I have been told several times, by believers, that they feel just looking at the world/universe and all of it’s wonders is proof that God exists. They ask “If God didn’t make all of this, then how do you explain why it is all here?” This doesn’t make sense to me. Why doesn’t it? Because that is the same reasoning our ancestors used when they believed in Odin, when they believed in Zeus, when they believed in Ra. I’ll give you a scenario:
Skeptic: “I don’t believe Odin exists.”
Believer: “Then how do you explain the lightning and thunder? How do you explain why no one ever returns from the mountain top, where they live, alive? Who do you think decides what happens, good or bad, in our lives?”
Skeptic: “I don’t know.”
Believer: “So how can you think so foolishly that Odin and the gods don’t exist?”
I’m sure that argument was completely convincing without the knowledge of how lightening comes to be. Without the tools or knowhow to reach the peak of a mountain. It all seemed magical and otherworldly. But in todays world, we have more information. We’ve been to the top of the tallest mountains in the world. Guess what. No immortals living there.
Just because we don’t understand why we are here, or how the universe works doesn’t prove someone orchestrated everything. Yes, it is possible. I understand that. But with as much doubt as I have that someone actually did consciously create everything, I have even more doubt that, if someone was behind it all, it was the God from the Bible. As I’ve said before, Man has put his mark on everything he as ever come in contact with. Written text is far too easy to edit, change, and warp for me to think that a 2000 year old book hasn’t been adapted to suit the men who compiled it.
Therefore, I have no more reason to believe in the God from the Bible, than I do Odin. This ‘proof’ that is presented to me is simply science we don’t understand yet. We know how lightning works today. We know the image of a god chucking a bolt of lightning like a javelin is simply untrue. I think, sooner or later, we will find the answers to the modern questions that we have that some consider proof of God in today’s world. Everything is within walking distance if you have the time.
Before I get the barrage of “Christianity is about faith, not proof!” responses, I know that already. Believe me, I’m reminded on a pretty regular basis by the members of the flock of this fact. That is a subject I’ve touched upon several times to date. Anyone who has read this blog from the beginning knows how I feel about that excuse. It sounds a lot like “The Wizard of Oz” to me. “Behold the all powerful Wizard of Oz…….but don’t look behind the curtain lest you find out he isn’t real.” The Wizard was a man made ruse meant to intimidate people. I simply think that is more likely, concerning God, than the idea of an all powerful being. What do you think. What seems more likely to you. One single entity creating everything out of nothing, or men creating deities to try to explain what they don’t understand? I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen more examples of one rather than the other.