Does “God” exist”? Well, it depends how you define your word “God”.
The classic theist way is an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving invisible being that intervenes in the world and after death.
Well, we have absolutely no evidence of an invisible being intervening in the world. The problem of Theodicy (see Wiki) has made this clear for millennium.
Now, if a person’s definition of “God” means: “that invisible being who causes me to have peace and happiness (or awe or dread or whatever emotion the believer weighs strongly)”, and offers no way to test such a thing, then we could say, ‘Sure, if you want to call that feeling “God”, and since I am willing to assume you indeed are having that feeling, then, using your specialized vocabulary, I am OK saying “your God exists”. But I am not saying that the theist god exists, of course.
So sure, a believer may believe a god like Krishna or Yahweh or Jesus or Allah moves their hearts and fills their life with meaning and I would be happy enough for them. Yeah, I don’t think any of those people/gods exist in reality but in those person’s minds, that is the word they use to label their experiences and feelings. So sure, as long as they don’t push their god on me, on my politics, on my children, on my science, they can have their god. I am glad they have a word for what makes them happy.
- See my post on Monkey vs. Cat god for more on this issue.
- Image thanks: The subjective feel-good god, The objective intervening god.