“God is imaginary”? Really?! Part 40: Understand Christian Motivations

When one questions motivations, you are questioning the reasons why someone believes something. And it’s fair to ask for reasons, but not fair to assume them, which is what occurs in “proof 40” from the website “God is imaginary“.

Mr. Brain starts off his proof with several bullet points:

Here is what we know about God:

  • There is no scientific evidence indicating that God exists. (see Proof #11) Which I’ve answered here
  • There is no scientific evidence indicating that God answers prayers. (see Proof #2Proof #41) —Demonstrated here and here that these are just bad arguments. 
  • If we set up an unambiguous situation — like asking God to restore amputated limbs — God never answers prayers. (see Proof #9) —Responded to here
  • The Bible is clearly the work of primitive men, not of an all-knowing supernatural being. (see Proof #13 and Proof #30) — And answered here and here
  • Etc. —Ditto.
So what’s left? Yet another straw man:
Yet, if you talk to actively practicing Christians, they ignore all of this evidence. They will tell you that God certainly does exist and that he is answering prayers for them every day. Christian bookstores and Christian magazines are filled with stories of answered prayers. Christians believe that God is reaching down out of heaven and answering billions of prayers on Earth for Christians.
As a Christian, as I’ve explained in these responses here and here, I do believe that God answers prayers, but to say that is the only reason, is just dishonest. I’m convinced by the reliability of the New Testament text, for reasons listed here; I am convinced by reasoned arguments such as the cosmological argument, the moral argument, and the teleological argument, I am convinced because of my overall experience as a believer, namely the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. Even if God never answered a single prayer, there are good reasons to believe that God exists. Furthermore, as a philosopher, I am convinced by the nature of explanation. Also, as the Apostle Paul wrote,
 (What) can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. –Romans 1:19-21 NET
Mr. Brain also makes certain assumptions about the nature of life, something that I’ve responded to here, that he cannot explain, he just asserts them as facts without evidence.
He makes assertions about the will of God, which I’ve responded to here.
Marshall is very good at making assertions, even one such as this,
Is this a direct proof that God is imaginary? No. But it shows that Christians have strong incentives to delude themselves into believing. What you can see is that Christians — especially Christians who are members of church communities — have strong reasons to make up stories about prayer and to ignore all the evidence that “answered prayers” really are coincidences. These motivations completely explain the phenomenon of “answered prayers” in Christian communities.
I’ve answered his accusation here and here, but something worthy of consideration is this presentation by Craig Keener, where he discusses the nature of miracles and answered prayer.
A Christian is ultimately motivated by evidence that is greater ins cope and complexity that can ever be discussed in a blog article, it has to be lived out. That may seem like a cop-out response, but it is hard to put it in words because the motivation isn’t based in what a believer can gain in this life, but in love, and one cannot truly love something that is “imaginary”.
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2 thoughts on ““God is imaginary”? Really?! Part 40: Understand Christian Motivations

  1. Really good answer to such a stupid “PROOF”.

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