Jai604 I see that you are genuinely wrapping your head around what I'm saying so I will try to respond to you as well as I can. Here we go:
Nope. False assumption. Anyone who really debates the existence of god knows that there is no way currently to either prove nor disprove the existence of god, and so it is moot to even argue it.
You are incorrect because there IS a difference between empirical evidence and credible evidence.
For example, you're on your way to work and you want to know if you're boss is in the office. You don't have empirical evidence of sight, but you have credible evidence to lead you to a certain belief that he's actually in the office.
You see his car in the parking lot
You see his light is on in the office
You see his jacket hanging in the closet
Are all these things empirical evidence to show that your boss is in the office? Nope. He may actually be out, in the bathroom, or what have you. But is it safe to believe he is in the office due to all the credible evidences? Yes.
It is NOT useless to debate on the credible evidences of God. But I concede with you, it IS useless to debate on empirical evidences that God exists. WHICH IS WHY I believe many atheists/agnostics are very very very misled into their own belief. That it requires EMPIRICAL evidence for belief in God, when really, it's just as logical to believe in God with CREDIBLE evidence. Following me here?
How do you refute the mountains of evidence that show that evolution has occurred on this planet for thousands and millions of years? You can't. Do you believe the world is only a few thousand years old?
Evolution doesn't disprove God nor does it remove weight from the Bible. I can shoot you a private message more on that topic, but here it is in sum: The Bible doesn't explain the mechanical workings of God.. that would be anachronistic to its original audience. The purpose of the Bible was to show WHO created the world. Genesis was written in a very poetic way and should be read poetically. Not literally. There's much more on this subject, for instance how we can tell what is taken literal or figuratively, but seriously, you can shoot me up a message and we can go from there.
Since one cannot prove the existence of god or the non-existence of god, we are then left with the question of whether or not there is enough evidence to believe in god. There is no evidence that shows god exists, so what is the rationale behind believing in god?
As Hitchens said, in this argument, you are left with 3 options:
1) All religions are correct, and all gods exist.
2) None of the religions are correct, and none of the gods exist.
3) One religion is correct, and all the thousands upon thousands of religions and gods are wrong and do not exist.
Which one seems most plausible to you?
I disagree with your premise, in which I believe there IS credible evidence that says God exists.
I believe that all religions (man made structures) are wrong, though some are closer to the truth than others. I believe the Evangelical church is the closest. But mind you, all religion is man made and therefore is not 100% true.
Throughout history mankind has sought to answer questions of the unknown. The ancient Greeks believed that lightning was caused by a bearded man in a toga having tempter tantrums throwing down thunderbolts that were crafted by a crippled blacksmith. That was their very primitive way of explaining natural phenomena that they couldn't otherwise explain. What's so different? So makes you so sure your god is the right one, when so many other gods have fallen by the wayside?
Greek mythology is written and read in exactly what it was intended to be.. as poetry.
The original writers were not given authority, nor do the stories ever entwine with actual living people. For example, Zeus and Hercules never interacted with Caesar Augustus or Alexander the Great. All stories of Greek gods are within their own universe much like Star Wars is separate from the real world.
On the other hand, I can say that the PRIMARY SOURCE writings of Jesus show he definitely entwined with real life people. The High Priest Phinehas, Pontius Pilate, and Herod the Great. All of these people are real. To defy Jesus existence is to pretty much deny the existence of real life people like Herod the Great. Do you deny his existence??? Logic points to the reality of Jesus. Just take the time to think about it.
Dajusta, since you claim that we are imperfect creatures and inherently flawed, and that we as humans cannot hope to understand god or his will, how then, do you logically reason that believers such as yourself can understand god. What makes you think you are able to speak on his behalf? Do you not see the irony of what you've said?
If we humans are such humble and meagre creatures, surely, then, if god did exist, we would not be able to understand such a being of immense power and wisdom, let alone believe we could ever hope to know his will, or have the audacity to spread god's word.
We are flawed, we are ignorant, however God is able to reveal himself to humanity IN OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. It's called a book, its called people, it's called research.
God gives us just enough for us to understand him. For example, a child who is just learning math isn't presented the functions of a calculator, logs, exponents, and derivatives. But a child is shown pictures, counting skills, and so forth.
We as humans are given enough to understand God. I believe the scriptures is apart of that plan. The Bible is the foundation of God's revelation to us in our flawed and limiting understanding as human beings.
See, god may exist, I can grant you that, but since there is no evidence that proves he does, there is no reason to believe god exists. Just as there is no reason to believe that Zeus is still up on Mount Olympus chucking thunderbolts and bedding Greek wenches and siring demi-gods.
As much as there is no reason to believe there is an orbiting teapot, or a flying spaghetti monster, or any of the pagan gods of old, there too, is no reason to believe in ANY god. Not once in human history, not once have any gods of any religions come down from the heavens and shown themselves to exist. As such, why would anyone believe that one god or any gods exist?
There is reason to know that God exists.
The laws of thermodynamics prove that existence cannot be eternal. It is approaching max entropy, which is absolute destruction. This all points to a source of creation. Dude, physics points to a creator. I can't believe you deny that simple understanding.
I earlier explained to you the difference of Greek mythology (which is supposed to be read poetically), and the Gospel narratives (which were meant to be taken literally).