Why don’t people believe in God?

Why don’t people believe in god, but they believe that everything came from nothing? Why is that easier to believe? -Amanda

Great question! This has to do with cosmology. Every single worldview seeks to answer this question, “Where did we come from?” Your question contrasts two distinct worldviews, that of Theism and that of Naturalism.

If I were to answer your question simply, I would say that people don’t believe in God, not based off the evidence, but because of presuppositions. Naturalism looks at the world through the lens of what can only be explained naturally. They presuppose, before coming to the evidence, that there are only natural explanations for everything, and that the supernatural does not exist. Here’s the problem: What if that’s not reality? What if the supernatural exists, and what if the evidence actually points to the supernatural? They would never know, because they presuppose away a whole set of outcomes before ever looking at the evidence. This is called bias, and bias is bad for science.

There is overwhelming evidence for the existence of God, both scientific and philosophical. Why is there something rather than nothing? Why does the universe and life itself have such a highly complex design? Where do we get the concept of morality? And the list goes on. If you pursue these questions with a presuppositional bias against the supernatural, you will never arrive at the real answer, if God exists, even by looking at the evidence.

Think of it this way: Let’s suppose that you don’t believe that trees grow leaves. You are adamantly opposed to that notion. It’s an impossibility. Then you go observe a tree. What conclusions do you come to? Well, maybe the leaves grew the tree. Maybe the leaves were placed on the tree. Etc. The conclusion you do not come to is that of actual reality, that trees grow leaves. When you presuppose away a whole set of options, and the evidence actually positively points to those options, your bias has choked out your ability to observe reality.

This is one reason why people believe that everything came from nothing and do not believe that the cause was God. There are two other reasons, but this is the intellectual reason. The others are emotional or willful rejections of God, which aren’t based on evidence, so we can save those for another time!

Thanks for asking!

Jacob

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