I often have people look at me in shock when I say that I am an atheist. They ask how is it possible that I do not believe in God. Listed below are a few of my reasons why.
First, I have actually read the bible. Now this might sound strange to most people but I have found that most Christians that I come across have never read the whole book. I am the great grandson of a minister and was raised by devoted Christians, I even taught Sunday school. I am amused by people who try to convince me by citing the bible. Most end up walking away realizing just how little they know about their religion. By reading the bible I found so many contradictions that I was forced to question what I believed. Why does the bible give two totally different accounts of where Joseph and Mary went after Jesus birth? Who was Jesus grandfather? How did Judas die? If you look it up you will get different answers depending on if you read Luke or Matthew. There are a lot more. Additionally the stories in the bible are repeats of stories in other older holy books. The ten commandments are a lot like the confessions of a soul in the book of the dead in Egypt and the book of the dead is a lot older.
Second, I have a hard time believing in a God who did not care about the world until a few thousand years ago. What was God doing before he made the covenant with Abraham? What happens to all the people from that time to the coming of Christ? Why did God only care for the Jews before the coming of Christ? What about the rest of the world? God clearly had favorite people, I would prefer a God who cared about everyone all the time.
I also had a problem believing in a God who wanted followers who were ignorant. The bible celebrates that Adam Eve were ignorant. They did not know they were naked. The greatest sin was that they ate of the tree and gained knowledge. Why didn't God give them knowledge in the first place? Why keep them ignorant? The church has never been a fan of knowledge. Why? Why was Eve punished more than Adam and why was everyone punished after that. Do we punish children for the sins of their parents. (you father stole something so you have to go to jail for it) We would call a person who suggested that crazy but we see it as ok behavior by a god?
Third if the bible is divinely inspired why doesn't it have any truly divine ideas. There is no suggestion that all men are created equal in the bible. It is clear that God approves of some men owning other men. Women are considered second class and are there for the comfort of men and the man's sexual satisfaction. (If you challenge this I will post chapter and verse to prove it) God plays favorites all throughout the old testament. He kills a man for masturbation but allows King David to live despite the fact that David not only committed adultery but had the woman's husband murdered so he would not be found out. What happened to justice and fairness. There is no concept of democracy in the bible. All the people knew at that time were kings and that is all the bible talks about. There are no individual or civil rights. A woman is not allowed to divorce her abusive husband. The most pressing question are left unanswered by the bible. What about terminally ill persons? Should we have a death penalty. There is not one thing in the bible to show that it is divinely inspired. It makes predictions that any person who has lived a few years can make. "there will be earthquakes in various places" in the last days. Wow guess what there are quakes on any geologically active body. Mars has marsquakes. The bible says the world is a few thousand years old. We know that the earth is millions of years old. If you trust the bible on this one next time you are sick, pray. Forget all of that technology.
Believers do not behave any better than others and most of the time are worse. Millions have been killed in the name of a loving god and millions have been killed by followers of a religion who's name means peace. Christians made slaves of millions of Africans and raped and murdered them. Why does religion make better people? The children of Israel killed every man, woman, child, goat and oxen in the promised land of their enemies at the command of their God. Genesis says that God drowned every baby on the planet in the flood. Have you ever stood outside of a church after service? Those holy people fresh from worship say some of the most hateful and cruel things. And this is just after church. Believers tend to only take those parts of the bible they agree with. Divorce is a sin people read the book. Pre-marital sex is a sin. Lying is a sin. Believers are suppose to have tremendous power (if they have the faith of a mustard seed they can move mountains) but I see no proof, so either none believe or the bible is wrong.
The bible is not historically accurate. Herod was not King when Jesus was born and he did not slaughter the first born. The Romans kept good records, there is no mention of such a slaughter although there are records of Herod killing family members to stay in power.
Finally I cannot believe that a loving all powerful God would create a world where there is so much suffering Millions are hungry and suffer from disease.
The whole forgiveness of sin thing has me messed up. A man who has spent his life murdering and raping children can get into heaven if he repents on his death bed but a good Buddhist who has taken care of the poor and sick will go to hell even though he has never heard of Jesus. God can forgive me for something I did to you. Think about that for a moment. Why should I care what I do to others because God can forgive me. I don't have to worry about them.
America was not founded as a Christians nation. The founding fathers were afraid of religion having too much influence in government, that is why they created a separation of church and state. Jefferson and Franklin were pretty close to being atheist if you read their writings. There are all of the these claims of miracles but it is strange that you never see any religion claiming to be able to re-grow a limb. They can cure cancer but forget about re- growing stuff. They talk about the corruption of the roman empire but the empire did not fall until the Christians took over. Yep about 50 years after Christianity became the official religion, the empire fell. If I am wrong I will burn in hell but some how I think the gods of today are no more real than Zeus or Odin or Ogun