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Five Arguments for Why God Does not Exist

By Edited Apr 18, 2016 2 4

In my previous article, I discussed five common arguments for the existence of God. If my last article convinced you God is real, this article may cause you a little confusion. I am now going to provide five arguments for why God does not exist. Obviously, this is a very complex issue and and I don't know the right answer. However, I hope that these two articles will give you an opportunity to think through the issue and try and make a decision for yourself. And if you can't decide, you can always be an agnostic! Okay, now for five reasons that God does not exist.

1. God is not compatible with free will - The commonly held view of God is that he or she is all knowing and is also the creator. So, God created every one of us and, further, knows exactly what we are going to do with our lives. This means God has complete knowledge of the past, present and future. Therefore, all our actions are, in a sense, preordained and our free will is simply an illusion. If this is the case, we can't truly be held responsible for our actions. One might respond to this point by saying the following: even though God knows how we will act, we have free will because it is still our choice. This is illogical, however, considering that God created us. Therefore, either we do not have free will and so the world is not truly just (which is inconsistent with the just world that God is supposed to preside over) or God is not all powerful, so we have free will but God is not really the all powerful, all knowing being people claim that he is.

2. God does not solve the question of where the universe came from - One commonly provided argument for the existence of God is that the universe had to start somehow and that somehow is God. However, this comes from a perception that the universe had to come from somewhere. However, if the universe had to come from somewhere, didn't God? One could respond by saying that God had no creator because he or she is eternal. But, can't the universe be eternal? As you can see, the argument that God was the cause for the creation of the universe does not seem to hold much ground.

3. Religious texts contradict scientific observation - There are actually many examples of religious texts making claims which are contradicted by scientific findings. Obviously, one common example is evolution. However, we don't even need to deal with evolution specifically. Let us simply consider the age of the Earth and the universe. Scientists can estimate the age of the Earth and the universe using a whole range of techniques. All of these techniques agree that both have ages in the billions of years. The bible, however, suggests that creation occurred only a few thousand years ago. If we consider that science has been right about many things (consider that science has brought us electricity, cars, computers, the internet, etc.), what basis do we have for saying that science is wrong about the age of the Earth? Therefore, we must conclude that our religious texts are wrong and this calls into question the existence of God. How so? Well, if God was real and the religious texts were truly the word of God, it is hard to imagine they would be wrong about the age of the Earth.

4. Existence of many, different religions - If there is a God, we can probably assume that one of the many world religions is the "correct" one. This is because different religions hold contradictory views. For example, Jews do not accept the New Testament as a real religious text and Christians do not accept the Koran. Clearly, one of these two view must be "wrong" (or at least not fully correct) in the eyes of God. But even further, there are remote locations in the world, where people worship many Gods and have never even heard of Jesus. What are we to make of these people? If there were a God, would he create a world and then create people who will never learn about him? And more, would he then say that people who do not accept him will go to hell? Doesn't seem fair.

5. The burden of proof is on those who claim God exists - Let us consider something else that is difficult to prove. Imagine I were to claim that there is a pink bunny floating around some distant star and if you talk to it, you can have any wish you want. This sounds implausible, but it could be true. However, no one will believe this claim unless you can provide evidence. Evidence might include a picture of the bunny or showing that a wish of yours was granted. It sounds silly, but this is the same thing with God. If one is going to claim God exists, the burden of proof is on them to prove his or her existence. How could one prove God exists? For one, God could go on TV and tell us he exists. Without concrete proof that can be corroborated by anyone, there simply isn't a reason to accept the God theory.

I hope this lists gives you an idea of the types of arguments people use to disprove the existence of God. Whether you agree or disagree, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Hope you found this article informative!



Apr 6, 2012 5:26am
Point #1: Foreknowledge does not negate our freewill. I'm not God, but I know my daughter well enough to know that she will want breakfast tomorrow and the next day and the next. My knowledge (actually an educated guess for me but not for God) does not negate her free will - she could decide to skip breakfast.

There is a great illustration of this in action. Jesus knew that Judas would betray him (foreknowledge), but Jesus let Judas use his free will.

I'll also bite on point #2: Clearly components of the universe started somewhere and used to not exist. Just one example - we can watch the formation of stars as the light hits Earth after thousands of earth years. Even evolutionists are firm that there was a point of origin for earth. The only logical explanation is that God created the Universe and its components because the alternative that everything we see and feel happened by chance is absurd.
Apr 21, 2012 9:41pm
I see way too many people who live their lives hoping their god will watch over them and making the wrong decisions because of it.

There are religions that prohibit surgery, even going as far as saying that you'll go to hell if you intervene. Some of these are life saving decisions.

Is it gods will to allow a helpless and oblivious baby to starve to death, when pompous millionaires sit back and watch them go hungry?

If there is a god he or she has many questions to answer when we meet.

Good article, very thought provoking.
Apr 21, 2012 11:30pm
Extremely logical and clear argument put forward with great clarity.
Apr 21, 2012 11:35pm
Interesting article, i am not a believer personally but i can see how some people choose to believe in God.
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