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A Few Quick Questions for Christians and Atheists

17 December 2012, 07:43
We like to know that we know that we have all the answers, but here are a few questions I've found myself asking recently. 

Firstly to the Christians:

The question is - do you believe in God? (Presumably your answer is 'Yes.')  If 'Yes', do you believe there is only one God? Here you should answer 'Yes' again.  Which begs the question - then what about the Devil?  Do you believe in the Devil (or Satan).  Your answer here should be 'Yes' also.  But here's the rub.  If you believe in God (as should according to the Bible) then you should also believe in Satan - in the existence of the Devil (as you should, according to the Bible).  God is the king of Heaven, and the Devil rules of Hell.  But that means you believe in 2 Gods.  A Good God, and an Evil God.  A lot of energy is spent finding evidence for God, and proving/disproving God's existence, but what the Devil?  Once you accept that belief in the Devil is just as much a fantasy and a sort of mythical 'make-sense-of-what-we-don't-know' as belief in God, it starts to expose our fragile beliefs for what they are.  Yes, Christianity is based on the belief in two Gods.  And please don't claim that the Devil is not a God.  Satan shares all of God's supernatural abilities except a few, and thus God is more powerful.  But Satan is nevertheless also a God.  If you accept the above (which you should) you should also realise how nuts it is.  You migyht as well go back to the stone age and have a god for fertility, for war, for fire, for parking, or a cellphone signal.

Now, for the atheists:

Is it possible that we live in an infinite universe?  It's possible of course that we don't.  But we don't know for sure.  Infinity works in various directions, things can get infinitely large, or infinitely small.  Infinity is also a mathematicqa concept, so if you doubt, as an atheist, the reality (or possibility of infinity) well, the concept has been used a great deal by astrophysicists and in quantum mechanics to better understand the universe (or multiverse).  Here's the point.  If the universe is infinite, then there are probably infinite versions of universes out there.  In the same way that human beings like us exist in a pretty unfriendly environment (in other words a rare event) given 13.72 billion years, this universe contrived to create that rare event in our case.  We exist in a universe that happened to have exactly the sort of conditions condusive to our being here.  Is that a fair statement?  Now, in the same way that life is a rare event, but nevertheless often happens in the infinity of space and the universe, isn't the possibility of a God also a possibility given 'infinite' possibilities.  A God, not necessarioly of this universe, but of some other universe.  Perhaps a situation where life evolved, then transcended life, and was able to create life elsewhere?  God, after all, is primarily a living being, and a consciousness.  For God to exist, perhaps he had to undergo similar evolution to ourselves.  The point is, perhaps Christians and Atheists are both right, and both wrong.  God does exist and doesn't exist.  The question is relative to where you are in space, and in which universe.  Hopefully you will agree that as a thought experiment this is quite interesting.

For a very interesting debate on this topic visit this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqaHXKLRKzg
Personally I skipped over Craig's responses, I found Harris to be eloquent, lucid and very bright.

The questions are the debate are well worth listening to as well.

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