If God Were Proved
I just finished reading a book, A Corner of the Veil, by Laurence Cosse. The premise of the book is that a priest receives in the mail undeniable proof that God exists. Anyone who reads this document cannot refute the fact that God exists. The rest of the story details the implications this would have on the world. It is a fictional story, obviously, yet it presents some interesting perspectives on what would happen to politics, economics, the church, world religions if the world received irrefutable proof that the God of the Christians existed.
What would the world really be like if there was absolute certainty that God existed? Would such proof make the world better or worse? What would happen to faith and belief if everyone read a document which proved that God existed. Would it be ok for there to be no faith if everyone knew that there was a God and couldn’t deny it? Would it really change people? It seems as if in the old testament people knew that God existed and yet they still acted as if he didn’t. In fact, I recall that God actually came down to earth and most people didn’t even care, instead they hung him on a cross.
Maybe its just me but I feel somewhat safe knowing that God cannot be verified by any act of man! I think the moment we think we have god figured out the moment we will be zapped into crispy critters. A lot of people are uncomfortable with doubt and feel that doubt is the opposite of faith. Instead of thinking about my not-knowing as doubt, I prefer to think of it as wonder. I wonder a lot of things about God. Sometimes I even wonder if he exists, its this wonder which makes him so grandiose. Its the wonder which causes me to marvel at the fact that he has revealed himself. When the things of God I wonder about are revealed my wonder turns into amazement. If God were proved, where would the amazement be?