Does God exist? Some say that the Earth and the life on it was just a product of random chance, and not created by any intelligent deity. Others say that it couldn’t have occurred simply by random chance, and it must have been created by an intelligent Creator. I agree with the latter statement, and am writing this to articulate some of the reasons behind why I believe in God. Atheism is sometimes portrayed as being more logical than believing God created the universe, but I think that belief in God, or Theism, is at least equally logical, and perhaps more logical than Atheism. I will be presenting three arguments supporting belief in God: the Scientific Argument, the Moral Argument, and the Practical Argument.
The Scientific Argument*
I think a very strong argument in favor of Theism is the development of life on Earth. Many Atheists believe that life was created from inorganic matter through the random process of molecules interacting together, and that over time, the random combinations of molecules formed different parts of a cell, which then combined to form one cell, which all life on Earth is descended from. However, I think this is a weak argument when you consider how vastly complex a cell is. Within each cell, there are microscopic cellular “machines” called organelles. Each organelle serves a purpose, whether it be constructing proteins, generating energy for the cell, or storing food and waste. If a cell was missing just one of its essential organelles, the cell would die. Each organelle is made up of a multitude of molecules, and it seems that it would be very difficult for even one functional organelle to be produced from inorganic matter randomly bonding, let alone every single one of the organelles a cell needs to survive. It seems logical to conclude that the odds of a fully functional cell developing from inorganic matter are incredibly unlikely if it is merely the product of random chance. Another argument in favor of God’s existence is the theory of the Big Bang. This theory states that the universe once existed as an incredibly small, dense, and hot point in space known as a singularity, which began to expand rapidly, and later became the universe as we know it today. This theory is supported by a great amount of evidence. From this theory, we can draw one of two conclusions: either (1) the universe came into existence and immediately started expanding or (2) the universe had existed eternally as a singularity, and suddenly began expanding. (One could also draw the conclusion that the universe was in a constant cyclical state of expansion and contraction, but there is little evidence for this, because it was discovered that the universe’s expansion is actually accelerating, rather than slowing down.) Let’s examine the first of these two conclusions: the universe came into existence and immediately started expanding. As far as I know, there is no law of physics explaining how something could come into existence from nothing. Therefore, if the universe came into existence from nothing, it would have to have been created by something transcendent of physics, something not bound by the laws of physics. I believe that this is a great piece of evidence for God’s existence, because I believe that God created the laws of physics, and is not bound by them. Let’s examine the second of the two conclusions: the universe had existed eternally as a singularity, and suddenly began expanding. If this statement is true, and the universe had existed forever as an unchanging singularity, there is no reason why the universe would start expanding by itself. An outside force would be needed to cause the universe to expand. Since the universe is defined as everything in existence, if the universe existed in a singularity, there would be no object outside of the singularity to cause an outside force. I believe that if the universe had existed eternally as an unchanging singularity, the only...
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