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Many Christians wonder how anyone could doubt the existence of God, but it turns out it's right in the bible.  If you read between the lines, it tells you there's no God…

1)  The bible claims that God sacrificed Jesus for our sins. (John 3:16, Romans 3:25, Ephesians 5:2, Hebrews 9:26)  (This is ignoring Deuteronomy 24:16 and Ezekiel 18:20, which state that everyone is to be responsible for their own transgressions without anyone else dying for their sins, thus undermining the primary basis of Christianity.)

2)  Since Jesus is God (2 Peter 1:1, John 10:30-33, and other verses), premise 1 means that God sacrificed himself.

3)  A sacrifice involves the destruction of the entire being, including the spirit.  This seems intuitively obvious especially for a self-sacrifice, since it's not much of a sacrifice if the martyr is guaranteed an eternity in heaven.  The bible never directly specifies what constitutes a "sacrifice," but it seems to support this intuition.

a)  In the entire bible, only humans are said to have been given immortal souls. (Ecclesiastes 3:11, 12:7, and other verses)

b)  The bible allows animal sacrifice (several passages in Leviticus 1), but it condemns human sacrifice in the same breath as witchcraft, sorcery, fortune telling, and other forms of magic.  (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

c)  Of all the things the bible forbids, why lump human sacrifice together with magic?  It would require some type of occult power to sacrifice the additional element of the soul.

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
(Matthew 10:28)

Therefore, the bible implicitly defines sacrifice as the destruction of the whole being, including the spirit.

4)  From the above premises, God must have died with no afterlife.

Therefore, according to the bible, God doesn't exist.

When you think about it, this explains so much.  Within the scope of the bible, it tells us why Jesus 2.0 fell somewhat short of godlike omniscience, actually having to ask why anyone would doubt that he's the same person who was just brutally murdered.  (Luke 24:38)  It explains why, aside from the occasional disembodied voice that only believers could hear for some reason, God never appeared or acted after the sacrifice.  In Acts of the Apostles 1-14, angels always acted in God's place.  Is it really more plausible that God still existed, but he was always busy?  He had a little too much on his plate, so he had to delegate?

It also explains some current observations, like the fact that Jesus has never returned as predicted.  It tells why God is credited with all those spectacular, unmistakable miracles in biblical times but has no noticeable effect today.  It even gives us an explanation for ghost sightings: there's nobody to admit them into heaven.

I wish I could say I figured it all out first, but I think Nietzsche beat me to it.  Still, at least I can do my part by spreading the good word.  In fact, since the bible is already famous for being revised and edited throughout history, I'll go ahead and add a new chapter to the bible.  Don't worry, it's only three verses:

:bulletred: There's probably no God. (Dawkins 1:1)
:bulletred: But if there is a higher power worth worshiping, he/she/it/they wouldn't want you to squander your life on fairy tales that don't even have happy endings. (Dawkins 1:2)
:bulletred: So stop reading this and enjoy your life. (Dawkins 1:3)
If Christians can get away with their creative interpretations of the bible, I can do this. Donít worry if my claims donít make sense to you Ė in a religion whose deity sacrifices himself to himself to appease himself, making sense isnít a high priority anyway.
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:iconjaminhuntertaylor:
The fool has said in his heart "Their is no God". 
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J-Bob Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God looking down at the cross: "...Whoops"

*begins to disappear in a Back to the Future manner*
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cheyluvsu03 Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is taken out of context. There are two parts of the Bible: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is books Genesis through Malachi, (Eziekiel and Deuteronomy are found in the old) then the New Testament begins with the book of Mathew.  Jesus did not appear in the Bible until the new Testament. John, Romans, Ephesians and Hebrews are found in the New Testament, the time of Jesus. When Jesus came into this world, it started a new covenant. The old covenant--in the Old Testament--is the time period where sacrifices of animals were the only way for God to forgive sins ONLY FOR THE JEWS anyone that wasn't a Jew was known as a Gentile, and they couldn't even give sacrifices (majority didn't believe in God anyway, they had their own gods). But when Jesus was born (found in the book of Luke, the New Testament) it started a NEW covenant where everyone, including the Gentiles could be forgiven of their sins.

This is because JESUS IS GOD'S SON. Now, in order to partially understand this--understanding as much without faith--Jesus is God's only Son, but is also God. This is where people get confused. Jesus is not God in the sense that God himself came to earth, but the fact that God and Jesus are One. Same with the Holy Spirit; this is the spirit of God that dwells in you once you confess your sins and are saved by His Grace (basically, it is how to communicate with God). 

So really, to put in "simpler terms": in the Old Testament, everyone except the Jews who gave sacrifices were Hellbound because of sin (keep in mind, God doesn't send people to hell, but nothing corrupt can enter heaven) Now in the New Testament, since Jesus is the Messiah and the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, we can all be forgiven. When Jesus was on the cross, he took ALL of our sins upon him, and when this happened, GOD had to depart from Jesus, because God is so Holy and cannot be where sin is. God is never too busy to help anyone or anything, but in order to understand this you have to accept God's gift; guessing won't get you anywhere.
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AFarmaant Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From your first paragraph: Jesus was born, and died a jew. A great many in jeruslaem at that time were jewish, and you are further denying the existence of god because you are pointing out that the bible was made after jesus' time.

From your second paragraph: Have you ever heard of the holy trinity? God = Jesus = Holy spirit.

From your third paragraph: You are once again forgetting the holy trinity, and also ignoring that Jesus rose again.

One last point: The old testament contains the creation story and the ten commandments. You can hardly call that out of context. 

 QED.

Look, I respect that you believe in god, but really, this is cold, hard logic, and many people tend to believe that quite a lot.
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cheyluvsu03 Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand if you don't believe as well, but the Trinity is symbolic for "God is One" this doesn't mean he's exactly ONE person. It's hard to explain because it's something that is beyond human comprehension because no one else can be it. Jesus is God's Son, therefore He is perfect and the Bible says that Jesus states to someone: "when you see me, you see the father."

It is known as: God the Father
God the Son 
God the Holy Spirit. 

That's where the trinity comes in. It is not related in human terms so that's the best I CAN explain it to someone.
Please don't think I'm rude when I say this, but for people who don't believe in God or want to believe they sure do spend a lot of time trying to learn about Him and try their best to explain to others that it's wrong.

But anyway, have a good day :wave:
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AFarmaant Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, I can respect that. ;D
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HappilyDayzed Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are God
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WingsofElysium Sep 20, 2013
Wow, I'm no scholar but I don't have to be to see that this was largely taken out of context. Sorry, seems your grasping at straws. The Theory of Evolution sounds more plausible than this rubbish. lol God Bless you, may God reveal himself to you in time so that you don't have to suffer such a sad perspective of life.
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AFarmaant Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quoting myself: The old testament contains the creation story and the ten commandments. You can hardly call that out of context.

Why do all of you call atheism 'sad' - I personally feel fulfilled, preparing for the next generation to have a wonderful life instead of worrying about myself going to hell. 

Really, this is just insulting. Just because you may not understand evolution theory does not mean it is false.
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cheyluvsu03 Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is taken out of context. If you notice, this whole thing talks about the old testament before Jesus was even born and everyone was held responsible for their sins. Starting with the book of Luke, when Jesus was born, we no longer had to live by the old covenant BECAUSE of Jesus. Too bad they can't see this. 
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