Why I am skeptical about GodFirst of all, as with any claim, it is the burden of the one making the claim
to prove his claim. It does not make sense to say: “I can fly, prove me wrong”. It
is up to the person making the claim to prove that he can fly.
It has been said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”.
Divinity is the most extraordinary claim there is. And yet there is no proof for it.
There are many things that don't make sense to me. Not because I’m too
stupid to understand them, or because I lack the capacity to understand them,but because they form a paradox, a contradiction that cannot be possible.In an attempt to describe my thoughts and reflections, I will go over someof the concepts that expose why I am skeptical.In this first thought experiment, picture your future children.Would there be anything that your kids could do, including; murder,homosexuality, theft, rape, and
not loving you,
that would lead you to chain themin your basement, and continuously torture them in the worst possible wayimaginable, for years and years?For me, there is nothing that my children could do to warrant that type ofpunishment. So how can anyone explain the concept of hell?Does this mean that we as humans are more moral than God? Because Godpromises hell to those who do not love him, do not accept him, or to those whocommit sin.While this does not mean I do not think justice should be served, I believe thatthe punishment must fit the crime. I do not think that our mere thoughts shouldwarrant such an extreme punishment. The tenth commandment states that weshould not covet, or desire, what our neighbor has. So, the mere thought ofsomething we want means that we have sinned, and we deserve hell.
And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will beweeping and gnashing of teeth
. (Matthew 13:42) To me, the extreme severity and infinite duration of the punishment isincompatible with justice. Should God exist, would it not be unreasonable to forhim to give such flawed and ignorant creatures as ourselves the responsibility ofour eternal destinies?This brings me into the problem of evil. God is said to be omnibenevolent(perfectly or infinitely good), omnipotent (unlimited power) and omniscient (thecapacity to know everything). If he is all these things, how can there be evil? It allboils down to Gods ability and will. This is what Epicurus pondered:Is god willing to prevent evil, but not able?