Evidence against divine revelation or guidance
The previous remarks generally converge to suggest that if ever God
exists, He is well hidden. Now let us be more specific about the
question at stakes, and the possible evidence for its answer.
Let us examine the doctrine of theism, and whether observational
evidences can be prove or refute it.
To say roughly, as is traditional:
Theism = the existence of an omniscient, benevolent and almighty
Well, let us be a little more general, and rather than expecting God
to be almighty (which too clearly disagrees with observation), just
expect Him to have at least a slight, soft and silent bit of power.
Does He ?
In terms of metaphysics, we mentioned that as suggested by some
theoretical considerations, in essence all souls are connected.
However, that be it true or not, may not be so relevant. A more
important question is about what happens in practice: is there any
effective, accessible connection between souls, that is something
that puts all information of individual lives in common ?
We may imagine a God that is a sort of conscious entity that
"contains" all individual souls and lives.
Metaphysical considerations suggested that such a whole would exist
somehow inside (or connected with) the deepest nature of each
Such an entity, is the whole of existing consciousness. It may be
called "omniscient" by definition, as an abstract collection of all
what exists. However, as we said, this "all what exists" only
contains the past, not the future; it will only contain the future
after it will have happened, when it will be too late to have any
effect on the present.
However, for this to be meaningfully called "omniscience", it does
not suffice to consider a concept abstractly defined as the set of
all information on existing souls; it would also have to operate
some intelligent synthesis out of this mess. Such an intelligence
condition is fuzzy and gradual, as there is a long progressive range
of possible hypothesis on the intelligence levels by which such a
synthesis might be done, and how reliably it might be able to guess
possible futures. For example, would it be better or worse at
synthesizing information than the CIA, or the Google Rank system,
any such advertizing or intelligence services, or anything like this
But this still would remain irrelevant to our lives unless there is
a way for such an information to be received on Earth. If "God
exists", and is imaginative and intelligent enough to make clever
deductions from the present situation of the world, then He should
be able to find out examples of "messages" that would be very
helpful for people, individually or collectively, if ever such
messages would theoretically exist (in a way that would be
predictably useful in God's eyes, as deduced from the information of
the state of the present world).
Then, if moreover God is good then He wishes this information to be
effectively transmitted to Earth.
If moreover He has any power to guide or inspire anybody on Earth
(even the slightest such power to a handful of people), then such
messages should indeed be received.
Finally, we can define the question of theism in operational
(verifiable) terms, though at first sight this definition appears
incomplete (it is not expressed as a yes/no alternative defined by a
yes/no question on observables):
If an extraordinary coincidence
happens or a message appears from an unknown origin, with the
remarkable property that it produces very beneficial consequences
for the world, while there is no "natural" explanation for the
composition of this message or occurrence of this coincidence,
then this supports theism.
(Still it is not a priory clear that this "real effect" condition is
an observable condition, as such a revelation event might happen
unnoticed despite its consequences, for lack of clarity on whether
the good effects have a natural or supernatural cause. But...)
Now let us express the negation of theism in operational terms
(though it is not exactly the absence of the above observation
If there were people on Earth
deeply receptive to God's will, and if we have an abstract proof of the mathematical
existence of a message (while there was no way to discover
its specific contents on time),
for which a clever God knowing all the present world should know
that the transmission of this message to one of the available
recipients would be highly beneficial, but such a beneficial
message transmission did not happen, then this refutes theism.
Now it seems a priori unclear whether these operational definitions
of theism, indeed suffice to scientifically determine its truth, as
it would be conceivable (though surprising) to get both such
evidences for and against it; and it seems not clear to be able to
get any of both sides of evidence either.
However this is a very crucial question, because of the billions of
people who belong to a theistic religion (Hinduism, Judaism,
Christianity, Islam), and think that messages from God were already
released, and that some prayer, piety or meditation may lead one to
receive direct guidance by God in their life. It is important to
know whether what they are worshiping and obeying is really God, or
some inferior spirits, or just their own ignorant beliefs and "holy"
texts: it is such a pitiful waste to dedicate one's life to search
for God where He cannot be found, and to obey what one thinks is the
will of God, if no such a guidance happens to be really involved in
But, as there are already millions of people so seriously dedicated
to the search for God, giving Him their life and obeying to His
will, how the hell could evidence of His guidance still be missing
if all their dedication was not a pure waste ? Indeed, such an
evidence ought to be overwhelming if the Gospel's words were true
(and once again, notice how selfish are the desires these words aim
to please) :
"I am the vine; you are the
branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me,
you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches
are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and
my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be
done for you." (John 15)
Now let's look at concrete examples. Joseph Waligore has quite a
deal of them. One example among
went to London to fly back to America. While on a bus in London,
I had an extremely strong feeling to get off the bus right away.
After we got off the bus, I turned around and saw an airline
ticket office. We bought our tickets and a day or two later went
to Heathrow Airport. There we saw many Americans sleeping in the
airport as they could not get a flight out because it was
snowing in London. They had been in the airport for days and
were not sure when they would be able fly out. But that wasn’t
our situation. Because of my intuition, we had bought tickets on
the one airline that was flying that day while all these other
people were stuck. They had the money but because of my
sensitivity, we had the connection. So we flew to America on a
mostly empty plane while they languished in the airport for who
knows how many more days."
Such a case might be interpreted as an evidence for theism. (This
man does is not himself Christian, but his stories are quite similar
to what I also happened to hear from many Christians speaking about
God's hand in their life, which they hold as evidence of the truth
of the Gospel and of their life with Jesus, since such miracles
sometimes happen to be focused on how to convert people). Here are
his words for describing this, from a 10-lines paragraph by which he
proudly signs each of his essays :
"This essay was written by
Joseph Waligore. He dedicated his life to following the will of
the Universe when he was 20. Seven months later he received a
message from his Higher Self or inner connection to the divine
to quit Dartmouth College. Through following a deep intuition in
a dream and after many synchronistic experiences, he met his
soul mate and married her. He and his wife followed their
spiritual intuitions in their daily lives, including receiving
messages to have children(...)"
So, is that right ? Is this really God's hand leading him ? It might
seem so in the eyes of narrow-minded people. But, hey, wait a
First, it all looks like that the main will of the Universe on his
life, consists in leading him to proudly repeat every time to
everybody that he is following the will of the Universe. Is that
Then, it turns out that so many of his examples of guidance (at
least among those I read, as I did not read all) have the same
character as the above one: they are deeply selfish.
Indeed, by this above guidance only let him the chance to get a
plane ticket for himself. It would not have led him to share to
other people the tip of how they could buy their own tickets. You
may say that the specific circumstances of the above event, did not
let the possibility for such an altruistic outcome. The problem is
that all his other examples are similarly selfish, or at least much
more in average than should be possible.
Generally, he tells how the flow of the Universe led him to get a
lot of dirt unfair chances and privileges, financially and
emotionally, to get a successful career, to make everybody else
jealous, and to sell a lot of books that anyone has to buy if they
want to know how they can themselves follow the will of the
Universe, which is no more, no less, the only way for them to get
similar selfish advantages from the flow of the Universe.
So, it does not matter to me whether his stories are true or not.
Anyway I have moral objections against worshiping such short-sighted
conceptions of God.
Now, let us list some negative evidences (against theism). In fact,
a huge lot of them can be found (and how amazing it is that not more
people noticed them). With all the many people praying and listening
to God around the world there should be no problem to get messages
(Another important example will come later after some necessary
developments in Part V.)
- Why did nobody warn the CIA about the preparations of the 9/11
attacks before they happened ? Or was it the will of God to let
them happen (but yet not to warn Bin Laden to flee before he
would be killed) ? If God did not warn anybody about it, is it
really because, as most Christians usually argue, the highest
moral value in the eyes of God is to respect man's freedom,
disregarding the consequences ?
- Why do we sometimes hear people that had an intuition to not
board a plane or anything that would have an accident, but never
warn other people about it ?
- Why do we have no spiritual warnings for earthquakes and
tsunamis, maybe except from animals ?
- Why did nobody suggest the police to investigate places where
kidnapped girls where kept hostage and regularly raped ? Is it
because of God's absolute respect toward the freedom of the rapist,
or towards the freedom of the police to continue their fruitless
investigation in their own way without disturbance ?
- Why were not scientific discoveries made long before they were
finally made ?
- How could pious people never get any genuine sense of
morality, no clue of how precisely does the world suffer from
a lack of love, but all their behavior and way of thinking
remained heavily insane and full of fallacies instead (as we
shall develop later) ?
- Why did nobody write me an email to tell me where I will find
my future wife (or from her reporting that her finding about me
on the web came from such a surprise email) ? Or, if against all
my intimate evidence you think I don't need or deserve this,
then you can replace myself by anyone else in this question: why
did nobody ever receive a surprise email from an unknown person
revealing where to find one's mate ? (this should matter for
God, since so many people said it was the hand of God who led
them to their partner, and so many religious moral codes are
also obsessed with issues of sex and relationships)
- A few cases may have happened that mediums contributed to
police investigations. However, once again, the purpose there
was quite limited to individual cases of problems, following
requests by humans rather that God, and not done in the name of
Jesus nor following any theistic religion.
We can already infer from observation, that if ever some people on
Earth do receive information from a supernatural source, in other
words from some other spirit(s) than those currently incarnated,
then this source is clearly no more clever than the CIA to collect
and process its own information before taking a decision of what
instructions to give (if we assume it to be benevolent, of course).
Indeed, if only the opportunity of spying anywhere at will,
including inside homes with no risk of being seen (a basic ability
to be expected of any low-class angel), moving very fast (as many
NDErs could do) and occasionally reporting their conclusions even to
a very limited range of occasional recipients, was given to a team
of CIA agents, then surely more terrorist attacks could have been
evidence against Christianity is presented here.
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