Consider, just for a moment, if today, we discovered that there were definitive proof of God? I mean that that proof would be beyond dispute; Every scientist, philosopher would agree that yes, God has been discovered. What would be the fallout of that occurring? I’m not saying that this God itself would hold a press conference, just that it was discovered that there was indisputable, demonstrable proof this God existed? Would atheists suddenly become believers? And for those believers, would they need to believe anymore because their belief had been supplanted by knowledge? Faith itself would no longer be required.
I speculate here that if this did occur, churches, around the world would no longer be needed. They’d close there doors almost overnight because there’s no reason to attend to hear sermons about this God, that it exists, that a person only need have faith to know. We would know. Billions upon billions of dollars, going into these churches would suddenly disappear. All of these churches would suddenly become bankrupt, because no one would need to support them to receive the message from that which we now knew actually existed.
How would our world change as there are some 1.8 billion Christians, and 1.6 billion Muslims? Would there suddenly be a moment when leaders of both of these faiths succumbed to the truth and realized that their teachings were irrelevant? I’d like to think so, but then, I think it will be a while before either accepted the truth of the matter; Desiring to hold on to their individual systems of belief, thinking that – hoping for – this proof was nonexistent.
Think about it: For decades there would be arguments amongst the theologians as to whom this God represented. Is it the Jewish God, Christian, Muslim, or maybe even the Hindu pantheon? As synagogues, churches, mosques, and temples around the world closed, the question would be: Who does this God represent? How about this: none of the above. Maybe this God, the creator of the universe, is non-sectarian.
Maybe it’s we, his creation who’ve deluded ourselves into our own sectarian belief. Maybe this God, whatever it is, doesn’t care how it is represented as long as we have some semblance that yes, it does exist. Is there a Heaven and Hell? Again another decades-long debate among theologians. Does this God place it’s hand on human affairs? The same debate.
All of this is nothing more than a thought experiment. I’m sure there are many that may read this that would come up with other consequences of the discovery that there was a God. One question I asked early on: Would atheists become believers? I can’t speak for anyone but myself but I’m inclined to say that, yes, I would acknowledge that there was a God. Would that make me anything sectarian? No. In fact, having the knowledge that there was a God, would do nothing for me personally other than enjoy the debate that ensued over whose God it was.