We don't have enough information to determine chemicals to be the initial uncaused cause.
It's the only evidence we have.
One point that I have brought up before, however, is that evidence removes the belief from the equation entirely.
If there is evidence, there's no excuse for belief.
Some argue that God, if God exists (and is the Christian version) wants people to have trust and belief in Him as a precondition to salvation.
Worst copout ever.
Leprechauns hide because they want you to have faith in them. The Loch Ness monster hides because she wants you to have faith in her. Bigfoot hides because he wants you to have faith in him. Martians hide because they want you to have faith in them. Phlogiston hides because it wants you to have faith in it. The earth pretends to be round because it wants you to believe it's flat.
Fiction is quite differnt than allegory or delusion.
That isn't true. A century or so ago, authors of fiction went to great length to suggest that their stories were true. They found the manuscript in a bottle or they were told the story by somebody they met in a bar.
Of course. People born into Christian cultures tend to be Christians, people who are born into Muslim cultures tend to be Muslims. If you had been born anywhere else in the world, do you think your beliefs would still be so American?
Do you have any reason to assert that all beliefs are equally valid?
I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt by putting your foolish beliefs on the same plane as other more sensible beliefs. They are equal in the sense that they equally lack evidence. They are not all equally sensible or palatable.
Might it not just be possible that some of us have the belief that is closest to reality...
You tell me. Is it possible that Zeus is closest to reality?
That's a poor analogy. There are thousands of insurance companies and your belief is that only one of them pays out.
This is just silly talk.
Of course. It was intended to be silly. It's a parody of your belief in a hiding god.
You can argue, as does jar, that humans create the gods they want. Thats a valid point. I disagree with it based on my own reasoning and my subjective experience.
If there's any reasoning involved, why don't you present it instead of just parroting the apologists?
It seems clear to me also that GOD, if GOD exists and if GOD chose to relate to humans through Jesus, that He wont provide us with Objective proof (evidence for everyone) because it would essentially make us acknowledge Him and He wants that to be our decision and not our sane duty.
Polly want a cracker?
Do we have any evidence that an uncaused first cause lit the fuse for this Bang you talk about?
As far as I know, we have no definitive evidence for ANY "uncaused cause". That's not an excuse for you to make one up.
Is Stephen Hawking as wise as the Prophet Isaiah?
How would you go about measuring wisdom?
On what evidence do you base your reply?
You're looking at a computer right now that Stephen Hawking understood and Isaiah didn't.
Second of all, there are Christians in every culture, even in Islamic Nations.
And there are Muslims in every culture. The point is that most people acquire their religion accidentally by being born into it.
I await your evidence that there are more sensible beliefs than Christianity.
Read my posts. I have pointed out many times how nonsensical your beliefs are. For just one example, the idea that God sent his "son" (himself) so that we could kill him and only then could he forgive us.
They are equal in the sense that they equally lack evidence.
Objectively but not subjectively.
Will you ever learn? There is no such thing as subjective evidence.
... I am personally unimpressed with Zeus.
But is it possible that he is closest to reality? That's what you asked me about your god.