How Likely is God?

Before discussing the likelihood of God, we first need to define who or what he is. Most people think of God as either the biblical God or as an absentee creator of the universe: either a personal God or an impersonal God. The biblical God is famous for his split personality, as portrayed by the Old and New Testaments. As a result, the biblical God may be something to be feared or to be loved; depending on your interpretations of his scripture. The other God, the impersonal creator of the universe, is the God of deists: a God who left his stamp on creation and determined how the universe would unfurl through eternity, then just let it be.

Both Gods are supernatural creators of the universe. The major difference between them is their level of interest in the morality of our behavior. The biblical God has formal rules we must obey or else suffer unimaginably severe consequences. The deist God, is more laissez-faire and is perfectly content with his creation the way it is and hasn’t formally indicated any kind of moral preferences (much less, consequences).

The deist God is impossible to confirm or to rule out – mostly because of his absentee status. If he doesn’t meddle with his creation, he doesn’t leave any evidence of his presence or actions. We can’t tell the difference between an absentee God and a nonexistent God, so the question of his likelihood comes down to Occam’s Razor: there’s no reason to assert the God hypothesis. Based on reason, I would be very surprised if this deist God exists . . . but it really doesn’t matter very much, other than knowing he’s out there. He’s aloof: makes no demands and threatens no punishment. That’s fine with me.

The biblical God is another matter entirely.

The biblical God is the God of Abraham: worshipped by Jews, Christians and Muslims. The Abrahamic religions have divergent ideas of what God represents (based on their particular scriptures) but there are some things they all share in common. At their core, all the Abrahamic religions believe that God is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and omnibenevolent. They all believe their creator is perfect and timeless.

But when one looks at the biblical God’s influence on humanity, one can’t help but notice contradictions to God’s omni-everything. If Jesus was right about judging a tree by its fruit, then it can be fairly asserted that the Abrahamic religions have been the most persistently divisive influence in the history of mankind. That’s not exactly a resounding endorsement of God’s omni-anything.

Either God is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and omnibenevolent or he isn’t. You can’t have it both ways. This means that, if you can reasonably disprove these qualities of God, you have reasonably disproved the existence of the biblical God. You only need to prove it once.

As it turns out, the very thing that distinguishes the biblical God from the cosmic one is also the very thing that disproves the existence of the biblical God. Namely, morality.

Of all God’s moral deficiencies, there’s one that’s special: human subjugation . . . slavery and male dominance over women. I’ve recently blogged about this moral weakness of God and his scripture. It’s called “The Death of Christian Apologetics”. Click the link to find out exactly how likely the biblical God really is.


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4 thoughts on “How Likely is God?”

    1. Hi David,

      I watched your YouTube video and have the following feedback for you.

      You need to edit the text of the graphic (at 8 seconds into video) which states, “It’s harder to understand using any other acronym . . .”, and change “acronym” to “paraphrase” or “similar rendition” or “synonymous concept”. An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of words in a set phrase such as: “WAC” (from Women’s Army Corps) or “OPEC” (from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries).
      Spacetime is a mathematical model of the universe in which space and time are a continuum of 3 spatial dimensions and 1 temporal dimension. The Planck time you refer to is simply the smallest unit of time measurable in a quantum mechanical model. This does not mean it’s physically the smallest unit possible. Measurability and possibility are not the same.
      Time is measured between events, using a Cartesian coordinate system. I’m not sure what you mean by, “Time flows from point to point in space/time.” Time flows forward, everywhere, simultaneously but how we perceive time is relative to perspective.
      Your attempt to “define God”, is futile. You can’t define something you know absolutely nothing about. Saying God must be all-powerful because, if not, “something else would be more powerful” is an assumption — not a definition. You assume a God. You assume only a single God. You assume power trumps everything/anything else.
      Your rationale that God, being all-powerful, must be able to exceed the quantum limits of physics (or else he wouldn’t be all powerful) is pure conjecture that appears to confuse the model for the reality.

      I’m going to stop there, David. You get the idea, I think. You’re making associations that don’t connect kind with kind.

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    2. That’s simply not true in any absolute sense: there’s many assumptions built in.

      For instance, there’s the implied assumption that this universe is all there is. That’s becoming increasingly questionable. If there is a God that created this universe, that doesn’t mean he created them all. There might be one God per universe. There might be Gods with more, or less, universes to their credit. This is, of course, splitting hairs but that’s fair game when faced with absolute claims.

      If you’re going to assume the existence of God, you’re going to have to admit other possibilities as well.

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