While I am not much of a religious person, there is one particular argument for His existence that I find to be rather convincing*.
Those who wage war on God are unmade by God.
And their descendants, too.
The idea that He is humane, or fair to individuals, is a modern conceit. The Old Testament makes it clear on many occasions that the iniquities of the father are visited upon the children.
I am Yahweh your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them, for I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me, and showing loving kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
And we do indeed see an unmistakable pattern of God punishing those who would wage war against Him – through regicide, treason, Communist idolatry – in the 20th century.
Russians betrayed their fatherland and committed regicide in 1917-1918, and the abominations this spawned in Moscow and Berlin turned their children into mincemeat (it wiped out 40% of the 20-40 y/o male cohort: A literal sacrifice of firstborns). The bloodletting was especially concentrated in Nazi-occupied Russia and Belorussia, which constituted the core of Bolshevik support in the Civil War, while White-supporting Siberia got off lighter.
While the Russians did not create the Bolshevik regime, all too many of them sat quietly on the sidelines while demons in human form murdered the priests, looted the churches, and mocked Him with impunity. Their punishment was to be themselves murdered by the millions in terror-famines, purges, and the Gulag. The Old Bolshevik sadists were themselves liquidated in turn during the late 1930s. The Russian aristocracy, having betrayed its Sovereign, would be annihilated within their own country, their daughters taken by zealots from the shtetls; or slowly dissolve into nothingness in its exile abroad.
In relative power terms, the Russian Federation is but a pale shadow of the Soviet Union, which in turn was but a failed shadow to what the Russian Empire could have been – an economically developed superpower of 400 million Slavs at least equal to the United States, as opposed to playing a foil to it.
Appropriately, the Jews and Balts paid an extremely heavy price for their disproportionate contribution to the murder of God’s representative on Earth and their critical role in supporting the Bolshevik regime. The Latvians were the only peoples in the Russian Empire to free vote in their majority for the Bolsheviks, and would play a critical role in suppressing revolts against Bolshevik power in the first year of the Civil War. The Jews sided with the Bolsheviks soon after, and would account for 40% of the Soviet state’s domestic security organs from ~1920 to the late 1930s. Ashkenazi Jews, Latvians, and Estonians are unique in that there are fewer of them today than in 1918. East European Jewry in particular got annihilated root and stem.
The Germans played a critical role in both financing the Russian Revolution (though not without some help from two key intermediaries – appropriately, a Jew and an Estonian). Thus we might view Hitler as a “scourge of God”, sent to punish Jews and Russians for their manifold sins against God. Although Germany was not punished as hard – it lost half of Prussia, but far fewer people – its offenses had also been more limited. Indeed, one may even view Germany’s defeat by 1945 as an example of God’s mercy, because if the war had continued for much longer, the Germans may have eventually been subjected to atomic democide from the Americans.
Almost all of the countries that provided “international brigades” – from Hungarians to Chinese – to help the Red Army in the Russian Civil War would also turn Communist, most often through that same Red Army.
The Tsar went into World War I in support of a country that had sponsored a regicide. That country subsequently lost more people as a share of the population than any other combatant nation. It ended the 20th century as a broken remnant, torn apart by North Atlantic terrorists and shorn of many of its own core territories.
Fortunately, there have already been four generations, so there is reason to think that the curse may be played out.
In Russia, the churches are being rebuilt, and Russians are enjoying vastly better health and wealth than at any previous time in their history. Russian territories are coming back to Russia, instead of fragmenting further.
Just as Jehovah punished Jews for spreading Communist idolatry a century ago, so now He rewards them for Israel’s faith and conservative values. He has helped them triumph over the Arab military and demographic threat, and more recently, He even chose Trump as US President (“Queen Esther“), who would recognize the Golan as Israeli and its capital as Jerusalem.
Conversely, if the Sixth Proof is true, one wonders about the blood price that God will exact of modern Americans and West Europeans for their disbelief and harboring of heretical doctrines.
Personally, I have no idea if this is true. I don’t exclude the idea that the Architect programmed in some global karmic function into this simulation, and obviously, there is no reason its moral foundations have to correlate to those of Enlightenment progressivism as opposed to Old Testament collectivism. And obviously, while this theory explains many things, plenty of lacunae remain. For instance, I really don’t know what the Irish have done so wrong; to the contrary, they seem to have held the covenant with God better than most nations. Even so, they underwent centuries of foreign domination, a huge manmade famine, and massive emigration. Their population today is far smaller than it was in 1840.
Nonetheless, I do believe that the evidence here is sufficiently strong for it to be worthwhile – effectively altruistic – to criminalize atheism, and liberalism as the gateway drug to Communism. It is better that a few heretics vanish than that an entire planet falls to Chaos.
* I have long entertained these ideas, but credit should also go to commenter AP, who has written similar thoughts.