God is a wild card. He trumps all other cards. He can change the direction of the passing of turns among players. He can change any rule in the game. There is nothing God can’t do. He is not bound by any rules or any laws, neither laws of physics nor laws of logic. I would not willingly play in a game which allowed God cards. Would you?
We are the remaining cards in the deck. We are subject to all the rules in the game. We can do some things but there are many things we can’t do. We can break the laws of logic, left and right, but we cannot break any laws of physics.
There is no proof that God exists, no matter how much we’d like it to be true. Neither is there any proof that God doesn’t exist. The God theory is neither verifiable nor falsifiable.
Logic and mathematics are formal systems of thought and description. Physics and the scientific method are pragmatic systems of description and experimentation. Logic, mathematics, physics, and the scientific method are rational systems of thought; however, it should be noted and remembered that logic and mathematics are built on unproven and possibly unprovable assumptions and foundations called “axioms”. The correctness of those axioms can only be verified by the correctness and consistency of the theorems and assertions derived from them.
The belief in a God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, who created the universe, who is just, who cares about each and everyone of us (or just the ones who believe in Him), who moves in mysterious ways, who is indescribable and unknowable, is an irrational system of thought.
When we love someone or something, we find it difficult (if not impossible) to quantify or set his/her/its value or to rationally compare that value to some other value. If we were asked to assign a numeric value to our love, we’d probably reply that it was infinite. “Infinite” literally means “uncountable”. We trust those we love not to harm us, not to do anything we wouldn’t do. Neither love nor trust are rational behaviors. FBI statistics in 2011 indicated almost 25% of murders were committed by family members and over 54% of murders were committed by someone the victim knew (https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded/expanded-homicide-data).
Should we frisk our family members, boyfriends, and girlfriends at the door or have our food analyzed for poisons before eating? Probably not. I wouldn’t be willing to live in a world without love. Would you?
Trust, however, is a borderline issue. If I love you, I trust you. Everyone else has to earn my trust, just as I would imagine that I have to earn everyone else’s trust. Still, trust should be treated as a vulnerability, a willing blind-spot in our risk management and situational awareness strategies.
Courage is irrational, as are other forms of self-sacrifice. What kind of world would we live in today if no one acted courageously? What kind of world will we live in tomorrow if no one is courageous?
Artistic creativity is irrational. So is our response to it.
True generosity and charity are irrational.
Humans are capable of both rational and irrational thoughts and behaviors. Over countless generations both behaviors have been finely honed to maximize our chances of survival. There may be individual instances, however, in which we act irrationally when we should have acted rationally and, of course vice-versa.
September 9, 2021