It’s been said that the internet is where religion comes to die and I am inclined to agree. You see religion had a great many tricks in it’s bag to keep people from leaving but in the age of information religion simply can’t hold up against the tidal wave that is atheism. What’s more atheists and anti-theists are everywhere on the internet. You would be hard-pressed to find articles or videos on god where some atheist isn’t making the case for non-belief. We have many reasons for doing this but I choose to believe, that whatever the reason at the time, it is born out of a desire to help and a desire to be accepted. Being an atheist isn’t easy, we are often seen as the enemy because we attack peoples deeply held beliefs. For many atheists this makes us bitter and angry, making it all the more difficult to separate hating the ideology over the person. We’re often alone in our knowledge and saddened because we can clearly see what our friends and family cannot.
If you take nothing else away from this post please understand that I hold my ideologies not because I hate god or you but because I have eliminated religion and god as viable answers. I want people to understand that, even though I can’t know there isn’t a god or give definitive proof religion causes harm to everything it encounters, I can point to the evidence to the contrary.
Proof vs. Evidence
Proof and evidence are not the same thing. Despite being synonyms they differ in that all proof is evidence but not all evidence is proof. If you find a gun at crime scene and it has someones fingerprints on it, even if you know it to be the murder weapon, it is only evidence that the owner of the prints touched the gun. However if you have clear video of that person shooting the other than that is proof. The same goes for identification, your library card may have your name on it but you can’t give it to the bartender if she want’s to know if you’re twenty-one. Why the distinction? I, like every human on earth, CANNOT prove that god does exists. You can pat any holy book you like but all you really have is proof someone wrote a book about god, no more, no less. You can never prove this, all you have is faith. Or so I’ve been told. Faith only goes so far, evidence goes much, much, farther.
Trial and Error
Trial and error (TE) is a concept to which one can achieve the right answer by simply testing the idea or item at its intended purpose. To summarize it into a single concept: use the one that works best. TE can, however, result in unexpected, and sometimes dangerous, effects if you’re wrong . (I make this statement not to frighten but simply to warn that everything has its faults and that nothing made by the human hand is perfect.) But this doesn’t mean we don’t use TE anyways, sometimes we ignore TE no matter how many times it blows up in our faces. Anytime we try anything, whether we’ve had it before or not, we are using TE. If chili gives you heartburn no matter what you do, you know that through trial and error nothing is going to help, so you eat the chili anyways. What’s that you say? You’d stop eating chili? What if chili was all you’d ever known? What if everyone you knew ate chili and you all went to the same chili restaurant every Sunday? This might seem ridiculous but it’s an accurate parallel.
The Process of Elimination
The process of elimination is a concept used ascertain a correct answer by finding the wrong answer and eliminating it. In many ways the process of elimination is both an extension of TE and integral to it. In TE the least useful answers or items must be eliminated and by using the process of elimination to answer questions you are engaging in a mental form of TE. The simplest way to explain the process of elimination is if you use a multiple choice question, for example:
Who invented bifocals?
A) Benjamin Franklin
B) Bill Gates
C) Micheal Jordan
D) Adolf Hitler
It’s a safe bet the answer is “A.” You see I set that up so that you would go with the correct answer. That’s what the process of elimination is, eliminating the wrong answers. Of the three I’ve mentioned here this is the easiest concept to use, eliminate the answers you know to be wrong. If you encounter a question that has more than one reasonable answer you simply choose the most reasonable, the one that makes the most sense.
Where to go From Here
These three concepts alone can give most everyone the tools they need to figure out that religion, god, is a sham and a hoax perpetrated, unknowingly, by almost every human since we walked on two legs. I used these tools at the age of ten and worked out that god was a lie. You see I have evidence on my side but the real power lies in the ability to ask and answer questions based on that evidence. I don’t have to disprove god because I have eliminated god as viable option through mountains of history, science, statistics and personal experience. I know god isn’t real for the exact same reason you know Santa Clause isn’t real. No I can’t disprove god anymore than you can prove him but what I can do is provide evidence and heap reasonable doubt on all of it. This, to me, is my mission. To show as many people as I can that god and the Bible (Qur’an, Torah, pick your poison) aren’t the answers. If you start putting the concepts of god and religion up against these tools of reason and logic you will find that not only is religion wrong and dangerous but that the mere idea of god is so infinitely flawed that there is little question as to whether or not we owe our existence to some judgmental father figure. Never stop asking questions. -Capt.