[quote=TySixtus]This is nonsense.
Am I required to provide proof that leprechauns don’t exist? No, of course not. Your god is no different. Give me some characteristics of your god and I’ll disprove them, and easily.
The standard default for any belief is “No”, until proven otherwise. You don’t believe in anything until it’s existence is at least inferred from some other source. In other words, you can’t believe in something until you have knowledge of its essence.
Having said that, any type of god that you can conjure up can be disproven by anyone with a shred of critical thinking ability. Let’s give this a try. You provide some attributes a god may have, and I’ll disprove them.
While some would claim that it’s “impossible” for a person to claim that something doesn’t exist, I would hesistate to argue in this arena, as it leads to solipsism; which is considered to be a intellectually bankrupt field of philosophy.
I’m as certain that there is no god of any kind as I’m as certain as I’m sitting in this chair, right now. After 24 years on this planet, 21 of them as a Roman Catholic altar boy, lector and Eucharistic Minister, and having seen no evidence whatsoever for the existence of the Catholic god (let alone any other generic type of god concept) I can safely and reasonably say that no god exists.
If it turns out I’m wrong, I can admit it. I’m just not convinced, yet, so my answer is “no”.
I mean, should I go around thinking that maybe Zeus exists, because his non-existence can never be proven? No one but the theist, when defending his particular religion, makes this claim.
You can’t prove the non-existence of anything. You maintain a lack of belief when sufficient evidence hasn’t been provided. You do this in almost every facet of your life, except your theology. Your theology gets a pass.
Your reasoning is faulty because you are looking for a proof that you will not see. In the case of the gods you mention they are mere fabriocations of men. The one true God is known throught the following ways - THe Catechism states:
** “I BELIEVE” - “WE BELIEVE”**
26 We begin our profession of faith by saying: “I believe” or “We believe”. Before expounding the Church’s faith, as confessed in the Creed, celebrated in the liturgy and lived in observance of God’s commandments and in prayer, we must first ask what “to believe” means. Faith is man’s response to God, who reveals himself and gives himself to man, at the same time bringing man a superabundant light as he searches for the ultimate meaning of his life. Thus we shall consider first that search (Chapter One), then the divine Revelation by which God comes to meet man (Chapter Two), and finally the response of faith (Chapter Three).
29 But this “intimate and vital bond of man to God” (GS 19 § 1) can be forgotten, overlooked, or even explicitly rejected by man.3 Such attitudes can have different causes: revolt against evil in the world; religious ignorance or indifference; the cares and riches of this world; the scandal of bad example on the part of believers; currents of thought hostile to religion; finally, that attitude of sinful man which makes him hide from God out of fear and flee his call.4
30 "Let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice."5 Although man can forget God or reject him, He never ceases to call every man to seek him, so as to find life and happiness. But this search for God demands of man every effort of intellect, a sound will, “an upright heart”, as well as the witness of others who teach him to seek God