A self-identified atheist doesn’t want to “test God” so he’s wondering what Christians think about him “testing” Satan instead, in his pursuit for evidence of existence of the supernatural.
This was posted in /r/Christianity on Reddit today:
A serious question for Christians about Satan
I was going to post this as a response to another recent submission – but I didn’t want to derail the thread, so decided to post the question separately.
I understand that some (all?) denominations of Christianity believe in Demons and Satan. I have a question on this subject.
Assuming that these entities exist as a starting point – are demons just as dangerous for non-religious/atheist people – or do they focus more on the religious?
I am wondering this for a reason.
As an atheist – I am always interested in exposing myself to opposing ideas – I don’t want to live a life where I am ‘comfortable’ in my world-view to the extent that I may be missing something else. For example – maybe I am wrong in my atheism, so I look for opposing evidence.
My first thought was that I would like to test God. I could say “give me a sign right now”. But I am told by Christians that God does not like to be tested.
So I am left with no evidence of the supernatural.
But – there could be an easy solution to this. I know that Christians believe in ‘demons’ and ‘Satan’ etc.
Perhaps Christians are correct when they say that God does not like to be tested. But does ‘Satan’ have the same principals? Everything I have heard about ‘Satan’ would suggest that he has no principals.
In that case, couldn’t I invite Satan to show himself to me? It would be proof of the supernatural, and of Satan’s existence. Which would also be indirect evidence towards God’s existence.
Could I have some Christian perspective on this idea?
Out of this bizarre, but perhaps honest discussion, was one comment that seemed to make the most sense and get at the truth of the matter: