What if there is no God?
Obviously certain people will have severe apoplexy when they see this question. They will tell their beads. They will look up all the proofs that they can find in the Bible. They will utilise their thesauruses to create as long a list as possible of synonyms for “heathen bastard”. They will resort to smelling salts etc. etc. etc.
Other people will look at the question and try to answer it according to their personal experience and learning.
Is it really such a terrible question to be asking?
Mankind has used gods to enable him to sleep at night when the fear of death is greatest. Probably the first god was Mother nature. Her existence could be fathomed from the cycle of birth, death and decay that men saw all around them. It would not be difficult to imagine how they could see that dead men were recovered by Mother Nature and either born again or accepted into her bosom. The after-life was almost certainly envisioned before gods were.
God-hood has been aspired to by mankind for millennia. Human gods are legion.
Human gods were nurtured by a priesthood which soon recognised how strong its’ influence was. The priests wrote books to explain how gods operated and were called upon by rulers to explain what particular omens might mean. The tradition of priests being more powerful than rulers persists to this day – as does the habit of writing books to interpret the will of any god.
Apart from the evidence of our own eyes and our inability to explain away our own existence, what other evidence is there?
The Bible, for Christians is ALWAYS quoted as evidence and yet we don’t really know who wrote it, why they wrote it and if what survives today was actually what they wrote. We can only accept the Bible as truth if we accept that priests are virtuous and seek only to do the work of god. We know that this is not the case because priests have been among the most murderous and evil members of mankind.
So. What if there is no god?
Would anything significantly change?
The only major change is that even if we knew that there is no god, we would become even more rabid in our attempts to prove that there is. God would become like the weather, a popular topic of conversation.
When we die we might find the answer – or we might not.
We might meet the real Henry VIII instead of the 647 people who claim to have been him in previous lives. We might be able to speak to Lazarus and ask how it felt to be raised from the dead. We might be able to meet Thomas and ask why he doubted the resurrection of Jesus even though he should have been expecting it.
One thing is for sure, our time of conscious life is infinitesimally tiny with as much unconscious time before it as there is time after.