Writing for Charisma, J. Lee Grady has a list of 7 things that prove God is real.
Seven?! And they PROVE God is real?! Man, this list should be really good. (Hell, I only need one reason!) But let’s see how he plans to convince atheists he’s right…
How can anyone deny the reality of God when they see a baby?
I’ll just let The Onion rebut this one…
I love to sit on my back porch in Florida and listen to the rumbling of thunder. It reminds me of God’s majesty and power.
Yeah… thunder. Which, scientifically speaking, is the sound made whenever God goes bowling. Thunderstorms have nothing to do with God. I know this because I did what Grady didn’t: I looked it up.
There are more than 400,000 species of flowers in the world, and most of them are not edible. Their job is to simply make the world beautiful. Did they just haphazardly evolve over time, or did a loving God create each individual shape and color scheme for our enjoyment?
Entire books have been written about how and why flowers evolved as they did. Needless to say, making the world beautiful is a pleasant byproduct but not the main purpose of how flowers came to be. This is just another example of willful ignorance on Grady’s part. He could learn about this stuff, but he chooses not to because making up stories is much more entertaining — and doesn’t conflict with his faith.
4) The Bible
There is nothing like the Bible because it carries the same consistent message throughout all of its 66 different books.
Right… except for a couple of contradictions here and there…
If a Muslim had written a similar list and used “The Koran” as justification, Grady would immediately dismiss it. And that’s why we should dismiss Grady’s special book here, too. The Bible doesn’t prove God exists any more than the Harry Potter series proves that Voldemort exists.
5) The global spread of Christianity
Our faith is spreading because it is the truth — and history shows that when this truth is mocked and scorned, it actually spreads faster!
I’m sure Constantine and the Crusades and wealth and power had nothing to do with the spread of Christianity at all… Grady is falling prey to the simple and false idea that if a lot of people believe something, it must be true. Which is really the worst reason to believe in anything. By that logic, Jay Leno was the funniest late night talk show host ever.
The most amazing thing about God is not that He exists, but that He loved us so much He was willing to send His Son to earth to save us from ourselves.
Yep, the proof of God is that he gave birth to a child* and then tortured him to teach us a lesson.
7) My personal friendship with God.
… the best evidence is how He forgave me, changed me and put unexplainable joy in my heart. And I can prove that.
Look, I’m glad Grady has a friend. If he didn’t, it’s possible he’d be even more insufferable. But the idea that he feels something will never convince anyone else that God is a real, tangible being. Once again, if a non-Christian ever gave this reason as to why Grady should believe in their higher power instead, he wouldn’t consider it for a second. And yet he thinks it’s solid proof of his God’s existence.
If this is the best “proof” Christians can offer — and it really is since the evidence just isn’t there — all it shows is that they got nothing. It’s not just unconvincing; it’s an embarrassment, a snapshot of how much apologists have to stretch the truth to fit into their pre-conceived narrative.