First, let me start with a disclaimer: The following comments are not the popular ones you often get to and like to hear.

The entire belief that there is God is based on a bunch of assumptions. Assumptions like God is the creator of this universe, that God revealed himself to mankind through the different religious textbooks. But here, if I may ask, what is the reason for the assumption that the universe was created? We live in the age of science where there is no room for assumptions.

This should bring us to the next argument. It was humans who made God and not the other way around. Well, if it was God who created this universe, why are there so many of them? We should then be having monotheism. Historically speaking, a number of Old Testament Jewish prophets were the first to toy the idea that human beings have created god. With this, it was the first time the world realized that nations create their own gods and others try to invalidate those for their own convenience.

Coming to convenience, they always say “God is fair but the world is unfair because of humans” or “God works in ways that are incomprehensible to human beings”. Well, that’s just an easy way out for the believers when you ask them tough questions on poverty, death, and even crime. If there was a God, why is it that not everyone gets the same opportunities? I agree that what you do with your chance depends on you. But can anyone guarantee that I will get the same chance/opportunities that the son of a millionaire gets?

Let us look at this: A dark-skinned girl is born to a poor family (highly belonging to a “lower caste” too in India). What are the odds against her?

  1. Her assigned gender
  2. Her skin colour
  3. Her caste
  4. Her economic status

And all these above make sure that she will never go to the same school (if at all she gets a chance at education) that a “fair-skinned” son of a millionaire will have access to. And this sets off a vicious cycle of being denied equal opportunities. If God is fair and just, how do you explain so many atrocious crimes against women, children? There is no God. It’s just human beings – good and bad – who make the world what it is.

The onus of proving that there is God lies with the one who proposed it.

The basic premise of most religions is that there is some form of life after death. However, there is zero reliable evidence on life after death. Thus, most religious texts have devoted ample space to the fear of death. “The fear of death is worse than death,” wrote Robert Burton, in The Anatomy of Melancholy in 1621.

Bertrand Russell once said that religion is based on fear and fear leads to cruelty. “Religion is based primarily and mainly upon fear,” he had said while delivering a lecture at the National Secular Society in London in 1927. He went on to add: “It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing – fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. It is because fear is at the basis of those two things.”

I am no one to question anybody’s faith. But let’s remember a simple thing: Religion feeds on fear while science thrives on reason. Take your pick, I will choose the latter, always.

To sum it up, the onus of proving that there is God lies with the one who proposed it. Unless you can prove to me with scientific evidence that there is God, there is absolutely no reason I should believe in the same. The exact reason why I don’t believe in ghosts.