Dr. Wade Roberts
Introduction to Philosophy
7 March 2014 It is usually claimed that though one cannot prove that God exists, one cannot disprove God’s existence either. Showing that something cannot be proved to exist is not the same as proving that it doesn’t exist. To establish that God doesn’t exist, we need a different set of arguments, which many people believe is impossible to come up with. The existence of an omnipotent, omniscient God is still largely debatable. However, there are thoughts and hypotheses that make it more reasonable for the existence of such a God. A God who is the creator of the Earth and beyond, one who exists way beyond our peripheral vision but lies only in our imagination and faith. It is indeed reasonable to believe in God, because without God our existence, the existence of the earth and the vast universe is largely questionable.
Since God’s existence can neither be proved nor disproved, then faith is claimed to have a legitimate place in one’s belief in God. Faith is the only way to discover truths that are beyond the domain of reason and experience. It is because the way to God or the rational proofs of the existence of God cannot be governed by scientific methods. For once scientists go beyond the field of sense observation and limits of quantitative measurement scientific propositions become hypotheses which need to be verified by an extension of our experience or by experiments. As a result the concept of God is still a hypothesis and an undisclosed chapter of debate. Considering the current scientific techniques, disclosing facts beyond the human observation level is impossible. However, there are thoughts that the existence of certain things beyond human observation is possible. Science deals with objects and concepts that are 3 dimensional and beyond. Similarly, God exists and He exists universally in a multidimensional world, in a world where it is impossible for humans to see, feel or observe. As a result faith is important since the purpose of faith is to seek truths that are important, that cannot be reached through natural means.
Humans have so far achieved such greatness at understanding life on earth and what lies in the universe to an extent. To the present day we have found cure to the previously incurable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, etc. However, have we been able to make or unmake things, take part in any of the natural creation we see every day? We humans think we are powerful but powerless to the omnipotent God who knows it all about His creation and how it is supposed to operate. Would we be able to come out from the chaos and live life if the sun dies tomorrow and we don’t get light? When we look at the intricacy and sophistication of the world we know and comprehend, there has to be a creator.
God is omnibenevolent and advertises all good things that constitute our society. God spreads love for all and everyone is equal to God which makes it a better society. God asks us to be content and believing in him can bring us satisfaction with contentment. Moreover, by believing in God no one is harming anyone. Being content, living life according to how God wishes not only keeps evil away, but also generate peace and satisfaction to the mind, rather than pursuing materialistic things in life that matters less. Also if we refer to Pascal’s wager he says “You have two options: you can believe in God and if it turns out He doesn't exist, then you don't suffer any consequences, however, if you choose not to believe in God and it turns out He does exist, then you face the consequence of eternal separation from Him. It is perfectly reasonable to believe in God.”
Many argue it is unreasonable to believe in God if looked at from the perspective of morality. They argue that God is an epitome of morality, then why does He allow injustice and evil to take place. If God is all knowing and all good why doesn’t He stop from bad to happen? B.C. Johnson