(from my book in progress, Supernatural Hypocrisy: The Cognitive Dissonance of a God Cosmology”)
Existence and essence–two things we are prevented from knowing about god from within the Christian faith. Why would we adopt a lifestyle, belief system, code, or any other guideline that has no basis in rational thought or empirical proof?
Christian theology states that God is incorporeal, which is to say, non-material. This means God is not composed of matter, which renders the reference to God as a being meaningless. For if something is non-matter, how could it matter? We are beings who are made of matter (in the simplest terms) and thus our understanding of everything is predicated on matter. All else is both immaterial in a literal and figurative sense and negligible.
And what of ideas and concepts and immaterial things like kindness? Might the theist argue that kindness is real to us, though not made of matter? of course, the theist could argue that, but the argument would dissolve under the powerful force of reason; kindness is not being touted as an entity, as well as something immaterial . If God is not made of matter or of anything humans can comprehend, then God, is in a very real way, NOT REAL. If we cannot perceive God, then, why would we believe in him? If we cannot experience god, since god is non-matter, how could he possibly exist to begin with? And why don’t Christians who peddle this concept just admit that they are agnostic, since agnosticism is defined as something we cannot know? Slippery slope, that.
painting, “Chocolate Drizzle” (c)Kelli Jae Baeli