I recently received a question in the comment section of my article, Evidence of God.
Hi. I am a Christian. You’re an Atheist. Let me ask you something. Can you see your brain. Well no. Can you touch your brain? No. Ok then you don’t have a brain. Here is your proof of God. You are it. You are precisely made to look the exact way you are. No one else is like you. Tell me, can that just be? How can you only believe what you see? Do you speak the truth? Let me see. Hmm. Can I see sound waves? Nope. Then they don’t exist. Tell me. How does your Atheist belief work with those questions? Do you have no understanding in your heart. Do you love your wife. Well I’ve never seen love so it can’t exist.
I thought I’d respond to it, since it was respectfully asked and I feel it’s a question I’ve heard quite often from theists.
You’re right that I can’t look in the mirror and see my brain. However, I can use imaging devices (science) to view my brain if I wish. I could drill a hole in my head (not a delightful thought) and see my brain. Medical doctors (pesky science again) have done millions of autopsies and found a brain.
In other words, there is loads of evidence that each of us has a brain. I don’t need to take it on faith that I have a brain.
The second point about me being proof that there is a God is incorrect. I’m proof that my parents came together and shared their DNA with each other, and I was the end result. No God required. We understand through (you got it) science how our species reproduces and there really is no mystery there.
I was not made to look like anything. I just am. True, no one else is exactly like me, but I hardly see that as proof of a God. And yes, that can just be. We’re all shaped by our culture, the societies we live in, the people and experiences we’re exposed too and our DNA.
As to the third point about not being able to see sound waves…we can measure and reproduce sound waves. We know how they interact with our ear drums etc. and there is abundant evidence that sound waves exist.
The last part about ‘love’ is probably your best question, but again, it doesn’t prove your God, or any other God, exists. We each experience love differently. We do know how chemical reactions in our bodies react when we’re attracted to someone, and the term ‘love’ is a nebulous thing that most of us can’t even describe. It’s basically the feeling of deep affection for another human being.
For example, I love my wife differently than I love my best friend. I love my dog differently than I love my kids. While there are things we don’t understand yet about our feelings, that doesn’t mean we can automatically jump to ‘God did it’ as an explanation. That’s simply intellectually lazy.
Finally, I want to address my ‘atheist belief’. Seriously, it works just fine with all of these things. It functions perfectly well with all of the examples you gave, and I don’t feel the need to jump to the conclusion that a supernatural deity somehow did any of these things. It’s not up to me to prove whether God exists or not. Theists are the ones making the positive claim that God exists, without a shred of evidence. Theists are the ones who believe in magic and miracles. I simply ask that they furnish some proof before I will believe any of these wild claims.
So far…no proof that your God exists has made itself available.
I guess you’ll just have to take it on faith.