What If There Is No God?
by Bill Pratt
I think many people toy with some form of atheism at some point in their lives. They wonder if all they were taught growing up is really true. They don’t see God, they don’t hear from him, and they don’t touch him or smell him, so maybe he doesn’t really exist.
Wondering whether God exists, it seems to me, is perfectly rational and reasonable. Most of us struggle with doubts, but we learn how to deal with those doubts, maybe by finding good answers to our questions, or even having an experience with God that reassures us.
Some of us, though, willingly turn those doubts into a strong and hardened form of atheism. Granted, hardened atheists are a tiny percentage of the population (most surveys I’ve seen say it’s less than 5%), but there is still a larger percentage who are toying with the idea of no God. It is to those people who are toying with atheism that I would like to speak.
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What if there really is no God? What does that really mean? I’m betting that many of us haven’t thought this through. If there is no God, then there are real consequences for that viewpoint, and many hardened atheists who have rigorously examined their convictions would agree with me. Here goes.
First, free will does not exist. You are the consequence of random, natural processes, and therefore everything you say and do is determined at the atomic level. You are not free to do anything. Once science gets there, we will be able to predict everything you will say and do just by understanding the chemicals that make up your body and the surrounding environment…
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