(This is another Yahweh’s advocate post.)
As if there weren’t enough problems with the story of Adam and Eve, I found another one. Christians like to talk about how Adam and Eve only had to follow one rule, and they were free to do whatever else they wanted. Does that mean that it would have been okay for one of them to kill the other? Would Yahweh have been all right with it if they had made a statue and started to worship it? Clearly, lying wasn’t a sin because Yahweh did that when he told them they would die if they ate from the tree of death, I mean the tree of knowledge. In fact, as far as I’ve read, never in all of Genesis does Yahweh condemn lying. He rewarded Jacob for lying to and stealing from his brother repeatedly.
It could be argued that since Adam and Steve didn’t know about good and evil, they couldn’t have committed any other sin. Did they know disobedience? If they only knew to disobey Yahweh and eat from the tree, and that is why it was the only sin they could have committed, then would they have killed each other if he had told them not to? Would they have disobeyed any order he gave them?
Learning what sin is cannot possibly be considered a sin. If that is what gave mankind a sinful nature, then it was a flaw in our design that made sin so attractive to us. We find it fun to do what Yahweh doesn’t want us to do. That’s not our fault.
When people say that there is no god, what they mean is that there is no Yahweh, the christian god. This shouldn’t be such a hot-button issue, but it is because a lot of people feel very strongly about it. It clouds their judgment and makes it hard to talk to people about.
Atheists don’t just not believe in Yahweh. We don’t believe in any other gods either, and christians forget that. They forget that Zeus is a god, and both groups don’t believe in him. The difference, of course, is that christians believe he doesn’t exist, and atheists either believe that he doesn’t exist or don’t believe that he does exist. There is a difference, and the difference is certainty. Christians are sure that Zeus doesn’t exist because they are sure that Yahweh exists even though there is no evidence for either. Gnostic atheists are equally sure of the nonexistence of any god, and agnostic atheists are equally uncertain about the existence of any god. We’re open to evidence. We just haven’t been shown any.
Christians think that by referring to their god as God, it makes him special. It doesn’t. He’s just one of millions of gods dreamed up by people over the hundreds of thousands of years we’ve been on this planet. I can’t prove that he doesn’t exist, but I don’t have to. Evidence of a thing’s nonexistence isn’t necessary for belief in that thing to be absent. My beliefs are based on evidence and logic. If something cannot be proven, then it should not be believed. That is the essence of my atheism.