Wednesday, June 15, 2005

I. God

Even though, at this point, it may seem like I am begging the question because we have not yet proved that God exists, I must relate this to you: Judaism requires us to use our brains and not to have "[blind] faith" that Judaism is the correct religion. We must see, understand and conclude there IS a God.

Since there is no hard evidence that God does or does not exist, aethiest as well as those who believe in God are all on a level playing field. No one knows. Everyone only believes.

The burden of proof is in proving that God does exist. You will see that this can’t be done because humans have limited ability. There is no burden to prove he doesn’t exist; It is very easy to be an atheist.

I am human. As a human, I came into this world with limited brain function(insert joke here). All humans, because of their nature, cannot understand certain ideas. A sample question is: "If a God is all mighty, can He create an object that He cant lift?" On one hand- God is suppose to be able to do anything- including create the heaviest object. On the other hand- God can lift anything. As human beings, we can't answer such a question. We don't have the brain capacity to do it.

As humans, with our limited ability, we can't prove God's existence. God is something we can't see, hear or touch. God is infinite and we can't understand that either. What created God? Where did He come from? These are questions that are beyond the limits of human understanding. Proving God's existence cannot be done. What can be done, is to use our human ability to deduce reason a divine presence.

The Ontological Argument
I will start with the Ontological Argument. This argument does not use any evidence to prove Gods existence. First we understand the concept of God to include the trait of perfection. To be perfect includes to exist. By the fact that God is perfect, He must exist.

The Cosmological Argument
The only evidence we have for this argument is that we are here. Something caused the universe to be. The cause was/is around for infinite time. That initial cause is God.

Pascal’s Wager
I know this isn't usually found in regards to proving God, but I have seen some places that use it as an argument for God so I will include it here for whatever it is worth.
Blaise Pascal is credited with, if not the actual idea then the roots of the idea. Pascal’s Wager does not use evidence to prove Gods existence. It uses a persons' self interest. It is in our best interest to believe in God. If we believe in God and He exists, we gain reward. Whereas if He does not exist, we have lost nothing. If we don’t believe in God and He does exist, we are open for punishment. Whereas if He does not exist we have lost nothing. It is in our best interest to choose A)’getting reward or nothing’ and to pass on B)’getting punishment or nothing’.

The Teleological Argument (The Argument From Design)
This argument has much evidence. It is often used to prove God's existence more then other arguments because man can see it. The universe is very complex: how ecology works and how there is a symbiotic relationship in the world. The probability that the complex universe and the intricate earth happened by chance, is slim. This world has the exact condition to house life- the prefect mixture of gases, the weather systems, etc. The universe `evolved` into many systems including our solar system that has Earth orbiting at the exact distance to sustain life. Venus is too hot and Mars is too cold. Imagine someone has dropped their fruit in a scattered pattern and you come across it. You will assume it accidentally fell. Imagine now that you came across lots of fruit in a small area. You might assume someone spilled their container with out realizing it. Now imagine a detailed structure of towers and pyramids of fruit. You will assume someone placed it there very carefully. So is the universe created very carefully. To say the order of the universe is set out so precisely by chance would be absurd. It is much more probable that the universe was created by a divine being.

There is also what to be said about miracles. One can argue that if the Bible is true, then the miracles contained in it are proof of God's existence. I don’t want to use this argument because the prerequisite for it is to believe the bible is true. If anyone is at this point in the journey to find God, they haven’t accepted the bible as true yet (if at all).

God exists. There are many more proofs besides the few that I’ve outlined here. Notice that I am not relying on spiritual feeling or emotion to comprehend God. I am trying to use my brain to determine His existence.