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Chapter Two: Problems with God

Section 12: Summary

Chapter One showed us that if there is a God, we cannot be certain about his nature. This chapter looks at the question from another perspective. Is there a form of god that can exist?

1. We start with the Jewish Bible / Christian Old Testament. The inconsistencies in these scriptures suggest that the Biblical God does not exist.
Section 1

2. We move on to the New Testament. Internal evidence, corroborated by secular sources, suggests that Jesus never existed.
Section 2

3. Descriptions of God in other scriptures (Section 3), his inability to speak modern languages (Section 4) and his fondness for men (Section 5) all suggest a mythical rather than real being. These sections have not yet been written.

4. The bloodlust in Jewish-Christian-Muslim scriptures (Section 6) and the persistence of disease and natural disasters (Section 7) show that an all-powerful, all-knowing and all-compassionate deity is impossible.

5. God's omniscience (he knows everything) is incompatible with human free will.
Section 8

6. God has not made himself known through miracles or prayer.
Section 9

7. Eternal life is neither possible nor desirable, which suggests that there is no god to offer it.
Section 10

8. Contemplation of the universe - with or without other lifeforms - reduces God to irrelevance.
Section 11

The more we look at God, on earth or in the universe, in the past, now or in the afterlife, the less real and probable he becomes. Only one role is left for him - that of Creator - and how likely is it that the universe owes its existence to him? It's time to move on to Chapter Three

Problems with God

Chapter One showed us that if there is a God, we cannot be certain about his nature. So let's look at the question from another perspective: Is there a form of god that can exist?

We start by looking at the god described in the Bible and Quran; does the information there support or reject the idea of God? Then we look at general concepts of God and see if they make sense.

2.1: In the Bible
Do inconsistencies in the Bible make it irrelevant?

2.2: The Jesus myth
Biblical evidence suggests that the Son of God never lived

2.3: Other scriptures
What do other scriptures tell us about God?

2.4: Forgotten tongues
Why can God not speak modern languages?

2.5: Male order
God's fondness for men

2.6: Compassion and bloodlust
God claims to be compassionate but frequently causes pain and death

2.7: Disease and disaster
Why do they happen?

2.8: Omniscience and free will
One or the other, not both

2.09: Miracles and prayer
How does God make his presence known?

2.10: Eternal life
Do we really want to live forever?

2.11: Alien beliefs
Do they know God on Betelgeuse?

2.12: Summary

Finished this chapter? Move on to

Chapter 3
God the creator?

God does not have to be the creator of the universe; in some religions the world comes first and then the gods apprear.

In Judaism, Christianity and Islam, however, God is the creator of the universe. How does he do it?

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If God existed, he would...

admire the beauty of a universe that he did not create

recognize that eternity is meaningless

deny both heaven and hell

disown all men and women who speak in his name

denounce the harm caused by religious "morality"

help the human race to thrive without him

If God existed, he would be an atheist.

What is the difference between science and faith?

science is certain of nothing and requires proof of everything

faith is certain of everything and requires proof of nothing

Which do you trust?

"I know there is no God"
"I believe there is no God"

Check the answer

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