Whaleoil readership survey results: Does God exist?

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Before this survey started I predicted that there would be a 60-40 split between those who believe in God and those who don’t. Was I right or was I wrong?

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I had fun writing the multiple options readers had to choose from and they could choose more than one option. Looking at it now I realise that all those options complicated the result as it was not just a binary yes or no. Because of this I have based my first result solely on the 441 votes split between the option God exists and God doesn’t exist. The split is God exists 166/441  and God doesn’t exist 275/441 so that is a split of 38-62.

If we add the votes of those sitting on the fence, God might exist ( 130 votes ) to the total and give those votes to the God exists group, the result is God exists 296/571 God doesn’t exist 275/571 the split becomes 52-48

If I then add the votes for God was created by mankind ( 152 ) to the God doesn’t exist group the split is God exists 296/723 God doesn’t exist 427/723 the split becomes 59-41 which is very close to the 60-40 split I predicted.

In reality, though, my question was not statistically sound and my results are not definitive. I should have made it a binary choice to get a clear result. In future surveys I will keep things simple.

Some of you provided a written response to the question. Text analysis of your written responses reveals that those readers liked the concept of God and most believe God exists, is awesome and is all about love.

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Readers written responses unedited:

God is an Alien

Has revealed himself to us in the Bible

On the seventh day created the small block Chev engine

Is used by ALL religions to control people

is Awesome!

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Exists, but he doesn’t actually care about us

But if he/ she did, it would be expressed Brough the magnifying power of people working together for a common cause.

Probably exists but not necessarily in a religious sense. I wouldn’t push my luck
Is the supreme sky fairy

should exist so we can set standards by which to live.

Should not be thought of in theistic terms, but rather as the source of love, life, and the ground of all being.

I like to think there is spirituality after death.

Is a nice concept but too far fetched to truly believe

Better get back here really soon and sort out the mess he started

Is the positive essence of love and light in us all which is in constant flux with the forces of darkness, negativity and evil but which can if enough of us are drawn to the light 99.99…% vanquish the darkness in our world

Is a fairy story

[1] has all genders [2] made man first and IMPROVED that creation when making woman

Is me

Is Love, Truth, Life and Goodness. (as nouns)

Could be a greater being than mankind can imagine.

Making man was his only mistake especially the colors green and red the rest of the spectrum is ok

God is also an awesome God. Just discovered Rich Mullins – sadly he died tragically quite young. He had issues and struggled with life but God gave him strength to deal with his life’s issues and he wrote some amazing deep meaning songs. “Awesome God” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJL_bChiTI0&list=RDMJL_bChiTI0#t=0 . Also “no gender at all” explained https://carm.org/what-is-gods-gender

I am a Christian and Jesus is my Lord & Saviour

Is a nonsense that too much time is spent on by to many.

The idea of God gives some people strength and I have no problem with that so long as I can believe that a great day out on the tops or in the bush or fishing can do the same for me.

Is a cat

created dogs to show us what perfect, unconditional love really is.

is sovereign

Is a concept to explain the world/universe and events that happen fairly or unfairly and cannot be disproved or proved so it is expedient it assept and use the concept.

allah

Is the universe

is Lord

could help people that have spent their life helping

Used by most religions to stop people questioning

Don’t know what the word “God” means. But great variety of gods seem envisaged by lots of people.

If he does exist is a complete bastard and is doing a [ redacted – MOD ]

Nearest to god is mother nature

equates to absolute consciousness, is knowable within each of us and leads to unconditional love and wisdom


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