Monday, December 13, 2010

Disproof of God?

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There is an argument that "Proves that God does not exist" that circles Atheistic circles that goes something like:

Premise (1)
If God exists, God has not had the feelings of lust or envy.

Premise (2)
If God exists, God exists as a being who knows at least everything man knows.

Premise (3)
If God exists as a being who knows at least everything man knows, God knows lust and envy.

Premise (4)
If God knows lust and envy, God has had the feelings of lust and envy.

(5) God exists.
By hypothesis.

(6) .: God has had and has not had the feelings of lust and envy.
By (1) - (5).

(7) God does not exist.

By (5) & (6)
Q. E. D.

The logic of this proof falls apart on the definition of lust and envy.

Lust:  A strong desire

God does have a strong desire it is called love.  In the Greek is is Agape.  It is the benevolent stance toward humanity His strong desire (Agape) that has led Him act in grace and mercy. 

In this case the first premise is sometimes false (Depending on the nature of the desire).

Lust: A strong sexual desire

God is not sexual in the sense that we use the term lust.  So in that respect God has not known strong sexual desire. 

In this case the second premise is false. 

Envy:  A feeling of discontent in conjunction with the desire for possession or qualities of another. 

What can another possess that is not already God's for he has created everything.  For envy to be a state that God experiences there would have to be some object that belonged to another.  This seems to make the statement that He knows envy absurd.  He can know it in the sense that He understands that it exists, but He cannot by his very nature know envy in an experiential manner.   

In this case the third premise is false. 

In one case God does envy.  He is discontent for the heart (will of men) to be toward Him.  He has given men "Free will" as such it is this gift of free will that allows for men to give something that He does not have.  However, it seems to fall apart because if God has given it, He also can take it away.  Consider the story of Jonah the reluctant prophet or consider that one day:

By Myself I have sworn; Truth has gone from My mouth, a word that will not be revoked: Every knee will bow to Me, every tongue will swear allegiance.
Isaiah 45:23 (HCSB)

So in this case the first premise is again sometimes false. 

Given that the major premises in the "Proof that God does not exist" can be either proven false or sometimes false it makes it a weak argument and its conclusions suspect.

On the two cases that God does lust and envy, let me say this.  God has a inescapable passion for each person alive.  His love is more than anyone can describe or understand.  It is this love (strongest of desires) that leads Him to pursue a intimate relationship with you.  You can reject His offer, but interestingly His love is not quenched.  His love is also accompanied by a discontent that men would reject his offer of love.  He is envious that men should turn their lives to Him.  This discontent is only resolved through repentance of a believer or destruction by God wrath.  Interestingly this parallels the belief that there are two eternal destinations for men in Christian thought.  To heaven or to hell and the path is chosen by whether the individual turns toward God's love and resolves the tension of discontent.  If a person does not turn then God's love is edged out by a growing discontent that eventually spills out as wrath.  I realize I am repeating myself somewhat, but it is important enough to repeat and ask, "Which way are you going?"

God Bless You all!

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