There is an old saying that you can’t prove a negative. This simply means you can never fully prove that something doesn’t exist. IN other words, you can’t possibly know everywhere or every thing at one time. So you can never say, “Prove a unicorn doesn’t exist,” because you can never prove a negative.
Atheists often use a similar argument. If an atheist is debating a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or other person from a religious faith they will often say, “Prove God exists.” The religious person usually responds with, “Prove God doesn’t exist.” In which case, the atheist then counters with, “I don’t have to prove anything. You can’t prove a negative. Prove to me that the flying spaghetti monster doesn’t exist.”
Does the Flying Spaghetti Monster Really Exist?
While atheists are correct that you can’t prove a negative, they often miss the point. The problem they fail to realize is that is that there are no real claims that a flying spaghetti monster exists. There haven’t been experiences of the flying spaghetti monster. There haven’t been any known sightings. There haven’t been any texts put forth. There haven’t been any prophecies to validate those texts, etc.
This makes it much different than the concept of a “God:” Almost any tribe on this planet, even the ones on isolated islands, believe in some type of “God.” There has been widespread belief in God for thousands of years–or as long as recorded history.
Furthermore, there have been eyewitness accounts, stories of miracles, written testimonies, pictures and drawings found, traditions, and so much more. Very intelligent men, such as the Apostle Paul, offered to give their lives in exchange for what they experienced in Jesus Christ.
The flying spaghetti monster, however, has no real basis for an argument (other than the enjoyment an atheists receives by saying it). Sure, it is true that you can’t prove a negative. I will openly admit that. I cannot “prove” God does or does not exist anymore than I could truly prove anything in life. The same is true with the flying spaghetti monster.
But what I can prove is the change God has made in my life. I can point to the multitude of archaeological finds that have verified Biblical accounts. I can cite experiences people have had since the beginning of time. I can also point to an empty tomb where Jesus’ body will never be found, simply because He was resurrected by the Father.
No, I can’t prove the flying spaghetti monster doesn’t exist, but I can prove that Jesus has changed my life forever. As for the spaghetti monster? Nothing. Nada. Zilch.