Apollo, Jesus, Allah, Thor, Zeus, Moses, or any Gods that you can think of, they almost certainly do not exist, same can be said for their ‘miracles’ and the supernatural. From miracles like turning water into wine, food falling from the skies, Moses splitting the Red Sea, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, lightning formed by God’s wrath, Muhammad splitting the moon into half; to supernatural phenomenon like flying carpets, ghosts, animism; to flat earthers and anti-vaxxers, the supernatural not only violates the very scientific laws and theories that we live our lives on, but there is also seemingly no empirical evidence EVER proving and justifying those beliefs. Despite all these distorted beliefs about the universe, it is surprisingly a part of vast majority of people’s lives.
Why is it then that a seemingly huge amount of people believe in religion, flat earth, autism-causing vaccines, without evidence? Starting cult-like movement, convincing people over the internet that their beliefs are true. Perhaps it’s parental indoctrination and existential crisis that has lead people to believing in religion. Maybe people who believe in flat earth and autism-causing vaccine were never presented digestible evidence. However the reasons though, such beliefs, without scientific evidence, ought to be scrutinized, condemned, and questioned.
Invisible things, beings, objects. There are things that are ACTUALLY provable that are not seen by the naked eye. From the constant flow of oxygen, to the tiny microbes in our food, we are able to prove these amazing things, and further our understanding on them through science. Why is it then, until now, we are not able to prove the existence of God? It is true, that perhaps one day, we can actually prove God’s existence. But until then, there is simply not enough evidence to conclude that God exist.
Let’s assume God exist. Since God is the very definition of omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, why is it that there is suffering in the world? Omnipotent, by nature, is a contradicting term. One can’t possibly be omnipotent as one can’t make an object that is so heavy that he himself is lift it. If the object is able to be lifted, he can’t create an object heavy enough, hence not omnipotent. If he can’t lift an object so heavy, he is also by definition, not omnipotent. Omnipresent, being all place at all time, assuming he has limitless power, why is there universal suffering, African kids suffering, people getting cancer on a daily basis, why is it then does an all-loving god not want to save these people. I know for sure, if i’m able to, I would. Why is it then that God doesn’t do it? Omniscient, if an all-knowing God has laid out a your path as a human being, does that mean that every deed you do, good or bad, is ultimately laid out by God? So if there no free-will at all? If everything is predetermined, why is it that people pray?
Why It Is Okay?
A lot of religious people, even my own parents, who I have personally talked to have always asked how the universe, nature, animal and human, came to be. Science can answer these questions albeit the answers are not as simple as the belief of a creator. Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin Of Species’ explain evolution and how animal and human came to be; Big Bang Theory explains how the universe came to be; geology can also explain mountains, volcanoes, and other natural formation of the beautiful natural sight that we see; and many more. It is true, however, that we can’t yet explain what happened before the Big Bang, but that is okay. Just like how in ancient times where believe people that lightning was caused by God’s wrath, we can eventually find out the chain of events which lead up to questions that we all have, be it what was before the Big Bang, to how the first life form came to be.
It is true that religion has benefited people, from having a shared common ideology to unite people(which is important in our medieval time), giving people a meaning in life, to providing them comfort of an afterlife. But as time progressed so do we, we can throw away the benefits of religion and unite people through other means, be it social media or even sports; finding meaning in our work, family, and many more; facing what is real and maximizing our only life. There is just no evidence, nor reasons, to believe in God.
The truth is indeed scary, and not comforting, however, the world is so much bigger than just God. We can understand more about the world, and ourselves, and liberate ourselves from having the need to default our unanswerable questions to just God. We can view the world in which we have never viewed before. Just like how Galileo Galilei and his Copernicus’ theory allow us to understand how our solar system works. The pursuit of scientific endeavors is so much more fulfilling, rewarding, and interesting.