Inability to prove God and why that isn’t a bad thing.

I definitely don’t want this blog to become a religion based blog, but I do want to share some thoughts on the subject.  I don’t have a degree in theology or anything, but I just have some thoughts to share.  At this time, I do not wish to share where I stand on the religious topic.

Lots of people say that there is no proof of God.  Well, they’re not wrong, but I think it goes deeper than that.  There can’t be proof of God.  That isn’t to say there definitely is a God.  However, there simply can never proof of the being.  This doesn’t just apply to the Christian God either.

No ‘proof’, no matter how affirming can never be proof.  After all, we have records of certain miracles happening over time.  For instance, there is the Virgin of Guadalupe.  If you don’t know the story, you can look it up the full story yourself, but the gist is there was a peasant in 1531, Juan Diego, who saw a vision of Mary who asked him to build a church at a site.  The archbishop wanted proof, and to sum up the story, Juan’s sick uncle was healed and the image of Mary was imposed on a blanket.  Not just some smudge, but a full in color portrait, and it is still on display today.

There’s also all the miracles in the Bible.  No need to be biased; there’s miracles in the Koran, Torah, Vedas, etc.  There’s stigmatas, and even cases where priests claim to witness the eucharist literally turning into blood and meat.  (being an American, I grew up around Christian culture, and so that is what I am most familiar with; I’m sure other religions have their own miracle stories, but I am not as familiar with them)

Well, with all these records of miracles, why doesn’t everybody believe in God?  Because we have no proof that those stories are true.  Nobody knows if the miracles depicted in the Bible, Koran, etc. are true or not except those that were there themselves.  Nobody will ever know with certainty exactly how that picture ended up on that blanket in 1531 except for Juan Diego.  The point is, there will never be definitive proof.  Even if we had a definite miracle today, who would believe us in a hundred years?  Or even just ten years?

How would we know a miracle was a miracle if we saw one?  There isn’t much that could be definitively proven as miraculous.  There is pretty much nothing that could happen that could not be rationalized as a potential trick or scam.  Even today we have modern “prophets” or “gods” who are revealed to be scammers and tricksters.  Some of them even perform convincing “miracles” that are later shown to be a trick.  Especially with modern video editing, there is no shortage of things that could be done.  Or it could be a natural phenomenon that seems magical at the time, but later science shows it to be a natural, if unusual, occurrence.  Similar to the ancient people around in Biblical times.  Most people like to think of them as fools, but they were just as intelligent as we are, they just didn’t know as much.

Case in point, if God was real, then the existence of the world would be the result of a miracle.  We are all around to experience this miracle, but do we all believe?  No, because there is no way to know how the world came to be.  Some people like to say that the existence of the world is definite proof of God.  But that seems rather off.  For instance, some people say the world is too complex to have come about without a God.  Then that would necessitate a rather simple God, since in most monotheistic religions God is all powerful and there is none greater.  The buck stops with Him.  However, if God is all infinite and all powerful, then He must be a great deal more complex than the physical universe He created.  Therefore, we can’t use complexity as a means to gauge whether the universe had a creator or not.

Even if God Himself showed up on Earth, how would we know it was God?  Even if He could show definitive powers, it could be an alien or something.  There would be no way to now if an all powerful being would be just an advanced alien, or if it truly was the being that created the world, et cetera et cetera.  While advanced aliens are a little out there, so is the creator of the universe suddenly manifesting on the Earth not to end it, but just to show off His fancy powers.

All this is not to say that there is no God, nor is it to say that it is foolish to believe in a God.  Religion is based on faith.  That’s the beauty of it.  There is no proof for it, and there is no proof against it.  Just to go with the Christian God for a moment, Jesus tells the people that were cleansed of leprosy or other miracles that Jesus performed to go home and tell no one of the miracle.  Why?  Because Jesus didn’t want people to believe because of fancy “magic tricks”, Jesus wanted people because of faith.


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