Dragon In My Garage

Preliminary Reading: We Are The Evidence

Carl Sagan equated the existence of God to the existence of a dragon living in someone’s garage.

Instead of having Carl Sagan or someone else try to scientifically validate the existence of this dragon, what if we just asked those people who knew a dragon was in their garage to leave their lights on? That way, if the dragon was not something that could be scientifically tested, we could still have data to look at.

The number of houses with lights on continues to grow as we zoom out from the neighborhood, to the town, state, country, and world. One thing we can know for certain is that people think that there are dragons in their garages.

So each house [with the lights on] amounts to a single claim that a dragon exists. So if a type of dragon does exist that science cannot validate, we appear to have good evidence backing that claim.

Of course, if the only type of dragons that can exist are those that science tells us that it can test, we simply miss out on any dragons of the sort that science cannot test. Obviously, there are two types of possible dragons: those that science can test, and those that science cannot test.

And if we are looking for dragons that science cannot tell us whether they are in a garage or not, I think one of the best ways of testing is to ask the resident if there is a dragon in their garage.

This, though, is not really convincing as evidence.

If all these dragons are different, they could all be made up or mistaken. What becomes good evidence is when we see that there are many dragons of the same type. Or that many homes are occupied by the exact same dragon. Alongside a book that predicts the existence of this dragon.

So yes, a dragon does live in my garage. But don’t take my word for it.

 

We Are the Evidence

For additional context, watch this debate

I have been watching a lot of Matt Dilahunty lately. That inspired my last post on Bigfoot. Apologists typically look at proving the central claims of Christianity: the existence of God, the truth of the Bible, the resurrection of Jesus. These arguments are incredibly powerful. And worth exploring. But I want to explore the existence of the Holy Spirit.

Because if the Christianity is true, the Holy Spirit exists. Meaning two billion people claim that the Holy Spirit exists. Or rather, two billion people claim that the statement ‘the Holy Spirit exists’ is true.

This is not the same as saying that two billion people claim to have seen Bigfoot. This is like saying two billion people have been abducted by the same alien. And prefer to be abducted by him every day. 

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. -I Corinthians 12:13

Some people say that these are claims and not evidence. But eyewitness testimony is evidence. Especially when it is consistent. And typically the number of consistent claims make the case better. Not to mention, many people don’t believe spirits exist at all. So what other evidence would you have in the existence of such a being? Remember: science assumes naturalism is true.

Let’s examine the claims for the Holy Spirit in scripture. 

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and will be in you. – John 14:26,17

These are not vague descriptions. These are precise definitions of the purpose and function of the spirit. 


If a hundred people confirm that something is red, I don’t need any outside analysis. If we say this thing is true, and a hundred people look at that and say that the statement ‘this is red’ is true based on seeing that thing, we can confirm that it is red with some certainty. What if two billion people changed their lives based on their belief about the claim that the Holy Spirit exists? Experience is evidence.

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‘Extraordinary Claims require extraordinary evidence.’ I don’t know what stronger evidence you can get than two billion current positive affirmations. Not to mention all previous Christians.

If the Holy Spirit exists, God exists, and the Bible is true. And Jesus was who he said he was. 

If God is alive in the world today, he works in the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit lives in us. So that the evidence of the resurrection is not just the empty tomb, it’s your life. We are the evidence.

Therefore, the Body of Christ is all Christians. And that is the body of evidence that Christianity is true. We are the body of Christ.

So next time an atheist demands for extraordinary evidence, give it to him. You are a witness of the most important event in human history. You are the evidence.

TLDR

  • If the Holy Spirit exists, Christianity is true.
  • The Holy Spirit exists.
  • Therefore, Christianity is true.

Also:

  • If the Holy Spirit does not exist, Christianity is not true.
  • The Holy Spirit exists.
  • Therefore, Christianity is true.