Does God really exist?
The existence of God has been a controversial question for as long as time has existed. As many arguments can be made for and against the existence of God. In this essay, I wish to explore arguments both for and against and eventually come a conclusion that God does indeed exist. The very essence of Man, all his values and his beliefs, are wrapped up in this question, "Does God exist?" Most of us were brought up to believe that God does exist, and as such it is deeply engrained in our psyche. The religious books, for example, the Quran, the Bible and the Torah all claim great religious journeys and miracles that were experienced by biblical characters like the prophets and even ordinary people of the time. Of course, these stories were most narrated by observers but those of us who have faith believe that the holy books are the words of God. Are these miracle stories all true? Are they false? If any of these is indeed true then it points towards there being some supernatural power or God. Faith is in fact the ability to suspend your disbelief and believe in the unseen. There is no proof of his existence; yet people of great intelligence can find no other logical explanation for the wonder of the grand design of our universe. Paley, in his theological discussion regarding God's existence states that this discussion goes above the realm of human intelligence. The intricacies and design that fits so perfectly causes Paley (1) to compare the design of the universe to that of the watch. As the design of the universe is so much bigger and grander than the watch, it indicates that there is a being more powerful and more intelligent than man. Hence, a superior being - God does exist! Soren Kierkegaard suggested like Kant that the human minds cannot use its meager mind to rationally prove the existence of God. He believed that it was not about reason but about the faith to believe as "reason has no place in faith" The concept of God is thus intentionally beyond the realms of the possibilities of the human understanding.
Then, of course there is the moral argument:
Man is conscious of morality and laws or norms. This implies that somewhere there was a great lawmaker. Originally all law originated from the Church or from some form of religion. Secular law was an offshoot of sacral or religious law. One can imagine what society would be like without a belief system. It would be chaos – there would be no morality. Murder, rape would all be acceptable. People would have had no moral conscience – many fear the wrath of God and the afterlife so without this there would be anarchy. The cosmological argument for the existence of God decrees that everything once started; everything including the universe once began – so this beginning was caused – often referred to as the "First Cause". Something or someone must have caused this – it could not cause its own existence. So, this argument backs up the belief in God who first caused the entire universe into existence – so, if the universe exists - God must exist. The Teleological argument argues for the existence of God. It argues that the universe was created for the specifically designed purpose of sustaining life. The laws of nature and the intricate complexities of nature boggle one's mind. The perfect balance of conditions that make life possible and sustainable can only point to a grand design. If it was in any way different life would not have been possible. The correct balance of air to breathe, of water, of fire – the design of the human body and mind; in fact of all life forms to fit so perfectly into the natural element can only be by design not by accident or by chance – the only explanation for this can be that it was...