In the last blog entry I asked readers, “Can you describe God without quoting the Bible or using imagery?” I was trying to show that it can’t be done because God can’t be proven.
Several people communicated their thoughtful replies. I want to be respectful but I’m going to argue back.
Some said that there had to be someone who created everything that exists. “Just look around you, David. Does it make sense that all this just HAPPENED?”
I’m told that physics actually does explain how everything “just” happened. However, I’m not a scientist and neither are the people who posed this argument and it didn’t seem productive to continue this discussion.
Except I want to make this observation:
This argument reduces God to a vague entity, a hint that something out there might be behind the appearance of the universe. This is very different from the God of Christianity, which describes a heavenly father who loves people passionately, responds to prayer, communes with our spirits, and remains in charge of everything that is.
Christianity has formed massive bureaucratic institutions, produced endless volumes of doctrine, and has influenced governments. And the argument for this God’s existence is that there might be something out there that created everything?
That’s very weak.
Another argument is that God is immeasurable and the fact that God cannot be proven indicates that God actually exists. So, not seeing any evidence of God actually reveals his existence…?
That’s very weak, too.
Some admitted that their understanding of God was based only on personal experience: their inner feelings and thoughts. They saw God through their interpretation of events in their lives.
I am reluctant to refute someone’s subjective experiences. But I’ll offer my experiences in comparison:
By faith I believed God to be true. I committed a life of service to this God. I did my best to help the people who followed him. I spent years in school honing my theology as well as my skills as a pastor. I prayed, meditated, worshiped, and studied. My experience is that no one answered me except my own thoughts.
At some point when my energy failed and I felt utterly alone, I gave up believing. And I’ll tell you something else. If this God really does exist, I don’t care. I won’t continue to pursue a relationship with someone who has ignored me my entire life.
I know there are other people who are haunted by similar thoughts but are reluctant to tell anyone. So I’m saying it for them and I’m here if they want to talk.