Is god losing his power?

God creates the universe. He sees that it is good and rests on the seventh day. He notices that humans have gotten disorderly and he drowns them all, or almost all. The next time, he has mellowed down a bit, he goes down as his son to send humans a message. Lately, he’s tired, all he can muster is to appear on toast now and then.

Why have all the incredible things god has done happened in the distant past, without any evidence? It seems that god is OK with wildly visible demonstrations. Why no more?

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  • Ryan

    I’m intrigued by your honesty, you’ve captured pretty well the obvious questions that most folks have in mind. I wonder though, when you mentioned that all the incredible things happened without evidence, if the written accounts of eye-witness testimony doesn’t count, what would count as evidence in your mind? If you could go back to the age of the Roman Empire, and witness something incredible yourself, how would you recommend to those living in that era to preserve convincing evidence for posterity?

    • What eye-witness accounts are you talking about? The new testament was written between 50 and 100 AD. There are no accounts from the period itself.
      Even so, eye-witnesses are notoriously unreliable. An isolated account has more chance of being a hallucination than a factual portrayal.
      You would need multiple independant corroborating sources. The more distant past, the more accounts you would need…
      Then there is the interpretation of the events. Jumping from simple witness to rigorous analysis of cause does not add credibility. Not understanding does not mean “god”.
      Purpose is even one step more removed.
      Of all the jumbled, contradictory “information”, hard to know what happened, but harder to know why, and impossible to extract any kind of rules for your own life.

      So, to get back to the piece, if there was a message, you would expect it to be clearer and repeated…

      • Ryan

        So you’re saying an eye-witness account is not credible if written after the fact. What’s your “statute of limitations”? Certainly we all agree that details become fuzzy over time, but are you saying that there is *nothing* you can remember from your entire life that you can relate reliably? Certainly the significant events in your life you could relate with some truth, at least in broad outline. So too the authors of the New Testament lived alongside Jesus (i.e. eye-witnesses) and as you pointed out, wrote their accounts later.

        As for what evidence would be required, I hear you saying that there would have to be multiple, independent, corroborating sources. What if I told you that we have those? Is five enough? Even if we ignore every detail with fewer than five independent sources, we still are left with multiple, independent, corroborating accounts from John, Paul, Matthew, James, and Peter that confirm Jesus was a man living in Palestine in the first century, he was crucified, and later seen by each of them, both independently, and together. That doesn’t fit any definition of hallucination.

        If you’d recently buried a loved one, who then showed up at your house, cooked you dinner, ate with you and your family, and shook your hand before leaving, what evidence would you be left with to share with anyone else? Other than your own word, of course.

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