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Gospel Disproof #42: The infallible test

Have you ever wondered whether there is an almighty, all-knowing, all-wise, and all-loving God Who wants a personal relationship with each of us badly enough to literally die for it? Well, fortunately there’s a simple test you can do that cannot fail to tell you whether or not such a God exists. Ready? All you have to do is say, “God, can I see You for a minute? I want to talk with you.” Then have a digital camera ready. If He shows up to talk to you, take His picture and post it on the web, and you will have proven that He exists. The cool thing is that this test will work for anybody and everybody, so if anyone claims you might have faked the photo, they can just repeat the test themselves.

What makes this test infallible is the nature of God, as specified in the test. Because He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-wise, by definition there is no greater power than God to prevent Him from showing up if He wants to. And because He is all-loving and wants a personal relationship with each of us, He wants (by definition) to show up to participate in that relationship as long as no greater power is able to prevent him. It is thus impossible, by definition, for this test to fail to reveal the truth about whether such a God exists.

In fact, there’s only one flaw.

No, it’s not that free will or some other factor is powerful enough to thwart God’s desire to be with each of us, in person. As someone once said, “the truth will make you free,” so if we had a way to know the truth about God for sure, it would only help our free will, not harm it. Nor would bad things necessarily happen if God did show up: He is all-powerful, by definition, and therefore His appearance cannot have any consequences He does not want it to.

No, the flaw in this test is that it is completely unnecessary. If such a God existed, He would already be here, because it’s His desire to have a relationship with us, and not the other way around. By the time it might occur to us to find out whether such a God were real, we would already know, because He would have already been there for us, live, in person, in the real world. Because, by definition, that’s what He wants, and—by definition again—there is no force or power or person strong enough to prevent Him from getting it.

So there you have it. No such God exists, or else we would all already know about Him. You might still propose a weaker, more ignorant, and less-wise God, who fails to show up because He’s not powerful enough, or because He’s not really able to direct the situation to His own advantage, or because He simply doesn’t care enough. But the big guy, the All-Everything Heavenly Father Who loves us and wants us to be with Him forever? No such thing.