Most likely doesn’t exist!
It is my contention that this post is built on premises that cannot be demonstrated, outright lies and logical fallacies. It seeks to answer
If there is a God, why don’t we see, hear or touch Him?
They tell us
But the answer defies human logic, reasoning and experience.
In simple speak, they are saying the question is unanswerable. One would think they would stop there, but no, they have much more to say.
I argue, we cannot speak of anything that defies logic (it makes no sense qualifying logic as human for that’s all we know), reasoning and experience. For where would we start? We will be in the realm of absurdities where fronkeys are the queens of the jungle and where sense doesn’t rule.
The authors of the article claim, relying on two verses only that
The God of the Bible, however, dwells in a different dimension—the spirit realm—beyond the natural perception of our physical senses.
A statement contradicted by the very bible. For example, when it is written Moses saw the hind side of god, it was a physical behind for what else would he be speaking of? When Adam and Eve are said to be hiding from YHWH, it’s not from a spirit they are hiding and there are several examples one would find in the bible that would demonstrate my point. In passing, I can include the verse, I think, in John that says no one can see me and live. This is not, in my view, talking about something spiritual, whatever that means, but about something physical, material that has extension.
A lot has been written about the non-existence of Jesus that I need not rehash it here. The empty tomb was the subject of this blog. Those who talk about the existence of Jesus should tell us what he did at age 15, 25, or even 27. Or are we to believe he was born, was 12 years, then 30 years and committed suicide at 33?
Genesis that talks about the creation of the world doesn’t talk about a creation ex nihilo. The most we can get from Genesis 1 is that god created the earth. In all instances when humans talk about creating something, the only meaning we give to the word is modification of what already is. We have no conception of a “creation out of nothing”. It is empty of meaning.
The authors write
Many people reject the Bible, the Gospels in particular, because it describes many miraculous occurrences—dramatic healings, resurrections, fire from heaven and spectacular visions, to name a few. They believe these things are impossible because they defy human experience and the laws that govern our physical existence. They thus conclude that biblical accounts of such things cannot be true.
And one is tempted to ask, have they read the old testament where donkeys talk, trumpets bring down walls, one man kills 1000 with a jaw bone, lights fire to the tails of 200+ foxes that he has managed to tie their tails together, the people brought back to life by Elijah, to name just a few! I defer to Jean Messlier’s argument against miracles, but I prefer this by Mark Twain,
The difference between a Miracle and a Fact is exactly the difference between a mermaid and seal. It could not be expressed better.
One can also refer to Walter Cassel’s response to Dr. Lightfoot on miracles which can be found here.
In the paragraph below,
Regrettably, they fail to consider that God the Father and Jesus Christ can operate beyond the bounds of the physical laws that govern the universe. A God who can bring the universe into existence can certainly perform miracles such as those found in the Scriptures!
the authors are again making things up. There is no where in scripture, unless in reference to so-called miraculous feats, which are in themselves doubtful, does the bible talk of god acting out of the laws of nature. It is worth noting also, that to the writers of the bible, they do not refer to the vast universe as we have come to regard it. They know only of the earth around them and it is for this reason, the earth was created when the Sumerians were already in existence. Most creationists believe the earth is 6000+ years old or thereabouts. To believe in an old earth, they have to eschew the bible’s teachings and adopt that which geology has shown.
To their final question,
Where does this leave us?
I will answer, contrary to their claim that
“Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”!
we must demand an answer from deity to believe. The theist has told us the price of disbelief, a grave a crime, is eternal damnation. This subject cannot be treated lightly. The theist has their work set out for them.
It is however important to note the following,
- the bible does not tell us what god is
- the bible doesn’t talk about a god existing out of time and space
- the bible doesn’t talk of creation ex nihilo
and finally, I agree with P. Shelley B, when he writes and I quote
god is a hypothesis, and, as such, stands in need of proof; the onus probandi rests on the theist.