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About All Those
False Gods Debates
In theater or movies you see either 'I'm
religious' or 'I'm an atheist.' I've never seen
too much discussion of 'I believe there's a
higher power but I'm hesitant to reach out to
him because I don't know if I'm worthy of his
- Zach Braff, American actor, director,
You have a right to believe whatever you choose
to believe. This is a basic human right that
should have nothing to do with whatever anyone
else believes. It also should have nothing to do
with whatever someone else thinks you should
believe or disbelieve.
What you believe (not what you disbelieve) is
part of who you are as a person, as a human
individual. It's not just a component of your
life, it is your life.
This has nothing to do with whether what you
believe is true, is provable or is based on
faith according to someone else's opinion.
Opinions, including what is "true", are
debatable when it comes to beliefs.
You and I have probably never met. If I publicly
made a claim that you--naming and identifying
you by accurate description--do not exist, would
you cease to exist? If I claimed that all
evidence I can find of your existence is nothing
but fiction, is nothing more than stuff somebody
made up, would you vanish? Would you feel that
you could no longer carry on as a person?
I am going to guess your answer would be No.
What's more, you would feel that my opinion has
no value because you know you exist. You can
feel you. You have experienced being you. I may
never see or meet you, but that will not change
your opinion about whether or not you exist.
My opinion about whether or not you exist is of
no more importance than anyone else's opinion
about your belief in God. Or, for that matter,
in your belief that there is no such thing as
God because you have not experienced God.
I have no right to tell you what you should
believe. Nor do you have any right to tell me
what I should believe. God, whatever God may or
may not be, will not be changed or affected in
any way by what either of us believes.
At this point you may be suspicious of my
argument. You might say that someone could see,
feel and touch you and that should be proof of
your existence. No, it is proof only if I agree
that it's proof. If I claim that I have no way
to see, feel or to touch you, so I deny your
existence, the quality and validity of your
proof becomes very weak. The "proof" becomes
nothing more than opinion.
I have personally experienced what is called a
mystical experience. A few times. I can't
describe the experience for you because we have
no words to explain what is, essentially,
unknowable. Some would say I felt God within me.
Others--especially those who love to depend on
science--would say some nerves in my brain were
excited simultaneously, causing me to feel
something unusual, but understandable.
So-called atheists who claim that nothing is
real unless it can be explained by science would
say that I might have had a similar experience
using some drug, that the excitement of nerves
in the brain is not rare. I would claim that we
humans have no way to experience phenomena of
any kind and explain it except through our
nervous system and our brain. If God acted on
me, how else could I experience it except
through my nervous system and brain?
If God is real and acts on humans, there can't
be any miraculous effect on us. It would have to
be in some way we could experience and know,
such as through the nervous system and brain.
Over human history there have been
hundreds--perhaps thousands--of cultures and
religions who claim they have a god. Are they
all wrong? Could they possibly all be right,
each in its own way, but the explanations are
lame because the words available to explain the
experiences of the few do not exist?
Confirmed atheists claim to depend on science,
on what science can prove or not. Science is not
certain even today about what gravity is. It
claims that 70% or more of our universe must be
made up of what it calls dark matter and dark
energy. What is dark matter? Why is dark matter
not subject to gravity or visible when light is
shone on it? Does science not ask us to "have
faith" that dark energy must exist because it is
the only way to explain some things today?
Faith? That word sounds familiar. Science makes
no attempt to explain mystical experiences that
thousands of people have had. Why? Because it
has nowhere to begin.
It all comes back to your right to believe what
you want to believe. No one has the right to
tell you that you are wrong. Others may be
wrong, but you have no way to know that either.
What all religions have in common with each
other and with atheism is that doing good and
helping others is the right way to live your
life. Don't bother looking for God unless you
look within yourself. If you can't find God
there, keep looking. By the way, that advice
comes from Jesus of Nazareth, it did not
originate with me.
Bill Allin is the author of Turning
It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's
epidemic Social Problems, a book of
simple and cheap solutions to our biggest world
It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's
Epidemic Social Problems