Evidence that God is real

Discussion in 'Religion' started by James R, Aug 31, 2018.

  1. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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  3. Jan Ardena Valued Senior Member

    We'll have to agree to disagree.
    It seems as though you're projecting.
    Don't worry about it.
    No nerve has been hit. I just like to mix it up. See how you respond.
    There are worst things.
    I think you think I mean everyone worships God. But that's not what I meant.
    Which makes him religious.. At least from my own perspective.
    Answered that already.
    It is natural to believe.
    Why not?
    Because I don't deny or reject God.
    Why do you deny and reject God?
    Don't worry about it.
    If you are genuinely interested, then do some serious research, instead of posing the same old dead-end questions.
    You probably won't, but I feel it my duty to at least point you in the right direction.
    You haven't though.
    You seem to think you are correct by default, so you don't have to be serious in your approach.
    Either you do not understand the OP, or you choose to take the title literally.
    But I have shed light on what it means a couple of times already. So Check it out if you like. Or continue to accept what personally suits you.

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  5. Jan Ardena Valued Senior Member

    That's no way to critique your own post. But I do agree with you. I would have been nicer about it though.

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  7. Jan Ardena Valued Senior Member

    I'm sure he never used to be like this.

  8. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

    You really are damaged, aren't you? No wonder everyone here either skirts your issues or just ignores you.
  9. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

    Sure Jan anything to help you feel better about yourself.
    I am happy to leave it at that although for you to assume you know my thoughts could contain flaws.
    That is a curious response.
    I would not say that I worry about it as you seem content to accept it and if it helps you manage your world I need not comment.
    Wonderful well considered reply...yes why not.
    I wont burden you with my reasons why not and leave you in peace.
    4260"]Because I don't deny or reject God.[/QUOTE]
    Thank you for your answer.
    Well I think its made up and to accept the God story for me would be believing a fairy tale.
    I do not see anything that moves God from fairy tale to fact...I dont think it makes sense to invent a God and all that theists have included in the invention.
    I dont think you can reject something that you cant determine actually exists.
    My interest is really why folk believe and so far I have not found a good reason why they believe.
    Looking on the net as you suggested did not help.
    But consider your duty discharged as I did find folk talking religion who made me realise most are not as intelligent as you.
    OK have it your way I certainly do not wish to labour on the matter.
    If you fail to see the parrallel that is up to you.
    Well I will take you at your word and appologise for hinting that you were dishonest.
  10. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

    You dont seem to understand that what you are doing here is similar to what I did to you when I quoted you saying you were atheist.
    You pointed out that was wrong so why do you do wrong here?

  11. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

    Thanks, Alex. When I do wrong, I do it on purpose, but not often at all.

    We all pay a price for wrong.
  12. Michael 345 Looking for Bali in Nov Valued Senior Member

    So this thread has been Chess playing pigeon jacked from

    Produce Evidence of god


    Does god exist

    Why am I not surprised?

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  13. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Note to readers of this thread:

    I do not want a discussion here about what atheists might require as evidence of God. There's another thread for that discussion, here:


    So let us clearly distinguish the main questions of the two threads:

    The current thread is for theists to present what they regard as the best evidence(s) for God. I'm interested in what evidence convinces you, as a theist. Even if your belief is not evidence-based, I would like to know what evidence you regard as note-worthy (if any).

    The thread linked above asks a question of atheists: what kind of evidence might convince you, as an atheist, that God exists?
  14. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

    How can a rational person tell the difference, unless god appears, names herself The Bruce, and proceeds to lay about with her claymore, or gives everyone lemon meringue pie?

    Who defines someone as atheist, and why does that matter? I don't think there's a god, but I'm open to the idea.

    I act as though the Christian god has decreed I should, or is it the Jewish god? I know damned well that it's not the angry god of the muslims. Screw capitalizing the word. Why should "submitted to the will of allah" be a thing at all, if it requires you to kill in order to spread holiness?

    This is ridiculous bullshit.
  15. Yazata Valued Senior Member

    You snipped out some of the words I wrote that addressed that: "And I actively disbelieve in some of them [God/s]. If there is any ultimate cosmic principle, I'm reasonably confident that it has nothing to do with the Yahweh, Allah or Krishna of myth." (There's three, right there.)

    Precisely and in detail, I have no idea. (That's why I think of myself as an agnostic.) But more broadly, I guess that I'd say that 'God' would refer to reality's ultimate principle. (I don't know what that is.) Assuming that reality has just one ultimate principle and not more. (For example, it's possible to imagine that the most fundamental and irreducible sort of being is one thing and the source of the order it displays is something different.)

    In philosophical terms, what I'm saying there is that I don't really know for certain that reality is monistic.


    Ok, even if we assume for the sake of argument that reality only has one ultimate principle, one Source if you will (it's still unclear how anyone could possibly know that), we still have all sorts of people saying 'The Source is This!' or 'The Source is That!', or 'The Source has revealed itself to this ethnic group here! or 'The Source has revealed itself in that 'scripture' there!' One might adopt a theology that insists that all of these traditional figures (Yahweh, Allah, Krishna and so on) have a single existing referent, that everyone is really talking about the same thing. But that's a theological choice and I'd expect that many/most adherents of these various ostensibly monotheistic traditions wouldn't accept that theology.


    Faith that has some religious relevance, as opposed to faith that the law of gravity won't be repealed or that 2+2 will still equal 4. Faith with an ethical component, faith with a soteriological component. Faith in something imagined as holy, something that deserves our worship.

    I was thinking of the experiences claimed by advanced Indian yogins and religious contemplatives in traditions including the Christian and Muslim. I was holding open the possibility that their experiences in meditation might actually be evidence of something important.

    I don't think that practitioners of the contemplative traditions would agree with that. They believe that individuals can make ascents towards realization of the divine through inner practice and transcendent experience of various sorts. I didn't want to prematurely dismiss that possibility, without careful examination.

    Besides, if somebody insists that any and all experience is equally consistent with the existence and the non-existence of God, then that individual would seem to have already conceded to agnosticism. Either that, or to the thesis that knowledge of God's existence is non-experiential and has nothing to do with experience. That idea obviously would require further explanation.
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  16. iceaura Valued Senior Member

    Such as (almost?) every question you have ever asked on this forum.
    It's possible I overlooked an honest question from you somewhere. If one is pointed out to me, I will apologize.
    The silliness of your claim that by all definitions any deity is Truth, and the error of your claim that your God is Truth.
    Of course not. The factual nature of the observation is supported elsewhere. That you have had it pointed out to you several times was the assertion.
    The subject was your false claim that atheists in general reject and deny your God. The observation was that most don't.
    So quit wasting your time. Go away. After all, nothing you post here is an honest contribution to a science forum - so why bother?
  17. kx000 Valued Senior Member

    But it does say if you don't love you don't know God because God is love.
  18. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

    Where does it say that?

  19. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member


    Do I understand this correctly?

    Your evidence for God is subjective. You think that your belief in God affects your personality, so therefore God is real?

    And you think that the existence of love tells us that God is real? Is that because love couldn't exist without God?
  20. Michael 345 Looking for Bali in Nov Valued Senior Member

    If if if i would take this as true (I don't) but as a discussion point I can suspend my disbelief

    Given my suspended disbelief as per above and taking as a given

    Love validates the faith, it's just a matter as to if we truly believe or not... but I do. The bible does say God is LOVE

    I am sure kx000 and yourself would agree the corollary would be

    Devil is hate

    I HATE Hey Presto Abracadabra I conjure up SATAN

    Who knew

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  21. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Jan Ardena:

    I thought you might be interested in talking about the evidence that your God exists. If that's not the case, you don't have to participate in the thread.

    Why? Because there isn't any?

    Evidence can be indirect. For example, see kx000's post above. He seems to be saying that God must be real because love exists. The assumption, of course, is that love couldn't exist without God.

    To take a scientific example, I believe that gravity exists, even though I can't see it or touch it. I believe it exists because its effects are visible in the world.

    If you think that's important, you can address that question when you provide your evidence.

    Fine. Whatever. All I ask is that you present these evidences you say are there. Are you going to, or not?

    You are very much mistaken there. In science, for example, it is very common to look for evidence that either supports or tends to refute a hypothesis, while keeping an open mind. Presupposing truth strikes me as a more religious way of thinking.

    I think you're tying yourself up in knots before it becomes necessary.

    In science, again, conclusions are always provisional. I consider it a fact that gravity exists, but I'm willing to change my mind, in principle. Usually, that doesn't involve tossing the whole idea away and starting from scratch, although sometimes it does. For example, suppose good evidence were to come to light that gravity obeys an inverse power law that goes as the distance to the -1.99th power, instead of the usual -2 power? Then I'd be happy to revise my current belief.

    The age of the universe is a good example of a figure that has been revised many times, and in fact is still only approximately known. Gradually we are narrowing it down. We are confident we know the age within certain limits. That kind of thing is quite normal in science.

    The dinosaurs are an example of the perils of making statements that are too broad. In one sense, the dinosaurs are still with us today - we call them birds. But if we want to get more specific (no pun intended), we could list a whole bunch of dinosaur species that were very probably wiped out 65 million years ago.

    It's the most we can hope for. No human being can ever access the Ultimate Truth, whatever that might be.

    The value of evidence is that it tends to make us more confident that our hypotheses, theories, educated guesses, speculation are correct - or else it tends to tell us that we were wrong.

    I disagree. I think that Truth, with a capital 'T', is unattainable in practice.

    You're using your God language to talk about Truth now. God Is, Truth Is. Both are ideals, but what I'm interested here is evidence. If the best that evidence can do is point vaguely in the direction of Truth, then we'll just have to be content with that.

    Thinking scientifically, I'm interesting in making a mental model of the world that most closely matches what is observable and accessible to me. My best model currently includes things like gravity and the dinosaur meteor. Theists like yourself tell us that an accurate world-model must include God, in addition. So, I want to know: what is it that I can access that should lead me to introduce God as the most reasonable hypothesis? What evidence says God, unambiguously?

    The major religions treat God as a separate entity. Indeed, they speak of God as a person who acts in and on the world.

    Maybe your God is not a person but merely the "cornerstone of reality". That sounds like a very diffuse and nebulous sort of God to me, and it seems to me that in that picture no evidence would ambiguously point towards God. Or, rather, all evidence (of anything) would supposedly point to God. But then God is just a synonym for "everything". The problem with that is that it doesn't match how theists talk about God, typically. God, as far as I'm aware, is supposed to be a supernatural person.

    No. My question is to theists: what do you consider to be evidence.

    We have a separate thread for what I, as an atheist, might regard as evidence, and I have already posted quite extensively to that thread.

    No. I'm quite happy, for the purposes of this thread, for you to give your account of God, as a theist. Read the opening post again.

    Is there evidence that God is in every atom? If so, what is the evidence?
  22. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member


    Thanks for your post. I will be interested to see if any theists agree that the arguments you list are persuasive.

    It's all very well for us, as atheists, to try to imagine what theists might regard as evidence, but my purpose in starting this thread is to hear directly from the theists themselves.
  23. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Jan Ardena:

    The more pertinent question is: how can there be one? What is the evidence that there is one?

    So you're saying that you don't regard religious experience as evidence for God. Okay.

    Do you plan on listing any things that you do regard as evidence, at some point?

    A particle physicist would tell you that this is a model. They would also quibble technically about your description, but there's no need to get into that here.

    Understood by whom? Theists like yourself?

    Where is the evidence that spiritual masters actually alter physical structures on the minute level, as you claim?

    Are there any controlled studies showing that prayer produces the results you claim?

    How do you know?

    Without being arrogant, I'm confident that I understand how the laws of physics operate better than the average person - I'm quite highly trained in that area. It would seem that I should be able to work a miracle better than most, then. What kinds of miracles are you talking about, exactly?

    Also, assuming that this miraculous ability to control nature exists, do you regard it as evidence of God? What is the evidence that shows the connection?

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