As we all know, the answer to the question of whether or not there’s a God can generate lots o’ debate. (As they did/are in my last two posts, An Atheist Asks: Why Did Christ Have to Sacrifice Himself to Himself? and Inquiring Atheists Want to Know: What, Exactly, Was the Sacrifice Jesus Made?) So I thought I’d say this:
The answer to the question of whether or not there’s a God can only be yes or no, right? Either some Divine Intelligence created and sustains our world and us, or Nature Alone exists.
Passions aside, there is no way of knowing — in any sort of objective, empirically verifiable way — which of those two it is. Anyone who claims there is a way to positively know whether or not there’s a God must be understood to have at some point become irrational. (No offense, fellow Christians, but we must acknowledge that the Bible isn’t proof that our God exists. The Bible is an informing affirmation of the God in which we believe. I think we’d all do very well to remember that feeling certain that something is true doesn’t make it true.)
Because the chances of God existing are even either way, and because none of us can know which of the two choices available to us is the correct one, then choosing one of them must make exactly as much sense as choosing the other. It’s a 50-50, binary option. You could be right either way. Same as flipping a coin. Could be heads. Could be tails.
Could be a God. Could be no God. Could be complex and coincidental mechanics. Could be supremely intelligent design.
And nobody else’s!