In the months since writing the post entitled Divine Science I have had a number of debates as to whether or not it is possible to prove God exists and I have never made the statement that God is a scientifically proven entity. The evidence of the existence of God has long been an argument. However, since there is no evidence to the contrary naturally it still remains a logical possibility. This is not a scientific debate though; it’s a spiritual (or subconscious/emotional) one that if provable would propel the enigma of why evil exists to the forefront. Part of the problem I think with the argument on proving the existence of “God” is the very defining of what “God” is or is not.
I, personally, am not a believer of an anthropomorphic deity. You know the one that billions of people believe in and atheists completely detest and reject. The God that judges and has had fits of rage that result in global flooding or fire and brimstone raining from heaven is an irrational concept to grasp or believe with any sense of reason. Nor do I believe that God was a man who walked among us 2,000+ years ago in the flesh that had to subject himself to execution in order to forgive me for sins I hadn’t committed yet because that was the only way he could forgive me. When you put God in a delusional dogmatic box like that, most rational people will not truly believe. In fact, the only reason many people do believe it is because the genetic lottery caused them to be born into a family that believes it and thus the indoctrination as a young age begins.
That being said, something still compels many people to still believe in God even though they have managed to discard youthful things like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Part of it is obviously the fear factor – lack of belief in Santa or the bunny will not result in eternal damnation and proving they were myths was easy. Yet there is also something within a person’s soul (or mind) that makes a distinction between God and the average run of the mill myths or beliefs.
Theists can be classed into one of three genres –
1. Unquestioning dogmatists, who believe exactly what they are told the Bible (or other sacred text) says. By all outward appearances there is no questioning the existence of God, the infallibility of scriptures and the supernatural events that are attributed to God and those sent by God.
2. Cafeteria believers, who observe the major holidays and abide by the traditions (baptism, bar mitzvah, etc) because it is their “religion”. They say they believe yet they couldn’t tell you what the primary doctrines are or even understand concepts like predestination or atonement.
3. Heretics. These are people who do not follow any religion and use either a comparative religious theology or a personal theology that is nondoctrinal and antidogmatic. (Yes, I am often considered to be a heretic and I am proud of it)
Most of you know I study the “sacred texts” of numerous religions. The Hermes archetype has existed since antiquity and will so long as people require hope for things not rationally obtainable. Hermes was a transitional deity that acted as a messenger, intermediary, and conductor between the divine and mortal worlds. The idea that mortal men could commune or speak with the gods was made possible through Hermes. Oddly enough Hermeneutics, which is the art of textual interpretation, is derived from the name Hermes, who could also be considered the interpreter of the gods to men. So whether you adopt the theology of the Odinist, the Wiccans, the Jews, Christians, Muslims or the Pastafarian you will not find “anything new under the sun” as theology and religion has been an ever evolving process; just like nature.
I have found that one of the best ways to put a reasonable argument around the existence of God is by blending multiple schools of thought together. There are 2 primary schools of thought in Judaism – rabbinic and mystic. In my opinion it is these 2 schools of thought that encompass what is needed to come to a sensible perception. The Rabbinic thought is based on – “I shall be what I shall be” (not I am what I am). The mystical side is based on the concept – “God is everything and God is nothing.”
When you incorporate these two together you get:
“I shall be everything and I shall be nothing.”
So, I really think it is a choice that each person has to make for themselves. If you choose not to believe in God, then God does not exist to you. If you have an inherited and shallow view of God, then you will have a shallow almost nonexistent God that is more an abstraction then reality. If you truly and deeply believe in God, then God exists and makes a difference to you and how you live .