Is there a God?

This burning question is as old as the ages, and no one individual should ever be able to convince the rest as to the validity of either pole of  the argument of where the real truth lies.

Truth in itself is known to all of us only in what we have personally experienced, and thus we know it to be an indisputable fact, or else we cannot say we know it to be true. Up until that point it remains merely speculation and one of an infinite number of possibilities.

And by inference if there is a God we would then have personal knowledge thereof within us and the fact that we don't know the answer suggests that we haven't really looked for it.

It is an obvious conclusion that if you do not search for a thing it is unlikely that you would ever find it, although there exists the possibility that one might be fortunate enough to stumble upon it, but then so much the better.

The evidence that would prove the existence of a God would be to find the Spirit of God that is claimed to exist within us.

And if indeed there existed a Spirit within us, then one could conclude that if we searched for it long and hard enough we would eventually find it. But we would only find it if we looked for it within, for that is where it is claimed to exist.

And since nothing is accomplished by doing nothing then anyone who really wishes to know the answer would need to learn to explore the world within themselves in order to conduct their search.

Knowledge is to be found in information, and information abounds in the modern world. Some of it holds a measure of the truth, and some of it holds none at all. In order to discover the truth we need to test what we find within ourselves, and we cannot judge anything we find until we put it through a process of vigorous testing to ensure the quality of the result.

What we can expect to get out should be no more that what we are prepared put in, and so ultimately one would need to decide how much value the answer has, and that will be the force that drives the quest - if indeed it is to be taken up at all.

Amandlawhereto 2014-08-05 09:39:48 AM
//The evidence that would prove the existence of a God would be to find the Spirit of God that is claimed to exist within us.// I was not aware that people claimed that the spirit of Zeus existed within all of us!
Reality 2014-08-05 09:43:41 AM
> And by inference if there is a God we would then have personal knowledge thereof within us and the fact that we don't know the answer suggests that we haven't really looked for it. ..or that there never was any personal knowledge about such a being and it was just a concoction by the churches.
RabbleRouser 2014-08-05 09:44:44 AM
This looks like another big word sosaties. You state :- "The evidence that would prove the existence of a God would be to find the Spirit of God that is claimed to exist within us" Ok. So, apart from contriving a heap of useless conjecture, how does one go about finding this 'spirit' that is 'claimed' to exist within us? What process or methodology would you use to derive the 'evidence'?
Robert Coughlan 2014-08-05 09:45:55 AM
The likelihood of a personal god existing, in light of the conflicting claims made by the religions of the past and today, seems highly unlikely.
Wehr Wulf 2014-08-05 09:49:29 AM
Saying lots but nothing said. This question isn't as old as the ages. Belief in almost 3000 deities over the eons is; each discarded as civilisations change or cease to exist which leads one to conclude that god(s) are man-made constructs. Only one more god/allah to go and we have a world free of myths and superstitions.
Thomas Freeman 2014-08-05 09:52:42 AM
Nope, there is NO God and if there was one he would be laughed out of town because of all the mess he has made of his powers. Sigmund Freud an Austrian neurologist and the founding father of psychoanalysis explains that the belief in God and religion is an illusion based on human wishes. It is created by the mind to help us overcome: inner psychological conflict stress which stems from the structure of society and fear of dangers of the natural world. Faith in God belief is based on the infantile need for a powerful father figure and religion, necessary to help us restrain violent impulses earlier in the development of civilization, can now be set aside in favour of reason and science.
Siebert Mazus 2014-08-05 09:58:36 AM
Long word sosatie. Lets start: You wrote: -This burning question is as old as the ages, and no one individual should ever be able to convince the rest as to the validity of either pole of the argument of where the real truth lies.- That's why the scientific method is so wonderful and reliable. Individuals don't convince anyone. Empirical, verifiable evidence do. In other words, the data would. It gets us closer to being able to describe a more accurate version of reality.
Johnny B Goode 2014-08-05 09:59:25 AM
"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing." -Douglas Adams
Guy M Artist 2014-08-05 10:15:54 AM
I have found no evidence for the existence of any Gods, I even went looking for Thor and Cthulu
Michael Sirius 2014-08-05 10:27:33 AM
I have to admit that I looked forward to the response from the Atheist chorus if only to confirm that they would use insults and closed-mindedness to argue against logic and reason. And I wasn't disappointed