Recently, I was showing a few of my friends my blog and they asked me why I made one. They are devout Christians, and likely took offense to me showing them. I wasn’t sure why, but then I thought about it and came to a conclusion. The took offense to me showing them because although some sort of God may not exist, they are not comfortable with that conclusion. Why is this the case? Why does it matter whether or not God exists? Would your life be any different if the case were any different?
Perhaps there is some sort of meaning to God’s existence that I do no understand, and I probably never will. But I am way to stubborn to give up that easily so I took the liberty of researching this issue for this blog post, and my conclusion remains the same. But I can also understand why to some people God not existing would be absolutely devastating.
One of the main things that I understand is ethics, and the ethical appeal of religion is certainly easier to defend than atheism. I have not been yet convinced that objective moral values exist, and it is pretty much the deciding factor in me believing in some sort of God. People generally don’t like that idea that there is nothing actually wrong with murder, and I admit that is a hard thing to say. But simply because there is nothing actually wrong with it doesn’t mean that there is something right about it. People often take offense to such a blunt defense of error theory, but that really is just a misunderstanding of the argument as a whole.
What about the other side of the argument? Why does it matter? I myself don’t really think it does. If God does exist, I do not believe he is performing miracles right now. I don’t believe he is intervening in history. I don’t think that this means that we have some sort of purpose to our lives. Simply because I answer no to all of these questions doesn’t mean that it is impossible for someone to answer yes to them. Because they are, quite literally, impossible to prove or disprove. All opinions on them are entirely subjective. To some, it does matter. And we have no right to state otherwise.