Did you know that there are a myriad of things I cannot disprove to you? For instance: I cannot disprove that I am not sitting in the middle of a vast crowd of invisible elves, or that there is not a large undetectable whale hovering above my head at all times!

There is simply no viable method available to completely rule out these possibilities. That being said, should I believe it? Is there anything at all that can tip the scales so that my personal sense of certainty is skyhigh about the ghost of Moby Dick always floating around me?

Well, I would say that the only thing that could or would necessitate that belief is to find some means to identify and detect the ghost of Moby Dick. This is logical and this is very basic with regard to how my belief in that could, would, or ever should be justified.

Alright, so, why beat around the bush any longer? I think that plain straightforward reasoning would have us apply this same kind of principle to the question of God. The question isn’t whether there is a slight chance that a God exists, the question is whether there is anything to justify belief in God in the present?

To that question I have concluded that there is about as much likelihood for God’s existence as there is for the ghost of Moby Dick always being present with me. What this means is that I have found nothing in these past two years to reel me back into a firm belief that God exists. The unfalsifiable nature of this claim is actually what has launched me into applying skepticism toward my former faith.

Anyone who wants to rest on the authority of their religious tradition alone is by default playing favorites without good justification. I’m a broken record about this, but I must insist that logically this is the case. It all comes down to one’s personal psychology and desire. Faith is far more about desire than it is about honesty.

All of the greatest religions have formulated their own set of authoritative claims, none of them provide compelling evidence for their claims, and as a default belief boils down to whatever one personally wants out of a religion. Whatever essentially trips your spiritual trigger.

This is why my challenge toward a mentality of faith is to stop playing favorites and start asking what serves to presently justify belief in God or any particular religion? If you wouldn’t believe in the ghost of Moby Dick always hovering above you, then why is it that you believe in God?

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5 thoughts on “Unfalsifiable God?

  1. I guess it depends what one means by the word “God”. And then what one means by “believe in”.

    For many Christians (perhaps a majority in my neck of the woods), God is a concept rather than anything more substantial.

    The original meaning of “believe in”was to to “place one’s trust in” as it was accepted that one or more supernatural beings existed.

    So if I said that I believe in God then it means that I place my trust in a concept or set of values that I believe are important in my relationship to the rest of the world.

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    1. Good points, yes, so I suppose in that formulation of faith and belief I would stress the incoherence that naturally exists there. From what I can gather, it seems that people are trusting in God without a viable means to identify that their personal trust is actually in relationship to an existing God. It could just as well be in relationship to an abstract conception of God and not to a God that can be shown to be actual.

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      1. My whole contention now is that there appears to be no other way to confirm the veracity of religious truth claims without providing a means to identify who or what God is, if one exists. There are so many contradictory definitions and conceptions of a God or gods that we essentially need to have the real Slim Shady please stand up and stand out among the rest. It would restore the integrity of the word “truth” within religion if we could provide a means to answer the basic question, “does God even exist?”

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  2. I always think religions are not faith in God. They are faith in the ancient people who wrote the book. If they saw a person on the street who claimed to regularly hear from angels or God in a literal way, they would certainly question their sanity. But the person who wrote it down several thousand years ago… That person they trust. Implicitly.

    They know nothing about these people who wrote their holy book. The writers could be complete idiots, power hungry assholes or deranged lunatics. But they trust them completely.

    They know nothing about people who made the subsequent editing decisions, leaving out whole sections… But they trust them completely.

    They do know that the writers were living in an entirely different culture with a different set of norms and expectations and stresses than we experience today. Slavery was the norm, treating women like property was the norm, and sacrificing an animal to gain the favor of a god was the norm.

    The views of the writers can have little or no relevance to our life today. But they trust them completely.

    Religious people don’t believe in God as much as they believe in the people who wrote the book.

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