I want to get off my chest, it seems like a disproportionate amount of time I run into arguments that one "should" believe in some sort of supernatural entity (a god, of some sort) because that is the way to be happy. One can lean into the Bible, or some other faith, and life is good with faith, and that's that.
This argument to me amounts to: "It doesn't matter whether a god exists or not, I don't want to argue that, I just think life is more likely to be happy if I throw out my reasoning ability and throw my hands in the air and engage in a lot of meditation or prayer or whatever, but view it as communing with, or having faith in, a god."
Excellent survey! adding to each one based on experience with others:
... because that will make you happier...
this i find usually comes from others who have high level of anxiety and or depression, or both.
... can't explain how you got here ...
oh yea, this falls into the 'god-of-the-gaps' category, but is at least more agnostic and allows belief in at least something, this is a perfect opportunity to make up your own god and pitch it to them (xtian or other typical of the top theist beliefs)
... could not exist naturally ...
These are the cherry pickers, where they only focus on the good their belief system mentions, while ignoring all the bad and arbitrary things that occur (see example of Stephen Fry when asked in an interview 'what would you say to god if you met him?'
Other reason some say is, "you need to believe in something for a moral compass" as if a person couldn't just follow the golden rule (which predates most current popular religions)
All of the above, but the one I hear the most is, "How can you explain a beautiful sunset or a rainbow, without a God?"
The reason I never tell anyone who is religious about a problem I'm trying solve is that their response is always "trust in God and he'll show you the way" and I simply have more confidence in myself and those around me to figure out solutions based on the evidence around me. Usually problems resolve themselves in time or naturally regardless of whether anyone is praying or not.
Yes, life is wonderful and complex, but it can be explained by natural consequences, and the interconnectedness and interdependence of various factors, with the growth forward often happening in that split between opposing forces. It's amazing, but fascinating to learn more about and explore, rather than stunt our curiosity by crediting a supernatural magic figure.
I voted for the life is wonderful argument. Except that growing up, I watched any number of films showing the Holocaust victims. What a wonderful experience that was, thanks to Christians. Then I learned of all the other Christian genocides and mass murders.
So yeah it's an annoying argument to say you could be happier if you just believed, just like it would be annoying if someone kept telling me I'd be happier if gorgeous women woke me up with blowjobs instead of using my alarm. Sure, that's obviously true, but it ain't a fucking option for me, so shut the fuck up about it already.
The most common reason I've heard is," If Christianity is real you should hedge your bets because you have nothing to lose by believing in it and everything to lose if you don't."
I consider this a perfect example of the ethical failing of Christianity since it encourages people to at a minimum lie to themselves.
I didn't vote because all of those listed are annoying. The problem is that there are so many more things believers say. They wonder why you haven't robbed a bank or killed somebody. If their god was real he could see right through this. They want a reward for being good.
I voted for the first one, because these are always people who don't really know me at all, much less what I have experienced, so they usually make an argument that boils down to, "Be grateful for what you have and thank God for it, etc. because it could be worse, other people have it worse, etc.". And that is bullshit, because unfairness is something real and not easy to be happy about. Secondly, even if I need to adopt that attitude, it's already all there in psychology and therapy, that does not have to involve religion or a God in any way, so they can blow it out their ass, as far as I'm concerned, with their grateful to God and believing in him will solve all of your unhappiness crap. To me, that would be using religion as an anti depressant drug, and just another addictive crutch, same as Marx's remark about religion being the opiate of the masses..
When I ask christians why they believe in god, the vast majority of the time I get one of 5 responses:-
'Prove he DOESN'T exist!'
'I feel his presence in my heart and/or soul'
'It says so in the bible'
Variations on Saint Thomas Aquinas's 'Argument from Efficient Cause' (number 2 of his 5 arguments) - basically 'Something must have been the initial cause of everything'
Variarions on Saint Thomas Aquinas's 'Argument from Design' (number 5 of his 5 arguments) - basically 'Complex things cannot exist unless they had a designer', the 'Watchmaker Argument' and similar.
The invalidity of all those responses has been clearly understood and known for many hundreds of years. The only way they maintain any credence is because people WANT to believe.
The belief in a creator is mankind's obsession to make himself into a superior being, rather than believing that we are just one of over a million species that happened to have evolved on a small planet, in a small corner of a vast galaxy, which consists of billions of planets, that may have other lifeforms living in some of those planets. This Galaxy is just one of a multitude of galaxies in a vast universe.
God-mobster to me: "You have to believe in something."
Me to god-mobster: "Shut up, you ignorant twat! I am not stupid enough to have beliefs, I have an evidence-based world view, and if you are too moronic to understand what that means then that is your problem, not mine!"
“What is the most annoying argument for belief in a supernatural entity?”
If I were to play devil’s advocate in the construction of an annoying argument for the existence of a supernatural entity I would at least try to base it in some scientific facts, so let me see what I can do here.
The two I hate the most is "Wow, I could never be that brave" (which basically translates to a condescending trope, really meaning "Thinking is just too hard for me!" )
"Don't you think you should believe in god? You know, just in case?"
Yeah that's it. Religion as an insurance policy. I find it ironic that people who believe this, miss the point of religion and spirituality ENTIRELY!
Coincidentally, this group also happens to be the source of most of the world's problems today.