The subject of religion, any version of it by any name I hasten to add, is often a topic of regular debate between those that follow such things and those who want some form of proof that God is real first. I’m on the side of those who want some form of practical proof first for the record. Anyway a belief in such things, or not, is all that it comes down to in the end. Do you believe in such things based on faith or do you need some form of practical proof first?
When those who do not follow such things ask religious followers to provide some form of proof that God is real the most popular reply is ‘prove that he is not real’? I love that reply/question for two reasons. The first reason, of course, is that they cannot answer that question. They cannot prove that God is real in a tangible way so they avoid that simple question by saying prove he is not real?
The Bible is a library of written work by people who were not even born for hundreds of years until after Jesus was put on the cross so saying that God is real because it is written in the Bible will never work to a non believers satisfaction. More so when you read the stories in the Bible, as a perfect example, that simply do not make any real practical sense in many cases.
How big would Noah's Ark have to be for example to carry all those animals when the great flood started? So therefore faced with such a situation it is logical for them to say prove he is not real? - however that question is a ‘double’ negative. You cannot prove something is not real when it is not real anyway.
There are times when many will turn to saying that non followers are missing something in their lives, they will go to hell, they are full of sin, they have issues and so on. These things are often said to re-enforce their beliefs but the more extremists, when challenged over their faith, will become far more extreme in their comments because they truly believe God is on their side.
Religious extremists often show themselves to be self-righteous, sanctimonious and truly believe that they are the only ones to have moral values, a superiority complex some would say, so religious debates often gets out of hand when it becomes all condescending and patronising in nature. Therefore debates about religion, much the same as politics, are somewhat avoided by many people as it is one of those subjects that no one can truly win.
At this point I have to say that faith and religion are not the same thing. Sometimes faith is all we have, but unlike having faith, man made created religions, with all their man made rules, create far more suffering than almost anything else on the planet - but that as they say is another subject for another day.
Anyway the bottom line is - don’t ask non believers to prove that God is not real.
How the hell, (no pun intended), can they prove that something that is not real - is not real? How? That is something of a silly question to say the least as it is a 'double negative' as already stated of course.
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