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Sunday, January 15, 2017

A FEW REASONS WHY I DON'T THINK THERE IS A GOD

I must have believed in God earlier in my life.  I don't today for a variety of reasons.  Just two are:
  • While survey after survey show that something close to 90% of Americans believe in God, only 7% of National Academy of Sciences members do (there has not been a poll since 1998...and I would guess this number would be lower today):
     BELIEF IN PERSONAL GOD          1914   1933    1998

     Personal belief                 27.7    15       7.0
     Personal disbelief              52.7    68      72.2
     Doubt or agnosticism            20.9    17      20.8
  • If God is so great, surely, by now, he would have provided compelling proof that there is a Heaven or that he is real.

The Bible and The Koran were two golden opportunities God had to convincingly reveal His existence.  He either blew it, or, more probably, the whole concept is a grand fiction.  In both  He could have inserted a few simple statements that undeniably showed He was real.

Remember, he is omni everything, so, surely, he is also omni time.  The Bible, for example, indicates that He can foretell the future.  Could these omissions then have just been flawed judgement, or the the ignorance of mere humans crafting these documents?  Nah, He is supposedly omniscient and surely must have overriding powers.

Say in Genesis something like Planet Earth being a sphere revolving around the Sun, defying the common knowledge of those times, might have convinced me that The Bible was not a mere compilation of folk tales representing stories and science of those times.  Mind you, 350 years before Jesus Christ, at least a half century a before The Bible was first brought together, Greek thinkers had already convinced themselves of this fact.

In short, there is absolutely nothing in this publication that amazingly portends of what the world is today and of tomorrow to come.  The Bible is merely a monumental synthesis of earthly mortals, said to be the mashing of 40 authors over a millennium and a half of crystallization.  Totally missing was the inclusion of awesome facts, such as E = MC².

Why didn't the Holy Spirit insure for the inclusion of truths only He knew?  The Council of Nicaea convened by Constantine the Great (left) in 325AD and the translation into English by the King James (VI. right) version in the early 1600's did not adjust the essence of my contestation.

Mind you, there are several biblical hints:
  • Isaiah 40:22 can be interpreted to mean the circle is a sphere, but that would be stretching logic.  
  • In Matthew 12:40 the allusion is made that if a fish is in three dimensions, then the heart of the earth must mean the shape of the planet was more than mere flatness.    
  • Ephesians 4:9 does say Jesus first descended into the lower parts of the earth, so three dimensions must mean a round Earth.
  • Luke 17:34-36 talks about day and night, so the earth must be revolving.
I personally take these as only rationalizations, lacking in convincing detail.

If only God's revelations through Gabriel to Muhammad supported the concept of evolution, tossing in something about DNA, that would have been convincing.  Mind you, religious analysts have interpreted colored sheep sequences as a sign that this advanced bit of science was included.  Sure, Muhammad was a shepherd and he would not have been able to comprehend anything so abstruse as genes when the concept of microorganisms was not even hinted at for another century and a half, but he was just a medium for the message, so understanding was irrelevant.

So as a mortal still searching for an ultimate reality, my sermon on this beautiful Sunday is:

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