about all sorts of otherwise obvious things. Sometimes for an entire lifetime.

      Thank you 🙂

      1. The inclination to ask tough questions is a rare thing, and frankly, the more honest you are, the harder it is to stick with religion. Almost everything about religion is a house of cards – it’s all dishonest when you dig deeper.

        The most honest position is to simply say “I don’t know”. But the more you look at the foundations of any religion (Christianity in particular), the less honest (and more astrological and superstitious) it appears.

        1. I agree. Christians who do ask those questions honestly feel as if they are betraying god or giving in to Satan’s lies. The ability to change a worldview you desperately want to believe in while feeling that kind of guilt is a rare and valuable thing. If only more ex-theists would run for office 🙂

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