Why Don't You Just
Be An Atheist?
This is a post that I read on the Atheist/Agnostic Forum written by a guy named Austin Cline. It's quite brilliant. Enjoy! :)
Why don't you just be an atheist? If there is a god, and it is moral and loving and worthy of respect, then it won't mind if people have rational doubts about it and have rational reasons for not believing in it. This god won't punish people for exercising their critical thinking skills and are skeptical of the claims of other, fallible humans. Thus, you wouldn't lose anything.
And if there is a god who punishes people for rational doubt, why would you want to spend an eternity with it anyway? Such a capricious, egotistical, and nasty god wouldn't be much fun. If you can't trust it to be as moral as you are, you can't trust it to keep it's promises and make heaven nice or even let you stay for long. Not spending eternity with such a being doesn't sound like much of a loss.
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