thelifeofhannah-deactivated2011 asked: Why believe in God when it's so obvious that he doesn't exist? Not only does the Bible contain numerous contradictions, factual errors, and impossibilities, but it's also incredibly hateful, and it paints God as a vile, wrathful, monstrous being who only cares about being worshipped and praised, and who doesn't care about all of the people who are suffering through more than they can bear.
It's like Epicurus's famously said: "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" In other words, according to your religion, God can do anything, no matter how impossible it seems to us, correct? Therefore, God could get rid of evil without taking away our free will, even though that seems impossible to us. Yet he doesn't do that, which means that he himself must be evil, since he doesn't care one bit about the thousands of people who are suffering as a result of the existence of evil, so why worship him and call him "God" at all?
I mean, can you even prove that God exists? If not, then why believe in him at all? Seriously, think about it.
Believing in something more than just what is in front of your face is hard and I understand that. It takes a great amount of faith and trust and not all people are willing to invest that in something they cannot physically touch, taste, see, or smell. I have thought about many of the things that you have outlined in your message, and it is not easy to believe let me tell you. I recently became stronger and more devoted to my faith, but in my earlier years I wasn’t as interested. I come from an agnostic family, with the mindset of ” there maybe something after death, or maybe there isn’t”. I was always curious about God, but never had the motivation to seek him out. Then I met someone very very special to me, and she helped open the door to a whole new concept of faith for me. Before this, I would say that I had faith in a divine power, but I was confused about it all. Lately I have opened my heart to it and it has shown me a renewed way of life.
As far as the Bible, I can relate to your qualms. What I have also learned by attending a Christian Church is that one cannot take the text and translate it literally. The teachings are not meant for the reader to look at them and act them out word for word as they are in the Bible. I mean, I don’t know of many people being crucified anymore as a way if punishment and death. The conflicts going on in ancient times are extremely synonymous with the conflicts of today, the reader just needs to look carefully and understand the cultural and social differences of our world from theirs.
Now let me ask you to think about something, I don’t know about you, but the way I know God exists is through experiences in my life that point to His existence. The next time you are aware of how brilliant this world is and amidst all the suffering and destruction that there is still possibilities to find peace. When you get a feeling of pure solitude and perfection then think about if God really exists or not.
If nothing of what I said changes your mind in anyway I understand. It is a very hard concept to grasp and even the most devout christians still have issues with their faith. I respect you and your beliefs and Ideas just as much as I do people in my church. Thank you for your time.