Does God exist?
Well, it depends on which God you have in mind. The cosmic mystery or the worldly lawgiver? Sometimes when people talk about God, they talk about a grand and awesome enigma, about which we know absolutely nothing.
We invoke this mysterious God to explain the deepest riddles of the cosmos. Why is there something rather than nothing? What shaped the fundamental laws of physics? What is consciousness, and where does it come from? Well, the way you know is the way I know and the way others may know, or none of us may know because answering such questions we give our ignorance the grand name of God, but the most fundamental characteristic of this mysterious God is that we cannot say anything concrete about Him, but we talk about him, we imagine him, we love him and at times we hate him then we even love him again. But why shod we call it ‘Him’? Is god a man or is god a woman? Or is it Ariana Grande just coined the ‘God Is A Woman’ belief? or this is the God of the philosophers, the God we talk about when we sit around a campfire late at night and wonder what life is all about.
On other occasions people see God as a harsh and worldly lawgiver, about whom we know only too much. We know exactly what he thinks about fashion, food, sex and politics, and we invoke this ‘Angry Man’ we know it as ‘God’ in the sky to justify a million regulations, decrees and conflicts.
He gets upset when women wear short-sleeved shirts, when two men have sex with one another, or when teenagers masturbate. Some people say he does not like us to ever drink alcohol, whereas according to others he positively demands that we drink wine every Friday night or every Sunday morning.
Over thousands of years, entire libraries have been written to explain in the most details exactly what he – the god – wants and what he dislikes about you, about me about anyone to everyone in between, and so the most fundamental characteristic of this worldly lawgiver is that we can say extremely concrete things about him.
This is the God of the crusaders and jihadists, of the inquisitors, the misogynists and the homophobes. This is the God we talk about when we stand around a burning pyre, hurling stones and abuses at the heretics being grilled there.
And so the final question is, Does God exist? That depends on which God you have in mind. My god exists in the way I imagine him and love him.