ofcourse but why should i take a labour intensive trajectory. When, if i take god or no god approach and reach 'no god' i will be saved a
lot of effort in checking the 1000 possibilites you suggest. I am lazy!
Well, see that's where we differ. None of those 1000 come from me. The question wouldn't even come up if it depended on me.
But, here we are. People by the bushel basket claim they have apprehension of one or more gods. Some of the stories are bizaare. For example, some of
the stories feature legions of invisible beings who needn't respect physical limitations, all of whom are also like gods in that there is no
indication of them except that they show up in these stories.
But here's the kicker - the person telling me the story tells me that (s)he can tell the difference among angels, some fallen and others upright,
demons, jinn, fates, nymphs, faeries, leprechauns, genii, ghosts, titans, sphinxes, ... whatnot... and gods. (In fairness, some of the non-gods used
to be gods, and some will be gods someday - let's put that complication aside).
So, if I'm going to avoid a labor intensive trajectory (and as I said, that's fine, all trajectories will lead to the same answer, if the method is
rational), then I choose to begin with whether there are supernatural beings of any kind. Or, better yet, why don't I grant that there are, and ask
the simpler question:
By what means would a mortal human being distinguish between a god and another supernatural being?
Some stories are worse than others in that regard, because some stories feature supernatural beings who lie, and so presumably the mortal human
being's task is all the more difficult.
But if you wish to start at the beginning, then let's start here. From the premise that any supernatural being exists, on what basis can it be said
that a god exists?