If God Were Real, Then God Would…
The other day I encountered a passionate critic of the Bible and anyone who takes the Bible remotely seriously. Actually, I’ve interacted with many such people — especially here on Medium. They are quite numerous.
But returning to this particular critic…
He mocked the notion of God’s existence partly on the grounds that there is too much confusion and diversity of thought among professing Christians. He declared:
“If your Yeshua/Jesus/God, whatever, cared, then HE would come down and explain it all to the roughly 40,000 different Christian denominations who all believe they have the correct version of Christianity and the rest are going to Hell.”
First, let’s set aside the ludicrous assertion that all these Christian denominations believe anyone who disagrees with them “is going to Hell.”
Let’s also set aside the fact that he fails to acknowledge the immense common ground shared by most Christian denominations, such as the core tenets encapsulated in the Nicene Creed or the Apostles’ Creed.
Let’s instead just focus on the following declaration: “If your Yeshua/Jesus/God, whatever, cared, then HE would come down and explain it all to the roughly 40,000 different Christian denominations who…” And so forth. I won’t re-quote the entire passage.
I’ve heard this fallacy in many different ways. I’m sure you have as well. Here are some variations…
If God were real, then God would:
- end all suffering
- have stopped the Holocaust
- have stopped my (insert loved one) from dying
- accept everyone
- explain Himself better
- sort out all disagreements (especially about Himself)
- establish perfect justice…and do it now!
- and so on
Here’s the problem…
On what basis can any of us make any of those assertions?
Such an argument rests on an unestablished and unproven premise — namely the claimed “certainty” of what God would do.