I am an atheist because there is no evidence that God exists.There is no evidence that anything has ever been done by God. That absence of evidence for God is, indeed, evidence of absence when the evidence should be there and is not.
There is overwhelming evidence that all things attributed to god (universe, earth, sun, flora and fauna) are products of natural (big bang, evolution) sequences of tiny events occuring over billions of years.
To the contrary, war, slavery, disease, heinous deaths, hunger, torture, genocide, child molestation, kidnapping, rape, ad infinitum...are all occurences that a loving God should prevent. Results like this are not what you would expect on the resume of a supreme being.
Claims that defy almost every law of science are by definition extraordinary and thus require extraordinary evidence.
Rather than being an inerrant revelation from God, inspired in its very words, the Bible was a very human book with all the marks of having come from human hands: discrepancies, contradictions, errors, and different perspectives of different authors living at different times in different countries and writing for different reasons to different audiences with different needs.
The number one predictor of which God someone believes in is what culture and time period they happened to have been born in.
95% of all religious people subscribe to the same religion of their parents; Christian, Jewish, Islam, Buddist, Hindu, Bahá'í Faith.
Wouldn''t you think that god would reveal himself universally to people all over the world?
Why does god have so many human foibles... eg. anger, jeolosy, fear (afraid of Tower of Bable)
Religion is the universal tool for explaining things which we do not understand through the context the known physical world.
The more I read of the Bible, the more ridiculous it gets. What is especially fun is to read how the various "scholars" attempt to reconcile and argue over all the moronic non sense (e.g. the dew fell on the ground, then manna, then more dew; NO, it was the dew then the manna, no more dew! Of course this assumes that there was manna in the first place.).
What follows is my documentation of the thoughts that hit me as I read the bible.
I would love to hear rational Christian response to the points I raise in the pages which follow.
Indeed, Christians are required to respond.
"But sanctify the Lord God in you hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"