Easter is the holiest day of the year and we are now in the Easter season.
This time of year, the mind turns to the spiritual. This will be the first of a few blogs related to Easter.
Does God exist?
The short answer is that no one can even know for sure. It seems that God declines to be proven and requires mankind to have faith.
However, I am persuaded that God does exist. There are two "proofs" that persuade me more than all others.
The first is call, "The Prime Mover."
Socrates postulated this theory. The idea goes like this: If I was caused by my parents, and they were caused by their parents, ad infinitum, the Earth was caused by ..., the Universe was caused by ..., then what caused the first thing? The answer must be God."
The astronomer Carl Sagan answered this question by asserting that there are an infinite number of causes and thus no prime mover. We can encounter infinity routinely in math. Not only are there an infinite number of numbers, there are an infinite number of kinds of numbers.
That said, it appears that time moves linearly. All of creation moves through time. It seems intuitive to me that as every moment is finite, all of time must be finite having a beginning and an end. This would imply a prime mover existing outside of time.
The second thing that persuades me that there must be God is inside the human spirit or inside the human existence.
All human cultures, in all parts of the globe, throughout all of time, have believed in spirits and the supernatural. Why?
I believe that the reason is because something within the human spirit cannot help but have some sort of a connection to its source. If this were not so, why would all human cultures, in all parts of the globe, throughout all of time, believe in a superior power that they cannot see or experience with their senses? There would have to be at least one culture somewhere that was atheist.
It is true that tangible events, lightning and thunder, wind, sunlight and earthquakes, were attributed to the divine. But no one ever saw Zeus, Thor, Isis, or Neptune.
Could there be many gods such as the Nordic, Roman or Greek pantheons? Assuming for the sake of argument that there are, as Socrates asserted, what was their cause but for the Prime Mover, the One Creator? Therefore, that is where worship should be directed. Incidentally, Socrates was put to death for making this assertion.
Could the Prime Mover have peers who may have created their own parallel or non-parallel creations? While it is possible, it is irrelevant. Just as the family dog gives love and praise to its master, so should we. Our love and worship should be directed to our creator even if that creator should have peers.
"I don't believe in God. I believe in science."
Even though the more that Albert Einstein came to understand the universe, the more he was convinced that there must be a God; your position is fair enough.
However, where do the laws of science come from? If there were no creator, how would there be order in the universe? If our Creator is intelligent and logical, how could his creation be anything bur orderly and logical even if the mind of man cannot yet find the logic and order. If all of this just happened, where is the randomness?
The existence of a creator does not eliminate the theory of the Big Bang. It does not mean that the universe isn't 14 billion years old and the Earth isn't 4.5 billion years old.
If God is infinite and we are his creation, we are therefore finite. How can the finite every fully comprehend the infinite? If we are lucky, we can understand our Creator to the same degree that the family pet understands our modern world; like how the car they love to ride in works.
If the creation stories in the Bible are the inspired word of God, if they were written some 5,000 years ago, isn't it reasonable that the revealed information would be in a form understandable to man for the overwhelming majority of his existence.
Incidentally, have you ever noticed that the first part of Genesis is remarkably close to the theory of evolution? First comes the Sun, then the Earth, which forms the seas and atmosphere. Next arrive plants, followed by creatures in the seas.
Then the land was filled with creatures.
Finally, man arose among the creatures on the land and worked his way to the apex creature. Man was given godlike gifts, namely intelligence and freewill.
I doubt whether any modern scientist would disagree that this is the order of events.
Isn't it remarkable that somehow people living 5,000 years ago, with virtually no science, understood this?