Does God Exist? - A Logical Answer

God finally responds to his critics
God finally responds to his critics

Short Answer: Probably

Personally, I think there is a god, and he's not evil. He's all-powerful, and all-knowing, and universally loves us, his creations.

Now, I know that right away most skeptics and logical minds are opposed to such thinking. There are mountains of evidence to the contrary, right? Well, yes and no. It all depends on your perspective, really. Walk through it with me.

To begin with, there is the problem of god being all-powerful and all-knowing. A great philosopher once asked, well if god is all-powerful, could he create a boulder so heavy that he couldn't lift it? Could he create a math equation so complex that even he could never solve it? To us humans, this is a paradox. Whether or not god could do such tasks (and I would presume he could), the answer would logically prove to us that god cannot be all-powerful and all-knowning.

The fallacy of this train of logic is simply this: you're applying man's logic to a being that is beyond man's comprehension. If we assume god is not all-powerful, then that's the end of the discussion. But if we assume he is, then it also stands to reason that it's not possible to measure his might. The logic puzzle above doesn't work because it seeks to measure the unmeasurable. It simply doesn't work; it's beyond human computation. You'd have a better chance of counting to inifinity or solving for pi to the last decimal place. It just can't be done; being all-powerful implies infinite power, and outside of Calculus, we have no precise way to assess the infinite.

Then there is the problem of God's love. The common-sense argument is that God can't possibly be both all-powerful and universally loving, only one or the other. If god is all-powerful and all-loving, shouldn't there be no suffering in the world? This makes sense at first, but there's a fallacy here as well. We're making the assumption that God can't possibly love us and allow us to suffer. If you love someone, you can't possibly do something to make them suffer, right? Well, it's not that simple.

Here's a consideration for you: think back to when you were a kid. Your parents probably made you do a lot of things you didn't want to, right? If you did something they didn't like, they might punish you, too. At the time, you had no problem shouting that you hated them. To your simple child's mind, they must have hated you right back, or else why would they do those things? When you got older, though, you better understood why they did what they did when they were raising you. Your parents wanted what's best for you, and unfortunately what a child wants and what they need are rarely the same thing. I'm sure eating ice cream for breakfast and climbing the painter's scaffolding sounded like good ideas for you, but your parents knew better. They stopped you because they wanted to protect you from broken bones and making yourself sick. It didn't always seem fair, but they had your best interests at heart.

Now, let's think of our problem with God's love. Many of us think, God must be cruel and mean if he allows all these evil things in the world to happen. Wars, natural disasters, famine and disease, and countless other factors bring misery into our lives. If God loves us, why does God let these things happen? If God really has a good plan, why won't he just tell us?

Well, there's the trouble. If God is all-knowing, then in all likelihood the average person has a very young child's mind compared to God's. As such, we not only don't know why God would let things happen, we really can't know why they happen. Most every religious text tells us that God has a plan. Things that happen in the world may seem cruel, but if God's letting them happen, isn't it possible that God believes he/she is doing what is best for us? It might seem evil and wrong to us, but isn't it possible we're missing a big piece of the picture that could explain why God wants some unhappiness in the world?

Granted, I know this train of logic isn't perfect. By the same token, it's possible to argue that God is universally evil and wants us to suffer. Just as a loving God would allow bad things to happen because they know what's best for us, a wrathful God may allow us some happiness just for the sake of taking it away to cause us pain.

There is even still the possibility that an all-powerful God is neutral toward mankind, observing us as a scientist would observe laboratory rats in a complicated maze. Not spiteful, and not loving; simply observing. By that logic, though, it's also possible there's no God at all. It stands to reason that a non-existant being would be neither loving nor spiteful.

So, is there a God? There is no perfect evidence either for or against the case of an all-knowing, all-loving God. Evidence has been presented for both sides of the argument, but that evidence is always circumstantial and subject to interpretation. In truth, we may never know for sure that God exists. There may be a definite answer to this great question, but for the time being it is beyond mankind's reach.

For now, all we can do is follow our own instincts, our experiences in our lives, and our feelings in our hearts. The ultimate answer may await us at our deathbed, but until we get there, it's up to us to decide what we believe. As for me, I like to believe there is an all-powerful, all-knowing God watching over us. I might not have any proof, but I think I have a pretty good idea here, and until I see some solid evidence to discredit it, I'm going to run with this faith thing.

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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Hey Dan! I do believe in God and though I cannot argue my belief in a way that would cause a naysayer to pause and think, I will stand by my belief. Thank you for doing a good job on this hub and best of luck in the hub challenge, you're doing great!


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D Cortez 7 years ago from California

Fantastic hub,Dan. I really enjoyed it and I agree with you, I believe in God. And if weren't for my faith in God, I wouldn't have been able to overcome alot in my life. Great job!


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Tiara designs 7 years ago from undisclosed location

A good book to read is “The Question of God.” By Dr. Armand M Nicholl, Jr. while the book is written by an atheist is compares the life and belief system of C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud. Freud was an atheist and Lewis a brilliant writer who was an atheist- and the author covers Lewis and Freud over the span of their life and their reasons for logical and philosophical for atheism and / or believing in God. While reading this the comparison between these two men was evident in their personal attitudes and quality of life. This book has helped a close young loved one of mine who was – before reading the book convinced they were agnostic- the person was closed minded about it before reading the book. And now is re-evaluating THERE JUST MAY BE A GOD. Why take a chance on this one- I always rule with Pascal.

This is a very good article thanks for sharing. Aka the doll invention.


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spdarkstar 7 years ago from Benijofar, Alicante, Spain

I suggest you all read "The God Delusion" By Prof Richard Dawkins. I will say no more. The book says it all.

Darkstar


henry 6 years ago

I'm glad you believe in God, it's a great and positive thing to have that set of mind, however, believing in God will not get you into heaven. Believe in his love or his trust or ;oyalty will not allow you into heaven. Good works will not support the thought of entering into the kingdom. however, this does.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten SON that whosoever BELIEVETH in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life.

so you see, Because God loves us he sent his only begotten son, and if you believe that his soncame into the earth like God sent him, and believe that his death has saved you from dieing then you will inherit the kingdom. We all deserve to die because of sin. Including myself, however the only reason I know I wont go to hell is because I believe in God's son and that he died to save me from eternal damnation. thank you, and sorry I sound like a preacher :P or like one of those annoying people always trying to disprove everyone else, I'm only trying to say this so that in hopes each one can find salvation you know. I can only write what I believe, in hopes that you can believe it also, but, everyman has there own choice, which explains the reason why God allows evil to crawl into the earth. In the beginning God created everything right and when it came to men and women, or Adam and Eve, what did God say, That he created them in his own image. Does this mean they looked like him or possed all his traits, such as power, No tht would not be possible, considering we rot away and our bodies die and age and is constantly damaged, therefore God is implying that he created us as he is. Abled to think for ourself's and make decisions based on our opinions and our thoughts. We have emotions and have the right to free will. Do animals have this, No? why? becaused God did not create them in his image, but, simply made them for us. thank you, and agian sorry, especially for the length lol toodles


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

I think Henry just gave you a short sermon...Well written hub & aspect on things...


Chasuk 6 years ago

Probably is a reasonable answer.

It's an answer with which I disagree, but I appreciate your lack of dogmatism.

Thanks. :-)


Winston  6 years ago

"As for me, I like to believe there is an all-powerful, all-knowing God watching over us. I might not have any proof, but I think I have a pretty good idea here, and until I see some solid evidence to discredit it, I'm going to run with this faith thing."

I appreciate your honesty and the fact you do not try to either prove your position or discredit others.


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JY3502 6 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

Proof of God's existence is all around us in his creations. No way evolution can explain all the various forms of life.


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secretmemoir 6 years ago from Australia

I believe God exists, I don't feel close to God. Think religious abuse had a part to play (which I have written about). If I hadn't have been brought up in the church, I think I would still have the same view. I consider myself agnostic. I struggle with all the contradictions and bad things in the world, and the cliche answers offered by religion just don't cut the mustard. I find the preaching like henry did very irritating


NoNme 5 years ago

My suggestion: don't waste your time reading. It won't help you.


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Shahid Bukhari 5 years ago from My Awareness in Being.

The Pictorial representation, of an allegedly godly expression, via CB clouds formation ... is, as if the "up ....." is of a renegade of the Greek Pantheon.

The Lord, does not need anyones favor of believing in Him ... God, Is.


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Paladin_ 5 years ago from Michigan, USA

Interesting and thought-provoking hub, Dan.

Though I strongly disagree with some elements of this hub, you seem like a reasonable and sincere fellow, so I couldn't bring myself to vote it down. Having said that, I feel compelled to elaborate a bit on the specifics of my disagreements.

First is your insistence that, since God is "beyond man's comprehension," we can't apply logic to him. I propose that there is NOTHING beyond our comprehension, only beyond our current level of understanding.

Also, this whole "beyond comprehension" is a dangerous double-edged sword. While it could be used to arbitrarily deflect critical examination of a deity, it could likewise be employed in deconstructing one's faith. Most pointedly, how can anyone be certain of their faith in a deity they can't comprehend?

My other bone of contention is with the hideous analogy comparing God with a parent correcting a child. While it's true that parents discipline their children, I've never heard of a parent condemning their child to an eternity of excruciating torment.

A parent presumably inflicts punishment for the benefit of the child, to correct harmful behavior. On the other hand, eternal damnation in Hell is nothing but spiteful vengeance, for once a soul in Hell, there is no redemption. That is not the hallmark of a "loving" God.

Finally, it appears that you believe in God largely because you WANT to believe (or in your words, "like" to believe), and not necessarily because you have good reason. It even seems that, toward the end, you're doing your best to rationalize that belief, albeit in a wishy-washy sort of way.

I hope you continue to examine this issue and find a clearer picture of what it is you truly believe.


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danmayerisgod 5 years ago from Scotia, NY Author

Hey, Paladin. Thanks for the comment. I guess I should address some of this.

You may have a point about man's comprehension. While I believe there are things we can't understand, I can't really prove it. I would cite things like quantum physics that boggle the layman, but there are at least a few people that understand that, so you may be right.

Regarding the parenting analogy: I know, it's not very good, but it's the best I could come up with at the time. As far as Hell goes, though, I'd always had the impression that it's not God who condemns people to hell, but the Devil (or the person themself). God wants us to be in heaven in the end, but if we denounce him and live our lives in sin according to the Devil's wishes, then our souls become too tainted to allow into heaven. Or something like that. I guess it's one more thing I took on faith alone.

Lastly, you're right that my belief in God is mostly there because I want to believe. That belief isn't exactly unwavering, either. Much of this hub is just trying to make the evidence fit the hypothesis, which is just bad science, I realize.

Part of it comes back to a suggestion I heard somewhere that belief in God is ultimately the safer bet. If God doesn't exist, it doesn't matter if I believe, but if he does, and I don't believe, then it's going to be an unpleasant eternity.


Charlie 4 years ago

All this does is represent a fantasy of god....there is no proof he does or doesn't exist.....for instance....there is absolutely NO historical non biblical evidence that Jesus EVER exsisted......so if Jesus was made up...how much of the rest was. and if GOD is real...that means so was Zeus, Aphrodite, and so on.....A similar story of Jesus was told 6500 years before Jesus existed about an egyptian god, and a few other times after that. everything is based on faith....or mental illness depending on how you look at it. I am not denouncing God as a whole I mean anything is possible...but come on....ignorance is bliss and religion is very blissful. The Bible is a book written by men claiming to have spoken to god...the same kind of men you avoid on the sidewalk in a city. the old book was the most honest talking about gods vengence, murder, sacrifice, and rape. the new book was created to make a happier more inviting religion and belief. there is more evidence supporting religion as a man made fantasy than there is supporting any of its real.


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danmayerisgod 4 years ago from Scotia, NY Author

Charlie, forgive me if I don't take your argument seriously. You open by saying there is no proof He does or doesn't exist, then end saying there is more evidence that He's a fantasy. I've contradicted myself a bit too, I'm sure; I wrote this years ago, after all.

One thing I'd add is that faith has caused a great deal of good things in the world. Evil acts have been perpetrated in God's name, certainly, but those people were misguided, committing crimes against the faith they claimed to hold sacred.

I personally don't put much stock in the Bible either; it was written by men, and men are imperfect by nature. There are good lessons to be learned from some of those teachings, though, and people who focus on the little details, and who get caught up in the fire and brimstone, tend to miss the greater point. It's a bit ironic to hear Christians reading from the Old Testament.

Anyway, I don't expect to change your mind or anything. Faith is something each person has to resolve for themselves. If stories about an almighty entity who watches over everything don't satisfy you, then keep searching for something that does. If anything, I'd say searching for one's own answers to the big questions is a great display of faith in something greater than ourselves. It sure beats blindly reciting scripture without ever meaning it in your heart.


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Goodpal 2 years ago

Human beings and everything under the sun and beyond work according to universal principles; nothing happens for no reason. Whether you believe in god or not has no relevance. There is no difference in the conducts of atheists and theists except for how they rationalize things.

Your beliefs exist only inside you. I believe in this truth!!

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