As a bit of a follow-up to Definitively Proving God’s Existence, I want to add that in the Hebraic myth discussed in 1 Kings 18:21–40, God was proven to be real by Elijah’s sacrifice being accepted, with a spontaneous combustion of the sacrifice caused by God himself.
The prophets of Baal had no such luck with their sacrifice, as in the myth, their god did not exist to aid them in any way.
How would this play out in a contemporary context, if a believer in the God of the Bible decided to make a sacrifice to God as a show of faith in showing that he is real, in the face of unbelievers who may be making a counter sacrifice?
Let’s say for this thought that the unbelievers aren’t prophets of another god but are atheists. I used to say and have heard it said plenty that atheists actually do have gods, but instead of supernatural gods they have themselves set up as gods.
So on one side of this experiment, you have a Jew or a Christian, ready and willing to show that God is real because they have no reason to believe that God won’t accept their sacrifice to him.
On the other side, you have an atheist, who is (wrongly) said to worship themselves and so aren’t sacrificing to anything superstitious.
This will play out exactly opposite to the story in the Bible. The Jew or Christian’s sacrifice will sit on the altar, cold and attracting flies. The atheist’s, though? She’ll have set the sacrifice on fire herself and will have made preparations to feed as many onlookers as she can. Barbeque sauce will likely have come into play.
The reason for this is simple: The atheist, unlike God, exists, as shown by the atheist’s sacrifice getting flame grilled. And remember, this is an experiment that anyone can do.