Atheism is Nonsense!
God is Irrelevant! Allah is Irrelevant!

© G.M. Woerlee

 

An unprovable God—Atheism is nonsense!

The two major religions in the world are Christianity and Islam. They both worship the same God. Their differences are actually more of form than of essence. Indeed, you could even say that, “Islam and Christianity are two religions separated by the same God!” But regardless of which of these two religions we choose, we cannot prove the reality or absence of this God. As the perspicacious Blaise Pascal published long ago during 1669:

“ If there Is a God, He Is Infinitely Incomprehensible, since, having neither parts nor limits. He has no affinity to us. We are then incapable of knowing either what He is or if He is.”
(paragraph 233, Blaise Pascal, “Thoughts”, first published 1669, this translation published by p. F. Collier & Son, 1910.)

Indeed, God is infinite. God is all about us and ever present. God is all-knowing. God is all-powerful. God is so totally superior that God is incomprehensible and therefore unprovable. So the atheist claim that there is no God is totally unprovable. In fact our world, our universe, could just as well be a computer simulation, a figment of our individual consciousness, or a creation of the “Flying Spaghetti Monster”. As mere mortals on this earth, we simply have no way of proving God does not exist, because God can change evidence without us knowing it, and because God is infinitely inscrutable—we simply can never know whether evidence of God is true, manipulated, or absent. We simply cannot prove the non-existence, or existence of God. Therefore atheism is nonsense! It is simply impossible to prove the absence of something inherently unprovable. So what then?

Which God and which religion?

Both Islam and Christianity promise final destruction, or eternal torment for the souls of unbelievers and sinners, and eternal bliss and rewards in an afterlife for righteous believers. But the reality of God is just as unprovable as the non-existence of God. This is a problem. Should we believe in a particular God, and obey the tenets of a particular religion, in order to assure ourselves of eternal bliss and rewards in an afterlife? Can we safely ignore the Christian God? Can we safely ignore the Islamic Allah? Long ago during 1669, the ingenious Blaise Pascal, posthumously published an eminently practical statistical solution to this problem.

“Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation that He is.”
(paragraph 233, Blaise Pascal, “Thoughts”, first published 1669, this translation published by p. F. Collier & Son, 1910.)

In other words, bet on the reality of God, and live according to the tenets of the “true” religion of that God, to achieve a fifty-fifty chance of reward in an eternal afterlife, or no afterlife whatsoever. Repudiate that God, reject the idea of an eternal afterlife, and do not obey the tenets of the “true” religion of that God, to achieve a fifty-fifty chance of no afterlife, or eternal torment in that afterlife. A good idea according to Pascal, and apparently sound statistics. But then comes the big problem—which religion? We might worship the Christian God, but followers of the Islamic Allah promise Christians, and the followers of all other religions, the wonderful prospect of eternal ghastly torment in an afterlife inhabited by the souls of the deceased. The same is equally true of fanatical believers in Christianity. So which religion, and which God? This is a problem, because we can only know which of these religions is the correct religion after death—and then it is too late to avoid any eternal torment for choosing the “wrong” religion! Is there a way of getting around this problem?

Proof we have no souls

There is a way of getting around this problem—and this lies in determining whether each human possesses an individual soul. But the soul is immaterial and invisible. So is it possible to demonstrate the reality, or absence of a human soul? The answer is a very definite “YES”! The Islamic Quran, and the Christian Bible reveal the soul to have very definite properties amenable to testing in this physical world. The book Illusory Souls contains a detailed analysis of each of the properties of the soul, and reveals the ancient belief in a human soul to be an illusion. So what are these properties of the soul?

 

PROPERTY

PROVABLE - yes/no

The soul is invisible. This is an evident property of the soul.

YES - during millennia of observing public executions, muders, and wars - no-one has ever seen a soul depart the human body.

The soul is immaterial. This is another evident property of the soul, but is also not a practical method of determining the reality of the soul, because of the impossibility of detecting something immaterial with material instrumentation.

NO - only reports of immateriality from NDE and OBE reports

The soul is immortal.

NO - impossible to prove

The soul interacts with the body to perceive sensations, and to control the body to respiond to these sensations, as well as initiating actions speech and deeds independent of perceived sensations. The nature of this interaction remains speculative.

YES - specific bodily responses requiring transfer of information between the body to the soul, and from the soul to the body, or in both directions, are a method of determining the possible reality of the soul.

The mind-model of dualism proposes that The soul is continually conscious, unaffected by anything affecting the physical body, as well as being the indelible repository of all memories. Memory is an example of a reciprocal interaction between the soul and the body. The body perceives something to be learned with the physical senses of the body. The physical body interacts with the immaterial soul to somehow transfer the information from the physical perceptions of the material body to the immaterial soul, which then remembers these perceptions and information. Some time later, the person receives a request for this information by means of physical speech, writing, or other equally physical senses or perceptions. The physically perceived sensations of the request for information are somehow transferred from the material body to the immaterial soul. The immaterial soul responds to the request for information by recalling the information, and somehow interacting with the material body to reproduce the remembered information by actions, speech, writing, or deeds. Examples of this are learning things, actions, deeds, experiences, and interactions with other people. Moreover, the soul also learns and remembers things when apparently separated from the body such as during out-of-body experiences, or while transported to transcendental worlds outside the physical body, e.g. the Christian heaven. Such retrieval of memories is very amenable to testing by examining the multitude of international studies of memory function under many different situations.

YES - multiple international studies conclusively prove that memories are formed and retained in the brain and not in an immaterial soul (see extensive discussions in Illusory Souls)

The disembodied soul is capable of perceiving light and sound on this physical world during near-death experiences (NDEs) and out-of-body experiences (OBEs). Moreover, the disembodied soul apparently perceives the same color spectrum, and hears the same sounds as perceived by physically conscious persons.

YES - basic physical principles reveal the ability of the soul to hear physical sounds, and to see visible light to be illusory, (see extensive discussions in Illusory Souls).

God is Irrelevant!

All these things reveal humans have no immaterial souls capable of remembering anything done or learned during this earthly life. This is provable—indeed, the proof is concrete, and reproducible all over the world. So what are the implications of the absence of any memory function in the soul?

The fact that the soul demonstrably has no memory means there is no heaven and no hell. So practitioners of all religions who believe their devotion will guarantee them a place in their respective heavens are deceiving themselves. Long ago, the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, claimed that all gods are dead! But God / Allah is unprovable. The absence of a human soul with memory, or the ability to hear and see, does not mean that God is dead. Instead, the absence of memory function in a human soul means that the God of Christianity, the God of Islam, the gods of Hinduism, and all other major world religions are simply irrelevant.

God is irrelevant! Allah is irrelevant! All gods are irrelevant! We need not fear eternal dire punishments in hell, nor dream of everlasting rewards in heaven. Such futile illusory fantasies distract us from life on this earth. We live our lives on earth, and not in an afterlife. This is the only life of which we have knowledge, and the only life in which we have individual memory. Our individual memories and personalities are housed within our physical bodies—not in any invisible and illusory soul—and our individual memories and personalities cease upon our deaths. This does not mean that world religions are irrelevant. Far from it. Only God, Allah, and other gods are irrelevant, but the humanism preached by the religions devoted to these gods enables us all to live better lives in tolerance and respect for eachother. This is the beauty of acknowledging the true irrelevance of God, Allah, and all other gods! This is true freedom of the human mind!

 


Page posted on 22 March 2014


 

 

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Illusory Souls provides multiple definitive proofs of the illusory nature of the ages-old belief in a human soul as revealed in the Christian Bible, and in the Islamic Quran. (Published 2014, and available worldwide as printed book, and in electronic Kindle format from Amazon)


The Unholy Legacy of Abraham is a tongue in cheek analysis of the Islamic Quran and the Christian Bible, revealing the more insane aspects of these holy books, as well as the illusory nature of Allah / God. (Published 2008, and available worldwide as printed book from Amazon and Booklocker.com)


Mortal Minds is an analysis of near-death experiences revealing the unlikelihod of the human soul. (Published 2005, and available worldwide as printed book, as well as electronic Kindle format from Amazon)