The God-debate mainly focuses on whether or not God exists; it also focuses on what God’s nature is like. This blog discusses classical/traditional theism, which says that if God exists, then God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good.
If that sort of God exists, wouldn’t it obviously matter? Wouldn’t God’s existence make a difference?
At first glance, the answer seems to be, “yes”. One can make a plausible case that if God is all-good, then God is all-loving. If God is all-loving, God would want a personal relationship with finite creatures. On theism, the greatest good for finite creatures is a conscious, meaningful, and reciprocal relationship with God.
Although, on the other hand, it’s possible for one to believe that God exists and that God does not reveal himself to humans in the (form of the) various religions of the world. If this is true, one might argue that there isn’t a lot we would know about God. Would God still be worthy of worship? Is there an afterlife? If there’s not, should I worry about God? Maybe God would have to create an afterlife for at least some people, given that she is supposed to be omnibenevolent. Maybe not.
However, if the question is something like, “Does the Christian God exist?,” I think the answer is more straightforward (in a sense). I think the answer here is that it does matter if Christian theism is true.
But how does it matter? To what extent does it matter? Some would say it matters in the sense that you should be scared of hell. Others would say it matters in the sense that you are forgiven of your wrongdoings. Furthermore, others might claim that it matters because we would have an entity that is obviously worthy of worship. On the other hand, some would claim that Yahweh is a cosmic Hitler, and so Yahweh’s existence would matter in the sense that it is terrifying.
The question of God’s existence is important, but the takeaway here is that there other important questions (and often overlooked questions) like: “Does it matter if God exists?” and “In what sense does it matter if God exists?”. When speaking about God, arguably, the latter questions are just as important as the former.