An argument for God's existence

That’s not my point. My point is [first of all] why should the No God folks believe in the existence of any God, let alone a particular God embraced by a particular denomination. Hundreds of them…East and West.

And that in regard to Sin/evil on this side of the grave, many of these denominations embrace conflicting moral and spiritual agendas.

Some insist that in regard to virtually every aspect of our lives, their own God judges mere mortals from the cradle to the grave. From their point of view, you and Bob and other believers here are just as likely to be “left behind”.

And if I am being asked to worship and adore their own God, how is it not reasonable to ask why this God would allow the sort of terrible, terrible things we see all around us merely in following the news from day to day to day?

Yes, of course! If this actually works for you and you are able to believe it, great!! You remain comforted and consoled despite acknowledging all of the truly ghastly things that your loving just and merciful God permits…things that if mere mortals attempted them they would burn in Hell for all of eternity.

But, in my view, it is certainly not inherently unreasonable for those like me to point out just how truly bizarre or unconscionable this might seem to be.

Note to others:

Does anyone here remember what that might be? And, in noting it, did he encompass it given a particular context in which the points I raise in my signature threads were explored?

Yes, but the folks that sustain them [with or without the best of intentions] are not omniscient and omnipotent. And many of us see them as anything but “loving just and merciful”.

Let alone viewing the world around us from a “fractured and fragmented” point of view.

Marxism is now just another objectivist frame of mind to me. At least to the extent that there are those who insist that the world around us can still be reconfigured into the Communist Manifesto. On the other hand, Marx explored the evolution of political economy down through the ages in ways that still seem rational to me.

You have provided me with a frame of mind that, just like my own, is basically an existential contraption rooted in assumptions about the “human condition” derived largely from a life that predisposed you to go in a direction different from my own.

That sort of “answer”, sure.

We’ll need a context of course.

That’s an obtuse redundancy.

Since those things have nothing to do with whether a god exists or not, I fail to see why you and your buddy bring it up.

Nobody here is asking you to worship or adore anything.

That’s you projecting your ideas about God onto me. As you do with others.

I didn’t say that God is loving, merciful, nor did I say anything about Hell or eternity.

More projecting.

I didn’t say that God is omniscient or omnipotent.

You have a one-dimensional stereotype of God, theists and the religious. That’s the basis of your arguments.

I truly dare you you to provide us with a context relating to the existence of God that explains what you mean by this.

There’s no mystery here, on my part.

Our lives are totally and completely meaningless as currently constructed.

I would not be able to make this claim if I didn’t know exactly how to make existence perfect and infinitely better.

This, what we’re in… is total crap and bullshit.

I now know enough to know that. My suicidal rage was because I didn’t know shit. Now… I know …

Enough to keep me going. Once you know what I know, there’s no turning back…

This life as currently constructed is simple as fuck:

When you win and someone loses, you are sent to hell

When you lose, you are in hell

I solved this fucking problem.

Don’t fucking come to me about the mystery… what a load of crap

Note to others:

A little help with this one please. For example, what in the hell is he talking about?!

My point has always revolved around the extent to which arguments for God’s existence are able to be configured into actual demonstrable proof that a God, the God, my God does in fact exist.

After all, only after it is established that God does in fact exist, does it make any realistic, “for all practical purposes” sense to go on to theodicy.

Here, however, I’m basically saying, “okay, let’s just assume that your God does exist. Why then is the world the way it is given the manner in which so many believers describe God as omniscient, omnipotent, loving, just, merciful.”

And while no one here may be asking me to worship and adore their own God, any number of religionists that I’ve encountered over the years have been adamant regarding my fate if I do not worship and adore their own God.

I’m just trying to bring this all down to Earth given my own understanding of how we acquire beliefs like this.

No, I’m trying to grapple with how individuals come to believe what they do given the arguments I make in regard to these relationships in my signature threads. How do each of us as individuals not come to project onto the world and into others the manner in which our own thinking and feeling is rooted in the arguments I make.

We all come into the world hardwired to embody all manner of “psychological defense mechanisms”. But why mine in particular and yours in particular? How are the actual instances of this not profoundly rooted in the points I make about human identity in the is/ought world.

Clearly, to the extent the ego is defended by God it can become impervious to the arguments that I make.

As for my ideas about God, and what interest me about religion, that’s why I created this thread: … 5&t=186929

Morality here and now, immortality there and then: described and encompassed existentially.

Okay, note examples from this thread [or elsewhere] of multi-dimensional assessments of God, theists and the religious. Given a particular set of circumstances whereby actual behaviors are chosen given one’s belief in God and one’s understanding of the fate of “I” on the other side of the grave.

Or, as I suspect, do dimensions here basically revolve around agreeing or disagreeing with what others profess to believe about God and religion.

That’s clueless idiocy.

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Although Iambiguous has picked up some of the terminology of existential phenomenonology like dasein, I don’t see him stepping outside of a natural perspective. And within that perspective his view on religion is strictly and rigidly a narrow evangelical fundamentalist one about which he is justifiably skeptical.

I answered that here :

To which you replied with this:

As if I’m comforted and consoled in this situation. #-o

Comforted and consoled by what???

And I didn’t attribute ‘loving’ and and ‘merciful’ characteristics to God. Nor did I claim that anyone would or ought to “burn in Hell for all eternity”.

Why are you talking about “my God” when you have no clue about what that means to me?

These are fantasies in your head.

Bob, Felix, Ierrellus, KT … all have multi-dimensional unique assessments.

In regard to your own argument for the existence of God, what on earth are you attempting to communicate to us here about me?

We’ll need a context of course.

Or, as I suspect, does that in and of itself end the discussion?

Yep, that’s where we are stuck. And, sure, to the extent that someone either is or is not comforted in sweeping natural disasters, extinction events and all the countless afflictions God dumped on us under the “God works in mysterious ways” rug, well, that part is still rooted in dasein from my point of view.

Huh? Above you noted you have already discussed all of this with me. And that you refuse to again. That’s why I asked others [if they do recall what you said] to bring it to my attention. What is your “here and now” understanding of God as it impacts the behaviors you choose on this side of the grave…as that impacts your current assumptions regarding “I” on the other side of it.

And how do you go about reconfiguring your argument about God’s existence into that which, to the best of your ability, amounts to a demonstration of His existence.

Finally, are you yourself content with sweeping all the terrible things that God brings to us here on Earth under the mysterious ways rug?

Note to Bob, Felix, Ierrellus and karpel tunnel…

What is he proposing here? Cite examples from your own posts that you feel demonstrates your own approach to God’s existence is “multi-dimensional”. How are your arguments more unique than mine? In fact, my own arguments rooted in the points I make in my signature threads are like none other that I have ever come across over the years.

If I don’t know why these things are happening and I don’t have control over them, then what kind “sweeping under the rug” do you imagine that I’m doing.

What do you think I should be doing? Asking about this on the internet? Crying in the shower? What?

Epictetus wrote: "Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Some things are up to us and some things are not up to us.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.”

Felix wrote :

Think about that.

This is a quote from one of John Vervaeke’s videos:

This shows us that the Christian narrative is the Bible, the church provides the communities and institutions where practises are available. Community cannot be stressed enough, because all the alternatives (especially in our modern world) take us out of community, and we either rot away alone or behind some avatar in some computer game or discussion forum.

The message of religion is between the lines. It is the inspiration that we cannot locate. It is the dream, the vision and intuition. It is heard in silence, in solitude but also suddenly in the middle of a crowd. But it is real and has real implications. It just isn’t something we can demand, but something we have to ask for. If we don’t ask, don’t knock humbly at the door, it is gone. It is the city on the hill and the light in the darkness. It is the destination of a journey, which we must undertake spiritually.

Yes, it is in words. No, it isn’t only words, but meaning and wisdom. Living in honour of these things can help us forward. Humility is the mindset by which we best fare.

We all react to to this as individuals predisposed by our life experiences to think and to feel this or to think and to feel that.

And, to the best of my knowledge, no one has yet come up with an explanation that can be construed as “the best one”.

And, yes, internet forums like this exist precisely in order to explore our own individual reactions. For some, the terrible things that an alleged loving, just and merciful God dumps on us day in and day out is more or less readily subsumed in His mysterious ways. Others, like you, simply don’t know why. Then there are those like me, unable to believe in God, who are confronted with the grim assumption that human pain and suffering is all merely part and parcel of the brute facticity that encompasses our essentially meaningless existence.

And that we’ve still got oblivion to contend with.

Of course! If you are able to think yourself into believing things of this sort and it works to [more or less] comfort and console you, I can only envy you.

And maybe, just maybe, you might be able to yank me up closer to thinking like that myself before I yank you down closer into thinking about it as I do.

Or, instead, we can just move on to others.

I did. And I responded to his point above:

Nothing from him so far.

Bearing in mind that this topic has the title “An argument for God’s existence” and not “[u]The[/u] argument for God’s existence” (well done Fanman), there have been numerous arguments posited and they show up the fact that their can be only suggestions from the varying cultures and traditions. The fact that no-one has provided you with what you consider “the best one” is not anyone’s fault.

I find the fact that mankind has found diverse possibilities to portray the divine fitting, because there is no perfect argument. There are only fingers pointing at where they see evidence for the divine. Even the non-theistic Buddha saw that there was a way out of suffering, which suggests that this way was there from the beginning.

If you are unable to believe in God, or in the eightfold path, or whatever other ways to cope with suffering there are, then of course you have a problem. Mankind has in the past, told stories, written down myths, developed spiritual practices and, in times incomparably worse than ours, learned to cope. At least there wasn’t mass suicide as an answer to the suffering that was always present.

Oblivion shouldn’t be a problem, if you are unable to believe in God. It is just oblivion. It is a problem if you just say that you are unable to believe in God but hold on to a doubt, a chance that their may be a God after all. In this, as Felix says, you are struggling with an evangelical wrathful God. I think that the Gospel message tells us that love is the answer, the light in the darkness.

If that isn’t enough, stop putting the onus on others to convince you. It’s down to you, alone.

If we could really prove God, then belief in Him would no longer be belief, but knowledge, so that belief would have become obsolete, belief in God would no longer be necessary.

We are not allowed and supposed to prove or disprove His existence empirically or otherwise, as you have said in your introduction.

What about the other believers in God or gods?

And what about the Godwannabes, who don’t allow us to prove or disprove their existence either? :slight_smile:

Hi Otto,

I haven’t got a clue. I am only familiar with the Christian God. I can’t speak knowingly about other religions, doctrines and scriptures.

I mean, we can’t apply my lines of argumentation to every purported God there is, as that wouldn’t make sense. I suppose we have to look at it the sense of the God that we can most realise in terms of logic, that concords most with the reality we experience, is the one that could exist.

I’m reaching here. I am also thinking in a monotheistic sense.

Like I am actually blaming others here for failing me. And I have always made it clear that there is no possibility that I am able to demonstrate that any of the arguments here of others are wrong. Let alone that only my own is right.

I can only ask those who make an argument to bring that argument out into the world that we live in and address the points that I make above. And, to the best of their ability, at least make an attempt to note how they might go about demonstrating that what they believe “in their head” about God and religion is in fact demonstrable at all. Or is the argument just an expression of their own more or less blind “leap of faith”.

And Kierkegaard’s own leap along with Pascal’s wager works for me if it works for others. I just can no longer think myself into going there.

Finally, I feel it is important to point out this: that what we believe about all of this can become rooted more in what we want to believe is true because it comforts and consoles us. At least before it reaches the point where [for some] they come to insist that others are obligated to believe it too. Or else.

Clearly, you have come to think what you do “here and now”. But if I am ever going to be able to go more in that direction myself it becomes important for those who are there now to respond to the points I make above. Why? Because until they are addressed more substantively it is very unlikely that I will be able to yank myself up out of the philosophical/existential hole that “I” am in “here and now”.

Instead, you sustain your end of the discussion in what I construe to be a general description spiritual account:

In this respect, we are in two different discussions here. My end of it no better than yours but considerably more inclined to bring God and religion out into the world that we live in. One in which there are any number of religious paths in stark contrast [and in conflict] in regard to both morality here and now and immortality there and then.

And with all of this at stake, why would not a truly existing God point the way with, well, a more definitive clarity?

As for this…

…the gap [here and now] is probably beyond closing.

“It is just oblivion”?!!

Sure, that’s easy for the religionists to say. Why? Because “here and now” they are able to convince themselves that, on the contrary, it is not oblivion at all. It is a Divine immortality and salvation. Paradise for all the rest of eternity!

At least throughout most of the Western hemisphere.

As for folks like me, oblivion encompasses the loss of all of the things that we love and cherish about being alive on this side of the grave. Why on earth do you suppose so many people are terrified of dying? It’s just a coincidence?

Instead, for those like me, we can only “hope” that someday the pain and suffering in our lives becomes so unbearable that oblivion is at least an option available to us to take it all away.

No, again, that’s your “take” on me. The onus is always on me. But others – the religious folks – are either more or less successful in convincing me that my own frame of mind is actually less reasonable than theirs.

Being the polemicist here is just a way in which to provoke them to dig deeper. And, as I noted above, this part:

As well [as always] this:

He was like a man who wanted to change all; and could not; so burned with his impotence; and had only me, an infinitely small microcosm to convert or detest. John Fowles