One of the arguments against gods and religion that I have been mulling over in my head for the last several months is the fact that we as human beings didn't ask to come here. I put this question to a believer yesterday who tried to warn me that if I don't repent, I would go to hell. She said if I ever told a lie or did anything against God's will, I'd be punished for eternity if I didn't repent. I had heard it all before, and I usually don't take the time to debate people who come up and try to witness to me. It's usually a waste of time. But I engaged with her, and I thought I'd throw out my we didn't ask to come here argument onto her to see how she would take it.
It stumped her for a few seconds, and rightly it should. I said to her, "I'm not saying life isn't beautiful and worth living; but really, if we had never existed, it would be no big deal. I mean, why create all this in the first place? What's the point?" I went on to say that so much of life is full of misery and lacking in purpose, so why would a god bring us here, especially if there's a "perfect heaven" already in existence for us to go to.
Well, she said that god was lonely. This her response was weak, and she seem to anticipate it as so. I said well, that's his problem. If he was lonely and created us, but then we "sinned," then what's that all about? Again, I told her we didn't apply for the job of being human beings. We didn’t ask to be born. Many of us have days when we wish were never alive. So all we have is us as human beings trying to make the best of our existence as we possibly can.
It's sorta like me being a parent. I along with my wife brought two children into this world. They didn't ask to come. So that makes us responsible for raising them. They don't owe us anything. The really don't even have to obey us, because they didn't ask to come here. Well, though that analogy could be extended to the concept of God, it's really not the same thing. What we did as parents was merely a part of procreation, something that nearly all living organisms participate in.
There's no reason "God" would needs us here. There's no real natural purpose for us being here. The only meaning to life is what we give it and work strive toward. While the idea of the believe in a purpose driven life may be useful for many people, purpose is not established by God or gods; purpose and the meaning for life is constantly developing and changing as we grow and honestly try to make this world a better place. And now that we're clearly living in an age of modernity, notions of a god, heaven and hell, are simply outdated and insufficient for our needs in a modern world.
So these are my thoughts. I invite feedback on it. I'm sure what I've said is nothing new, so it would be good to know what authors or thinkers have written about this argument.