I think that it's pretty fair to say that on a scientific basis you cannot prove that a god exists. I feel that proving to ones self that god exists is on a personal level of proof and entirely down to that persons interpretation of the idea.
How many people ACTUALLY believe in what their religion tells them?
By ACTUALLY I mean read it, it made sense in your head, you thought of it multiple times, and came to the conclusion - "Yep, it's real."
Now, how many people were TOLD that it is real by someone and you just said "Cool, if *insert person here* said it's real, then it MUST be real".
Be as honest as possible.
Study that passage and make it say that it is not right to own another human being as property.
I only just got the Mass Debate joke. I feel stupid.
I personally don't agree with the people who say that atheists view other people as just carbon based lifeforms in which chemical reactions take place, bla bla. Not true. Ask any Athiest what any other person is. The least they would say is 'a human being'. I think the argument that 'without god there are no morals' is totally defunct...
If these variables cause a specific change, it is noted down.
This process is then repeated with different variables until you see that, for example, the feeling of reward when you get praised for hard work has been shown to be caused by the brain releasing dopamine through loads of scientific research.
And yes, evolutionary psychology explains human behavior.
It uses evolution to EXPLAIN/IDENTIFY why humans behave the way we do. How can you not get this.
Anyway, God shouldn't really be worthy of all the discussion it sparks up in people like in here. It's very obvious that God is a product of the human mind, that's like common logic sense. And it's not really about scientific study either. We just happen to know so much about our world and the space it's miraculous!
"...and on the first day, man created god."
Anyhow, the bible itself really just seems like a bunch of "Chinese telephone" writings.
What one translator/copier saw wrote down, another didn't. And this has probably changed alot of the content in the past 2000 years.
For anyone using the Bible as a source of anything in an argument, have a watch: (all of the sources are in the description of the video)
When I was younger, I used to think God was just a head and two hands (sort of like Rayman) that made humans on his laptop and then pressed a button to put them on the Earth
Did anyone else have weird ideas like that? One person I knew viewed him as a badger on a beachball....
We can simulate "living things" with computer. And we are their gods.
What if we really live in simulation and they don't really watch us all the time, just peek from time to time?
But we will never know, so it's better to live as if there is no gods.
Edit: It's worth it. Not only did it change my views on religion, but it changed my view on life completely. It feels like I wasn't myself until I realized what I truly believe in.
Discovery of fossils proving earth is older than 6000 - "God put them there to test us"
That isn't evolving/adapting your beliefs, that's making up excuses.
Anyway I need to go for a bit ill be back later.