Can you prove that God doesnt exist?
From your atheist point of veiw, we need to prove to you that God exists but now im asking you the question?
I believe in God.
I know a lot of atheist read the bible. If so why? Is it comforting, because i've heard some answers saying that they make you a better person with the morals in it.
Can you not prove that God doesn't always never not also exists? Seriously, even if your question was meant sincerely, surely when you asked you must have noticed the "wait, maybe your question has already been answered" column off to the side, and you could have read the bazillions of times this q ...
Can you not prove that God doesn't always never not also exists?
Seriously, even if your question was meant sincerely, surely when you asked you must have noticed the "wait, maybe your question has already been answered" column off to the side, and you could have read the bazillions of times this question has been rebutted with "Can you prove that Leprechauns don't exist", etc.
There's a bit here, I'll try to be brief.
I can't prove a negative. Here's a book that isn't the word of a god. I prayed, and nothing happened. I contacted the dead; they didn't say anything. Here's a picture; there is no image in it. These should sound silly to you. Asking for negative proof is that silly.
I read the Bible for the simple reason that I am open-minded. How can I evaluate the validity of the Bible if I haven't read it? Skepticism doesn't mean that you ignore falsehoods, but that you investigate them.
Lastly, as far as morals are concerned, the Bible really isn't that impressive. What are the pearls of wisdom here? Don't kill people. Don't lie or steal. These are good, but they don't require divine wisdom. Even the Golden Rule isn't that impressive. We've found examples of reciprocity and fairness in chimpanzees. This isn't incredibly profound, despite being good.
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With respect, it is only depressing if you expect more. When I realized there was no afterlife, I was happy that I found out about that. I didn't feel like I lost something, but that I never had it. It is better to know this now. I'm sorry if it makes you depressed, but there are many ideas that would make you happier. Believing I have a good shot at winning the lottery would make me happy. But it's not true, and it's just better to deal with reality as best as you can know it than to live in a fantasy.
Hope that helps. Peace.
Actually, "prove" is the wrong word. What we're really looking for is evidence, something solid--some real reason to think your religion is right over any other. The thing is, it's not just a question of Christianity vs. atheism--the world is full of religions, and they mostly contradict one another. Why should I think Christianity is right when Hindus are equally convinced they're right? Can you give me a solid reason?
The Bible can't be evidence, for two reasons: 1) it's circular reasoning, using a religion's holy book as evidence for that religion, and 2) I'd also have to include the Rig Veda as evidence for Hinduism, for instance, so we're back to square one. Threats of Hell & Pascal's Wager don't count either (if I were to convert based on the threat of Hell I'd have to choose Islam: the Qu'ran is much more graphic about Hell and unlike the Bible it's unambiguous about what will get you sent there).
I've read the Bible because it's an important book in Western civilization, and I was always mildly curious what's in it. I also decided it wasn't entirely fair to criticize Christianity if I hadn't at least read the Bible.
The Bible *can* enhance one's morals, though it can also make them worse (some very devout people have used moral lessons from the Bible to do very bad things). The Bible contains a mix of good and bad moral messages, and what you get from it depends what you pull out.
I don't need the promise of an afterlife to see a point to my life. I have friends and family, a solid career, my favorite hobbies, and I enjoy a glass of something in the evening in front of the computer (and more on weekends). I have a pretty good life--what's not to like? And we have a form of immortality in what we leave behind--in my case, I'm raising two kids to be good law-abiding citizens, and I take pride in that. Some day, my life and consciousness will end...but I don't see that as necessarily a bad thing. I wouldn't want to live forever, honestly.