It seems to me that these days, people equate a belief in a deity with stupidness. It is implied that all the smart people do not believe in a God. In an interview, Richard Dawkins (a major proponent of atheism) said that if you believe in God you are ignorant or stupid. Is this true? Let's start with me. I have a GPA of 4.0, am taking an advanced math class, and am writing an article on Teen Ink. Am I stupid? Few would say that Isaac Newton is stupid, and he surely wasn't ignorant. Yet he believed in God, and even more he was inspired by him. The same goes for Johannes Kepler, Galileo, and many more. These people are all extremely smart, yet they believed in a God. Therefore, I do not believe that just because you have faith in a deity you are stupid; just as it is ridiculous to assume that all atheists are stupid for NOT believing. So why do I believe? If you were walking through the woods, and came across a pocket watch lying on the floor of the forest, what would you assume? I would assume that someone had dropped it, but would you be bold enough to say that it just came to be, and that it had no creator, no initial place of origin? Human beings are thousands of times more complex than the most complex watch. We have millions of neurons, more storage space than a computer, an engine that keeps us alive on something other than gasoline. Not only are we highly complex, but we are also living a perfectly designed house, made just for us! It is just the right distance from the sun, our moon is just the right distance away to influence the tides, we have layers of atmosphere, each designed to block a specific harmful radiation from the sun. And to say that all this happened by chance, would be more stupid than saying it happened by chance. And you know what? Even when I die, and find out that there IS no God, there will be no loss. I won't even have a chance to realize that I was taken in. Deceived. But if I die and DON'T believe in God; well, that's another story.
Why I Believe
April 27, 2010