Great post. I’ve had similar thoughts myself.
If “God” didn’t exist what would be different?
If believers thought that some deity existed according to the claims of an ancient book, and acted as though it was true, even though it really wasn’t, what should we expect to see?
If there wasn’t really a god:
- Would some prayers appear to be positively answered, and some not?
- Would some sick believers die and some sick believers live?
- Could the answers to prayer rely on confirmation bias?
- Could confirmations of a god’s will rely on confirmation bias?
- Would people have to rationalize doctrines that didn’t make sense or agree with reality?
- Would people need to interpret communication from other humans that claimed to speak for a god?
- Could people misinterpret what they think god wants?
- Would there be a lot of different groups of believers that believed different things because of interpretation?
- Could a non-existent god’s “word” be mistranslated, misinterpreted…
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