What would convince you that "personal" God(s) do exist?

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What would convince you that "personal" God(s) do exist?

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What would convince you that "personal" God(s) do exist?


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Here is a simple question for those who RRS terms "Agnostic Atheists": What would convince you that "personal" God(s) do exist?

One that is still there after the mushrooms wear off.

Or one that is there without the mushrooms.

Personal means personal. I do not expect any playing coy or any variation of the Christian "guess who I am really" BS.

This question takes us back to a more fundamental question. What kind of god wants to be recognized by us? And knowing what we are like, why the silly games? And why are there so many silly games to explain why there are silly games instead of something explicit?

As I said, it is not belief in a god that matters. As long as belief in a god is no different from belief in some intelligent species on a planet way out there some place. Nor does it matter if there is a belief in what that god wants.

The problem starts when what this god wants includes imposing that upon unwilling people.

Rome got along fine with all the gods and all their followers. There were several "only one god" cults like Sol Invictus.

The problems started when the "and none other" cult became powerful enough to implement that by force.

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To keep my real history quotient up the eastern declaration of only one god was very selectively enforced in a manner that was most profitable to the empire and took several centuries after Constantine before it was non-selective.

I think I can make a case not only for the Koran being the first unambiguous declaration of monotheism but also that the "threat" of Islam was the main motivation for an absolute, no exceptions imposition of Christianity.

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A few things would have to

A few things would have to occur:

1. Angelina telling me that she was only with Brad to make me jealous.

2. The ex-wife attending a Dr. Phil. taping when the building catches fire...tragically none survive.

3. The side effect from my weight loss pills (which work, btw) is unexplained penis growth.

4. NJ cuts property taxes to the national average. (believe it or not, *this* stands the least chance of occuring)

...and then of course, this God fella wouold have to reveal himself by enacting his wrath at all those who did violence in his name.


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treat2 wrote:Here is a

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Here is a simple question for those who RRS terms "Agnostic Atheists": What would convince you that "personal" God(s) do exist?



Evidence!



That's it, in the case of the weak atheist position. If you're going to doubt something, but not be 100% sure, then you're waiting for evidence.



What would constitute evidence? Either physical evidence (which is obviously not forthcoming) or requiring a god as the missing variable in the explanation of something.



That's why the Higgs boson was nick-named the "God particle": it's the only major piece of theoretical particle physics that doesn't have experimental evidence to directly back it up.

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It depends on what qualities

It depends on what qualities the god has. Evidence wouldn't really be useful in proving the existence of an omnipotent god because an omnipotent god would render impracticable anything that one might use to verify evidence.  Take inductive reasoning for example. Induction is basically using past experience to infer something about future experiences. But an omnipotent god could alter future experiences, or past experiences making induction unreliable so you couldn't trust the reasoning that led you to the conclusion that god existed. I would say the fact that things like induction and logic are reliable is evidence that there are no gods.

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treat2 wrote:Here is a

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Here is a simple question for those who RRS terms "Agnostic Atheists": What would convince you that "personal" God(s) do exist?

A powerful delusion or at least a good social benefit so I could pretend to have a personal god. Hey, I'm no better than a Theist.

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HisWillness wrote: ...

HisWillness wrote:

... Either physical evidence (which is obviously not forthcoming) or requiring a god as the missing variable in the explanation of something...

I'm honesrly unclear as to what physical evidence would satisfy you.

Could you cite just two simple hypothetical examples of what manner of physical evidence would satisfy you?


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treat2 wrote:Here is a

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Here is a simple question for those who RRS terms "Agnostic Atheists": What would convince you that "personal" God(s) do exist?

Well, um.........evidence.

 

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Evidence?

 

   If an all-knowing, omnipotent deity could snap his finger and make ME religious. It hasn't happened yet in  50 + years.

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as an amputee, please regrow

as an amputee, please regrow my leg. please.   PLEASE!  nope.  oh snap!!


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Gauche wrote:It depends on

Gauche wrote:
It depends on what qualities the god has. Evidence wouldn't really be useful in proving the existence of an omnipotent god because an omnipotent god would render

impracticable

anything that one might use to verify evidence.



Just thought I'd put that in quotes because it's my new favourite argument. (Well, part of my new favourite argument.)

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Chimba wrote:as an amputee,

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as an amputee, please regrow my leg. please.   PLEASE!  nope.  oh snap!!


Haha! Welcome to the forums.


I can't remember who it was who was arguing that God was defined as the thing that has the power to answer prayers. The next time that thing grows your leg back, we can all have a good laugh at how wrong we all were.

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treat2 wrote:HisWillness

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... Either physical evidence (which is obviously not forthcoming) or requiring a god as the missing variable in the explanation of something...
I'm honesrly unclear as to what physical evidence would satisfy you. Could you cite just two simple hypothetical examples of what manner of physical evidence would satisfy you?


Sorry, I thought I eliminated it with "obviously not forthcoming". For the reasons that Gauche pointed out (and I have in other threads) you wouldn't be able to apply anything as evidence to something that was sufficiently vague.


For instance, if I can't form a hypothesis about what I'm looking for, what could I have as evidence to apply to it? Nothing would apply!


The only gap I see for weak atheists is if a god is required to explain something. That might be an in.

 

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What would convince me? If

What would convince me? If Angolina Jolie knocked on my door 5 seconds from now and offered me a blowjob.

 

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Brian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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What would convince me? If Angolina Jolie knocked on my door 5 seconds from now and offered me a blowjob.

 

      It's well past five(5) seconds:............... did she make it?????????????????? I know she isn't at my house.

 

 

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I thought theists were not allowed to post here...

There is nothing you could say, do or show me to convince me of any reality beyond what can be seen or proved with factual evidence...

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A million dollars on my

A million dollars on my front porch tomorrow and no questions asked about it.

If God doesn't find my soul's salvation important enough to arrange that he can always just throw me in hell.

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Chimba wrote:as an amputee,

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as an amputee, please regrow my leg. please.   PLEASE!  nope.  oh snap!!

LOL Welcome!

Sorry to hear about the leg. At least you have a sense of humor about it though.

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Chimba wrote:as an amputee,

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as an amputee, please regrow my leg. please.   PLEASE!  nope.  oh snap!!

When I was 18 I lost my right eye to a gunshot. My Fundie religious sister has always claimed that God would regrow it.

Still waiting.

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What's a "personal

What's a "personal god"?

Concrete scientific evidence.


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A million dollars on my front porch tomorrow and no questions asked about it.

Still no million dollars. This is at least the fourth time I've offered to sell God my soul. Maybe he doesn't want it?

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peppermint wrote:What's a

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What's a "personal god"?

Concrete scientific evidence.

Simply put, a personal god, as opposed to a non-personal god, would be a deity that a Theist would worship. Additionally, such a deity would act with intent aka an agenda, wither or not it's known. An example is a Judeo-Christian God.

A "non-personal" God would refer to what a Pantheist would call their God. An example of that would bw=e what Einstein referred to as
his belief in the God of Spinoza, or as he called it: Spinoza's God.

Google "non-personal" God
or
nonpersonal" God
to get an idea of what a personal God does not refer to.


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Subdi Visions wrote:There is

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There is nothing you could say, do or show me to convince me of any reality beyond what can be seen or proved with factual evidence...

Could you give just 2 hypothetical examples of evidence that would satisfy you?

I'm trying to get a hypothetical idea of what would actually convince you,
beyond our standard "evidence" response. Tx.


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Brian37 wrote:What would

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What would convince me? If Angolina Jolie knocked on my door 5 seconds from now and offered me a blowjob.

 

I like that, however, I'd prefer to require her to provide me with a free BJ whenever my pipes need cleaning.


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HisWillness wrote:

treat2 wrote:
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... Either physical evidence (which is obviously not forthcoming) or requiring a god as the missing variable in the explanation of something...
I'm honesrly unclear as to what physical evidence would satisfy you. Could you cite just two simple hypothetical examples of what manner of physical evidence would satisfy you?


Sorry, I thought I eliminated it with "obviously not forthcoming". For the reasons that Gauche pointed out (and I have in other threads) you wouldn't be able to apply anything as evidence to something that was sufficiently vague.


For instance, if I can't form a hypothesis about what I'm looking for, what could I have as evidence to apply to it? Nothing would apply!


The only gap I see for weak atheists is if a god is required to explain something. That might be an in.

 

I think you nailed the lid on the coffin, and obviously understand my intent.

In any case, we've got an interesting array of responses which notably include sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. (Well, maybe not any requests for music.)

All the same, I find the responses rather "telling", in that ALL Atheists can not come up with anything scientific that would convince them of anything.

As can be seen, there IS NOTHING (that makes any sense) that would change the mind of an Atheist about the existence question.

No Theist would be foolish enough to accept our requirement for a free blowjob from a movie star.

HERE IS MY POINT...

Despite our famous / infamous
Atheist retort along the lines of empyrical evidence.

WE CAN NOT even think of any kind of hypothetical rational scientific empyrical evidence
that we as Atheists WOULD EVEN ACCEPT!

This is not something that would surprise anyone. I simply wanred to make a point... there REALLY nothing that would ever change our minds about the existence
question.

LOGICALLY, that leads to the following question...

Why not?

To put it another way, ...
and this would be a topic for another thread, as I'm sure it has been; The question is why are you an Atheist?

The answe, in short, is simply that we gave up on the tooth fairy when we were children that didn't know better.

In any case, in general, the responses to the question have remained quite amusing to all.

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EXC wrote:treat2 wrote:Here

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Here is a simple question for those who RRS terms "Agnostic Atheists": What would convince you that "personal" God(s) do exist?

A powerful delusion or at least a good social benefit so I could pretend to have a personal god. Hey, I'm no better than a Theist.

Ok. How about this...

I'll blow my head off, and if I end up in heaven or hell
then I'd know!

Oh shit! I forgot. We ain't devout enough to go anywhere.

Well, I'm gonna fallback on original sin, and not having been Baptised. That ought to at least get me to hell.


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treat2 wrote :What would convince you that a "personal" God (s)

 do exist ?  NOTHING at ALL,just the term God is childish. 


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I would have to be allowed a game of chess with death.


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treat2 wrote:Here is a

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Here is a simple question for those who RRS terms "Agnostic Atheists": What would convince you that "personal" God(s) do exist?

 

I've been giving this some thought recently.  Like HisWillness said, evidence is what would convince me.  However, evidence (ie, the measurement of natural phenomena) doesn't apply to a supernatural being (who would be capable of altering those phenomena, and your measurements, at will).  In lieu of a picture of god at a kegger or some such, I would accept a philosophical proof that reconciles divine revelation as an epistemology with reality.

Or, show me your god.  Failing that, show me your god's perfect knowledge. If you can't, I'm not interested.

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ClockCat wrote:I would have

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I would have to be allowed a game of chess with death.

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I think you nailed the lid on the coffin, and obviously understand my intent. In any case, we've got an interesting array of responses which notably include sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. (Well, maybe not any requests for music.) 

 

Well I can help with the music.  If I wake up tommorow morning knowing how to play all of Dream Theater, despite the fact that I have not even tried seriously to study thier works, then I will let you know.   That should be fairly easy for an omnipotent being.

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A simple answer

There is an easy answer to this question. Jesus made a claim that is both verifiable and falsifiable:

"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!"

Like it or not, it would seem that this has been falsified in this thread alone. No blowjobs from Angelina Jolie. No million dollars. But these are just trivial things. Consider the child sex slaves who are right now calling out to a God who does not answer. The abused wives. The diseased and disabled. Those trapped in the path of natural disasters. The starving. The oppressed. If everyone who called out for God to save them was saved that would be all the proof I would require. This statement is falsified every second of every day. If the reverse were true and paryers were answered, even if it was only the prayers of the suffering for salvation, I would have to believe. But in order for a proposition to be true it must have predictive power which means it couldn't be true sometimes and false other times. It would have to be true all the time. So every preyer would have to be answered all the time. Then, I would have to believe. 

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I agree with you Wrath. I

I agree with you Wrath. I don't really care about the million. It's just an easily verified and repeatable test (plus the pay off is huge). Ask for a million, sleep, wake up, check for money on porch. Due to the results I can assume one of two things. There is no god, or he just doesn't want to give me millions of dollars. If I did actually find a large some of money on my porch one morning I would be surprised but I wouldn't convert.

Now if instead, like you said, every obviously deserving and honest prayer were answered in good time, I might think twice. If the world weren't such a shit hole, I would be more inclined to believe in a loving god who takes a personal interest in the lives of his followers. However that's not how it is. The world is barbaric and unforgiving. No truly loving god would create a world such as this. Those of us who are lucky enough to be born in a more civilized area still can't explain away God's lack of action against the untold suffering of who are not so fortunate.

If there is a God he's a dick, and I'd tell him to his face if I ever saw him.

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Quote:If there is a God he's

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If there is a God he's a dick, and I'd tell him to his face if I ever saw him.

And those are just his finer points.

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I don't know about calling

I don't know about calling it a god.

If a being could control the forces that govern the universe on a whim and then repeat the test to be verified by people who can measure them. Then if showed that the entropy doesn't apply to it and that it could manipulate entropy. 

After that I don't know if I would still call it god.  I mean it is possible that these are all things that humans might be able to control as technology advances.  It could simply be an advanced being, but still not a god.  Maybe I would call it Q.

Bringing people back to life, but like I said it could just be an advanced being with the technology to either make me sense things that are not there, or traveled through time and brought them here. 

Of course the moment it asked me to call it god and worship it.  All I would really think is "Any being worth worship wouldn't require it nor need it for anything."

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Just wondered if you are

Just wondered if you are aware that "Q" is not a name/term invented by the writers of Star Trek.

"Q" has historical roots. At one time I could have told you something about them, but
that was quite a while ago.

If you're interested, I assume google it would eventually get you there.


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I find the god idea absurd.

I find the god idea absurd. I prayed, he didn't answer. I asked him to prove he existed, he never did it.

I listened to so called "personal testimonies", which are nothing more than highly psychological and mental imaginations....

He was never there when I needed him..

He never gave me direction on my life when I spent days fasting.

He scared me of hell, and made me feel trapped.. I couldn't go forward and I couldn't go back.

He never kept his word. He never fulfilled promises.

 

 

Now,.... You ask what sort of EVIDENCE *I* need to PROVE a *GOD* EXISTS??????????????????

 

Sorry mate. You've lost me. I don't NEED EVIDENCE!!!!!!! I need what I've already heard to happen!!!!!

You're out of your mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IN one sentence,

*THERE IS NO EVIDENCE, ONLY IMAGINATION.* FULLSTOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I suggest if you want to prove god exists ask him to reveal his factory where he made everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

When you've done that.. ask yourself whether he exists. ANd I'd like to hear your answer.


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Another lost soul. I shall

Another lost soul.

I shall pray to God for your salvation and redemption from your sins.


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Your a damn bloody idiot

Your a damn bloody idiot treat...

and by the way, You haven't answered my question: What happened when you asked *God* to show you his factory?

You see, prayer doesn't work, because *God* is IMAGINARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!