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Factual Scientific Data vs Faith and Magic

Factual Scientific Data vs Faith and Magic

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Published by: vicious9740 on Oct 26, 2008
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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?
Well now that we understand our universe, there is no longer a need for religion. We KNOWwhat the sun is, we understand the life cycle of plants, we know what causes rain, etc. Thethings that were previously classified as miracles now have scientific explanations. So whyhold on to religion?If you are a Christian, ask yourself these questions:- Is the Bible the word of God?- If it is the word of God, would it not be "perfect"?- If it is perfect, every part of it should be correct, right?If you answered yes to all of these questions, read on. If you answered no, then you arealready slipping down the slope to atheism, but read on anyways.So if the bible is infallible, how do you explain the following biblical "mistakes":- According to the bible, the world was covered by a great flood, which killed all livingcreatures. Noah took 2 of each animal on to a ship, rode out the storm, and then droppedthem of in the middle east.If this is true, how to you explain life on Australia (since it was never connected to the rest of the land masses)? How did the animals make it from the middle east to Australia? Did theyswim across the ocean? How can you explain the unique animals that only exist in Australia(Evolution took different paths on this segregated land mass)?How do you explain the factthat there is not geological proof of such a massive flood (which would be very obvious toarchaeologists). And to point out the most ridiculous part of this story - there are millions of species of animals. How did Noah fit all of those on to a single boat, and keep them fromkilling each other?- According to the bible, the universe revolves around the sun.Do you think this is true?- According to the bible, the earth is only a few thousand years old.How can you explain the overwhelming evidence of millions of years of existence? How canyou explain dinosaurs?
- According to the bible, god created man and woman and all of the animals.How do you explain finding the bones of our ancestors which show the evolution of humans?If God created man and woman in his image, wouldn't all of our ancestors look exactly likeus?? Why are all animals and humans still changing and evolving? How do you explainabsolute PROOF of microevolution?- The bible condones slavery, misogyny, ritualistic sacrifice, and human atrocities.Was this written by a loving God, or mortal men?- The bible refers to the earth as flat, and a non-moving entity.Do YOU think the earth is flat, and that the universe revolves around it?- The bible describes the hydrological cycle in terms of magic and fountains from heaven -showing a clear lack of knowledge of where rain, snow and hail originate.Do you think that rain comes from a fountain from heaven?- The bible is full of mathematical inaccuracies.Don't you think God could figure out Pi, handle basic addition, and measure properly?- The bible makes numerous prophetical statements that never came true.Again, is this written by an infallible God, or a mortal man?- EVERY major story in the Christian Bible can be traced back to earlier pagan religions.Stories such as: Born in a manger, virgin birth, born under the north star, visited by kings,brought 3 gifts, water in to wine, fish and bread to feed thousands, crucified on a cross, roseagain after 3 days, etc, etc, etc - these can all be linked to religions that existed LONG beforeChristianity. Just look up Mithrasfor a quick comparison. So, if you acknowledge that the above references show biblical inaccuracies, then you areadmitting that the bible is not "perfect". Therefore it cannot be the word of God. Since your

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