This probably isn't making any sense.
Spot on. Before I go on, I ask you not to take offense. I have nothing against your religion, just religion in general.
Some of the stuff totally happened, like the miracles Jesus performed, and the ressurection etc. I believe that. And hell (ooh, bad word choice :_), maybe somebody really did get swallowed by a fish.
I would only believe that events such as a man (among other things) walking on water, transmuting water into wine, multiplying food, summoning fish, and being resurrected from death happened if I was provided with evidence. Now, I won't assume anything, but I'm guessing you'd quote the Bible as this evidence. The problem is that the Bible has been written by heavily biased sources and then recopied and handed down through many people, some of whom purposefully or accidentally changed or mistranslated it, and regulated by several ecclesiastical bodies with political aims. You can say it's the word of God if you want, but in reality it's had many different authors and can be trusted no more than any other history.
Why, then, do we have the accounts of Jesus' miracles and the resurrection? Because, as you said,
stories like that really teach good lessons.
He did tell parables, after all, and these can become changed over time so the storyteller becomes the character. Either Jesus literally created hundreds of loaves and fish to feed the masses, or this was simply a story he/an apostle told in order to teach about the power of generosity. Which is more logical? Which would you rather believe? Not to mention that some of the stories are copies of earlier myths. The resurrection myth, for example, dates further back than Jesus, to the Egyptian Osiris, the Norse Baldur, the Babylonian Mithras, and many others. Any particular reason why you believe in Jesus' resurrection over that of the others?
As a matter of fact, Jesus was a great preacher, but so was Muhammad. What makes the Bible, rather than the Koran, the Word of God? What about the Buddha, the world's most famous atheist? If the New Testament contradicts the Old Testament, which one do you believe? Why? What about testaments written later, like the Book of Mormon? What about books thrown out of the Bible, like the Apocrypha -- or books never admitted, like the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Now, on to God itself.
Because as of now, no one's been able to tell me how the universe was created. They go "Ooooh the big bang theory, oohhhh it all exploded blah blah." Ok, so how did all the shit get there in the first place? Nothingness doesn't explode.
This makes some sense. Unfortunately, it has a rather large fallacy. You say the universe has to have a cause -- "nothingness doesn't explode." So God must exist, to have caused the universe. But doesn't something have to have caused the creation of God? If God doesn't have a creator, then we've got some metaphorical nothingness exploding, an exception to our rule. Why, then, can't the universe be another exception? It is equally valid to say the universe created itself as to say that God created itself, and then the universe -- and the first statement is simpler.
I'm going to lay out some solutions to this dilemma. You can compare and contrast them, if you want.
- The universe spontaneously arose out of nothing via a Big Bang, without a cause.
- The universe spontaneously arose out of nothing via a Big Bang, caused by God, who has no cause.
- The universe spontaneously arose out of nothing via a Big Bang, caused by God, who was in turn caused by a higher power or chain of higher powers, ending in one who has no cause.
- The universe spontaneously arose out of nothing via a Big Bang, caused by God, who was in turn caused by an infinite chain of higher powers.
- The universe has always existed. Its supposed expansion is in fact caused by dark matter or by the continual creation of new matter. (This was Einstein's theory. It's called the steady-state theory. There are still problems, as you can see, so you can insert God where you feel it's appropriate.)
- The universe does not exist.
- The universe was created randomly and causelessly, and consists of random events. The laws of physics as such are explained only by luck.
- The universe and God created and continue to sustain each other. Neither is capable of existence without the other. (I think this is mine.)
So it's not all that cut-and-dried. Some of those are pretty silly, but each has very deep logical ramifications.
I believe God exists, and if God exists anything's possible. I mean, you can't just create stuff, even if your God.
This looks like a contradiction to me. Also, I wouldn't say that God's existence means that "anything's possible." I'd say that the fact that the universe has continuously obeyed several fundamental rules suggests that any deity would be a limiting, orderly, and restraining one.
It needs to be thought out EXACTLY how everything would work. God created science. He created molecules, and atoms, and cells and everything.
Ah. Intelligent design theory. This is all entirely plausible, even if I would phrase it a bit differently. It's doesn't prove that God exists, though. Again, the universe can just as easily be explained through physical laws.
Maybe he created fossils right out of the gate that had all the physical signs of being millions of years old just so there could be an explanation of it all.
I would NEVER believe in a God who is willing to lie to its people "just so there could be an explanation." If this is your theory that allows Biblical fundamentalism and evolution to coexist, I'm kind of disappointed.
But you know what? Maybe God doesn't exist. But what's the point in living if there's nothing to look forward to when you're gone?
To improve the human condition? To leave a legacy behind?
Whats the harm in people like Mother Theresa?
What's the harm in people like the Dalai Lama, Bertrand Russell, Dave Barry, or Mikhail Gorbachev, all of whom were atheists? How about people like Richard III, Ronald Reagan, Brigham Young, or Adolf Hitler, all of whom were Christians? A single example of a Christian humanitarian is far from proving your point...
There's no reason not to believe[...]
For most people, scepticism and Occam's Razor. There is simply no proof of God's existence.
[...]and plenty of reason to do so.
Because, apparently, the Bible is absolutely true, the universe must have been created by a higher power, and Mother Teresa is representative of Christianity.
I'll believe in God's existence on principle. This rest requires some proof.