Seriously? You watched that video and thought it was a good explanation?
Yes, that's why I posted it. Glad to clear that up.
His first point is an old as the hills and totally moronic. 'If God exists we would expect that many of his reasons for doing things are stuff we can't figure out.'
Well it's a point made by philosophers down the ages and which has underpinned the belief of billions of believers past and present. Majority opinion doesn't mean right opinion, of course, but the complete confidence with which a tiny minority of atheist true believers call the views of the vast majority of humans past and present "totally moronic", or "stupid or dishonest" displays no small degree of arrogance.
This pre-supposes that God is a being that will not communicate his reasons for doing things. But if such a being exists why should we bother to be interested in it?
A fair question, but this is a different question than God's existence. And it seems to ignore the fact that this is precisely how the Bible presents God. Romans 9 says that God made Pharaoh stubborn and obstinate and then punished him. Paul asks how God could act that way. His answer indicates that sometimes humans can't understand God's actions and are not in a position to demand an answer.
One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?
We can figure things reasons God might have lots of the evil in the world - and he lists free will and a cause and effect universe. No we can't figure it out! Because why would a vastly intelligent being who can create life, the universe and everything not be able to set up things up so that they don't create such evils. Why did he create us with the ability to see evil and not create a universe that doesn't contain it?
I can't think of any good reason either. The point is not that we can give a good reason. The point is that there may be a good reason that we are not aware of. I can't understand why this distinction appears so difficult to grasp, or why the idea that human knowledge may be limited in this way is so unthinkable for some.
That's why the big bang and evolution makes more sense to me. I look at Parasitoids and ask myself, does that look like the work of vastly intelligent creator or the result of evolution? Because if they were created, that God is sick.
Well I don't see evolution and God as opposites. I have little time for creationism which I think is separate from the existence of God. I rate the chances of creationism being correct something less than 1%. Whether there may be a God or not, I don't know, at the moment maybe 25% or so.
SBF - I hope you get answers to your questions. You come across as a slightly tragic figure who has lost his JW faith and now just restlessly searching for meaning in life. I feel sorry for you.
I guess many are looking for answers, especially those who leave JWs. Whether you or I or anyone else is more "tragic" in that, I don't know how to judge. But the attempt to substitute actual argument with ad hominem psychobablle is pretty transparent.