I often wonder at theists. Perhaps it is the first flush of atheism, like a man with a new pair of eyes, I run around looking at people incredulous at their inability to see the vividness of the world around them. Believers would say it’s more like a drug induced hallucination. But just look at the premises people base their faith in god on!
“There has to be a god, or this world is utter chaos” – One of the commonest last defence. The force of faith, a desperate faith, but faith nonetheless. This is one of the unremitting fears facing every believer and many new atheists too. If there is no controlling deity at the helm of the universe, no omnipotence looking out for us, we are face to face with the reality of how utterly small and insignificant we are in the immensity of creation. The tiniest, nano-sized speck on a piece of rock hurtling through a vast, mysterious, vacuum. Of course it’s scary. Of course you want someone’s apron strings to hold on to, someone who’ll keep you warm and safe in the cold, dark space that engulfs you. But the point is, your wishing doesn’t make it true. No matter how hard I want things to come true, my desires alone are not enough to make anything a reality. Hell, I’d want a great omniscient, omnipotent god on my side too! (Superman would do in a pinch..) But all the wishes are just that, idle wishes. They certainly do not make your desires real and they are most certainly not proof of god’s existence.
Just how miniscule we really are:
Interesting link. The graphics get a bit mixed-up in the end, but a nice perspective. 🙂