[quote=Cosmo]Why not? What is it that prevents you from even acknowledging that the slimmest possibility even exists that he does not exist?
The reasons I stated before.
An interesting statement. The appendix is not alone; there is no shortage of human body parts that either serve no purpose or seem rightfully out of place. I am not trying to disprove to you God’s intelligence or power - but, what do you think it would take for you to acquiesce to the possibility that he may not exist?
Nothing. My intellect, the wonder of creation, the systems of life. I cannot disbelieve the existence of God. It’s too difficult for me.
One step at a time, indeed. Here’s some questions for you to ponder. If you answer them, perhaps then we can talk about accepting Jesus.
- We have no scientific evidence that God exists. In the 12,000 years since man settled down and ended its hunter-gatherer lifestyle, do you not think that someone would have found God if he did indeed exist?
Ancient gatherers looked in wonder at the world around them. Neanderthals buried their dead and there’s even evidence of some possible ritualistic remnants from their culture. They may not have developed as much reasoning power as we do now, but it does appear that they believed in a higher being.
- What about the thousands upon thousands of other Gods that are also said to exist? What of Zeus and Hera? What of Dionysus, Quetzalcoatl, and Vishnu? What of Allah? What of Ra, Osiris, and Mercury? What reason do you have for being a near-complete atheist, in that you believe in one God but deny the existence of thousands of others that have been named to exist? What is it that makes you cling to only one? Is there really such a big difference between me, the atheist, and you, the christian?
All these are results of man’s searching for God. Because of the ancient cultures’ realization that there had to be a higher power, they tried to explain it in their own terms in the absence of divine revelation. That’s why all ancient cultures were theistic. They however became crazily theistic. But this further shows that man is indeed hard-wired to believe in a god.
Now we believe in One God because in the fulness of time, a God did reveal himself to man, and declared himself to be the Only God; there is no other. The rest didn’t show themselves. (BTW, Apollo and company were aliens, see Star Trek: Who Mourns for Adonais Ra was Gouaould; see Stargate SG-1 :D).
- What of evil? If you had the power to prevent 3,000 deaths and the collapse of two skyscrapers on a given day in September, wouldn’t you? If God is able to prevent evil but is unwilling, is he not malevolent?
God gave us free will and in his wisdom, which is beyond our own, he allows us to exercise this free will. It is part of his love for us, believe it or not. God is all good, none of what is evil was created by him. But he allows us to exercise our will even to do evil, for there is no evil from which he can bring out good. Yes, it sounds like a cop-out, but it is the truth.