It’s awfully hard to die when you don’t exist.
Atheists say that there is no evidence for the existence of any gods so there is no point in believing in one nor is there a point in believing in the myriad rules and restrictions and orders that come from the non-existent god. In addition we realise that since there is no god, chances are the orders are not divine but the orders of men who lived centuries ago who have no idea about society today and the progress we have made. In short, it is not just harmful but woefully out of date. We know religious people think this way too, which is why Christians while clamouring to deny the GLBT rights or dictate what women do with their foetuses quietly ignore all the genocide, murder and slavery.
The thing is god is a fantastic creature. A marvellous entity should one exist. An entire species (because there is not going to be just one of them) of beings that exist outside of space and time that are effectively (currently) undetectable and who have in effect created this universe solely for their unfathomable needs. That this god has such powers that it can rewrite our reality and is in effect “magic”.
The assumption is that there is only one such god that is eternal and there exist no others. And this god’s name is Jehovah. And this god wants you to (among other things) throw rocks at Elton John as he has an entirely different idea of what rock music is.
Each claim regarding god is fantastic and each would be regarded as dubious on their own. We do not blindly accept that Mr. Joe Smythe from London has the power to shoot laser beams from his nipples, yet we accept that the gods are capable of the same? If we made this claim, Mr Smythe would be nipple deep in people calling him out and would have to actively display his laserous mammaries in order for us to believe him. Yet this is not the case with any god. The miracles attributed are passable as mere chance.
We cannot disprove that god exists in the same way that you cannot disprove that human beings can shoot lasers out of our nipples.
Even after you look all we will say is that you haven’t looked hard enough or you aren’t opening your mind to lactiferous lasers or some other excuse.
The fact of the matter is the person making the fantastic claim has the onus to provide evidence. Repeatable, non-subjective, empirical experiments showing that there exists a god and his name is Jehovah and he hates gays and piggies.
My example is foolish but let’s take a real life example.
The quest for a cure for AIDS has been on going and we have made enormous strides in knowledge and medical care for the sufferers of HIV. If I were to release paper stating that I can cure AIDS, it would be a revolution in science. If proven true I would hold a Nobel Prize. I would be King of Medicine for a fair while and children would learn of my name along with the likes of Salk and Jenner and Fleming.
But I would have to prove that I have the evidence and demonstrate my methods and try and test it. I would have to brave the gauntlet of academia and my theory and science must defeat all criticism and prove it’s usefulness. And then and only then will I be declared the slayer of the dragon of HIV. There will be statues I assume.
If I instead refused to demonstrate my proof, refused to actually help anyone and showed no evidence then people would ignore me as another quack. They would denounce me as a vulture who preyed on the weak and sick and desperate and my ashes would be spat on long after I was dead for the harm I willingly caused.
My rather tame claim of knowing how to cure AIDS is nothing compared to having guaranteed proof of a god. The lack of evidence for there being no god is daft.
If we consider our knowledge as a box and everything outside the box is the unknown, we have used science to make the box so much more bigger and at every stage the gods of mankind have been hidden behind the next largest box. And his defenders insist he is just behind the next theorem and principle. I am afraid the onus of proof is on the person making such claims.
If you said “no one can disprove the existence of a god so I believe” then you are not just wrong but stupid too because you fail to realise that means you have to believe in Santa Clause, Tooth Fairy and fear the Bogeyman.
Well another bogeyman that hides in the dark of human hearts and pretends to be the light.