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Anonymous asked: Just stumbled on this site. I find it difficult to believe in things that that have not been proven. I don't know if i hate or not but I find myself disliking most things about religion.However, I'm not arrogant enough to say that things that are not proven don't exist but at the same time I'm not gullible enough to believe in them. I try to go by percentages: how likely is a thing. If it's more than 50% maybe it could be true and I might do something on that premise.You agree with the thinking?
We all deal in matters of probability every day of our life. Nearly every decision that we make on some level we have to look at the probabilities of things not going as we plan or as we expect, even if on a subconscious level. Very few Atheists will ever say “I am entirely certain that no god or gods exist of any kind” because there are certainly things we do not currently know and even though the probability of such things is approaching 0 it isn’t an absolute zero. I think that is something that most Atheists would agree with. I personally am one that considers it essentially 0, the Christian god specifically is a different story I put that at 0 fully. The only reason I leave even the smallest margin open is because of the fact that “god” isn’t a word that is clearly defined. It can mean so many things to so many different people and at different times in history that it is nearly impossible to peg down a good solid definition to the simple word “god”.
In many ways some of the best things in life are the result of or driven by going against the probabilities. The chance of a beneficial mutation or change in a species is incredibly small yet those mutations and changes are preciously what drives evolution. If you always play safe in life on all your decision you may avoid hardship, but you may also miss out on a lot of great experiences you could have otherwise. In many ways the things that are extremely improbable are even more interesting and more enticing. That is part of what drove me originally to explore religion, to try to find the real answer no matter how improbable, unfortunately I found out that all the answers out there are so improbable they come very close to 0% possibility.
We have to work within this framework because our minds could not possibly cope without it. If we had to envision every single possible scenario for every decision we make we would have to spend so much time analyzing every tiny factor we would hardly ever get anything done. When I go to sit in a chair I have to accept the probability that it is going to support my weight and I’ll be able to sit without a problem, I can’t stop to consider every wild scenario like the chair eating me or being burning hot and melting to my skin. We have to work within simple probabilities and to anyone that has ever given the matter genuine serious thought the probability of god not existing has to win out over the probability of him existing. Of course many people will say exactly the opposite, yet they can never do the slightest bit to draw my probability one iota closer to accepting the existence of a god.