God is not love. God is not great. God is not wisdom. God is not strength. God does not exist. No, I am not an atheist.
How does that work? It all comes down to an understanding of God. God is none of these things, nor is God anything else. God is the source of all things.
As the source of all things, God is also the source of our understanding and our definitions. Thus, God defies all definition. God is a being without definition. Definitions create boundaries, and God does not have boundaries, for if God had boundaries there could be more than one.
God is not love, because God is the source of love. God does not exist because God is the source of existence. Without God there is no love; neither is there existence – not even in concept.
A source is different from its product. Take speech, for instance, as a necessarily imperfect analogy. Speech is a set of sound waves, which we then perceive as words. But what is its source? Speech goes back to our brains – our thoughts, emotions, etc. Our brains are not sound waves, nor are sound waves contained within our thoughts and emotions. Yet our brains are still the source of our speech.
And so it is with God – yet how much more so. While God is the source of love, beer, rocks, humans, time, strength, thoughts, wisdom, words, indeed existence itself, God is not a conglomeration of these things, which then somehow emanate forth from God. If God were simply a collection of all things, God would require some sort of boundaries in which to contain all things. But again, the boundaries would require definition and God is indefinable because God is ultimately the source of the definition. Furthermore, God would also be the source of the boundaries, and thus could not be contained by them. Ultimately we see that, like speech and our brains, the products of God are unrelated to their source; they do not share common characteristics.
So, God is not wisdom, for God is the source of wisdom. God is not great, for God is the source of greatness. There is no duality within God between God’s essence and God’s attributes. God is a perfect unity (although that isn’t precisely accurate either), and is neither God’s attributes nor any element of creation – neither does God contain any element of creation.
For these reasons, God, in God’s true essence, is ultimately unknowable. God’s true essence is on a plane outside of existence. Where God’s true essence is nothing exists. Indeed, God does not exist. God cannot be said to exist because an existence requires a definition. In addition to the other reasons God cannot be defined, any definition of God would necessarily limit God, rendering what ever was actually being defined as not God. Furthermore, an existence must be brought into existence. So, God is not an existence, and thus, by definition, does not exist.
How then do I disagree with an atheist? It all comes down to this understanding of God – The Source of All Things. My conception of God can be always malleable and perfectly consistent at the same time. If I am convinced that God does not exist, my perception of God has not changed. If, however, I were convinced that God does exist and can be known and that some thing is god, then my perception of God would indeed have changed. But for me such a god would be no God at all. Only the Source of All Things is God, and no thing is God. So, if that is true, which prospect is more concerning: seeking to prove God does not exist, or seeking to show us a defined god and how we can (or should/must!) know that defined god?