I've said it before and
I'll say it again, I love to hear the specific reasons people believe.
I think it's what interests me most. Maybe it's what I'm after here
in these Hate Mail pages... reasons. And Joe, you've presented four
of your reasons and I am anxious to respond.
Joe's reason #1:
"We were created by GOD... by something we recognize... we see the
work before us."
Joe, I think that this would only be a sufficient proof if nature
(and everything) didn't already make sense. If we couldn't figure
out where that tree came from or explain how a bird flies then you
might possibly have your argument for God. But as it is, there's
an explanation for it all. Granted, sometimes the explanation can
be a little more complicated than simply "God made it that way so
whatever." but I can assure you that there's far more to be gained
from an actual scientific explanation.
Joe's reason #2:
"we see the work before us. We know what's up from inside our cell(s)."
I've read this sentence several times and I still don't have a clue
what point you're trying to make, so my reply is this: "Yes!"
Joe's reason #3:
"We feel the need for God. Where does that come from?"
I'd like to start this off by assuring you that I have no feelings
of a need for a god. Now that need you're feeling sounds to me like
a weakness.... honestly it just sounds like laziness. Joe, I'm guessing
that you feel this need most when times are rough. Am I right? I
bet I am, and just because you don't want to take full responsibility
for your life and you can't fix your own problems doesn't mean that
God planted a need for Him in your head. It just means that you're
not a grown up yet.
Joe's reason #4:
"After we are dead ...well who knows that? We do stop functioning...
where does the spark go?"
Joe, this is my favorite of your reasons for God. Your theory that
life never goes out is what I call "fear". No one wants to die and
this is why you've fabricated this theory.
Answer me this Joe, when
a giraffe dies where does his "life spark" go? Are you going to
make a case for Giraffe Heaven? Cactus Heaven? And if you're going
to try and convince me that those "life sparks" go on living through
the animals that eat them then you're going to have to explain to
me where a Christian's "life spark" goes when he's devoured by coyotes.
I assure you Joe that
"life sparks" do burn out and go nowhere. I think you put it best
when you said "we see the work before us. We know what's up from
inside our cell(s)."
Bravo Joe. Bravo.