FACTUAL SCIENTIFIC DATA VS “FAITH”AND “MAGIC”
Sent in by Brian
I was raised in a very Christian home, and went to church my whole life. I never had areason to believe otherwise - there is a God, he is all powerful, and you DO NOT question it. Ican remember a few times kind of wondering "Is this for real?", and then praying for somekind of sign - which of course I never got. After I did not receive confirmation of hisexistence, I immediately prayed and asked for forgiveness for my lack of faith. Who was I toquestion God?Well at the age of 24, I started listening to some very intelligent people. I would debate withthem about the existence of God, but the entire time, I would feel like I was losing thedebate. I would throw out fake "Facts" to back up the existence of God, and bring up faith.. They would be visibly frustrated by my lack of understanding.Little did they know, but they were chipping away just a little of my Christian foundation withevery debate. They made a lot of sense. I would leave questioning things, and feeling a lotof doubt. This is when I decided to seek the truth. I decided that I would invest in books on both sidesof the argument. I would read a book on evolution, and then read a book by a creationist. Iwould read a book by Dawkins, and then read a "Scientific proof of God" book. I did this formonths.I quickly started to realize that the atheist books were full of factual scientific data, and thetheist books were full of "faith" and "magic". I have a very logic-oriented brain, so faith andmagic just don't hold up. The Christian books quickly turned in to comedy. As I was reading, Iwould have to stop and read aloud the particularly absurd passages to my wife. She wouldlaugh at them as well (even though she was still holding on to her Catholic beliefs at thetime). Needless to say, I quickly became an atheist. After hours of discussion on the subject,my wife followed shortly thereafter.When you start thinking about the whole question in a logical manner, it is very hard toremain faithful. There are simply too many facts against religion.I can understand where religion came from. Our ancestors looked around our world inamazement, and could not understand ANYTHING. They had no idea what that huge ball of fire in the sky was, they had no idea what made plants grow, and water falling from the skywas a "miracle". They had to explain it somehow, so our ancestors created gods. Eachcivilization created their own gods, and thought the other civilizations were crazy heathens.Sound familiar?