The Atheist tells me there is no deity. The Theist tells me there is a God. With all due respect to each, I personally maintain that neither knows what they are talking about.
How can I know there is no god? Unless I can travel the universe and transverse all realms in order to explore and investigate, how can I rule out the possibility that there is a deity? Even then, how could I explore such depths and know that just because said deity is not “here” at this moment, that such was not “there” at another? If it be the case that said deity is invisible, then how can I rule out the possibility that such actually does exist? The Atheist says there is no deity; I maintain that I lack the evidence and the wherewithal to draw such a conclusion.
How can I know there is a god? Never have I seen such, nor have I ever heard the voice thereof. Now, some might say that written records from such are both communication from the deity and confirmation of the existence of the same. Yet there is no evidence that any writings written in the name of heavenly authority are actually transcribed from some divine being in the heavens. Anyone can claim that their writings are of divine origin; were I to make such a claim about this very article, would such prove that there actually is a god? The Theist says there is a deity; I maintain that I lack the evidence and the wherewithal to draw such a conclusion.
Speculations as to the existence or non-existence of non-evident beings is a waste of time. In fact, here I sit on a Sunday afternoon when there is football to be watched and laundry to be done, and what do I do? I offer you my thoughts as to time wasted on speculative theories. Just so I did not completely waste these past 30 minutes of my life writing this critique of time wasted on speculative theories, allow me to close with a brief statement as to my beliefs:
I believe in the genuine goodness of the original nature of all humanity.
I believe that if there is a god, that the existence of such alters not the fact that the original nature of all humanity is genuine goodness.
I believe that if there is no god, that the genuine goodness of the original nature of all humanity remains self evidently true nonetheless.
Having opened this article with a rather abrupt critique of the Atheist and the Theist, I shall close with this observation of each:
The original nature of the Atheist and the Theist is that of genuine goodness, regardless of the existence of or the non-existence of a supreme being.