Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Talk to just about any sophisticated theist about whether there is indisputable proof god exists and they will likely say, "no." God doesn't want to give us proof, they'll say, because if he gave us proof we wouldn't have the freedom to deny him, and that would defeat his whole purpose. It seems from statements like these, that god really does want us all to take that leap of faith without the parachute of certainty. But why would having proof that god exists somehow ruin his plan? Well, it depends on which theist you ask.
It seems to me that if knowledge of god's existence was certain, we could still reject him or choose not to worship him. But the theist will sometimes say that god's presence is so powerful, that if he revealed himself to us, no one would be able to reject him. And why exactly is this a problem? Wouldn't god want us all to worship him properly? After all, wasn't he very concerned over whether his people worshiped other gods and engraven images? And isn't his character naturally jealous as the Bible says? Why then would god chose to be so silent while billions of people worship different gods, or no gods at all? You'd think that this would cause a massive jealous tantrum and enrage god's wrath. It just doesn't seem to be in keeping with his character. I mean, after all, if god is all powerful, he could set the record straight and reveal himself and his will to all of us without any effort.
Now theists are aware of this problem and they've been able to come up with a smorgasbord of explanations of why god is so silent. But we have to keep in mind that all of those explanations are competing with the explanation that the god of the Bible simply doesn't exist, which I think is always going to be the more plausible explanation.
A god that didn't exist would also be silent.
Or, to put it another way.....