Today’s life lesson from the spam filter:
Testing proves the presence, not the absence, of bugs.
Thanks, erectile-dysfunction-drug-peddling bot.
It’s the reason the classic Internet theists vs. atheists argument will simply never end. You can’t “prove” God doesn’t exist. You can probably establish that it’s highly unlikely, but people who have faith aren’t much swayed by “but consider how IMPROBABLE the existence of God would be!” Heck, it only encourages some of them.
The flip side was summed up rather expertly by Douglas Adams:
“I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”
“But,” says Man, “the Babel fish is a dead giveaway isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves that You exist, and so therefore, by Your own arguments, You don’t. Q.E.D.”
“Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that,” and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
“Oh, that was easy,” says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.
But this is the Internet. It wouldn’t be the same without the pointless screaming matches.*
*Feel free to read into this what you will.