You never know if you can trust these snapshotted Facebook posts, but here we go:
So, how about the Santa vs. God comparison, is it a fair one?
The Atheist’s Argument
On the surface, this seems like a fairly strong argument.
- No one today sees God, and no one ever sees Santa. Oh sure, we see people playing Santa in the mall, but the “real Santa”, no one sees.
- We have a story written about the “real Santa” with multiple cultures practicing the tradition, and we have multiple faiths believing in multiple different gods.
- Santa rewards the good and punishes the evil. God is said to reward the good (or those that believe) and punish the evil.
So, on the face of it, it looks like a pretty good analogy, and why someone just stating that “you can’t prove [H]e doesn’t” isn’t a very good argument.
Where the Original Poster Went Wrong
I don’t know why people believe that they “can’t prove God exists”. This is the part where the tactical error was committed—which allowed for the Santa comparison.
You see, there are no adults that believe in Santa. There is no adults that believes that he flies around the world giving toys on Christmas. There is no evidence that Santa exists—perhaps a person like Santa existed, but he no longer does.
However, the evidence for God is abundant. The evidence that Jesus lived and died is strong. The evidence supporting the work in people’s lives is strong.
Don’t be trapped into accepting the concept that the only evidence is scientific evidence. Science is a process, it’s something that promotes discovery by repeated testing, and is bound by the morality of the scientists practicing it. Science doesn’t answer the question why, cannot determine morality, and is speculating when it moves into historical realms.
In fact, when scientists were seeking to calibrate their dating methods, they turned to historical records to verify their results!
So, don’t fall into the trap of allowing God be compared to Santa—there is just no comparison.