- Published on Sunday, 09 October 2011 06:34
- Written by John Draper
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If you ask a religious person, a theist, why they believe in god, they will give you some type of reason that may sound reasonable or not. The most common will say something like: "Just look at the world around you, someone must have made it". They are really saying that they can't imagine any other way for it to have come into existence - and although that's poor reasoning, it's quite common. But following that, they then make a big assumption without any proof or reason or rationale. They assume that their particular god (e.g. the God of the Christian Church) is THE GOD.
I have seen few theists who will argue and explain why their god is the right one. If you are a Catholic, you believe in the god described in the New testament with elaboration by the Catholic Church to include the Trinity etc. And that means that all the Muslims, Jews, Hindus and many of the Protestants have got it all wrong. You might even believe that all these other people are bound for hell or perhaps purgatory or limbo.
What about the billions of people in history who believed in other gods altogether. They too believed in what they thought was the right god. So if I want to convert and become a theist, to be religious, which god should I choose? And why is the person telling me which to choose smarter than everyone else in history and smarter than people who tell me someone else? What arrogance!
The big question that no-one seems to ask of theists is: "Why is your god the one that created the world, or that we should follow?" And for Christians, Jews and Muslims: "Why is your book the right book? Why are others wrong?". Are they really saying that the rest of the world is stupid and can't figure it out correctly?
But time heals a lot of ills. All the gods that had followers in history were thought to be omnipotent, omniscient and immortal. But they are all dead. I wonder when Allah and Christ will die?
There is a web site that attempts to list all the known gods - so far they have about 3700. Go to Godchecker.com for more. They call the "other gods" , myths - what I want to know is, why should any god be the right one and all the others wrong?
Originally published on this site Sept 2009.