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"Breaking News"... God does not exist!!
According to Stephen Hawking
And so you are preparing to start your day, and right there in the six AM news, the reporter reads from the TelePrompTer:
" There has been a new development... What we call GOD, is proved to be the biggest hoax in the history of humankind."
As you stand there, with your coffee mug in hand, a knot in your stomach tightens. Apathy, relief, anger, disbelief, disorientation and even a profound sadness fill your heart. Everyone is going to react differently. But one thing is for sure, everyone is going to defend their faith to the end.
Social networks would explode with comments and rants. The press will make sure that everyone is involved in the debate, and bring in more controversy. There will be disastrous implications of this statement and even more walls will arise among men. Now, what would you do in said case? Would anything change?
Maybe nothing, is not like most people take these things seriously.
To believe or not to believe.....
In all honesty, 99% of believers will not care if this type of information is presented, at least not on the surface. This would be a true test of their faith. The other one percent is the "Sunday, believers" That will bow their heads in anger. Atheists could feel empowered by that type of "backup" or become a constant reminder to their peers that they were the only ones that weren't misguided by an ageless global "lie".
Many atheists, base their beliefs in scientific observations and overall disenchantment with mainstream religion. They voice out their stern proof that there is an explanation for life and everything in it. Incredibly, religion, has given them the ammunition to propose that sacred writings and dogma is deeply conflicted and flawed. That since times of old, people have used the concept of God to destroy, control and perpetuate divisions among men.
As science advances, answers and explanations surfaced that have debunked the teachings of mainstream religions. This would be a time to celebrate their truth without being subjected to ridicule. Or if we were in the middle ages, a sure demise at the stake.
The other side of the coin...
Holding on to faith
In ancient times, a person would prefer to die before denouncing God; is called a martyr. And many still do. The knowing, that nothing on earth can diminish or stain their faith in a creator is a powerful force. For thousands of years, millions of people have had a form of belief system that defines who they are.
In almost every culture, there is at least one form of worship. That in some countries is concentric to their identity. For something like this to surface would be catastrophic, but not in the way you may think.
Faith is the fabric that holds many aspects of humanity. To try to tear this intricate pattern of complex beliefs can send a good percentage of the faithful into a very private mourning dark period. Faith is ultimately a private affair. This God/creature relationship is as individual and unique as our fingerprints. Not one believer is going to take this "information" in the same way. Specially when this supposed proof will only raise more questions than answers. No one will be satisfied with the "evidence", which it would be impossible to bring forward.
On the other hand, deep core faith is who we are. A true believer needs no proof nor recognition to blossom or survive. So in summation, there is NOTHING in the world that will diminish the absolute truth that resides in their hearts.That God is the driving force of existence.
What is it to me?
If that day comes, with my coffee in hand, I would weep where I stand. Not because I felt disappointed, but because it will be an assertion of my faith. There are few things in life that the human spirit does not require to be acknowledged, God is the biggest one of all. There are things in life that are real whether we believe in them or not. Then... Is ok. When the world is still debating this matter, I will be on my knees thanking God for another day.