Let’s – for the sake of argument – assume there’s a supranormal entity, which (rather like the force of gravity) is omnipresent and has a direct effect on everyone’s life. Let’s, for want of a better word, call this entity “god”.
Let us then assume that this “god” insists that humans should believe in its existence, and punishes those who don’t believe in it. At the same time, it insists that said belief should rest on faith and faith alone, and that actual, verifiable, scientific evidence for its existence is anathema and blasphemy. Fine?
Furthermore, let us label those humans who believe (by faith, since this deity requires faith as the foundation of belief, not evidence) in the existence of this god “theists”, and those who deny it “atheists”. All right so far? (For the purpose of this line of thought, agnostics can be lumped with atheists, since they don’t directly admit of the existence of this being.)
Since, therefore, belief in a supranormal deity which influences one’s life is theism, can this supranormal deity itself be a theist? Because then it would have to -
1. Take it on faith that it, itself, exists. It can not, by its own yardstick, verify its existence in the ways everyone else can verify theirs. (If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?)
2. Accept, on faith and faith alone, that there is a supra-supranormal being, let’s call it Supergod, on an even higher plane of existence. Because if you compel belief on one plane on faith alone, you can’t deny it on another based on faith. Simple, elementary logic.
Therefore, god can’t believe in its own existence. It’s impossible.
Since god can’t believe in its own existence, god can’t be a theist.
Therefore god is an atheist.
Quod Erat Demonstrandum.