You do have neat and tidy explanations for most things, it seems. For myself, there are FAR more reasons to not believe in this Christian god than just "things aren't perfect." That isn't even close to accurately describing why I don't believe. It's a gross oversimplification.<quoted text>
Lots of people say there is no God because if there was one He would make things perfect for all us humans. Since things aren't perfect there must not be a God.
People of faith would say that all God wants is for us to know Him and love Him and if we do everything else falls into place and we will survive and get stronger with each struggle. I think God has set things in place but each person with his free will will decide their own course. Of course none of us lives in a bubble and what we do affects others, sometimes for the good and sometimes horrifically.
I also believe, which you will laugh at, that through prayer sometimes the hand of God reaches down and can effect changes for the good. I also believe that Christ did initiate a new way of thinking and feeling and a new Church but I don't believe it has been true to Christ's teachings.
In the past you have said that my posts are all over the place and hard to follow. I hope I am clear here.
Of course, you were careful not to be specific about ME, but said "lot's of people." Really? Have you really heard "lot's of people" say this, or is it just what you are assuming about "lot's of people?" Because I've never heard anyone say this.
Look... I don't really think people who believe in god or prayer are necessarily stupid. I sometimes mock things in order to show how absurd I think some beliefs are once you really think about them. I was raised to believe, and sort of did for a while just because I trusted that my parents were probably right about most things. I wasn't stupid for believing, just human.
If you believe in prayer, that's cool with me. Your belief should not be shaken, weakened or challenged by my non-belief. A prayer begins with a 50/50 chance of being answered. From there the odds go either up or down, depending on what you're asking for. If things go the way you hoped, that doesn't mean that any god "blessed" you with these positive results... that's just the way things turned out, And if things don't go your way, it doesn't mean any god decided anything at all.That's my belief.
For me, it seems about equal to believing in rubbing a magic lamp and a genie will grant your wishes... or any other ancient fairytale or superstition. For me, there is nothing that makes Christian beliefs any more valid or believable than any other beliefs. For me, if I'm going to center my life around fantastic fictional characters and stories, I'd like to choose them for myself rather than have other people dictate to me what I should believe and how I should live my life.
I know I've said things like "for me" a lot here... it's because I'm speaking for myself and not "lots of people."