Does God Still Exist?
It never ceases to amaze me that people continue to insist their own notion of God is the only valid one, despite the absolute abundance over the millenia of claims of different people having received direct, personal, but very different, dispensations from God. It would seem that God, at the very least, thinks no one person can give an accurate reporting of such an encounter. What would motivate Him to be so frustratingly mis-informative, even to the point of instructing some listeners to kill all the other people He has spoken to?
Many people say God is required to have created the universe. But then, who created God?
I am reminded of the “turtles all the way down” story, most famously retold by Stephen Hawking in A Brief History of Time:
A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”
Occam’s Razor, the scientific principle of not introducing more theoretical structures than necessary to explain any set of observations, would suggest that not even one turtle added any extra explanatory value. Likewise with the notion that God is required to create the universe.
The quantum mechanical view of the universe is that one of its possible states was, at its beginning, that it was very small, impossibly small, such that its only natural way of continuing was to become the universe we now experience.
However, if God is Omnipotent, as many people believe, He would be able to prove that He doesn’t exist. In which case, someone could claim to have received such a proof in the same way previous people have claimed to have received hallowed communications.
Such a proof could be like this:
God can prove this sentence is false.
Can you think of another such proof, or a disproof of this notion?