I just watched the first episode of this last night via Netflix. I loved it. All the arguments and logic I have felt forever was presented to me in a concise manner. If you have a chance to watch this 6 episode series I recommend it.
For years I have struggled with religion in my life. I have accepted it, but always ultimately given it up. My family has always been very religious. My wife is also a believer. It has been every hard for me to deal with it. When my wife and I were going through a very difficult time, she brought me to church, and I tried. I wanted to save my family, so I tried very hard. Family saved, but in the back of my mind I always felt like I was lying to her and the people at church. It got to a point when I just could not pretend anymore.
The thing is, I don’t believe in anything. I don’t believe in any gods…or ghosts, the supernatural, or UFOs. To me, believing in the Christian God is as silly as believing in Zeus or Osiris.
Does this make me a bad person? No. I still have morals. I still know good from bad. I just don’t feel like the definition of those abstracts come from some god.
The series is just six conversations with different “popular” atheists. The first one I watched brought up an argument I have submitted to my Christian friends for years. The argument of free will. I hold that if you are a Christian, and believe in all the tenants of Christianity, then you cannot believe in the existence of, or that you have free will.
Christianity teaches that God knows everyone before they are born, that He has a plan for everyone. He faces us with choices, and knows the outcome of those choices before we do.
So if we are created by a higher power who plans out our life for and knows what we are going to do, we do not, by definition, have free will. If you take the approach that God doesn’t know what we are going to choose or how we are going to do anything, then you have to dismiss His omnipotence and any need to follow Him. After all, if He doesn’t know what you are going to do, how can He offer any more guidance than that with which you are already equipped?
So there you go, chew on that for awhile.