Many Atheists or Humanists do not believe in God because the existence of a First Cause cannot be proven. Unless a consistently repeatable experiment can prove that God exists, an Atheist views our existence as having no intelligent design. But even when we can see and measure consistent results of an experiment, does that guarantee we’ve discovered the truth?
The images at the top of this article are a front and back view of the same Charlie Chaplin mask. Note that both images appear “normal,” albeit they are reversed and one is without the paint. If you click on or copy the URL address below into your browser, you’ll see a short YouTube video that indicates what we see is not always what we should believe.
An interesting point regarding these reversed images is why we cannot see that the back side of the face mask is concave even after we understand that it is simply an optical illusion. As the narrator of the video points out, our past experience has been that concave faces do not exist. We begin the see both the convex and concave perspectives only when the mask shows the two “faces” together from a side angle. That is when our brains can compare the two perspectives to other images in our memory banks and interpret them properly.
This is an experiment that is both testable and repeatable yielding the same results almost every time. A fascinating exception to this rule would be people who are afflicted with schizophrenia. Apparently schizophrenics can recognize the truth of what they see in this experiment. One conclusion here could be that schizophrenics have a better handle on the world around them than the 99.5% non-schizophrenic population. Clearly that’s not correct, but it does illustrate just how absurd some interpretations of scientific test results can be.
A scientist might argue that the logic here is faulty because we can still discern the truth even though we don’t see the correct image before us. Therefore optical illusions such as this are not true anomalies so the results should not be used in defining three-dimensional objects. The fact that schizophrenics can see the image properly is considered the anomaly.
What might we learn by comparing the optical illusion mentioned above to the question of the existence of God? Many people who believe in God as the First Cause maintain that they’ve had personal experiences that proved to them God’s existence is fact. Most often, this comes to people through prayer and meditation where a personal connection is said to be made because Jesus said “the kingdom of God is within.” Atheists often respond by pointing out that accepted facts can only come from experiments that are devoid of any personal bias.
An alternative explanation of the facts is that making a connection with God can only be done if there exists a personal bias. Many Theists claim we must pray and meditate, confident that we will meet our Creator in the Holy of Holies, to know in our heart that God is with us. If this is true, then anyone who has a personal bias that says God does not exist will not experience a connection with their Creator.
Each of us has to decide which experience (Theist or Atheist) should be considered fact. Even if we’re wrong, we can take solace in being one of the minority (like schizophrenics) who see reality for what it is.