You tell me I must believe in your god.

Why?

Why should I believe in something which doesn’t show itself?  Why should I believe in a myth which violates the laws of physics, which insists not just on the improbable but the impossible and that which has been proven wrong?  Why should I believe something which was written by men who hadn’t the learning or intelligence my daughter had when she entered first grade?  Why should their ignorance carry more weight than informed and educated knowledge?  Indeed, why should I believe when I prefer to know?

You tell me I must believe in your god.

Why your god?  There are thousands of gods out there, each as insubstantial as the next, and yet I am supposed to choose your god.  Why not Zeus and Hera and Artemis and Apollo, or Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva?  What’s wrong with the Great Juju Up the Mountain or the other one at the bottom of the sea?  They’re all powerful; they all command our respect and worship, the same as yours does, and they all play the same carrot-and-stick game of reward and punishment with the puny humans they supposedly created.  Is your god all that much better than the rest?

You tell me I must believe in your god.

Why must I?  Who gave you the authority to compel me to do such a thing?  By what right do you demand that I adopt a belief which I do not see being in any way in my best interest?  How dare you presume upon my right NOT to believe?  Is it my safety in your supposed afterlife that motivates you or my conformance to your hallucination which would comfort you?

You tell me I must believe in your god.

Just what is your god?  Can you give me a hard and fast definition of him or her or it?  Why is it a male god so much of the time?  Don’t you think women deserve a position of authority or respect?  Why is it you talk about this god as though it is real to you when it is in no ways real to me?

And now you ask why all the questions?  For that I have an answer: I am a skeptic.  We ask questions; it’s rather what we do.  Now … do you have any answers … or just excuses?

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 16, 2012 at 6:31pm

Jerry, it's less that I doubt the relative intelligence of the bible's writers than it is the intelligence of those who want to subscribe to millennia-old dreck which makes no sense to anyone who bothers to look at it critically.  THEY didn't know any better.  WE SHOULD.

Comment by Jerry Wesner on October 16, 2012 at 12:00pm

Loren, you write an excellent piece.  Being me, I do have a quibble -- only one!  You say "Why should I believe something which was written by men who hadn’t the learning or intelligence my daughter had when she entered first grade?"  Why would you doubt the intelligence of the bible's writers?  They were using the limited information they had in a creative way to establish a functional culture with rules they saw as reasonable.  I disagree with their rules, but they fit their time.  They just don't fit yours -- or mine.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 9:54pm

Loren, SPLENDID! I'm reposting with great respect and affirmation. 

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