Ok, I'll bite.
This thread is for the purpose of addressing some of the questions typically raised by atheists: Who or what is God? What demonstrable evidence can be presented for the existence of God? If God exists, why doesn't he prove it?
The Bible is a very good place to provide a good answer. In fact, one Bible verse covers it very well. In 21st century English, the passage reads...
"...what may be known about God is clearly evident among them, for God made it clear to them. For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship,..." (Romans 1:19, 20).
Oh, good, then the proof should be quickly forthcoming since it is clearly evident among us.
Thus perception plays a very important part in trying to offer an explanation concerning the Creator.
Good so far
"You can't prove that there is a God."
This kind of statement ignores that there are different kinds of 'proof'.
"Can you prove that there is a God?" asked Prof Lennox. "In the mathematical sense no, but proving anything is very difficult. The word proof has two meanings. There's the rigorous meaning in maths that is very difficult to do and rare. But then there's the other meaning – beyond reasonable doubt".
That's the kind of 'proof' we can present: arguments to bring someone beyond reasonable doubt.
we seem to have taken a hard turn
Many, perhaps most, atheists would accept as proof of the existence of God only evidence they can see, feel, touch and take apart and reassemble in a laboratory setting. And, of course, that lab would have to be only where they would have unfettered access.
which should be no problem since "perception plays a very important part" in seeing what is "clearly evident around" us
So, let us reason a bit.
How would I liken the Creator? Perhaps by looking at the problem in reverse. Let's look at the problem from God's point of view.
In Isaiah is a fitting description of the problem and with an element of reason comes understanding.
"There is One who dwells above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers...." Isaiah 40:22
flat earth noted
Could you rightly expect a grasshopper to fully explain a human being or human accomplishments like the Hubble space telescope? Or would you be humble enough to learn grasshopper speech and befriend them? Sounds foolish, correct? That is the dilemma.
Further on this line of thought is the difference between humans and chimpanzees is about one percent of DNA. On that scale what would a creature be like who was one percent greater than humans in their DNA?
"one percent greater than humans in their DNA?" WTF does that mean? Has 1% more DNA?
No, that can't be it.
If their intellect would follow the same scale, could we ever hope to understand them? Much less be on par with them? And yet God is orders of magnitude greater than chimpanzees or grasshopper-like humans.
I don't think you understand DNA
And here is one item we all see without any understanding. Something so basic it has no record anywhere in the Bible as having been created. And that even though many think it is listed among the creations attributed to God. And what is that? LIFE.
another strange turn
The Bible tells us this at Psalm 36:9 simply that the 'source of life is God'. Much has been hypothesized about life. Some have speculated about life having a chemical nature. Some have claimed that by assembling certain molecules together they have created life. But when pressed, they admit they can not and did not create life. It cannot be disassembled and reassembled. Some have speculated that life is a form of energy as yet not understood.
And there is God. If we go back to Romans 1:20 we see it speaks about the creation as giving us insight into God. So look at the creation.
Here come the proof?
Focus on Isaiah 40:25, 26. "To whom can you liken me to make me his equal?” says the Holy One.
26 “Lift up your eyes to heaven and see. Who has created these things?
It is the One who brings out their army by number; He calls them all by name.
Because of his vast dynamic energy and his awe-inspiring power, Not one of them is missing."
What translation are you using? Never mind
Science today admit every star fulfills a purpose.
Really? News to me.
Did you know we ourselves are star stuff? And even the super heavy elements seem to come from the collision of neutron stars. So not even a single star is missing.
That's an interesting interpretation. Where's the proof?
Science also tells us eventually the universe itself will run down. Over 3000 years ago the Psalmist spoke of an immense maintenance project needed to fix the universe itself. Read for yourself Psalm 102:25-27. Makes for very interesting reading.
The earth has foundations? It's been around since the beginning? The heavens ware out like old clothing and get replaced?
Or maybe it's poetry not an attempt at scientific foresight
Oh. And DNA; Look at Psalm 139:16. "Your eyes even saw me as an embryo; All its parts were written in your book Regarding the days when they were formed, Before any of them existed.' Written more than 3,000 years before we had amassed enough knowledge on our own to understand, how would you explain that passage?
How would I explain what? That ancient people had a basic understanding of human reproduction? How stupid do you think they were?
So, for a lowly human to define in human terms a being vastly more complex with knowledge and the ability to make and use forces beyond our comprehension, is at best an exercise in futility.
Oh, sorry to hear you are giving up.
a few things I do know. The Bible provides compelling evidence that God exists.
Now comes the evidence? Finally!
It encourages us to build faith in God, not by blindly believing religious assertions, but by using our “power of reason” and “mental perception.”
The existence of an orderly universe containing life points to a Creator.
assertion. Next comes the proof?
The Bible says: “Of course, every house is constructed by someone, but the one who constructed all things is God.” (Hebrews 3:4)
assertion repeated; now comes the proof?
Although this logic is simple, many well-educated people find it to be powerful. For example, the late astronomer Allan Sandage once said regarding the universe: “I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle. God to me is a mystery, but is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing.”
Bible writers had scientific knowledge that was beyond the understanding of their contemporaries. For example, in ancient times many peoples believed that the earth was supported by an animal, such as an elephant, a boar, or an ox. In contrast, the Bible says that God is “suspending the earth upon nothing.” (Job 26:7)
I could have sworn you said the bible gives the earth a foundation and pillars?
Similarly, the Bible correctly describes the shape of the earth as a “sphere,” or “globe. or circle (Isaiah 40:22)
A circle is flat
Many people feel that the most reasonable explanation for such advanced understanding is that Bible writers received their information from God.
People who think the earth is a flat circle on pillars?
The Bible answers many difficult questions, the type of questions that when not satisfactorily answered can lead a person to atheism. For example: If God is loving and all-powerful, why is there suffering and evil in the world? Why is Religion so often an influence for bad rather than for good? See Titus 1:6
What does bishop having only one wife and well behaved children have to do with anything?
Could it be the unsatisfactory answers to questions has caused you to be where you are?
No. Evidence now?
So have I completely answered the questions posed? Probably not. However, at the same time, I hope I have made a good start and raised questions that honest, open-minded individuals will seek answers to.
You can ask me and I promise to try and answer your questions using reason, logic and the Bible. I like a good challenge.
Where the fuck is the clearly evident evidence I was promised?