Why do you not believe in God? Do you really think spacetime came from nothing? God exists by the fact of His own concept and our own existence. God exists and he is all-loving and created men and women with purposeful and good traditions. I pray you come to see the truth.
I’m wondering how you know that I’m an atheist, since I’m pretty quiet about that on this site, but I guess it doesn’t matter. The short answer is that it just wasn’t what my parents taught me growing up, but I did have a choice (both sides of my family outside of my household are religious). The long answer is below:
I believe the universe has always been and will always be, seeing as the laws of physics dictate that matter cannot be created or destroyed (with the exception of it being converted into energy and vice versa). The Big Bang was the beginning of the universe as we know it, but based on what we know about gravity, black holes, and antimatter, there were likely countless universes before this one, and there will be countless more after it is gone. I don’t believe that something created our world in part because I don’t believe it was created.
I don’t believe in the existence of a deity because I’ve never been presented with evidence that one exists outside of personal accounts (which unfortunately don’t count in the scientific sense). I also have a lot of problems with organized religions, since they’ve historically been used to control and manipulate people. That said, I recognize that organized religions aren’t inherently bad, and neither are the people belonging to them.
I feel that one’s relationship with the universe and god[s] is an extremely personal matter. As sentient beings, we are capable of learning about the world around us and appreciating how amazing it is to be alive, but we are still unfathomably small and will never know everything, let alone the will of our creator regarding the whole of humanity. It’s possible that God has spoken to some of us, but I can’t trust holy texts written thousands of years ago and translated in different ways over the centuries to suit the opinions of those in power. Searching for one’s own place in the world is a much more realistic goal than claiming to know the place of everyone on earth. If religion helps guide someone or provide them with structure and unity, then that’s fantastic, but I’m not comfortable letting anyone come between me and who I’m supposed to be.
Basically, I feel like people should feel free to define their belief system for themselves. I don’t like being told what to think, how to act, or who to be, and I’d be a very different person if I’d been raised in a religious household (probably with a lot of internalized hatred). I’m happy living the way I do and learning about who I am on my own terms, without the influence of religion. I’m focused on my happiness, my future, and my loved ones, and I believe that’s exactly what an all-loving God would want from me. ♥