Top 10 reasons God does not exist

Top 10 reasons God does not exist

As an atheist, I obviously do not believe in God. I can’t be absolutely sure that there is no such entity as a divine being of some sort but I think it is beyond any reasonable doubt that the God of the Bible (or Torah and Koran for that matter) doesn’t exist. Here are my Top 10 reasons God does not exist.

For a better understanding of my personal reasons to be an atheist, you may want to check out this article too. If you believe in God or find yourself in doubt, you will want to read 10 bad reasons to believe in God and 9 logical reasons why there is no God.

10. People speak for God.

According to Christians, Jesus walked the Earth in the flesh, appeared to people after his alleged death and God even spoke directly to people like Abraham and Moses. This all happened a long time ago though and no direct evidence exists to support these events. Nowadays, there are still people who claim to speak for God and people who claim that God speaks to them. Many of them sound like they have mental problems and would be a source of embarrassment if they were the spokesperson of anyone today. Why would an omnipotent and benevolent God have such people speak for him? If God really existed, he would speak for himself.

9. So many gods to choose from.

Which god do you believe in?
Which god do you believe in?2h

Christians (and other religions) claim that their God is the one true God and all the others aren’t real. It’s unclear how they determined this. Why is their God the real thing and not any of the others? Circumstance appears to dictate which God you believe in, like place of birth and the faith of your parents. Children growing up in a home without religion, grow up without believing in God unless someone tells them. If there were one true God who wanted to save people, he would reveal himself. The fact that he doesn’t, proves that God doesn’t exist.

8. God isn’t love.

Christians are ever so fond of telling us that God is love, that he regards us as his children, that he came to die for our sins and that he wants everyone to be saved. Obviously, this is not true. If God is our omnipotent father, it would be trivial for him to save people from dying horrible deaths. If he cared for us like a father, he would make sure that none of us would have to suffer an eternity in hell. That’s what an actual loving parent does.

The God of the Old Testament is the most unpleasant character...
The God of the Old Testament is the most unpleasant character…

The God of the Bible appears very different when you actually read the Bible. God has no problems wiping out very nearly everyone on Earth in a global flood. He commands the Israelites to commit genocide and berates Moses for not being thorough enough. He deliberately hardens the heart of the Pharaoh so that he can deliver the plagues upon Egypt. If we don’t love him back, he quite happily consigns us to everlasting torture by fire. These are not the actions of a kind, loving father but the actions of a psychopath. This proves that God doesn’t exist, at least not how people prefer to believe in Him.

7. God supposedly doesn’t want to interfere with free will.

When asked why God no longer performs miracles today, why he doesn’t appear to people any more, we are often told that God has to remain hidden because he doesn’t want to interfere with our free will. If it were obvious that he was there, of course people would believe in him. Yes, and? Why would that be a problem for God? If he loves us and wants us to be saved, what better way to ensure that than being painfully obvious for everyone?
Moreover, God had no problem being obvious in the past. He parted the Red Sea, spoke directly with people, appeared in a fiery column, brought people back from the dead, incarnated himself and died a public death, appeared after his public death and many more. Why wasn’t it a problem for people witnessing these events to lose their free will? What has changed? It is much more likely that those events are myths and that God doesn’t exist. Free will has nothing to do with it.

6. Jesus wasn’t a nice person.

Christians all around the world have this warm, fuzzy image of a kind of hippie Jesus avant-la-letter, who went around preaching love and forgiveness. That doesn’t correspond to what the Bible tells us about Jesus, though. At best, Jesus sounds like a hypocrite when he tells people to love their enemies but at the same time says that people who don’t believe in him, will be cast into the fire. Jesus also tells people that he has not come to bring peace but a sword and that we are to hate our relatives if we want to follow him. And what to think of the Canaanite woman who pleads with Jesus and he sends her away calling her a dog because she is not the right nationality? Or when he kills a fig tree for not bearing fruit at a time when figs are out of season? That doesn’t sound like a loving God but like a childish, capricious and bigoted person.
The loving Jesus who is also God? He doesn’t exist.

5. Jesus failed

Millions of Christians believe that Jesus was God incarnate, God become flesh in this world. He came to die for our sins so that everyone could be saved. Clearly, he failed miserably in his mission. Many people don’t believe in him and some even believe he may never have existed at all. Many more people believe in a different God. And many people have never heard of him. When you think about it, why didn’t Jesus do a better job? Why didn’t he do something better with his omniscience than dying rather anonymously in a barbaric desert region in the Middle East? After all, being omnipotent and omniscient, he would have known beforehand that his mission would only be a success on a limited scale. Even I could find a better way to save people without being all-knowing. Clearly, the Jesus that Christians believe in, wasn’t the omnipotent and omniscient God that he is made out to be. He doesn’t exist.

4. Christians don’t trust in God either

I know they profess to believe in God and that God is their saviour and that they put their trust in God. The reality is that they don’t really do that. If they did, no Christian would have insurance, no Christian would go see a doctor and no Christian would need to look before crossing the road. After all, when God has your back, what could possibly happen to you, right? A simple prayer will set everything straight again, won’t it? If it’s your time to die, it’s your time to die, no? Since they’ve accepted Jesus, they’ll go straight to heaven, won’t they?
Christians don’t trust their God any more than non-Christians do. Why? Because God doesn’t exist, that’s why.

3. The crucifixion story is utterly unbelievable

Let me save you…

The central message of Christianity is that God so loved the world, he came down from heaven as a person to die for our sins in a most gruesome way so that we could be forgiven for our sinful nature. Forgiven by whom? Forgiven by the same God who came to die for us. All you need to do to become a Christian, is believe that this is true and you are saved.
When you think logically about it though (and religion rarely stands up under logical scrutiny), you’ll immediately see that this makes no sense at all. For one, why would God need to be born, become flesh? Why go through all this trouble of being born, growing up, performing the odd miracle, teaching at temple, gathering a bunch of followers, do some more miracles, get arrested, crucified, die, only to come back from the dead three days later? If God, who is allegedly omnipotent, wants to forgive us, why go through with this elaborate scheme? Why not just forgive everyone and be done with it?
In addition, God is omniscient so he knew before ever making humans that one day, he’d do all that. Why not just leave that one tree out of reach of Adam and Eve? Surely God knew that they’d eat from it? None of it is necessary! It could all have been prevented, the fall from grace, the flood, the plagues, the genocides, the crucifixion if God had just left that one tree out of the garden of Eden.
The most logical explanation is that none of this is true, the garden of Eden never existed and neither does God.

2. The Bible

Study the Bible, become an atheist...
Study the Bible, become an atheist…

When asked, most Christians will tell you that the Bible is the word of God. In essence, God is the author of this book. Since God is supposedly perfect, omniscient and omnipotent, you’d expect the Bible to be the most beautiful, most moving, most poetic, most moral and most accurate book of all time.
This is not what you find when you read the Bible. Most Christians never bother reading the Bible cover to cover and if they did, there’d be a lot more atheists in this world! Instead of a book as I just described, the Bible is full of errors, contradictions, superstition and utterly immoral texts. There is not one person among my readership who could not write a more moral text. Instead of proving a perfect author, the Bible reads just like a text you’d expect from a barbaric age, an age of slavery, genocide, pestilence, torture and scapegoating.
The Bible proves it’s author wasn’t divine and that God does not exist.

And lastly, the number one reason why God does not exist:

1. Prayer never works

It may seem to work from time to time but in reality, it doesn’t. Try praying for something that is deemed impossible and it will never happen. Why? Well, because it is impossible. Imagine all the people on Earth right now, imagine what they are praying for. People praying for peace in their country, people praying for food, for shelter, for safety, for healing, for the floods to spare them, for a successful exam, for anything you can imagine. If you do an analysis on the prayers that get answered, you’ll see it is only the prayers that had a fairly realistic chance of coming true regardless. You can pass an exam without prayer if you study but no matter how hard you pray, food never falls from the sky, God never restores an amputee, God never brings peace, God never heals a child with terminal cancer. He will help you find a parking space though.
It should be painfully obvious that prayer accomplishes nothing. In fact, nothing fails like prayer!
This is completely at odds with the words of Jesus who promised that anything you ask in his name, he’ll do. No conditions, no excuses: ask and ye shall receive. But you don’t. Why? God doesn’t answer prayers because God doesn’t exist.

Terms and conditions...
Terms and conditions…

Conclusion

These are just my Top 10 reasons God does not exist. I’m sure you could think of several more but these are the ones I like. What reason do you have? Why don’t you leave me your Top 10 reasons God does not exist in the comments below? Have anything else to say about the above? Please leave a comment!

23 Replies to “Top 10 reasons God does not exist”

  1. I think that there Will be àn accident in the ever eternal futur so that we come back to life…
    If possibilities are unlimited then anything Can happen…
    Some possible things if occure will hide others.. so the question is :
    Are these possibilities hasardous or is it organised anyway…
    What proportion is the time we actualy live in … Compared to the Infinite perspectives..
    I may find myself in à World where happens what I actualy think about..
    What you actualy think of.. might be your next World 😉

  2. Your arguments are shitty, all shitty. If you read the bible, read it well, because you didn’t understand anything. It’s simple to take a little part without all the context, and it’s sad for you.

    Prayers don’t exists, uh? Then, ask every -REAL- Christian what they think about it. It’s not because god doesn’t answer to your prayer that they don’t exist, kiddo. If you read the bible, you will know. And it’s written why god don’t answer to people like you, though he can if he want, but mostly don’t.

    The historical part of crucifixion is prouved. And jesus didn’t come to earth to save every people, but only people who trust in him. For the rest, good bye, though he’s sad for them, but he won’t do anything. And his mission is accomplished. Thank you god.

    You can live how you want, but when your body will be dead, remember the time when you tried to convince other people that god doesn’t exist.

    May god bless you and your family, and show you his glory.

    1. Hey, thanks for responding!
      So my arguments are “shitty, all shitty” as opposed to your arguments which are carefully worded, and skillfully constructed, right? What makes you think I haven’t read the bible?

      I never said that prayers don’t exist. You claim I haven’t read the bible well and yet you can’t be bothered to read this short article? I said “prayers don’t work”. How does one differentiate between “REAL Christians” and fake Christians? How does one tell the difference?

      Which part of the crucifixion is proven? What is the historical part (implying that there is non-historical part)?

      When my body is dead, I won’t be remembering anything because I will be dead. You see, you can make veiled threats of hell but guess what: I don’t believe in hell either.

      Which god? Why is your god the real one? How have you decided all the other gods are not real?

  3. Hey Joop, thank you for writing this. I just wanted to ask, have you ever read the Bible cover to cover? Is that why you are an atheist? In your opinion, what caused the different parts of the Bible written by different authors to come together into one big holy text?

    1. Hello Tom, thanks for your comment.

      Sure, I have read the Bible, even attended Bible study classes. The Bible isn’t the reason I am an atheist, though it is part of the reason. My reasons for being an atheist are outlined here: https://www.beris.nl/blog/2015/06/30/these-are-my-reasons-for-being-an-atheist/
      You may also explore this tag for related articles: https://www.beris.nl/blog/tag/why-i-am-an-atheist/

      That’s just it: I *don’t* think the Bible is “one big holy text”. It’s a disjointed collection of ancient myths and superstitions, sometimes borrowed from other, older cultures. Those got mixed with more modern myths, edited for political reasons, social reasons, copied with errors, mistranslated, reinterpreted, edited again, mistranslated again, right up to the 21st century. If there ever was a real Jesus, I doubt he would recognize himself or his own teaching in the Bible of today. Check out this book review for more on that: https://www.beris.nl/blog/2015/07/15/forgery-a-book-review/

      Hope that clarifies my position!

      1. Joop, I would love to discuss this with you further. Is there somewhere else I could reach you besides this comment section?

        1. There’s a contact form (and my email address) on this page: https://www.beris.nl/blog/authors/

          However, I would be curious to know what specifically is your intent when discussing this and why it should be carried on in private rather than here? I love feedback on the blog and enjoy a good discussion but I like it even more when others can benefit from it or join in even.

      2. I’m not a Christian but I do think there are things in the Bible that get breezed over a little too quickly. How do you explain the corroboration of eyewitness accounts in the gospel?

  4. Absolutely. The book of Matthew was written by Matthew, one of the twelve disciples. He would have been a first hand witness to what he wrote about, assuming that it’s true. Mark was written by John Mark, who was a very close friend of Peter, another one of the disciples. Luke was not a first hand witness, but he wrote the book of Luke as a recording of actual first hand witnesses, going all the way back to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. And the book of John is written by John the apostle, who would have been another first hand witness.

    1. Unfortunately, no. The four canonical gospels are not eyewitness accounts. At best, they are hearsay to the Nth degree. “I know a guy who once talked to a guy who said that he heard from a guy that there is this guy who says that Jesus said…”

      The gospels weren’t attributed to their “authors” until decades or even centuries after their texts had been written.

      The gospels themselves do not make any attempt to make their authors known.

      Luke even admits that it is hearsay by acknowledging that it’s based on testimony of people who got their story from first hand witnesses but it never identifies who any of these people are. We don’t know how many layers of hearsay there are because “Luke” never mentions if he conducted interviews himself or if someone else did that.

      Add to that nearly two millennia of errors in translation and transcription and numerous edits for political and religious reasons, it’s impossible to say that the gospels as they have reached us, are eyewitness testimony.
      It’s much more accurate to say that it’s the world’s longest game of “telephone”.

  5. no rules or laws for anyone,you are a very smart man ,there is happy without sad,good without evil,sick without health.this is what you proved everyone will love,hate the way they chose. why do you put so much work into showing and telling that god is not real. santa not real either but it didn’t hurt to dream just for that period of time,maybe he is maybe he not.dont hurt to let people make up their own mind about it all.im not a very smart man, like you,iwish I could be.i would spent a lot of time wondering,why everything has to be a product of someone thoughts.

  6. You’re absolutely right, Carl.
    Believing in Santa, as far as I know, never hurt anyone.
    No one was ever murdered in the name of Santa.
    No one ever performed female or male genital mutilation in the name of Santa.
    No one ever tried to pass laws in the name of Santa.
    No one was ever denied an abortion or a dignified end to their life in the name of Santa.
    No one was ever discriminated against for not believing in Santa.
    No one was ever told “Believe in Santa or burn in Hell forever”.

    That’s because adults know Santa isn’t real, we outgrow our belief in Santa. If only we could do the same with all the other fantasy beings, like gods, that we made up.

    Unfortunately it is not comfortable telling people a truth they don’t want to hear, it hurts. Just like when you tell your kids that Santa isn’t real. They want to believe it. Still, we must tell them because believing in a fantasy is dangerous. Hence my post.

    Thanks for reading and commenting, Carl. Hope you understand me better now.

  7. if there is no moral compass to follow people will do anything in anybody name its just the way we were programed to do wrong without help from anyone or thing. not god fault we do it,not satan, not atheis, our own minds think this way.come out of the womb, with mean intent,let the kids do what they want see where it goes,even the sun has rules to follow. man has to blame him self.after all we are the controllers of our own world. we chose to hurt each other no matter the way it done,the worst the crime, the more the people love it,

  8. sorry to infected your site il go now.some times I think im right to.even though I live with the same woman 40 yrs.you have to know the reason I believe in satan.40yrs. of living with it there better be a god I need relief.ha ha bye

  9. Hi Joop..( Interesting name) Many years ago, I was baptized Catholic. I attended Catholic Schools and learned Latin so I could be an Alter Boy. I was devout! I was also brainwashed! One of the most liberating moments is when I realized I’d been fooled. I no longer have guilt, nor do I fear that I’ll go to “hell” for stepping on anyone’s toes or doing or saying the “wrong” thing. I do however, believe in the possibility of reincarnation. I’d like your thoughts on this. In addition, I’ve often thought about ….Who started the ball rolling. I mean, even the Big Bang needed two particles to crash into each other. Where did they come from? If you start with nothing, how do you get “something”?

    1. Hi Chip,

      Thanks for your comment. Actually, my first name is a regular name in the Netherlands and not remarkable.

      A religious upbringing is often (certainly not always) a form of indoctrination, however well-intentioned the parents or other involved in upbringing are. Children are extremely susceptible to what their parents tell them is the truth. They are also not yet equipped with the critical thinking skills required to separate facts from fantasy. I am glad to hear you made it out and are no longer living in fear and guilt.

      I have not looked carefully into reincarnation so my current opinion on it is that it seems extremely unlikely but perhaps not impossible. I would have to study it in more detail to form a more balanced opinion on it.

      It’s a common misconception that the universe started from nothing. “You can’t get something from nothing” is something creationists will say to disparage what cosmology teaches. This “creatio ex nihilo” they refer to, is not part of our current understanding of cosmology. There may not ever have been a true “nothing”. Quantum mechanics says that even in a vacuum, there is never truly nothing, there is always potential. For a much better explanation, you may want to pick up Lawrence Krauss’ book “A Universe from Nothing”, which I have reviewed here: https://www.beris.nl/blog/2016/04/20/book-review-universe-nothing/

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