So, is there any evidence that supports the existence of God? That depends upon whether you call belief in something to be evidence of its existence. Oddly, for a believer, belief serves as evidence. This makes a fail-safe closed loop. For example, a believer in God will point to the world around him and say how else could all this be? A believer will see this in itself as evidence. And if that were not enough, there is always the ‘word of God’ in the Bible. Do we know the Bible is the word of God because the Bible says so? Here again, we see a fail-safe closed loop. Round and round, it is enough to make me dizzy.
Belief, like eating popcorn, is very compelling. When eating something tastes good, you will likely eat it even more. Belief works in much the same way. If believing in something makes you feel good, you will likely believe it even more. Beliefs, like many of our food preferences — ‘soul food’ — become established in childhood, and are reinforced in us as the years pass.
Yet, some let go of their core belief as they age. Why? It ceases to ‘taste’ good enough to continue eating. At this point one often begins searching for another that tastes better. This is certainly my story. I recall believing in the common, ‘up there watching over me’, kind of God at around age seven. Eventually that belief didn’t satisfy my hunger for meaning, and so I spent decades exploring and searching for a theory that satisfied me more. I’ve found that in the Taoist theory. However, like the theory of God, the Taoist theory has no proof either. Clearly, proof lies in the eye of the beholder. So what is the difference? Acknowledging that fact is! Believers in God believe their belief is objectively true and not simply ‘in the eye of the beholder’. ‘True believers’ in tao can’t possibly do that because…
As a thing the way is, Shadowy, indistinct.
Indistinct and shadowy, Yet within it is an image;
Shadowy and indistinct, Yet within it is an essence.
This essence is quite genuine,
And within it is something that can be tested.
So, who knows?