The law of identity, one of the most basic fundamentals of existence and cognition, is enough that additional proof is not necessary. As if I need to somehow prove that I am not currently on Jupiter. My presence here proves I am not as any essential characteristic anyone can possibly give to a god is total abject bullshit and contradictory. It is not wise to say we cannot prove a negative. God is 0% possible. And if you disagree, you are saying that there is a quality of god that has a greater than 0% chance of existing. I would like to hear from a so called agnostic atheist what that essential characteristic that could possibly exist is and I will tell you that it is either metaphor, contradictory, or something we already has a real term for, like alien. God is now, has always been, and will always be total fucking nonsense.
Not quite 100% but pretty close. If there is a god, it probably isn't one of the major religions' concepts of god.
1) The virgin birth god born on the winter solstice has been used one too many times not to be a rip-off of Horus.
2) Why does god perceive women as inferior, and gays as sinners? God has the same attitude as a sexist homophobe?
3) Why are all records of the existence of gods tracked back to religious doctrine? Why don't the Romans have records of the crucifixion of Jesus, or at least Peter? Peter was supposedly crucified upside down. One would think his request to be crucified upside down would make its way into government documentation.
Sure there was a fire in Rome in 64 AD. It's hard to believe all documentation of Christ's records were destroyed. And why not the 3 Persian Kings who witnessed a virgin birth? After dwelling across the desert 6 months to witness a miraculous birth, they failed to record it.
If there is a god, it hasn't revealed itself to humanity, because there isn't any evidence. If.
From what I've read it appears that after 150 yrs of "Biblical Archaeology", textual criticism & philosophical wrangling advanced theologians have given up on the God of the Bible. They have not even come up with a completely satisfying notion of what the term "God" really means. This is not a very concrete result especially considering the amount of time & mental energy that has been expended upon it. If this were a scientific research program its funding would have been pulled a century ago.
However, none of this is ever communicated to the faithful as rarified philosophical debate does not put bums in pews. Nor is it very good PR to admit that our advanced research program, which you the congregation have sponsored so generously for all theses years, has been totally inconclusive.
My point is that debating the probability of the existence, or nonexistence, of our Sunday school idea of "God" is pointless. If the greatest minds in Christendom cannot even agree on what is meant by the word "God" there is no way to meaningfully discuss the matter.
I agree Jay.
99.9999999999999% certain there is no god. In practical terms, that is 100%.
"Good enough for government work." was one of my engg. prof's favourite expressions. I think we have a practical measure of certainty here that we can work with. Actually, there are enough inconsistencies within both the New & Old Testaments to render the whole point moot without reference to any other sources.
I'm 100% certain that I don't "know" whether there's a god or not, but since the evidence is sorely and eternally lacking that would be required to elicit belief in one, I have no choice but to act as though there is not one. I don't need certitude to support a belief or lack of one. Christians, Muslims and Jews have been doing just that for centuries.
How can there be any proof of something that is complete fantasy? It would be like Snow White and the Seven dwarfs were actually real.....God is an imaginary myth created by Man to cope with reality of the time..... Believing in a god made many people able to cope with the many tragic circumstances abounding in the natural world.....There was no knowledge of anything to speak of during this time so believing in an all powerful god must have been quite helpful......However in 2014 with the incredible leaps in science and so many questions answered about our evolution and climate...it is no longer necessary to believe in a supreme being....Humans can now rely on themselves for living a life and surviving depending on their own actions by Rational thinking.......
Belief in a god...any god...is just that - a belief. It does not depend upon any evidence whatsoever. So, a god could exist or not exist. Either status is compatible with belief that one does in fact exist. Since by definition gods exist outside of physical reality, and evidence does not, by definition there can be no verifiable and substantiated evidence of one's existence or non-existence. Since I aim to live my life and make my life decisions based upon evidence, I am constrained to withhold belief in anything that is irrational, illogical and unsupported by evidence. Since it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to evidence the non-existence of that which does not exist, and since the claim that a god does exist has yet to be evidenced with anything remotely resembling verification or substantiation, the rational, logical position seems to be unavoidable, that being that no such entity does in fact exist.
Since by definition gods exist outside of physical reality, and evidence does not, by definition there can be no verifiable and substantiated evidence of one's existence or non-existence.
Gods have often been claimed to change physical reality in a supernatural way. That's called a miracle. A god is thought to be intervening in reality to give a message to a human being.
However, miracles are thought to happen in a sporadic way, because they are caused by the will of a god.
It would be difficult to scientifically study miracles because of this. You couldn't do experiments in a lab to study miracles.
But, perhaps there could be a truly verifiable miracle anyways.
Would a verifiable miracle prove the existence of God to you?
Or would you just expand the definition of "natural" to include miracles?