The Truth Is…
Everyone is born a non-believer, born without the belief of a god. Belief of a creator comes later after your family and community has had a chance to indoctrinate you into whatever religious tradition they ascribe to. The Christian God, like all the gods before it is a product of people’s imagination which is a function of era, place and parents.
Since the beginning of history, there have been over 2000 Gods. Which god you “believe in” is determined by:
- when you were born (i.e. 1500 BCE, 0 BCE, 1500 CE, 2011 CE, etc)
- where you were born (i.e. middle east, Africa, China, Japan, Mississippi, etc)
- the religion of your parents
These three variables can correctly predict ones religion 95% of the time.
If Jerry Fallwell had been born in Saudi Arabia of Muslim parents, and obtained his religious indoctrination in that country, there is a near certainty that he would been a Muslim.
If the late Sheikh Mohamed Mutwali al-Sharawilittle of Egypt, who was called “The Arab world’s best known television preacher of the Holy Qur’an,” had been born and raised by Southern Baptists in Jackson, Mississippi, he would almost certainly have promoted Christianity.
Everyone believes that the religion in which they place their faith, is the true religion. They can’t all be right. One would expect that if there is one God of all the people of the world, s/he would be seen the same by all the people of the world. Even if there is a God, the probability that the Christian/Muslim/Jewish god is the one and only true god is infinitesimally small. If there really were a single true God, it would be obvious.