As seen on a church sign in my neighbourhood.
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Ok, this one gets me. I’m about to rant, so bear with me (and I’m not hating on belief, just people who refuse to think). Has anyone ever told you “Prove it doesn’t exist.”? The only response I can ever give to that is a slack-jawed “abuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhh” coupled with a blank stare. I really dislike when someone of faith says non-believers are arrogant, it reveals just how warped their perception of reality can be. I’m not the one who thinks they know how the universe was made, what made it, why it was made, etc. yet this is exactly what religious faith is.
If you make a positive claim about something (i.e. god made the universe) then you must provide the evidence for that claim. I, being free to choose, get to decide whether your evidence is convincing enough to accept said claim. If I find your evidence to be lacking, I will reject it. In my rejection of your claim I myself make no claim regarding the state of the universe. The burden of proof lies on the person who is making the statement. If I say I have a baseball and you ask me to prove it then it’s up to me to show you evidence of my baseball. Sadly, many religious people (this also happens outside of religion) would claim to have a baseball, and if I asked them to prove it they would ask me to prove that they don’t have a baseball. It’s horrible logic.
Besides, new theories are popping up every day. Some scientists say there are multiverses, others say we’re a hologram, others still say your universe came from the collision of two other universes, I mean the list goes on and on. Honestly, it seems to me that human beings have absolutely no idea what the hell the universe is, and don’t even get me started on the concept of reality. Still, we’re learning more every day, and with every piece of substantiated information we get a little closer to the truth and a little further from bronze-age myth.
Will we ever know what this crazy thing called existence really is? Who knows. I doubt the human race will live long enough to get there. But when someone says something like the above picture it makes me sad because I know that any attempt to try and explain why that doesn’t make sense will be misconstrued as an attempt to get them to “stray from the path”. This is why I believe logic and philosophy should be mandatory in high school. An astonishing amount of people have no idea that they have no idea, and the more people realize this the better off the world will be.
I’m glad most people around here, religious or non-religious, are open to other peoples’ points of view and are willing to at least engage in intelligent conversation, even if at the end of the day no one’s worldview changes. It’s nice to know that we can all be reasonable with each other most of the time and that this type of malarkey is few and far between.