A common mantra I’ve heard my entire life as a churchgoer (as well as during my current years as a church skipper) has been “Science cannot disprove God.” And I am not about to argue that science can disprove the existence of “a god” in the universe.
While no one can prove or disprove that a god exists, disproving the Christian God is actually quite simple. In fact, the Christian Church disproves their God’s existence every day.
The Christian’s Unbiblical View of Religion
Many Christians sum up their religion solely in their belief. Specifically, their religion often begins and ends with their belief that Christ died for their sins to save them from the wrath of God, ensuring them an eternity in heaven. Other Christians take their religion a step further by incorporating prayers and sacraments into their experience.
However, the writers of the New Testament took great pains to teach that the Christian life is not about beliefs and sacraments. The Bible screams from the rooftops that the Christian religion is to be one of distinct, undeniable, supernatural power. It speaks of a life so remarkable that it’s noticed by the world around them (Matthew 5:16.)
The Ocean Dwelling In A Grain Of Sand
The New Testament writers insisted that the infinite God of the universe – in the form of the Holy Spirit – dwells within the followers of Christ. Just think about that for a moment. If you were to imagine the greatness of the Pacific Ocean dwelling within a grain of sand, this analogy would still fall short of an infinite God dwelling within a tiny, finite human being.
Imagine how undeniably different a grain of sand would become if the awe-inspiring might of the Pacific Ocean began to one day dwell within it. Imagine how distinct and extraordinary that individual grain would be when compared to any other grain of sand on the beach.
That’s the Biblical intention of how different the Christian is supposed to be when compared to any other kind of person on Earth. In fact, the Bible promises a distinct and supernatural life of transformation in verses like Matthew 7:16-20, John 7:37-39, Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 3:18, and 2 Corinthians 5:17.
People Vs. Telescopes
While God cannot be seen by telescopes or other scientific tools, the Bible maintains that God is supposed to be “seen” – and indeed proven – by the distinctly supernatural lives of his people. I maintain the following positions:
(A) Throughout all of church history, Christians (a.k.a, “the Church,”) have never been known for the supernatural life of “power” and “good” promised in the Bible. There is no “Fruit of the Spirit” in the Church today, nor has there ever been at any time throughout history.
(B) The Bible’s broken promises regarding a supernatural life disprove the existence of the Christian God. If the God of the Bible did exist, we’d “see” him every day in the supernatural lives of his people.
The Promise of the Fruit of The Spirit
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
— Galatians 5:16
Throughout the entire New Testament, the biblical writers provide numerous, clear descriptions of what someone’s life will become as a result of their being indwelt by the infinite God of the Universe. One of the most famous of these is the description of the Fruit of the Spirit (the “Spirit,” of course, being God himself.)
The Fruit of the Spirit, according to the book of Galatians, “is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23.)
The Bible promises that because the Holy Spirit lives within the Christian, these traits will characterize the Christian’s life. In fact, the Christian Scriptures go so far as to say that “those who belong to Jesus Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:24.)
Think of how strong a statement that is! When you devote yourself to Jesus and become indwelt with the Holy Spirit, you are supposedly so unmistakably different that the “old you” has been crucified and a “new you” arises. A reborn “you” steps forward – one who’s now characterized by the supernatural Fruit of the Spirit.
The Bible claims that the life of a Christian will be distinctly, undeniably, unarguably different from the rest of the unchristian world.
The unchristian world, according to Galatians, is full of “the works of the flesh.” The Bible describes the works of the flesh as “sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissentions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.” (Galatians 5:19-21.) According to the Bible, these traits are so evil in the sight of God that “those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” You read that correctly: those who are characterized by the works of the flesh, rather than the Fruit of the Spirit, are doomed to hell.
After contrasting the “works of the flesh” versus the “Fruit of the Spirit,” it’s immediately clear that the life of the Christian is supposed to be astoundingly different from the life of any other kind of person in the world.
- While the unchristian person is prone to “fits of anger,” the Christian person supposedly displays a supernatural, Holy-Spirit influenced peace and patience.
- While the unchristian person is “sexually immoral,” the Christian person is supposedly characterized by self-control.
- While the unchristian person is characterized by “enmity, strife, jealousy and rivalries,” the Christian person supposedly displays love and kindness – even to the point of loving their enemies (Mathew 5:44).
This “conclusion” is somewhat superfluous because I’ve already stated it earlier: If the God of the Bible existed, we’d “see” him every single day in the supernatural lives of his people.
But there is nothing supernatural or even remotely distinctive about the lives of religious people – whether Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, Jew, Muslim, Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, Scientologist, or any other religion on earth.
Religion is nothing more than humanity, and it behaves as such.
The Christian Church is filled with just as many “works of the flesh” as Muslims, Jews, Taoists, atheists, etc. And Muslims, Jews, Taoists and atheists live according to the “Fruit of the Spirit” just as often as the Christian Church does.
Any holy book that promises a distinct or supernatural life for its followers must be held to an extremely high level of accountability. Evidence must be demanded in response to such claims. In the case of the Bible, the evidence is 0.
There’s clearly no such thing as a supernatural life. Nor is there such a thing as a divinely influenced life. And, while a “god” may exist somewhere in the universe, there’s certainly no such thing as the “Holy Spirit” or the God of the Bible.