Depending on how you define the terms of the debate, I might agree with the statement “God does not exist.”
If your entire approach is Aristotelian (included as an element in Enlightenment, Post-Modernism and just about the entire basis of all Western Civilization), then no one can prove God “exists” because He is not confined to this universe. I’ll certainly concede that.
Nor is any of this a matter of such debate. Yelling and screaming about what can be proved or disproved in this realm of existence is pretty silly in the first place if you intend at any point to discuss anything of real importance. Just getting involved in the debate is to cede the whole ground to those who reject Him. I have no intention of debating it.
You know where that leads you? The entire public debate about Global Warming is pure lies. The very existence of this debate is a tribute to corporate funding through foundations. So rarely do we find any real facts about climate itself, you have to go out of your way to dig them up. Pick any controversy and it’s about the same.
Yet, I’m forced to use a highly limited, and wholly unsuitable human language to indicate things in another realm of existence, outside our universe. You cannot in any way describe that realm, nor any part of it. You can only indicate things about it. If your spirit has been awakened, some part of you will understand. If all you have is your intellect, you’ll struggle with the very fundamentals of it. There is nothing to prove, nothing to falsify, not much to be said at all, until we start talking about how it affects our conduct and frame of reference here.
That’s the real conflict. There is no common ground in any sense of the word, except that we are all stuck here trying to exist on this plane together. The fundamental Christian statement is our allegiance is outside this universe. We claim a part of us has been awakened which is dead in most humans, and that is the key to the whole thing. There are ways to measure it, but it’s all in the murky world of behavioral science.
Christians insist we have a compelling drive to act in ways which make no reference to the logic of this realm. That drive comes from that part of us which does not belong here, which belongs to a superior level of existence in another realm. We can’t prove it, and all those who try will fail. Yes, we can pull out or old copies of Josh McDowell’s Evidence That Demands a Verdict but the author himself warns: You can’t prove it sufficient to change your opponents. If they lack that spiritual awareness, there is nothing any man can do by any amount of logic to change their beliefs.
I won’t get the least bit excited if you rant and rave God does not exist, because that simply tells me more about you than anything else.