Do We Need To Prove The Existence of God?
– part of an ongoing examination of the question: “Does God Exist?” –
Is it possible to PROVE the existence of God? Any convincing evidence – like, scientific or rational evidence?
Well, we can’t prove that God DOESN’T exist, can we?
We don’t have to.
What do you mean? Why not?
You’ve heard of the SKUNK-APE, haven’t you?
You mean, the claim by the mayor of that little town down south of here, near the Everglades, about having regularly seen some kind of hairy swamp monster sloshing through the muck?
Which he conveniently seems to float for the news media to pick up on in conjunction with a yearly festival that attracts hordes of curious visitors to his economically-deprived little community.
You’re suggesting that we are under no obligation to prove that something like a skunk-ape doesn’t exist?
Of course not! The BURDEN OF PROOF always falls on those whose claim is the most far-fetched.
Believing in God is “far-fetched”?
Well . . . Consider how CHRISTIANITY might look to an outsider.
You mean, like I just dropped in from Mars, or somewhere, and you’re going to give me the “good news”?
Yeah . . . There’s this ghost they call the “Holy Ghost,” who knocked up a virgin – she’s married to someone else, mind you – and she gets pregnant (the husband doesn’t seem to mind) and gives birth to a child in a barn on a bed of straw who from these humble beginnings grows up to claim he is the son of God, is crucified, dead and buried, but somehow manages to push away the rock from his tomb, hang with his friends for a while, then ride a cloud up into the sky to sit in an invisible heavenly mansion at the right hand of his ghost of a Father, the Lord of the Universe . . .
Whew! And I thought the skunk-ape was stretching the imagination!
. . . and this kid named Jesus does all this to save from eternal damnation only those who accept this story as true, only those who believe he is the son of God, only those who regularly cannibalize his flesh and drink his blood, and those whose moral obligation once they become disciples is to quit work, lay down their nets, take no thought of the morrow and become fishers of men, burn witches, torture infidels – while the rest flounder forever in a boiling lake of fire compliments of a kind and loving God who, if you happen to be a Presbyterian, has already predestined before you were even born, nothing you can do about it, exactly who’s going to heaven and who’s not.
I see what you mean, “far-fetched”!
So . . . Where does the “burden of proof” fall – on the believer or the non-believer?