“But, the Truth is that there is an order to this universe that did not happen by “chance”. You seem quick to use your “logic” as a reason to not believe but you also refuse/have no interest in seeking a truth (Jesus existence). So, why don’t you share with your readers exactly what you do believe. (as you have made it clear what you don’t believe) Who made you and this universe, why are you here and where are you going when your life here is done? Please share….”
The above was posed to me by a commenter. My response here:
First off, concluding that “the Truth is that there is an order to this universe did not happen by ‘chance'” is only part of certain belief systems. Where you see order, I see randomness, and yes, chance.
To say that I “refuse/have no interest in seeking a truth (Jesus existence)” is also an assumption, and a misguided one at that. Is this the assumption one of a certain religious belief system makes when someone else does not come to the same conclusions they do? I don’t see things the way you do, so that must mean I refuse/have no interest in seeking a truth? That sounds pretty arrogant to me. Maybe it wasn’t intended that way.
Again, as I’ve explained before, I came to the conclusions I now hold after a lengthy process of analysis, examination, and soul-searching. I didn’t adopt Atheism to be difficult or a rebel, or whatever some people might think – and I did not adopt Atheism because I was hurt by someone or felt let down by god. The process of my Christian beliefs – which I held dear for the vast majority of my life – falling away took place during a very peaceful and contented time in my life. It was not brought on by trauma or sour grapes.
And you might again take note that I have seen it from both sides – as a Believer, and as a non-believer.
So what do I believe? Well . . .
I believe that science and physics have gone extremely far in explaining the origins of the universe and of mankind. And although science certainly does not have all the answers, the answers it has come up with seem vastly more plausible to me than supernatural or divine answers. I believe that it’s very likely that the universe started as something infinitely smaller than it is now, and through a process of expansion and combustion – having nothing to do with a divine force outside itself – became what it is now, and even now it is ever-changing. Who made this universe? Nobody. It just happened.
Who made me? Why, my parents did. And their parents made them, and their parents made them. And the whole lot of humankind came into being through a process of evolution. By chance, this one planet in this universe evolved in such a manner as to be hospitable to life, and did actually spawn life, in the beginning – millions of years ago, as rudimentary one-celled organisms that over millenia evolved into all the various and wondrous species that are present today (and lots that are no longer present).
Why am I here? There is no reason I’m here. I’m here by chance, because a certain sperm belonging to my father fertilized a certain egg belonging to my mother, and the resultant genetic concoction ended up being me. If the question really is, what is the point of my existence, and what is the meaning of my life, there is no point. That does not mean that I believe life is meaningless – far from it! But I believe we each create our own meaning. My life and my existence are not part of some grander plan, so in that respect, there is no point. I came to exist by chance, and my life is meaningful to me and to those who care about me.
Where am I going after my life here is done? Nowhere. I will be dead. Finito. My life is finite, as is every single life on this earth. We are born, we live, and we die. The end. We have one brief lifespan, and it would be nice to think that everyone would make the most of that, knowing it’s all they get.
I believe in being a good person for the sake of being a good person: because it feels good, and it makes society work, and because I want to be treated in kind.
That’s what I believe.
Questions for you Believers: where did God come from? Who made him? What was he doing before he created the universe and the earth?