It has to be the most fiercely contested debate since man took his first steps on Earth. Why are we here today? And how did it all begin? The world is awash with different views and opinions; each person taking a different stance from the next, resulting in conflict and compassion occurring in equal measure.
I’ve always thought that the best way to form an argument has to be by using evidence. Everyone can have their own opinion, but can they justify it? You could argue that an opinion is nothing if you have no evidence to back up your claims.
So how does this relate to the religion debate? For ‘believers’ and ‘non-believers’ the key ingredient for a successful argument is evidence. However that is exactly what makes this debate so prominent in today’s society. With so little rock-solid evidence available to both groups, the debate becomes virtually un-winnable because it is so difficult to prove if there is or isn’t a god/God (which ever way you look at it).
To be honest, being a Christian is difficult enough when the symbol of your religion talks of how somebody was able to feed 5000 people with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread, turn water into wine and finally rise from the dead among other miracles. These aren’t supposed to be illusions; Jesus is portrayed as the ‘real deal’ and this forms the basis of the Christian faith because believing in his miracles is a lot more challenging than simply believing that he existed.
Some Christians believe entirely in what the Bible says. For example, Creationists believe that the world was created in 4004BC. Unlike many aspects of the Bible, there is significant evidence to prove this false, one being the fact that rocks among other geographical objects can be dated to a time millions of years ago, well before 4004BC.
But how can Atheists prove Jesus’s miracles false? Yes they can prove that parts of the Bible are wrong but there may be a reason for it. Today’s scientists are lucky enough to use the benefits of technological development to accurately predict and calculate different aspects of our world. However the writers of the Bible weren’t so fortunate. Therefore in hindsight, it’s a little too easy to say that scientists 2000 years ago were wrong.
Faith is a word that is probably overused today but I consider it to be the most important aspect of Christianity and religion in general. If Atheists can prove that there is no god/God, then the Christian faith is dismantled; how can you believe in something when it has been disproved? The same is true of Atheists. If Christians prove that there is an external, heavenly being, then Atheists will have to lay down their weapons and give up the fight. However, in both situations faith will cease to exist because it relates to believing in something which hasn’t been scientifically proven.
Therefore, until someone can discover ground-breaking evidence, the debate over religion shall continue. In some ways it keeps it all nicely balanced: many Christians will maintain their faith while Atheists continue their multiple investigations. But without evidence nobody knows; nobody can claim the victory in an argument that will surely continue long into the future.Follow @HughWolton