I'm an Atheist, I don't believe in God, there's absolutely no evidence whatsoever that there's a God, or two Gods, or a dozen Gods. Believers say, "Yes there is! Just look at that tree! Or that beautiful sunset! How could you NOT believe in a God who created that?"

Because there's absolutely no evidence whatsoever that a God created that. Just because a tree is there, or you feel good when you look at the sunset, doesn't mean a "God" created it.

"Okay, then. What about the Bible? How can you not believe that God wrote that?"

Because humans wrote that. If an all-knowing, all-powerful "God" was going to write a book, it wouldn't be anything like the Bible. The Bible has a lot of crazy stuff in it. Noah's Ark. Virgin births. Dead people coming back to life. The futuristic destruction of the Earth. There's a lot in there about obedience, and slavery, and murder. Nothing about dinosaurs. Or medicine. Or genetics. You'd think that if "God" was going to suddenly show up, about 2,000 years ago, and give us some advice, it would've helped us out a little more.

The idea that the universe was "created" by a "God" is an idea that came from a "human," and humans don't know how the universe was created. We've got some ideas, but we don't know. If we did...we'd know...and, whether you know it or not, you're an ape, and you don't know how the universe was created either. You might think you know, but you don't. You're an ape. Actually, you're a Great Ape, which is a family of primates that includes orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, and...humans. You are a primate. It's true. Look it up. You have access to all known information. There's this thing called the internet that we invented for exactly this sort of thing. It's there for you. You really should take advantage of it. You don't have to. You can ignoring new information. You can ignore anything you want, that's your choice. But you don't have to. There's a lot of new stuff you can learn. A lot of real stuff. A lot of true stuff. It's all there for you to absorb. Feel free to take a look at what a lot of really educated humans have come up with. Or, if you want, keep thinking like people did thousands of years ago, when people thought the Sun went around the Earth. And practiced slavery. And thought women were property. Who didn't write anything about astronomy. Or photosynthesis. Or what love really is. The love that was written about in the Bible is about as accurate as the geology written about in the Bible. That's right. The people who wrote the Bible even got love wrong. Worship. Unquestioning devotion. Obedience. That isn't love. And if they got all that wrong, they probably got God wrong, too.

How could I not believe in a God? By believing something else. I'm sure there are tons of people who believe that the universe exists for some reason other than "God made it." Besides...

…it's ridiculous, it makes no sense, it's a myth, it’s something your parents told you in order to scare you, or because THEY believed it, it’s something you're tiny little developing brain thought was true when you were growing up, but now that you're fully grown you realize how silly it all really is and you understand how you're young brain could have thought it was true because you understand how brains work, you understand what a brain is, and you understand what humans are, you understand what thought is, you pretty much understand what YOU are, and you understand what Galileo discovered, and Newton, and Darwin, you're smarter than that, you understand how people could fall for believing in something like that, you understand human psychology, you understand literature, you understand how information gets around, you understand about the printing press, you understand what fiction is, and what myths are, and that human brains are limited and that, a long time ago, people used to believe a lot of things we don’t believe anymore because we've gathered more information, humans have progressed, we thought a lot of crazy stuff was real back then but it wasn’t, turns out the Earth isn't flat, people used to think that the Earth was at the center of the universe, and it actually IS the center of the universe if the universe is infinite because if the universe is infinite then every point in the universe is the center of the universe, but you understand that they didn't know that back then, they didn't even understand the concept of infinity but it doesn't matter, they didn't have Calculus, so you know that people who thought like that were probably wrong about how they thought the universe was created, their minds were very undeveloped, they were savages, and THEY came up with the concept of a creator, of a God? They thought the Sun went around the Earth, and you’re gonna get your philosophy about how the universe was created from them?! Really?!! From people who thought the Sun orbited the Earth?!! It’s pretty easy to understand how people could think that because that's exactly what it looks like from the perspective of a human being standing on the planet Earth, as you look up and see this bright thing going around you you have no choice but to think it's going around you, but the truth is YOU'RE going around IT, but you think it's going around you because the telescope hasn't been invented yet, but now you understand that Galileo looked through his telescope and he saw four things going around Jupiter, four moons, the four Galilean moons, so the Earth can't be at the center of the universe because why weren't those four things going around Jupiter going around the Earth?... Because the Earth's not the center of the universe… They were wrong! And they were also wrong about how the universe was created. And they were wrong about God.

How could I NOT believe in God? Because I understand human weakness and vulnerability, and how humans can be susceptible to being misled due to some drawback they have in their thought processes. I understand history, I understand that throughout history people believed in a LOT of different Gods so if any of them are real, which one is the real one, Thor? Baal? Yahweh? Allah? Vishnu? Shiva?... God?

The Egyptians believed in the Sun God Ra, and Horus and Geb and Osiris. You know that virgin births and resurrections and ascensions were common in many religions thousands of years before Jesus, right? You know that right? Christianity doesn't have a monopoly on virgin births. Hinduism, Buddhism, Greek, and Egyptian mythology all talk about Gods that were immaculately conceived...as far back as 2,000 years before Mary had Jesus. And resurrections? Don't get me started on resurrections? Dionysus and Persephone in Ancient Greece, Odin in Norse mythology, the Hindu Gods Ganesha, you know, with the head of an elephant, and Krishna, for Christ's sake, they all died and were resurrected... Osiris...the Egyptian God...probably the first documented resurrection, died and came back to life twice!! 2,000 years before Jesus did it! But the Bible doesn't say anything about Osiris, does it? Or Zeus... or Vishnu... Or Buddha... It doesn't say anything about electricity, either? Or how to cure infectious diseases... Or dinosaurs! How come there's nothing about dinosaurs in the Bible? I guess they didn't make it onto Noah's Ark.

Just because all these religions have different notions about God doesn't mean there's not a God. There might be. Just nothing that anyone has ever come up with makes any sense at all. So far.

"But just look at that tree! Or that beautiful sunset! How could you NOT believe in a God who created that?"

Because my brain won't let me believe in God. All I can do is think about it, and study it, and try to understand it, while staying open to new stuff that humans are coming up with. That's really all anyone can do. We can try to understand God, but we don't. If we did, we'd understand God, and we don't. We can't. Our brains just aren't there yet.