I was reminded of this by some recent comments on some of my YouTube videos, where a theist disagreed with my take on God and causality, insisting that all kinds of things about God were true when they had absolutely no way of objectively determining anything about God, God’s characteristics or God’s abilities.
Now this is nothing new, it happens all the time, theists of all stripes will make claims about the supposed characteristics of their gods and demand that because they believe it, it has to be true. But that really makes no sense, especially when trying to convince a skeptic of the veracity of your claims. So to demonstrate this, I just made some equally unjustifiable claims about a supposedly magical leprechaun that created the universe. This leprechaun is eternal and exists outside of the bounds of time and space, making it the first cause. Why? Because I say so. Because my empty and baseless claims about something I have no conceivable way of knowing anything about are every bit as valid as the empty and baseless claims made by the theist. And I have just as much faith that my empty and baseless claims are true, therefore, I win.
This didn’t please the theist and I’m not surprised. They don’t like having the absurdity of their own positions pointed out to them. So what do they typically do when they get shown how ridiculous their claims are? Either turn to insults or turn to faith. Of the two, insults tend to win out, but sometimes they will go the faith route, as though faith actually serves as a substitute for facts. And usually when they find out just how ineffective faith actually is, that turns to insults anyhow.
But that’s really the thing, faith doesn’t matter. How you feel about a thing doesn’t change what that thing actually is. If God exists, then God exists regardless of whether or not you have faith. God’s characteristics are what God’s characteristics are, no matter how strongly you believe otherwise. Wishes and dreams only matter when they directly correlate to reality. Just believing that God is omniscient and omnipotent and omnibenevolent doesn’t actually make any of that so. It is true only if it is true, not because you desperately want it to be true. Trying to bring faith to a rational discussion is like trying to bring a feather to a gunfight. You’re just asking to get shot down.