How do we define existence?
Or is god more like Schrodinger's cat, both exist and not exist at the same time?
Does something exist if we can see the effect of believing when we examine the lives of believers?
What I actually believe is twisted, but I need to explain it. Gods are
at best concepts. Ideas. Collective delusions. Collective since these are cultural, delusions since the thought is physically wrong. Concepts are the only thing I know of which are beyond
space and time. Concepts have no physical existence, but there
existence can be inferred from there effect on people who believe. So,
if we say that god is a concept only, then there is an effect which
infers existence, but there is still no physical existence.
To believe is to use a full strength placebo, sort of effect. It is not
real, but the effect is, to the point of having an effect. Based on
observation the effect is real, yet we know that cause is only
psychological. This, for some proves existence of a god.
So depending on the definition, god can be said to both exist and not
exist at the same time, analogous to Schrodinger's cat. It all depends
on the definition. We also see this in physics with some of the
particles, where we cannot see the particle, only the effect. Some of
this is waved off as a size issue. I have not yet heard a religious
person claim there god is too small to see.
So we know now that god does not have a physical existence, but do
concepts exist? Without a doubt, mathematics exists, yet has no physical
existence. Schrodinger's cat. So god belongs to the concept class of
objects that effects can be inferred but no physical existence in space
nor time, and it's effects are equivalent to placebo effects. Well, OK.
This definition allows all people to be partly correct, or
psychologically correct without understanding placebo effects, all the
while praying to a non physical identity that is only an identity in
their minds. So god only exists in the minds of the believer. End of. We can see the effect of a belief in a god in many peoples lives, both good and bad. Belief in a god makes it easy for them to be radicalized, both to do evil (think ISIL, ISIS, Young Earth) and to do good (Education).
After reading Peter Mickaelson, Why We Suffer, and seeing the multiple
layers of emotion that Peter's muse conceives, while Buddha simplified
it to "attachment to delusions", the placebo effect becomes a simple
result of our "deadly flaw", or attachment to mental objects, emotions,
thoughts, easily described as delusions. This we must learn to live
with. For some, through a fluke of luck, the deadly flaw is weak, while
for others it is strong. That attachment to our delusions is the basic
problem, regardless or the delusion. The fourth Noble truth points to a
solution for those of us with strong attachment to our delusions. Oh
well, in the end we all just die anyway.