Why Don't You Believe in a God?

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    Just out of curiousity and maybe to provoke believers, would all of you atheists, agnostics, etc. please share as briefly as you reasonably can why you either never believed in a God or why you stopped and why you continue to not believe still.

    I never believed. As a kid I was forced to attend church. The message of believe or go to Hell always pushed my "RESIST" button. I also perceived the chanting, singing, and condemnation of things like homosexuality, D&D (which I was into as a kid), magic, etc. as somewhat unreasoned and cult-like. I couldn't relate with those people who raised their hands in the air as though they could physically feel something and I didn't understand the logic behind praying: didn't God already know their thoughts, didn't He already know for what they were praying, and hadn't He already made up His mind about the matter loooong before? I was forced to go to Catholic Church after my mother married one when I was 7, and I thought it scary and depressing. I was kicked out of Methodist church at the age of 16 for getting angry about the comdemnation of homosexuality and arguing with the Bible school teacher. I angered the youth pastor of a non-denominational church when I was 17 for asking about fossils and shooting down his not-very-good arguments using the Bible's quotes about "dragons". I saw Bible-thumpers comdemning women wearing pants or working on street corners and heard how woman were subjects of men. I wondered why sex was so bad according to Christian puritanical beliefs. I found the overly made-up evangelical wives and the inflammatory speeches given on Christian television shows and channels to be repugnant and full of intolerance. I heard all of the circular logic we're all familiar with: "I know God exists because I read the Bible.", etc. I saw the hypocrisy of Christianity: how Jesus lived and what he taught and how it had been perverted in the following millenia. I think those experiences only reinforced my resistance to the churches' teachings.

    As I grew older and relied more on logic, analytical thought, and education as methods of understanding the world, religion only became more ridiculous as a way of obtaining truth. I saw all of the similiarities of all the different religions and wondered how one would know that their religion was the right one. Instead it seemed that it was about not truly understanding life and truth but about emotional comfort, a sense of belonging, a continuance of having an all-powerful parent (as you perceived your own parents as a child), of not having to wonder about why or how to live, about fear of death and meaningless, etc. etc.

    And so I continue to not believe today. In my years of reading, traveling, and experiences I have yet to find evidence supporting an all powerful, supernatural creator but have perceived much that refutes any such being.

    What is your story?
     
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    For me, since I was a kid I always thought God to be love. Love is unconditional, accepting, giving, it has no expections, judges you not, asks not for recognition, just acceptance. Doesn't demand nor threaten you. Doesn't shun you when you lose your way. Doesn't demand you beg its forgiveness if you do. Love doesn't need to be recognized, just held. The minute I realized those born of God, forgot the love of God.... is the minute I realized there is no such thing as God. .
     
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    Reading all the assholes here who do believe in god is enough to turn anyone off the invisible superbeing in another dimension. But I'm an agnostic because no one can presents ANY solid proof that a god exists. Anyone who's half intelligent should be able to deduce that nothing's actually been proven yet.
     
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    Religion is based on faith not scientific evidence. I've had some bad experiences with so-called religious people, but that has not turned me away from my faith. My faith is not based on a person or a church. It is a reassuring feeling that there is a higher being. Who do you turn to if you don't believe in a god?
     
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    No, youre agnostic because you expect others to prove things to you instead of getting up off your ass and doing the work necessary to find out for yourself.

    Anyone who is even have intelligent knows that when God speaks to you its pretty damn stupid to ignore Him.
     
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    Who I turn to for what? For comfort and strength, I turn to my loved ones and friends. For understanding the world, I turn to history, science, knowledge, and my own experiences. For fear of death and meaninglessness, I turn to myself to have the courage and positivity and understanding to deal with those things as they are.
     
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    That's an assumption and a very flawed one at that.

    Why look for evidence of leprechauns and fairies? Why look for evidence of Zeus? Why look for evidence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Its preposterous that those things exist, so why try to prove them?

    What if God hasn't spoken to you? How has God spoken to you? And couldn't that be diagnosed as schizophrenia?
     
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    Why is it prepostrous that those things exist? Have you seen conclusive evidence to the contrary? Have you tried to find out for yourself?

    And is it too much that someone might think it important enough to learn the truth that they would actually seek it out?

    Then make your best judgment call. However, if you seek Him out He will respond. But it requires humility and sincerity. And He knows when people are faking and not.

    And no, it cant be. Because its not.

    When you are looking for any reason to disbelieve, you will never come to the truth of the matter. But if you are honestly seeking the truth, youll find it.
     
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    my gf. At least I can prove that she's real.
     
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    Avatar, why should I look for something that a) isn't there. b) I don't even give a crap if it would be there anyways. Like, who fucking cares? and c) if it did exist, then it's tied with Osama bin Laden for the champion of hide n' seek. and not to forget d) It's way too weenie to show its face.
     

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