Adam, Where Art Thou?
We have seen that if we consider God to know everything
factually true, whether it exists or not then we have that God can not know his own
non-existence factually. He can not know even the possibility of his own
non-existence, which would be equivalent to the non-existence of
perfection, it's impossibility.
Most of us are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve.
After they had eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and
evil, they realised they were naked and made loincloths for themselves
out of leaves. When God came through the garden walking, he called out,
"Where art thou?" to Adam. This is commonly taken as an argument against
God's existence, that he is neither omnipresent or omniscient. Adam and
Eve hid when they heard the voice of God whilst he was walking in the
Garden. They hid from God. I am sure that God would usually have Adam
and Eve walk towards his voice but no, they hid. God's statement 'where
art thou?' Is more likely to be an expression relating to their
spiritual position, addressing the 'fall' like a mother would say "What
have you gone and got yourself into?" when it is obvious that the child
is covered in jam.
God is perhaps referring to the separation of Adam and
eve from His self. (An awareness that something is indeed not as it
should be.) Much in the same way as one would ask an infant what he is
doing, sitting in the mud puddle. God knows where Adam is, but wishes to
have Adam answer on the point of his decision to disobey God, to whit
regarding his 'position' on their creator-creature relation. The topsy
turvy human from our 'bottom up' perspective is similar...
Many people would ask the question, 'Why is God hiding
from me? I have no knowledge that he exists, altogether I am not
However we look at God, many would take the presence of
evil in the world to be ample evidence enough of God's non-existence. We
may indeed differentiate between natural disasters as neither good nor
evil, but unfortunate, as opposed to war, murder, fraud etc;
Perhaps we are guilty of wishing we could, or as many
affirm would make the world
better without God on the premise he is allowing evil. such a world would be
purely ours, with our misfortune, and our own evil deeds. We could imagine
praising the attempts of man to perfect himself in the arts, or
humanitarianism or medicine, realising our potential with all our handicaps. Then, as the
serpent stated, "Ye shall not surely die, for God knows in the days
that ye eat thereof, thine eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as Gods
knowing both good and evil."
If perfection was impossible, we strive to nothing, yet if
it is possible, we admit that God could exist.
We make life changing decisions based upon possibilities that are available at
any given time. God as either definite reality or impossibility is a choice not many
make when weighing up God's existence. The middle ground of possibility
between 'exists' and 'does not exist' is a more playground for the doubts
most have. Yet, if possibility
and nullity were on the table, who would leave unopened the
only letter on the tabletop?
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