Seriously, please stop. You're making all Christians look like blithering retards.
AFTERSNARK: One can trivially rewrite Dick's inanity and have it sound just as rational.
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2. Something that exists only in our understanding is not as great as something that exists in reality. If
3. Therefore, it would be contradictory to hold in our minds the concept of the greatest possible being and to deny his existence.
Galactus -- worship him.
You know you want to.
BY THE WAY, it's trivially easy to blow a gaping hole in Mr. Ball's alleged logic. Consider his axiom:
God exists in human understanding as the greatest of all possible beings.
That is demonstrably false, as I can easily imagine a greater possible being. Consider, if you will, Genesis 2:1-3:
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested [a] from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Given that it was apparently necessary for God to "rest" after his six days of labour, I can trivially imagine a greater being -- one who didn't need to rest. And my imaginary being clearly trumps Mr. Ball's, being superior in the area of energy, durability and staying power. But it doesn't stop there.
Consider God's apparent confusion as he wanders around the Garden of Eden, trying to figure out what's up (emphasis tail-waggingly added):
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"
10 He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."
11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"
12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
For someone who is allegedly omniscient, God strikes me as truly Twatsy-like in his cluelessness. My imaginary being, on the other hand, would simply have known what was happening, and would have had no need to ask.
I could go on but, really, what's the point? To suggest that the God of the Christian Bible is the greatest being possibly imaginable demonstrates an embarrassing ignorance of, well, pretty much everything. Which, when you think about it, kind of sums up Mr. Ball in a nutshell.