Why I Don't Believe in God (in 200 words)

This is my entry for Ray Comfort’s “Why I Don’t Believe in God” contest. It’s impossible to fit all the reasons not to believe in God in 200 words, so this is my very selective attempt. It’s a shame I couldn’t fit examples to back up my points — it will make it easy for Ray to “refute” it. But that’s the point of limiting it to 200 words, I guess.

My journey to atheism began as I studied science. I gradually traveled from young earth creationism to old earth creationism to theistic evolution to atheistic evolution. Evolution elegantly refuted my belief that design required a designer. I also realized the probability of an “infinitely complex” God was inherently more improbable than any other cosmological solution, because something infinitely complex is infinitely improbable.

I studied the history of the Bible. Eventually I acknowledged its messy history, contradictions, horrors and absurdities. It had no more evidence of being from God than any other holy book. Without blind belief in the Bible, there was no evidence for the supernatural claims of Christianity.  Furthermore, I realized that miraculous claims were always based on anecdote. There was never any evidence, only tall tales.

Long ago, man, in his ignorance, created gods to make sense of the world. Then, when that failed, man created science. Science has been the most successful way of discovering truth ever invented. For example, we no longer have to pray for the sick or exorcise demons – we heal with medicine. Science has, in every way, proven far more effective than religion.

God is no longer necessary, and I say good riddance.

Daniel Florien
UnreasonableFaith.com

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Update: Looks like Ray already picked a winner, even though the contest hasn’t ended. You’ve got to read the winner — I’m not usually surprised by anything Ray does, but call me surprised. I have no idea how that entry won.

Update 2: Ray’s response: “No one gave any reasons.” Another one of his lies. He said in the previous post, “You won the $100, with your reason for not believing in God.” Which one is it, Ray?

Maybe I should have a contest asking Christians to give their reasons for believing Jesus is God, then pick something that doesn’t even address it, saying that there are no reasons to believe in Jesus is God. No, even I — an atheist who Ray doesn’t think has morals — wouldn’t do something like that.

Update 3: What Ray quoted ends up not being the winner’s essay. He quoted something else, confusing things more than he usually does. Here’s the winning entry. Congratulations, Kaitlyn!

Update 4: Ray changed “with your reason” to “with your excuse.” How shocking!

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  • http://digitaldame.wordpress.com Digital Dame

    He seems like a very strange person. But then I guess I think that of most Fundogelicals. You’re right, it makes no sense why he chose that person as a winner. I don’t know why you bother with his little game, though. When a grammar critique passes for refutation of God, well… I’d say the lights are on but nobody’s home.

  • http://unreasonablefaith.com Daniel Florien

    Yeah, I don’t know why I bothered either. I generally think of him as manipulative and untruthful, so I don’t know why I thought he was honest about the contest.

  • http://wmute.livejournal.com wintermute

    You don’t understand why Ray Comfort would claim that “I don’t believe in God because you used the word ‘vicariously’ ungrammatically” is the best reason anyone can come up with for being an atheist? Even including the ones he’s not read yet?

    I find that surprising.

  • http://wmute.livejournal.com wintermute

    And he created a new blog post to reply to your comment? So that anyone looking at the comment thread will think your objection went unanswered (as opposed to being incompetently answered)? Does this Comfort guy understand how blogs work?

  • http://whyareyousofat.wordpress.com McBloggenstein

    What the heck???

    I read the winning entry, and was confused for about 10 minutes. I thought maybe you’d linked to the wrong post or something. My head still feels cloudy.

    What in the world was he really trying to do? It doesn’t make any sense!

    I also hate blogspot.

  • http://digitaldame.wordpress.com Digital Dame

    Perhaps he’s blogging from inside a psychiatric hospital (as a patient). I think all he’s accomplishing to make Fundies in general look completely mentally deficient. Reality clearly plays no part in his life.

  • trj

    Ray is well-known for giving the pretense of honest debate, while completely ignoring any hard questions or refutations, and at the same time misrepresenting and sometimes out-right lying. You don’t have to go further than the top of his page to see that he wants to grab some of the intellectual splendor of Einstein and Hawking by falsely attributing them a belief in God. The rest of his arguments are of similar veracity.

    In this case, he probably picked the most harmless entry, so that he didn’t have to discuss anything substantial. As usual, he’ll be ignoring the subject from now on and just move on to a new topic.

    Ray’s site is good for a laugh, but don’t waste your time attempting to engage him in a discussion. You can’t beat the man who invented the Crockoduck.

  • http://digitaldame.wordpress.com Digital Dame

    So first he says “No one gave any reasons”? And now he’s backpedaling and producing the winning entry. Does anyone think this Kaitlyn personal could be mythical herself, an alter-ego of the blogger?

  • Mike

    How about 200w essays from theists explaining why they believe in their god of choice? ‘twould be interesting. Maybe that was part of this competition anyway, but I’m too lazy to check.

  • http://thinkingforfree.blogspot.com/ Eamon Knight

    My response to the question “Why did you become an atheist” is very simple: I ran out of reasons not to be.

    I don’t see why any further justification is necessary, on my part.

  • http://metroblog.blogspot.com Metro

    @wintermute:
    Comfort knows quite well how blogs work. It’s just that he’s a slimy, manipulative, lying little weasel with the moral integrity of a hyena, the argumentation skills of a sloth and, regrettably, the survival skills of a cockroach.

    Comfort believes in a god that is green and wrinkly and has a number of faces: Franklin’s face, Jackson’s, Washington’s …

    @Dan:
    My condolences to you for having to wade through the creofundagelical cesspit that so adequately represents what passes, in Comfort, for the thought process. It could never have been a real contest, because Comfort wouldn’t recognize an actual, valid argument if it sodomized him on cable during 700 Club commercial breaks. Authoritarian declaration is really all he’s good for.

    If it turns out there IS a God, Comfort’s going to Hell for undermining His brand power. To read Comfort is to re-visit Poe’s Law time and time again.

    But we shouldn’t underestimate him. He and others like him are the one of the greatest recruiting tools atheists have. The idiocy of their argumentation and their failure to ever answer a simple question truthfully and straighforwardly bears witness to the hollow nature of their particular idol.

    Wonder if he’s seen any crocoducks lately?

  • http://www.wazzasworthlesswitterings.blogspot.com wazza

    Metro: I’m not sure what you mean saying Ray Comfort’s god is an amalgam of zombies of the American Founding Fathers…

    regrettably, the ever-slimy Mr Comfort is a compatriot of mine. I just wish he’d taken “Bishop” Brian Tamaki with him.

  • http://whyareyousofat.wordpress.com McBloggenstein

    Mike:

    How about 200w essays from theists explaining why they believe in their god of choice? ‘twould be interesting.

    Genious! I would love to read those.

    Although, I’m just thinking I would only want to read them while in the company of other athiests. Reading reasons why people believe in God when they are among like minded people gives me anxiety.

    What I mean is: If a person had to give his/her reason for believing in God to a non-believer, they would probably really think about their reason before giving it. If only giving ones reason to a like minded person, one may not try so hard to be logical and thoughtful, because they would assume a lot from the other person in that they already think like they do.

    Talking to someone who doesn’t think like you do necessitates more insight.

  • http://whyareyousofat.wordpress.com McBloggenstein

    Daniel, forgive me for being slow…

    I have never heard of Ray Comfort, or Athiest Central.

    Is it really an anti-athiest blog?

  • http://whyareyousofat.wordpress.com McBloggenstein

    Allright. Maybe I should have investigated further before I asked.

    I am relatively new to discussing atheism, so it wasn’t so obvious to me at first.

    What a strange character he is.

  • http://exfundamentalist.blogspot.com Lorena

    For example, we no longer have to pray for the sick or exorcise demons – we heal with medicine.

    This hit home for me today. I just took tylenol for a horrible headache. And to think that in many countries in the world, they still believe that headaches are caused–and cured– by witchcraft!

    No spells needed when you have tylenol!

    As for the contest, you are a winner to us. And “your friend,” well, a loonie.

  • Kaitlyn

    Thanks Daniel. :)

    Yeah, Ray likes to edit posts after the fact.

    My favorite was the time he wrote a post along the lines of, “Science reveals the truth about God!” or something. Then someone pointed out evolutionary theory would be applicable.

    A few hours later… “Except Evolution. That’s pseudo-science!”

  • http://larianlequella.com Larian LeQuella

    Exactly what sort of nutcase is this guy? Total, or just mostly loony?

  • http://www.wazzasworthlesswitterings.blogspot.com wazza

    He’s the one who came up with the Banana argument… as in “atheist’s worst nightmare”.

    He’s a creationist and an unremitting liar, and he renamed his blog Atheist Central because so many of our people were going there to argue with him that it was the best place to network with other atheists.

  • Alma Stewart

    You don’t believe in words,in your thoughts,your dreams? These things are all God.That is why Jesus said he is our father,because with out God, we would just be a shell.And a body with no spirit is dead.The body goes back to the dust just as the bible says. The reason Jesus said when you have seen me you have seen the father,is because God was in him. And every thing God told him to do he did it without question.And that is where faith come in at.That why God is the past,the present, and the future because spirit has no time. Before any thing was ever brought into the earth,it was always in the spirit. Before man ever invented cars,cars were always in the spirit.The spirit just had not entered into man mind to be brought into the earth. It is not man that do these things is the spirit that is in man,and that is God.We were made to believe that God is a man or that only a certain people have him.This was done to control the world. But in reality every living thing has God in it,and every thought or word is alive. we just have to understand how to use it to keep from destroying ourselves. That is why we have God’s words to keep us from destroying ourselves.

  • Rooney

    I agree with you 110%. I went to a christian youth camp for three days with my best friend, and all the pastors would go on with rubbish. I’m sorry to say for all you believers out there, but when I was sitting in the circle listening and reading the bible with the other chrisitians, I only thought to myself, who the hell wrote this? And thank you LORD that I’m back home so I can say hell all I want.

  • Nicole

    I feel bad for you athiest. Very sad to hear how you think. I just want you to know scientist have discovered God is real and Jesus Christ is a known fact he is real he died for our sins ans rose again.

    He will be back, infact, soon.
    You mightve studied the Bible but you didn’t understand bc you never really believed. God knows our heart, for he knew us even before the womb, he knew you didn’t believe. Most nonbelievers don’t believe bec they can’t understand the Bible and the Bible even states that!

    I feel so bad for you nonbelievers, so bad. For you know not true joy from God, Love, wisdom, and blessings.

    Please repent and accept the Lord as your savior. You don’t want to end up in eternal hell filled with sorror pain and misery.

    Some of you lost your faith bc “why did God do this to me” situations, you’re selfish, and Satan does things to yu as well, his goal is to take Gods people and do whatever he can to persuade them to thinking God is fake.

    Repent!
    Please seek the Lord
    Please accept the Lord

  • Ani

    Nicole, you have to be joking. That argument is even more circular than most. You can’t prove the bible is correct by saying the bible says so.

    I’m not going to hell, that’s your delusion.

    But in the end the funniest part is we WILL end up in the same place–NO WHERE!

  • Todd

    Why, oh why is it that religious fervor is invariably inversely proportional to correct spelling and grammar?

  • Roger

    Their to busy conversating with the Imaginary Sky Friend. ;)

  • http://nowebsite Karthikeyan U

    There are only 2 things to which you can link everything. One is FATE and the other one is the good part of it which is LUCK. All other things are just bullshit. Everything is designed already. If something needs to happen, it will happen and nothing can stop it. YOUR FATE RULES YOU….

  • http://yahoo Asami3

    I BELIEVE IN GOD, THE VIRGIN MARY AND JESUS.

    I THINK THAT MANY PEOPLE TRY UNDERSTAND TO GOD , THE BIBLE, ETC, WITH THE MIND.
    THE ONLY WAY FOR UNDERSTANDING TO GOD IT’S JUST WITH THE HEART.
    THE PEOPLE HAVE TO GO BEYOND OF THE MIND, THEY HAVE TO GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THEIR HEART IN THE SILENCE.

    GOD ALWAYS IS WITH ALL THE PEOPLE BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS.

    GOD IS THE MOST WONDERFUL IN THE LIFE.
    WHEN YOU PUT GOD AS THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE, EVERYTHING CHANGES. YOU TRY TO BE A BETTER PERSON EACH DAY, TO LOVE ALL THE PEOPLE, TO LIVE IN RECTITUDE OF CONSCIENCE, TO LIVE IN THE TRUTH.

    ALL THE PEOPLE HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE HEART BEACUSE IS THE PLACE WHERE THE VOICE OF GOD IS.

    THE MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD ARE ALWAYS SHOWN TO THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THAT INNOCENSE, PURITY, AND HUMILITY. FOR EXAMPLE: THE KIDS.

    TO PRAY IS TO TALK WITH GOD, THE VIRGIN MARY AND JESUS IN SILENCE OF THE HEART.
    THE PRAYER GIVE YOU STRENGTH FOR CONFRONTING ALL THE DIFICULTIES OF THE LIFE , AND PEACE IN THE HEART.

    THERE IS SOMEONE WHO IS BIGGER THAN US AND ALWAYS IS WATCHING US.

  • Roger

    Yes, your use of the CAPS LOCK button and your completely canned personal testimony has totally convinced me of the plausibility of your imaginary sky-friend. I now believe and am ready to jettison logic and common sense. Praises!

  • Elemenope

    Please stop shouting. It’s drowning out your message.


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