Firstly, just stating something--like saying "god is immaterial" over and over-- does not make it true. So, no, skeptic, you have not refuted
anything. You have to show why
something is so in order to refute a point made. If I said I own a car made of spam and it drives like a dream, would you just accept my word? How many times would I have to say it to get you to accept it as true? Or would you keep dismissing it until I brought some evidence?
I could say, "god is made of blue spun sugar candy". Would you accept that I have refuted
your point that "god is immaterial"? I have responded
to your point, but I have not refuted
anything unless I can bring out some evidence of god's existence
, and some evidence of what god is made of
That is why the made-up, silly, unproven FSM arguments make exactly as much sense as your equally made-up, silly, unproven god arguments. Is Casper the Ghost material? Is Scooby-doo? Is Mr. Spock? Is Thor?
To get down in the jello pit and wrestle about whether imaginary beings are material or not so completely misses the point! They are all
imaginary, and by definition immaterial, because they all exist only in the imagination!
Secondly, we can't just start to believe in an after-death paradise, based only on someone telling us that such a place exists. Otherwise, you should be able to start to believe in the Islamic oasis heaven, or the feasting halls of Valhalla or in the Hindu nirvana. Right now. Today. Believe in all of them. Just because someone tells you about them. Can you do that?
Thirdly, wanting to believe something really strongly does not make it true, or even worthwhile. You are arguing that it is better to believe in something, anything, even if it is completely crazy than, as you say, be an atheist and hold out for some sort of convincing proof. If someone with a difficult life thinks that paradise awaits them after they die, what realistically should prevent them from trying to get there ASAP, and maybe take their entire family with them? Do you not see the harm in this? Seriously?
Lots of people believe that they will win the lotto. Should someone take all of their retirement savings out of the bank and buy lotto tickets with it, based on their strongly held belief that they will win the lotto? Would you admire that person for their strong faith in the lotto?