If god created everything…
For the sake of argument, let’s say that god exists and that god created the universe – including heaven and hell – and let’s also assume each person has a soul. As creator of the universe, god also created the rules by which the universe operates, including the criteria by which souls are judged. Since everything happens according to god’s will, god is ultimately responsible for everything. That must, by logic, include whether or not people go to hell. Therefore the decision to send anyone to hell is made by god. That makes god judgmental and vindictive, not kind and merciful.
Don’t believe me? Okay; let’s assume, for the sake of argument, the following: one, that there is a god; two, that god created two people and told them not to eat from the tree of knowledge, but a talking serpent convinced one of them to eat from the tree; and three, that god punished these people by granting them free will, allowing them to know good and evil.
Why would god then punish people (for using the free will he granted them) by threatening them with eternal damnation? Also, why would god punish later generations for that same mistake when they had nothing to do with it?
I refuse to put any belief in an illogical system that requires us to spend our twenty-first century lives apologizing for having been given the freedom to make our own decisions. Instead, after much thought and consideration, I have become an atheist.
Atheists say that there is no verifiable evidence of the existence of a deity in any religion. Those who believe in a deity must therefore have faith which, by definition, is “confident belief in the truth, value or trustworthiness of a person, idea or thing that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.” Therefore, to have faith is to disregard logic and evidence. To hold onto an idea that cannot be proven by logic and/or evidence is to suffer from delusion, which is defined as “a fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact.”
From that, can we say that the faithful suffer from a delusion?
(Definitions from http://www.Dictionary.com)