Unless the product can be produced it is no point doing business with salespeople
I had an interesting debate with an atheist this morning who was trying to prove that “God” does not exist. The question of if “God” exists has been a heated battleground since the day Christians stopped burning skeptics at the stake, an unending argument which neither side can win conclusively. Since “God” can neither be proven or disproved I sit on the fence as an agnostic.
My take on this argument is based upon three observations.
I like a personal relationship
Religious salespeople sell “God”, and I only have their word that “God” exists. However, if I do business with anyone I like to know who I am doing business with, so I would like to meet them, not just their salespeople. For whatever reason it is hard to pick up a telephone to talk to or meet “God” over a coffee. If I cannot strike up a personal relationship with someone I do no business with them, same goes for “God”. I dislike salespeople of all types, I like to deal with decision makers.
I got to be able to see “God” to have a relationship with “God”
Salespeople are good at selling a picture of what they are trying to sell, but often it is a distorted picture to make the sale. I would like to see the product for myself to judge if it is as sold. “God” is the product being sold, the problem is I cannot see this product, nor does it seem to be able to speak for itself. What I get is a salesperson making lots of claims about the product, but they cannot produce it for me to see. Only an idiot buys from a salesperson without seeing the product first.
The product has to be useful
The salesperson claims that “God” is all powerful, and is interested in me. Great! Now lets see this fellow! Problem, the salesperson cannot produce the goods to show me. Since “God” is all powerful he can materialise in front of me and I can take him for a coffee to establish a business relationship. I will also buy “God” the coffee. What I get instead is further claims from the salesperson that “God” requires that I buy in to their product, and if I do not buy into their product, then various nasty things will happen to me. I move rapidly into Mafia territory, and since “God” appears to be having trouble materialising, then even the sinister threats of the salespeople lack that punch, in the manner a revealed loaded pistol does. If indeed “God” is interested in me, it should be no trouble then to meet me in person.
All I have is a bunch of salespeople making claims about a product that they are unable to show me, a “God” that apparently won’t or is unable to manifest itself in person to me to talk business over coffee. If a product is unavailable to see, I am unable to assess if it is useful, it becomes worthless sales spin, and I won’t do business with the salespeople.