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Does God Exist

Does God Exist? Sean Johnson MWF8-8:50 Who is God? A startling question that most people will answer yes to is: Does God exist? Websters Dictionary (Webster’s p. 412) defines God as the supreme being, seen as the omnipotent creator and ruler of the universe. Whereas a theologist describes him as God is the infinite and perfect spirit in whom all things have their source, support, and end. (Thiessen p. 55) Whatever the case the statistics from Multipoll CGI on the internet show that 86 percent believe that God exists. Probably half or more of that actually attend a church or seek after God.

Upon further investigation there are actually many reasons to believe in God. From the beginning man has always had intuition or a feeling of already knowing certain things. “The law has been written on the hearts of all so that they may recognize a greater power that is God,” says Pastor Chan of Cornerstone Community Church. “God has given everyone the intuition of knowing his presence, and the feeling of right and wrong or moral law.” One author of Introductory Lectures in Systematic Theology says, “The belief in the existence of God is also necessary. It is necessary in the sense that we cannot deny his existence without doing violence to the very laws of our nature. If we do deny it, the denial is forced and can only be temporary (Thiessen pg. 56).

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Examining this statement one fact stands out. If there is no God how could laws of right and wrong be made? If evolution did happen and human life began to form all around the world, how would they know right from wrong? Or more importantly, why is there a right from wrong? While people were still “evolving,” why did they not eat or kill each other? It was not wrong since there is no right or wrong. Did some humans get together in a room after they had evolved and vote on what should be right and what should be wrong? Of course not! That would be chaos because no one would agree, and the list would be very long even if they did make the rules. And even if such a bizarre list did happen, how would these laws be already written on a child’s heart the instant that it is born? If humans “evolved” from and are animals why do animals not have a moral law, but humans do? For example, if someone has a dog and says, “Bad Dog!” when it does something that person does not like, the dog learns by the tone of your voice to cower and hide like he has done something bad. Still the animal will do the bad thing. Why? Because it has no guilt or remorse for what it has done, and it does not know right from wrong.

Now there are people that do bad things without any guilt or remorse seemingly, but the bottom line is that people have some sort of conscious that animals do not have. Humans therefore can not have evolved from animals because animals have no moral law and reason like humans have. Even further, if all mankind evolved from animals how come there are no more evolutions taking place? A scientist could waste all of his breath arguing that the cosmos of the swamp gas that reflected off of Venus affected the earth’s moon which slowed the evolutionary process on earth down, but without any ounce of proof it is more logical and takes surprisingly less faith to believe in God than to believe in some whacked out theory that evolution just “happened” (Dr. Zustiak, Chromey pgs.11-12 ). Furthermore, even if every human was made from a random gibberish of atoms, why should there be a concern of conscience within life? Everyone lives in a world of everyone else’s opinion according to evolution. If there is no set rules of life and the only rule is survival, then what does it matter if someone bombs a sporting event? Or who cares if some guy wants to run around naked screaming “I hate Indians” , while doing drugs and holding an pornographic magazine as he mows people down with an uzi (any relation to real life events is purely coincidental)? Truly the world of evolution should be chaos if there is no right and wrong.

If evolution is true then why is the world not as chaotic as it should be today? It is because there is a right and a wrong that people can identify with, and God has set what is good and bad on the hearts of everyone in the world. One thing that stands out whether someone believes in God or not is the idea that something comes from something. This is otherwise known as the Law of causality (Dr. Zustiak, Chromey pgs. 8-10). Everything has a cause, and most people would agree that something does not come from nothing.

An evolutionist would argue, however, that in a universe of “chance”, if given enough time anything is possible. And then these same scientists call themselves logical! How can atoms and molecules form if they do not even exist! For example if humans could live 500 billion years, and let’s say one human decided to wait for a pizza to evolve because he was hungry. No logic can argue that given enough time and chances that the pizza would magically appear one day, just like that. Another argument like this is the Teleological argument. This states that everything not only has a cause, but a specific design. Here is a good illustration to clarify this thought.

A book did not just pop into existence with all the letters randomly coming together to form the right sentences and structure. Rather someone put time into creating it, and gave the book its structure. God has done the same thing with his creation. He painted this world exactly how he wanted it. For instance one true fact about the planet earth is that it rotates at 1,000 miles an hour (Dr.

Zustiak, Chromey pgs. 12 ). If it rotated at only 100 miles per hour all life would freeze during the nights, and burn up during the days. If God did not create the specifics in the very human heart, lungs, veins, brain, and everything else there would be chaos. Therefore a design must have a designer that has made it exactly how he wants it.

The same idea can be shown ridiculous in evolution. Evolution states that something did in fact come from nothing. The idea of evolution is just as absurd as the book coming into existence. Even if the world was created by some “big bang”, someone had to create that big bang. When has order ever arose from chaos? Never! Why should it happen when the earth was formed then? If a gardener does not tend his garden will it tend itself? Will the plants survive if there is no sun? Or will order come from such chaos, and something will come from nothing? Believing in evolution and not God says “yes” to these questions. How can that be scientific? The very first scientific law of Thermodynamics states that something can not come from nothing.

Why are the rules not applied for evolution or any other theory? However, the reverse can be somewhat stated about God. Where did God come from then? The basic issue comes down to people believing in eternal matter, or an eternal being. Chances are drastically in favor of that because, in the specific, intricate design of the entire universe, there is an entity of power that made it and not a random happening of matter. People can argue themselves blue in the face, but still in their hearts can not truly deny that there is no God. If God himself came down from heaven right now and asked who will come with him, there would not be a person around (or very few) who would stay and not go. One might argue, “why does not God do that then?”.

But what does God owe anyone? And who are people to question their own creator? If one spends time making a toy truck, of what importance and right has the truck to say, “Do this or that!” ? The creator of the truck could easily destroy it and make another one. That is exactly how everyone is to this huge God. So the real question is: Does God exist for you? Religion Essays.

Does God Exist?

Introduction
We live in a world where millions doubt the existence of God: a world of science and technology in which people only accept what they can prove.


Why do these people doubt him and why do others believe so fervently?
People have many varied reasons in believing in God. Some need the faith as a comfort to help them in times of loneliness or sadness. For others it gives a sense of purpose or perhaps a pattern on how to live their lives. However for the majority it is an explanation of why we are here, how we became and what will happen to us when we die.

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Different religions believe differently. To believe in God you need faith. Faith is to believe in something so undisputedly you need not have proof. This topic of Gods existence is probably one of the most passionately debated arguments of all time. Many philosophers throughout the ages have devised theories to defend or prove wrong the Christian belief.


People have accepted the fact that God created the universe for thousands of years, but recent advances in science have proved many theories correct, such as Charles Darwins Evolution theory: that man evolved from apes.
Charles Darwin and ancestor?
At the time this contradicted many beliefs on how God created man and many people refused to understand that he did not create us for a special purpose. In recent years, people have discovered that for some theories, science and religion need to go side by side, just like Thomas Aquinas first cause or big bang theory.
The Cosmological argument
As Britain was slumbering around in the Dark Ages, Thomas Aquinas (1226-1274) a theologian (a person who believes in the systematic study of religions and religious beliefs) from Naples, Italy was studying the existence of God. He invented a reason why God does exist in 1265; the cosmological argument. In 1897 his views were recognised as the basis of Catholic theology by Pope Leo Vlll.


Aquinas believed that the universe must have been created by something (which was the Big Bang) and that must have been created by something and the answer is God. Nothing can create itself! It has to be created in the first place.
Karl Marx
Karl Marx was a German philosopher who lived from 1818 until 1883 and he thought that religion was a waste of time. Marx believed that we should make the future happen for ourselves and not leave it to dreams. He was influenced by Ludwig Feuerbach and Moses Hess, who were also religious sceptics.


Marx was especially impressed by Hegel’s theory that a thing or thought could not be separated from its opposite. For example, the slave could not exist without the master, and vice versa.


Feuerbachs theory
Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872) was a German philosopher and believed that most people in the world invent God.


Feuerbach said,
In religion, man denies his reason.


They imagine him in their likeness and follow in his footsteps.


Which gives them comfort, hope and trust.


So they invent God and imagine he is real.


Most People in the world are suffering.


Feuerbach had views on religion for the future;
What yesterday was still religion is no longer such today; and what today is atheism, tomorrow will be religion.


The Ontological argument
This is one of the oldest arguments in Christian theology. Ontology is the study of the nature of being.


St. Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury lived from 1033 to 1109 and he invented the Ontological argument. St Anselm was born in 1033 into a Catholic family, and was taught the catholic faith by his mother.


At the age of 15, he wanted to join a monastery but he wasnt allowed to go. At the age of 27 St. Anselm fulfilled his wish and he went to the monastery of Bec in Normandy, France.


During his life St. Anselm gained a reputation for being a good independent thinker and under the guidance of St. Anslem the monastery became a school of Philosophy and teleology.
Think of the most wonderful, greatest thing possible
The Ontological argument
This must be greater than anything else.


Anything that.exists is more wonderful than anything that does not exist.



This greatest, most wonderful thing must exist
Therefore, as we think of the most wonderful thing,we are thinking of something that must exist.


The Teleological argument
The Teleological argument was embraced by William Paley who stated that God must have created all of the amazing things in the world because they could not create themselves in so much detail and complexity.
Living organisms, Paley argued, are even more complicated than watches, in a degree which exceeds all computation. Only an intelligent Designer could have created them. There has to be an original designer. So the universe must have been created by something or somebody and that somebody has to be God.


He has been accused of plagiarism even to the extent of his views of the intricacies of the watch.
Paley was born in Peterborough, England in 1743. He worked as a priest and became archdeacon in 1772.
He was an active opponent of the slave-trade and excelled in the writing of text books mostly concerning his theological philosophies.
William Paley
Pascals Wager
Blaise Pascal was a scientist, mathematician and philosopher born on the 19th of June 1623 in Clermont-Ferrand in France. His mother was Antoinette Begon; she died when Blaise was three (1626). His father, Etienne took the responsibility of bringing him up and he taught his son himself. The Pascals moved to Paris on August 19th 1662 partly to prosecute Etiennes scientific studies and partly to carry on the education of Blaise who had already displayed exceptional ability. Pascal had two sisters, Gilberte and Jacqueline. Blaise became deeply religious at the age of 14 when his father injured his leg and had to recuperate in his house. He was looked after by two young brothers from a religious movement just outside Rouen. They had a profound effect on the young Pascal and he became deeply religious. In 1648 Pascal began to work on Philosophy that he worked on for over 10 years.


His wager was this; if God exists and you die, you have 2 options; if you have lead a bad life and had not believed in God, you will go to hell but if you have lead a good life and believed in God, you will go to heaven.
God Exists
God does not exist
Christian
Heaven!!!
Never know about it
Non-Christian
Go to hell!!
Never know about it
But there is always the doubt of how much do you have to believe in God to go to Heaven if God does exist True disciples believe:
Christianity is Right
Christianity is Wrong
100% fundamentalist Real Christian
Heaven!!!
Never know about it
99.999999% Christian
Hell
Never know about it
75% Christian
Hell
Never know about it
25% Christian
Hell!
Never know about it
Non-Christian but try to believe
Hell!
Never know about it
Pascal died August 19th 1662 at the age of 39 after a malignant growth spread to his brain.


Blaise Pascal had a good plan for any would-be doubters, but it is a cheating way to try and get into Heaven. True faith should not need fail-safe measures.


Conclusion
I think it would be impossible to reach a conclusive answer to the question of the existence of God. Many philosophers such as those detailed above have tried to prove for and against with their theories on theology.


This question has been philosophised since the dawn of time and in the modern world we are still no nearer a definite conclusion.

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