Here’s a topic I read on another forum and was interested in what everyone had to say to this hypothetical scenario. I’m Catholic, but I find it quite interesting. My conclusion I come to is that without Faith in God, we are essentially left with no basis for our foundation of worship. So here it is:
Note: To Theists. Please don’t have a kneejerk reaction to this thread and post something stupid like “Because The Torah/Bible/Qu’ran Says so.”. Please read, think, and provide logical arguments.
There is a planet, a planet with no religion, no Holy Books, and no concept of “God”. The people of this world do not know how the Universe started, they do not know how they got there, but they have theories, some good, some not so good.
Some time during the life span of Planet another being arrives, a creature of great age, knowledge and power. This entity does not occupy the same physical space as the Planet, or it’s people, but can pass between the realities if it wishes.
At some point it crosses over and communicates with the people of the Planet, it tells them it is all powerful, never dying, and was in fact the one who created them. However he also informs them of his evil brother, another creature like him who aims to destroy them.
“Only through me can you move into the next realm, if you choose to turn away I will be unable to save you from my brother” He tells them.
Of course, some of the planet’s inhabitants are skeptical, but the entity soon quashes these beliefs by demonstrating his power. Within time all of the Planet’s people accept him as their God, and worship in him the hope he can save them from his brother.
However, in reality the entity lied. He was not all powerful, he was not without death, and he was defiantly not the one who created them. He even lied about his motives, in truth he was the deceiver and only through his brother could they be saved.
I pose to you a hypothetical scenario.
In this scenario we can draw many likeness to Religion in the world today. God has given us many scriptures, and even proved himself through Miracles and Predictions. He tells us that only through him can we achieve salvation, and that Satan is the deceiver, one who would trick us away from our eternity in Heaven.
I ask you, since you have never heard Satan’s side of the story, how can you accept God’s one? Even if we accept the Holy Books are 100% Fact they do not prove God’s story, they show nothing more than God being a very powerful entity.