The other day, I overheard part of a conversation about God. One person argued that what must be proved with concrete evidence are the things that are said to have been accomplished by man alone. If you are to say we evolved into humans, you must prove it. You must provide evidence on how the world was created. While we are working to prove all these things to be scientifically sound, the religious man can simply say that God created the world and created man and woman in his image and no proof is needed other than the written and spoken words of other men who claim to have talked to God or walked with Jesus. You can say “God did X,” or “God created Y” and it is so.
I don’t fault too many people solely on their belief systems, except maybe for Scientologists, and I wouldn’t grab a Christian and tell them that Jesus is a lie. I do, however, find fault in anyone who is arrogant enough to claim that they don’t need to prove anything to show that God is our creator and controls our environment, but I DO have to prove that I am in control of my free will and destiny, that I must give reason for why flowers bloom and rain falls.
The convenient thing about religion is that it’s based off of beliefs and the unverifiable words of devout followers. I Googled “proof of God” and “proof of evolution” to see what popped up. The first result in God’s corner was this site which I quickly got annoyed with because it requires me to pick from a series of answers but also demands that I choose the one it believes is right in order to progress through the site. This site from Godless Geeks isn’t exactly a religious site but did list many arguments I’ve heard from religious people (along with some downright hilarious ones), and this site takes the same idea and presents it in a friendlier way for you easily offended folk. One site debunked a myth that Einstein proved the existence of God. This site gives five reasons and concludes that they are reason that God exists. Nothing on the first page of Google results was scientifically or logically sound; had you replaced God with Santa Claus, no one would buy it for a second. For evolution, I get site after site of concrete evidence that can easily be proved and backed up indisputably.
Religion is based in faith and is a very personal thing. Your beliefs should be ones that you’ve come to on your own during your journey through life. I was raised Catholic and was told what to believe in while attending church, youth group, bible study, and at a very young age when my mother was into going to church. It was never personal for me; I was told what to have faith in and why and was told what controls God has over my life and what He can do for me if I only ask. When life brought negativity, I was told it was part of God’s plan, that He was testing me or trying to strengthen me. When I accomplished something, God got the credit. He could do no wrong. It wasn’t until later that I realized how silly that was. When I did good or received something positive, I must thank God, but when something bad or tragic happens, I should thank him twice as hard for the lesson it taught me?
I read through a few views on this site from a Christian, an Atheist, and a Muslim on why God would give diseases and physical hardships to people. The Muslim argued that God gives life and can take it away, the Atheist argued that no compassionate God would do such a thing, and the Christian stated “the answer must indeed be that a good God is the kind of God that would give people these diseases, and that since He is the measure of goodness, it would be silly not to worship Him.” What goodness there is in giving AIDS to babies and deformities to newborns is beyond my understanding, but apparently as Jim Carrey says in Bruce Almighty, “God is just a mean kid with a magnifying glass. And I’m the ant. He could fix my life in five minutes if He wanted to, but he’d rather tear of my feelers and watch me squirm.”
Focusing back on my reason for starting this little rant, the person claiming not to need to prove God’s existence and insisting non-believers hold the burden of proof of their disbelief is 100% in the wrong. It’s silly to state that you can simply proclaim that God did something and have that be the basis of your argument. It’s arrogant to demand that others hold the burden of proof while you’re allowed to say “God did it!” and have that be it. It annoys me to no end because I don’t approach people and tell them “you’re wrong, there is no God” when they mention church or prayer. If they choose to read this, they are voluntarily subjecting themselves to my logic or fallacy and can flip the computer monitor off whenever they so choose.
I try to stay out of religious arguments whenever possible because it doesn’t matter to me or affect me whatsoever if people around me want to worship whatever God they believe in. For all my faults, I at least have enough respect for others to leave them be. I don’t question them or ask them to prove anything to me; it’s satisfying to know that if a debate ensued, I have enough ammo in my pocket to back up my statements in a concrete fashion as opposed to the “I think it, therefore it’s true” logic.
I had someone contact me through WordPress and try in a roundabout way to change my views and beliefs on a subject closely tied to religion. They were quite respectful, so I didn’t mind the conversation, but I do think it’s interesting how people look at me as if I’m broken simply because I don’t buy into Catholicism or the idea that the bible is in fact the word of a God that no one can prove exists. I don’t need fixing and neither does anyone else who is lacking in the faith in God department. If my lack of belief buys me a ticket straight to Hell, so be it; it’s no one’s problem but my own and whoever I end up rooming next to down in the fiery pit.
I’m no less human than the most devout and dedicated person on this planet and I deserve the same respect and privacy as anyone else. I should be able to tell someone who asks that I don’t attend church and not be attacked for it. I shouldn’t be told I can’t celebrate Christmas because I don’t celebrate the true meaning. I should have the right to exercise my freedom of religion or lack thereof without people taking it upon themselves to insert their opinions and beliefs into my life to try to prove me wrong or save my soul. And just in case, if I happen to be wrong and there is a God up in heaven, you have my full permission to laugh at my expense from your fluffy cloud in the sky when we’ve all passed on.