“All we know is how little we know”- from late Christopher Hitchens
This statement is true in so many ways because we only know so little about the universe. That isn’t the point of writing this article. The Point is to talk about why I became an atheist even though I want to become a theist. Before we go any further let us all clear some things up because, in my mind, we all are atheists. For example, Muslims, Christians are atheists to pagan gods and people who believe in pagan gods are atheists to Yahweh or Allah. But today I am especially going to talk about why I don’t believe in One God or Yahweh or Allah. That was a long introduction, but there is one more thing to say, this article is not intended to mock anyone’s beliefs, it is just to explain why I don’t believe in Abrahamic God. Ok, now let’s starts cracking, shall we? By the way, sorry about the language.
The number one reason is the evolution of natural selection. In the exodus chapter 20 verse 11, “For in six days, the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.” And in the Quran “Do you indeed disbelieve in He who created the earth in two days and attribute to Him equals? That is the Lord of the worlds. He placed on the earth firmly set mountains over its surface, and He blessed it and determined therein its sustenance in four days without distinction” (Surah Fussilat 41:9–12). People can interpret these verses any way and all those interpretations are equally valid, Drew from genetically modified skeptic gave me this idea. That is how I got that idea, so in interpretation, I take these two verses literally, according to that either earth is created within 6 or 7 days, or earth created 4.5 billion years ago. Well, this is where my first contradiction comes to play. Either earth was created around 4.5 billion ago and life started to appear on earth around 3.5 billion years ago and due to evolution by natural selection, we can see the biodiversity in the current world. Or God created all these creatures within 5 days and humans were created within one day. For some who want to be a thesis, this is a hard question to answer because both of these two cannot be true, one way or another, one needs to be false.
This is where I found the beauty of science. Science can be wrong about anything. This is a good example where science was wrong at the beginning. There were other hypotheses that try to explain how we can see this kind of biodiversity among species and but ultimately Darwin’s Evolution by selection became the accepted theory for the evolution of life. Science does not know how exactly life started to appear on earth. There are many hypotheses regarding exactly how it happened but, one thing is sure it did happen, and we are the living proof of that. At this moment in my time, it all boils down to what I prefer because I can on one side, just rejected the claim that the earth is 4.5 billion old and life starts to appear randomly or, I can reject the claim that God created all this within 6 days. But ultimately, I decided to go with science simply because there is enough evidence to support that life begins to appear around 3.5 billion ago. I will reference the evidence I found to take this conclusion.
The second reason is how Abrahamic religions treat the LGBTQ community. Let me give you an example, in the Bible “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” Leviticus 20:13. In the Quran, “Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.” Al-Araf 81. Even Doctor Saker Naik said, who is one of the greatest schooler of Islam also told that homosexuality is wrong according to the Quran. But the problem is homosexuality is something you are born with. Even WHO has removed homosexuality as any type of disorder.
Again, there is a conflict, as above I turn towards science where it says it is not disordered. For this decision, Alex O’ Conner or commonly known as Cosmic skeptic made a huge impact. In his argument when comes to is homosexuality is moral or immoral it needs to tick two boxes. First, is this action done consciously or unconsciously. That means is this a choice or in other words, are homosexuals born that way or are they choose this kind of lifestyle? The second box it must tick is, is there any harm to others or himself in following this lifestyle. To both questions, the answer is no, by that we can argue that it is not morally right to judge a homosexual person therefore we can not punish them.
The third reason is the problem of evil. According to the bible God is omnipotent, omniscient, he is all kind, merciful, and all-loving. In the god of the Quran, we can see the same attributes as far I can find, I may be wrong but, I am going with this factor. Now comes the problem. If what I am going to say is wrong please let me know. In a hypothetical situation, a man tries to rape a woman, in that situation, there are two problems. The first problem, man is doing what he thinks is right and according to him, what makes him happy. On the other hand, the woman is being punished for man’s action. So, it is not just to be punished for someone else bad deeds.
Now the God comes to play. If God punishes man, then he is not all-loving because man did what he thinks makes him happy. But if God did not punish the man, then God is not doing justice on behalf of the woman because she needs justice for what the man had done. In my mind there is a dilemma because in this situation God cannot be both loving and justice to both, God needs to choose a side. If he does that, one, God is favoring one person and two, God is now all-knowing in my mind. This is the dilemma I faced when I’m thinking about God. If God does not have any of those attributes, then he is not perfect, then comes the question of why I follow an imperfect being. Now someone can argue sometimes to be a good parent must be punished the child for bad actions, that might be true to a mere mortal but, to God, I think it is not ok, because God is perfect according to the scriptures.
Bible Hub, exodus reference- https://www.biblehub.com/exodus/20-11.htm
Bible Gateway, Leviticus reference- https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+20%3A13&version=NIV
Faith in Allah, Surah Fussiat reference- https://www.abuaminaelias.com/does-the-quran-say-allah-created-the-universe-in-eight-days/
The noble Quran, Al-Araf reference- https://legacy.quran.com/7/80-81
Bible study tools, attributes of god- https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/15-amazing-attributes-of-god-what-they-mean-and-why-they-matter.html
Link for Genetically modified skeptic YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG1uayRlzz3ahT8ISRdyw7Q
Link to Cosmic skeptic- https://www.youtube.com/user/alexjoconnor\
Evidence for evolution
3. The blind watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
4. Origin of species by Charles Darwin