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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Fellow Atheists: What would convince you of god's existence.?

Personally I cannot think of anything that would. Any sort of physical demonstration I can think of could also be explained by hallucination or by powerful aliens.

Update:

Persephone: If I did see what you mention, it is far more likely that it was someone pretending to be Jesus or my imagination than an actual Jesus.

Gary: I have no preconceived notions of reality. I don't know there is no god. It's possible that there is but I don't have any evidence for it.

Update 2:

Macdaddyboss: First I don't "know" got does not exist. I am agnostic. Second aliens are FAR more likely than god. We already know that life exists in the universe since we are here - therefore it is possible. Plus I never said anything about whether I believe in aliens or not. I find them highly likely though.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    On the flip-side, any alien powerful to do some of the things I would consider deific would certainly be worthy of the title, and a hallucination is still an observation -- if others support it, I must accepted it as valid or I can accept no observation at all.

    First, the alien/deity would have to demonstrate its noncorporeal existence.

    Second, it would need to demonstrate, without the use of tools, the ability to manifest matter, nonliving and living, at will.

    Third, it would need to remove me from the universe and demonstrate the existence of other universes with fundamental physical constants different than this one's -- while maintaining my corporeality despite the differences.

    Fourth, it would have to make me a deity myself, if under limit, so that I may personally understand the nature of its existence as truly limitless.

    If an alien can do all that, well, heck, I'm willing to worship it anyways... it might as well be a deity by our standards.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Everything you've ever seen or heard, including this answer, could be explained by hallucination or powerful aliens. The point is that those are far less likely than the alternative theory that you're reading the answer because I wrote it.

    So to convince me of god's existence would require some sort of demonstration for which god would be the most likely explanation, though not necessarily the only one. Either way it's not going to happen though.

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  • If you don't believe in God you will not see the things of God. Contrary to popular belief, seeing is not believing, but believing is seeing. Without a belief in God you will do nothing more than what you already do, which is explain things away in a natural more understanding way that is acceptable to you. You aren't the first person, when faced with the workings of God to deny what they see, feel, hear, etc. and you won't be the last. Man has even denied God when he has been put face to face with Him. But if God exists, and created the natural environment, then wouldn't it be prudent for Him to act in the natural? Isn't what He created proof enough of His existence? How can someone through logic and reason believe that the order of things around us came from nothing as opposed to a creator? From the smallest atop to the most complex organism, everything has specific purpose, yet somehow people can logically and rationally believe that this purpose came from nothing through chance despite the statistical improbabliliy of this happening? Interesting.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If Jesus Christ came up to me and showed me proof that he was back from the dead and not really an assassin here to kill me for my beliefs, then perhaps, I will believe in God. But I would need a lot more proof (i.e. Why in the Bible, it said that the Sun stopped moving when it should be the Earth?)

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  • cnm
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    1 decade ago

    I would recommend Lee Strobel's book, "The Case for Christ". He has a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School and went on to work as an award winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune. He was also an atheist. Until he decided to research the evidence for the Bible, Jesus Christ, and his resurrection.

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  • 1 decade ago

    So you answered it yourself. Atheists believe in nothing no matter if God showed up in human form with a white bible, Jesus on his right side and four apostles on his left and three flying angels behind him in front of you. There would always be some kind of doubt in efforts to refuse God's existence. to deny God just because you believe "he doesnt exist" is denying life itself. You cant see chromosomes, how do you they exist? You have never been to Pluto, how do you know it exist?

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    I don't know there is no god. It's possible that there is but I don't have any evidence for it.

    Do you have evidence that you were born from your mother?

    Do you have evidence that the sun exists?

    Do you have evidence that you were born a male?

    Do you have evidence cells exist?

    Do you have evidence Dinosaurs existed?

    Do you have evidence the ocean floor exists?

    To say something doesnt exist because you havent seen it with your eyes is denying life. Your logic for god's lack of existence is superficial. I have never seen Socrates but it doesnt mean he didnt exist.

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  • 1 decade ago

    That's funny, you don't believe it's possible that God exists, but have no problem believing in "powerful aliens".

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A Babelfish.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Have to meet him, and have him perform some magic tricks for me, like making time go backward for 5 minutes.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If a bush spontaneously burst into flames in front of me, I would believe. I would have to select which Bush though.

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