I'm curious as to what sort of event or discovery would be enough to "prove" the existence of a god to you?
Would it be hearing the god's voice in your head? Would it be an event predicted in some holy book? The god rearranging the stars of a particular galaxy to spell "Yes I'm real" in every known language, as viewed from Earth?
A regular chick magnet, that guy.
Actually, if that happened, wouldn't "I must be insane, or maybe someone slipped me some acid" be a much more likely thing to be thinking?
And now I'm going to have to go to a whole lot of trouble to pull off a hoax like that.
Depends on which one you need proof of.
Odin taking me across the bridge wouldn't be a bad start.
Zeus showing me around his living quarters on top of the mountain would go a long way in the process.
Whichever doG it turns out to be he/she would have to validate all the claims made about him/her by the faithful.
Well if I heard "god's voice" in my head I would probably go to a psychiatric ward. If a holy book predicted something happening thousands of years down the road and it was completely specific then I would probably believe (none of this "in those days good will be evil and evil will be good,") okay well that happens all the time. For example in the 1800s it was considered good to make women wear dresses all the time, however now it would be against human rights. If god took an observed galaxy and rearranged the stars I would believe him. But I think if he came riding down from heaven on a cloud and was like "hey yo I am real" then I would believe.
Well, if I could see, hear, smell, taste, or feel God, which has yet to occur in my 77 years, I would be tempted to believe, but not before I had myself examined for signs of Alzheimer's.
A guest appearance would be nice. Screw the ephemeral stuff. Take a walk down every street and talk to everyone at the same time and do not leave, ever. Cure everyone of everything including the amputees this time. That should be a trivial trick for this god.
Carl Sagan, in his book Contact, proposes an interesting and clever scenario that would certainly raise eyebrows at least. I think the following would be a very good start for evidence of the existence of a sentient creator.
This is from Wiki.
"Ellie, acting upon a suggestion by the senders of the message, works on a program which computes the digits of pi to record lengths in different bases. Very far from the decimal point (1020) and in base 11, it finds that a special pattern does exist when the numbers stop varying randomly and start producing 1s and 0s in a very long string. The string's length is the product of 11 prime numbers. The 1s and 0s when organized as a square of specific dimensions form a rasterized circle. The extraterrestrials suggest that this is a signature incorporated into the Universe itself. Yet the extraterrestrials are just as ignorant to its meaning as Ellie, as it could be still some sort of a statistical anomaly. They also make reference to older artifacts built from space time itself (namely the wormhole transit system) abandoned by a prior civilization. A line in the book suggests that the image is a foretaste of deeper marvels hidden even further within pi. This new pursuit becomes analogous to SETI; it is another search for meaningful signals in apparent noise."
This could easily be done by an extraterrestrial technology that has evolved eons ahead of our own. Who was it that said that a miracle by the bible's standards would be indistinguishable from an extraterrestrial technology?