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God In Danger of Popping Out of Existence

Priests from the Vatican Council for Divine Research have issued an ominous warning to the peoples of the world. Based on the conclusions of the best of modern religion, an unseen danger lurks beyond the horizon of our pious lives: God could suddenly pop out of existence.

At first, the announcement was met with cheers from the United Atheist Alliance. They issued the following statement:
"We all recognize that less and less people are falling prey to the fiction of an all-powerful being responsible for the creation of everything. As the number of believers shrinks, the God egregore shrinks as well, until no one believes in God anymore. At that point, when the last believer perishes, the God egregore will pop out of existence."

However, the Unified Atheist League vehemently disagreed and issued a rebuttal:
"No. That is not what they meant. We simply can't wait that long. As Douglas Adams has shown us, the way to defeat God is to trap him in a paradox of logic about his own existence. We are compiling a database of usable paradoxes, and we have undercover agents in seminaries. They are laying in wait to unleash the paradoxes in a flurry of synchronized sermons, obliterating God with a blitzkrieg of logic."

The United Atheist Alliance and the Unified Atheist League then proceeded to argue until the arguments escalated into a war of mutual destruction.

Meanwhile, the priests continued with their warning.

"Yeah, that's not what we meant. We all agree that God created the Universe. But where did God come from? The conventional wisdom is that God is eternal. He always was. You know, what some people say about the Universe. But if He always was, then how long did it take him to create the Universe? Did God just sit around for an eternity, before the thought occurred to him that hey, let's make a world? No, God is all-powerful. Such a thought could have occurred to Him anytime He wanted. And since we all know that God is infallible, and He decided that a world would be good, such a thought would have occurred to Him immediately. But what does that mean for a being that eternally was? Clearly, God must have come into existence at some point and must have created the world almost immediately after coming into being."

The priests, who have been talking collectively as one voice, paused momentarily to let their deep insights sink in.

"So here is the problem, then. If God just came into existence at some point before creating the world, then he could just as easily pop out of existence at any point. This is what we fear. In the infinite horizon of the future, this is a logical necessity. God will pop out of existence sooner or later."

However, not all priests agreed. A dissident faction explained that they have come up with a solution to this problem with a concept called God of God.

"We posit an even more powerful entity that we call God of God. God of God created God, and God then created the world. This completely solves the problem of where God came from."

"But what about God of God? Who created God of God?" asked the other priests.

"Why God of God of God, of course. It's Gods all the way down!"

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fair enough

Kinda like when scientists say that there was no time before the Big Bang?

That just raises a whole slough of other questions, though. For example, if God is outside of time, you can't say "eternal," or "now," because such a word has no meaning outside of time. Outside of time, "eternal" and "now" are both meaningless.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

The big bang theory doesn't begin to pass the sniff test.

The theory is based on the notion that a bunch of matter rapidly expanded and created the universe. Where did the original expanding gasses or matter come from to begin with?

There seems to be only two possibilities. Either the very first matter came from nothingness, or the universe has existed infinitely. Humans don't wrap their head around forever very well, hence the need to invent the man made concept of time. Some cannot understand something never had a beginning. Either that or like I said something came from nothing, and that would take an act of God.

Yes and no, actually. The

Yes and no, actually. The word 'eternal' is used because it is the best we can do as creatures inside time. We cannot possibly fully fathom such a state of being, though we can try to articulate it in finite terms. That is the best we can do. As a result, we can and do use the word eternal, fitting or not. It is far closer to the idea of "God is outside of time", than to say "God may end tomorrow by lunch", as the OP argues.

Plus, your objection is merely semantic. It has nothing to do with the actual meaning imbued in the word as it is used concerning God. Nor does it effect the thought of God being the inventor of time, and outside of it. It is all merely an objection to a descriptor. Forgive me, but something less than a powerful reply.

Ants reasoning where the house came from...

All this is...

unlike all religions?


“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

in a way yes...

The fact that there exists many religions is a demonstration of the natural and obvious conclusion that our existence is based on order and order derives from design.

not all order derives from design

In fact, most order does not derive from design. But we haven't even defined order, so we are just shooting verbal blanks at each other.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

Wait a minute

"In fact, most order does not derive from design"

Words of a professor?

"most order does not derive

"most order does not derive from design." Well, acceptance of this claim depends on a great deal more than definitions. It especially depends on ones presuppositions from the get-go.