“For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not, no explanation is possible.”
But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, you of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm. (Mat 8:26 CSB)
I have had several conversations with Christians over the past month or so, specifically regarding why I believe in science over faith. A lot of people who support the Christian viewpoint like to propose that science and faith can coincide. However, the two are not the same. As a matter of fact, scripture gives the clear distinction that faith is the,
“…substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1, KJV). Hope, that is what you have been left with for the entire existence of the Christian religion, and any religion for that matter. It is, always has been, and always will be based on faith. The only evidence that exist for a specific god is the writings that each religion holds dear. There is, and I will concede, evidence for the idea that there is more out there. That is as far as the evidence will take you. Beyond that, it is your faith, hope, and frankly your imagination.
“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.” -Paul Tillich
To live in a bubble, one might be able to believe that their god is the right god. However, look no further then outside your bubble to recognize the fact that people believe different things all across this world. Not only do they believe, but this belief allows them to do, dare I say, miraculous things. Yet, people also have doubted god across all of the world, in every generation. Doubt and faith are both plausible options, but only one is supported by evidence, and that is our doubts. Francis S. Collins, a brilliant mind on science, and a Christian, has said “…I was beginning to understand from looking into my own heart, the evidence of God’s existence would have to come from other directions, and the ultimate decision would be based on faith, not proof.” (Collins, 2006)
There is no evidence of god. That is the fact, there is hope, there is faith, but there is no evidence. This is not sad, this is a fucking relief. We need to move on from this archaic culture of faith, and look forward into our future, and progress beyond these burdensome religions that are killing and harming across the world.
I leave you with my favorite statement from a Christian:
“Prove there is no evidence of God”
My response, …