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My argument for the existence of God
I will refute the following arguments for the existence of God:
* The cosmological argument - States that the universe had a first cause and that it was God. I believe this is logically inconsistent because the universe could have been caused by something that is not God.
* The ontological argument - States that we can find God's existence through reason alone. My refutation of this is that by definition, God is too complex to be understood by human reasoning. Not to mention that You can rationally prove the existence of anything even if you invented it.
* The moral argument - States that without God, morality is impossible. There must be a lawgiver who originates and stands by moral law. A universal law cannot exist, therefore God exists. The flaw in this argument is that like the cosmological argument, morals do not necessarily point to God's existence. Humans could've invented morals themselves.
Now, Does that mean i don't believe in God? No, i wanted to be honest in admitting that proving God is more difficult than it seems. No matter how much you look at the beauty of the universe, you cannot completely prove his existence in a logical fashion. I will describe my argument for his existence in a more indirect approach, but i would like to first to give a brief introduction on important factors involved in the argument.
As a Christian, I believe that the heart is the center of a person's character. It can be stubborn or can be open. Realize that if a person's heart is "closed" as the bible describes, it is fruitless to keep arguing with them on any matter. You may as well speak to a brick wall. I understand that this is defined differently in psychological terms, nevertheless, this is an important concept to understand because it will involve observing the nature of each human being.
Secondly, before i can create a solid foundation for my argument, i believe it's necessary to argue against arguments disproving the existence of God. Below are some of the common arguments showing God to be nonexistent:
* "There is no scientific evidence for him, therefore he doesn't exist" A counterexample is that there is no scientific evidence of something unknown in the universe, so you may as well conclude that it doesn't exist, but it's been shown millions of times that scientific discoveries have been made, therefore this argument is very weak.
* "The natural world shows that supernatural events such as miracles are almost impossible to happen" My counter-argument for this is that if God did create the universe then he controls the laws of nature. It doesn't matter how impossible something is to happen. If God wants it to happen, it will, and there is no argument against it. Whether he exists or not, you cannot use the universe itself to disprove his existence.
* The last argument is the problem of evil argument, the logic is as follows:
- God exists.
- God is omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly good.
- A perfectly good being would want to prevent all evils.
- An omniscient being knows every way in which evils can come into existence.
- An omnipotent being, who knows every way in which an evil can come into existence, has the power to prevent that evil from coming into existence.
- A being who knows every way in which an evil can come into existence, who is able to prevent that evil from coming into existence, and who wants to do so, would prevent the existence of that evil.
- If there exists an omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly good being, then evil shouldn't exist
- Evil exists, therefore there is a logical contradiction
Some then point out that because God cannot be omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly good at the same time, he doesn't exist because it is in contradiction to the Definition of What God is. I cannot argue using reason alone because God works through divine revelation. The Bible contains the definition of God and how he works. I find it utterly absurd that people think that they can use logic without Studying a specific definition of God, let alone not read the bible. It's like ignoring several of the most important and accurate manuscripts laying in front of you and finding an easier method because the manuscripts are too difficult to understand. Firstly, The definition of "Perfectly Good" isn't the same definition that you are using, therefore you cannot fully know what a "Perfectly Good" being would do. Secondly, In the book of job; We see that Satan claimed that if calamity fell upon Job, God's servant then he would turn against God. In the end, Job proved to be faithful and God blessed him more than before. In conclusion, God is simply using evil to not only show that evil is completely defeated to the faithful believers, but that God is absolutely omnipotent, omniscient, perfectly good, and completely able to defeat evil in an instant.
Anyone who makes claims about God on logic without knowing about their subject will only be flaunting their ignorance. It's very disappointing to see so many bibles available to people worldwide and no one bothers to even study them before speaking about God.
Now, for my definition of God. When confronted with the questions "Which God are you speaking of? The Christian God? Jewish God? Hindu Gods? What if we're wrong in picking The christian God and then get sent to the Buddhist or a Hindu hell?" It's erroneous to mention other religions because each have their own set of belief's. There is no Buddhist or Hindu hell because they believe in a reincarnation. You simply do good and prosper and if you do evil, evil will follow you. You are not punished because you don't believe in their doctrines. There isn't even a unified set of belief's in Buddhism because Buddha never left a book as organized as the Bible or the Qur'an. As a matter of fact, Some religions believe you will reap the rewards in heaven, no matter how immoral your life on earth was. Most eastern religions that i have studied have their own sects of belief's. It seems that you won't even be punished for worshiping every God in the universe. I will say that God is defined as the only supreme being(s) in existence.
Why did i define God in this way? Because humans lack the ability to present objective interpretations of the universe, If any supernatural beings exist, they should reveal themselves to mankind by supernatural means. Now, how will we know whether the observers of supernatural acts indeed are receiving a divine revelation or hallucinating? I will explain important points when using Scientific explanations before answering the following question.
* Science isn't concerned with studying any supernatural phenomena because definitions of the supernatural are too vague
* Science isn't concerned with the existence of the natural realm, Only with giving explanations for how things work in a system. It should be the philosophers task to find what it means to exist
* Many experiments can be done to support a theory, however it's still a theory. Science basically uses inductive reasoning, not deductive.
Now, as for the belief that mental disorders are caused by the brain, there is no concrete scientific evidence to support this hypothesis. Indeed, teachers, scientists, professors, psychologists, psychiatrists, etc. will boldly claim there is proof, this is a lie and just because it's widely accepted, doesn't mean it's true. They are all supporting a biased and unproven viewpoint. The answer to the question is You can't because only the person experiencing it knows what they are seeing. Even if you discover the supernatural acts are fake, there is no way to eliminate the possibility that the supernatural act happened at that specific moment and then the supernatural being hid it.
We have been blinded to believe that science has gained enough enlightenment to be more than able to fully able to explain supernatural phenomenon. We have only plunged deeper into more ignorance than in the dark ages. The fact that we have made significant progress in the fields of science in no way makes us "immune" or intelligent enough to no longer have any need for any religion or spiritual claim of the sort. We are still unable to wipe out God from being the cause of the universe.
The argument is clear, we let whichever deity reveal to us it's own existence; more importantly, it's plan for our lives. I have personally found that Jesus Christ is the revelation of the son of God. I don't have to defend this claim because i am the one experiencing it. I advise everyone to not question ancient belief's strictly because we are in the "age of reason." I encourage you to seek the truth for yourself and search for new ideas on it's significance.