Debunking ‘six reasons to believe in God’

This article at everystudent.com presents six reasons of why you should believe in God, let’s examine them, shall we?

1. The complexity of our planet points to a deliberate Designer who not only created our universe, but sustains it today.

The site says that our planet is perfect for life; it is the right size, the right type of gases make up it’s atmosphere, it is the right distance from the sun, and there is liquid water on it’s surface.

First off, this is like a pool of water marveling at how a hole was made to fit it perfectly. The planet could be a different size and still support life, and if the planet was made up of different gases then different life would have evolved to survive in it. Secondly, the earth could be 36% closer or further away from the sun and still support life, it is not as if the ‘Goldilocks zone’ is a small area. And let’s not forget that water is the second most abundant thing in the entire universe, next to hydrogen, so the presence of water is no surprise.

The website also claims that the complexity of the eye and the brain show a divine creator, and that evolution cannot explain the origin of these organs- despite the fact that we have already shown how an organ can gradually evolve. The sit says that evolution cannot explain the origin of life, and they’re right, because evolution has nothing to do with it! Abiogenesis is the process where chemicals bond to form DNA, not evolution.

2. The universe had a cause – what caused it?

The second reason to believe is a god of the gaps fallacy. The site acknowledges the Big Bang, but says that seeing as we don’t know if, what, when or how the Big Bang was caused, there must be a God. But this is a fallacy – just because we don’t know something does not mean that we need to use God as an explanation.

3. The universe operates by uniform laws of nature. Why does it?

The site says that because everything in nature is so consistent – gravity always works, the speed of light never changes, the earth rotates every 24 hours – is a reason to believe in a law giver – a.k.a God. But I’ll point out something first; the earth’s rotation speed has not been constant, it was faster in the past and is gradually slowing down, so that destroys that claim.

The laws of nature are not real laws, photons don’t move along and say ‘I’d better not pass the speed limit, I must move approximately 300 million meters per second.’ Likewise gravity does not say ‘I must keep holding things together, it’s the law.’ No, the laws of reality are simply names we have given to the observable facts. Why these laws are as they are is still unknown, maybe they cannot be different, or maybe we are just one universe in a multiverse. But it’s still not a good reason to believe in God.

4. The DNA code informs, programs a cell’s behavior.

This claim lies on a misunderstanding of what DNA is, DNA is a bit like binary, but instead of having something like ‘0001011101010111100001101010100’ you get something like ‘GAACTCGAGTACCAGTAGAATGGGCTCAGA.’ But these letters, like DNA itself, do not count as ‘information,’ they are merely specific groups of self replicating chemicals arranged in different ways. And it is quite easy to imagine how a single DNA strand could multiply over 3.5 billion years to become an extremely large and complex system.

Speaking of DNA proving God; only 8.2% of our entire Genome actually does something. If God created DNA, why did he leave us with so much inactive ‘junk’ DNA?

5. We know God exists because he pursues us. He is constantly initiating and seeking for us to come to him.

Really? Where’s the evidence of this? I can only find an argument from personal incredulity. The writer says that she was an atheist – as if that fact really gives her argument any more credibility – and she goes on to say that ‘God was pursuing her’ and that ‘she felt that God was there.’ I don’t think this argument will convince anyone, an argument from personal incredulity is a fallacy.

6. Unlike any other revelation of God, Jesus Christ is the clearest, most specific picture of God revealing himself to us.

Jesus claims to be God (apparently, I can’t find any verses of this, but to be honest I couldn’t be bothered to read through the entire Bible to verify my opponent’s argument!) Whereas Buddha, Moses, Confucius and Muhammad didn’t. I will point out that this is not evidence of God, just some dude in the desert claiming to be divine, and that Buddhism doesn’t have any Gods in it.

The next bit of ‘evidence’ only works if you assume that the Bible speaks the truth and Jesus did actually perform miracles, but this is the confirmation bias and does not apply to God’s existence.

Further reading:

Prophecies – evidence for the Bible?

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