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?