What exactly is a spirit? If it has no material form, how does it do anything?
Isn't this question immaterial?
More seriously, we have always been told that god, angels etc are spirit beings, like ghosts and the like. Now I presume this is said to account for the fact that one cannot see these things and, or course, an immaterial being doesn't have the problems of a body that wears out.
Against the whole idea if the question you raise, Nogods, how does anything that is non-material do anything. We might go one further and say how could a non-material god create matter and then interacts with it to, for example, raise the dead. The quick answer to all this is that the reason we don't see any of the things mentioned above is, purely and simply, because they do not exist. The hardest things to see are things that don't exist. However that might not be that, though.....
Maybe, rather than being spirits, these various beings exist in other dimensions from us so that we never interact. [wiki]String Theory[/wiki] posits a universe like our might have up to 10 dimensions rather than the 4 which we are used to so maybe these beings could inhabit other dimensions rather than being spirits. That won't work for a god, though, as it would have to be outwith the universe since, it is claimed, it created the universe.
A god need not be a spirit at all but a real physical creature. As it inhabits somewhere outwith the universe we cannot see it. Now its time and size differ from ours, it might have constructed the universe in the morning and now be watching it in its afternoon rather that the billions of years that have passed here. In that case, that god might not be that old though, being physical, it is likely to die some time.
OK, that's quite enough science fiction. All we really need to say is -
- The most obvious and Occam approved reason that we cannot see something is that it doesn't exist. This applies to god, ghosts and anything else claimed to be a spirit
- If anyone is claiming that a god is a spirit then it is up to that person to show why that statement makes any more sense than saying 'this god doesn't exist'. Years of research have found no evidence of spirits or a spirit world. There is no reason to believe this sort of thing until the term 'spirit' can make actual sense.