Does God exist?
I was initially very unsure as to whether I should post this or not. I also know I’m going to get very mixed responses but hey… This discussion will be principally on the acceptance and understanding of different beliefs, I cannot stress that enough as it is something I am passionate about. I see such closed-minded individuals, both theist and atheist, preaching their ideas as if it’s solid truth, often with irrational hostility. None of it is solid truth; there is no right answer. I think the most suitable way to approach this is to ask, in essence, why we are here, and explain them from both points of view:
NB: This discussion has no influence from religious institutions, i.e. the Catholic Church. I am against some religious institutions and their ideas, so will not include any. As you read this, then, please discount these theologies – this is purely reason/faith based. Exclude easily destroyed theories such as Creationism – I do apologise, I mean no offence by it. At the end of the day, that’s just my belief.
May as well begin with the most relevant:
There is no evidence anywhere that would suggest the presence of a higher power.
There is no evidence anywhere that would suggest that a higher power is not present. Sure, you can’t see it… You can’t see time, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Where did God come from?
God can’t exist because where would it have come from? A God wouldn’t have been able to exist to create the universe, as time did not exist to allow it to have done so. Even if God did exist, where did it come from? Who/what made it? Where does it exist? It makes no logical sense.
God is eternal: infinite. It has always existed, and always will exist. There are many things that a human brain cannot comprehend, infinity being one of those. In response to the absence of time: we are only accustomed to what’s ‘inside’ our universe – an absence of time doesn’t make sense to us for that reason.
The Big Bang – what caused it?
It is hard to discount the fact that the Big Bang is the most widely accepted theory of how the universe came into existence. There is so much evidence: the expansion of space, cosmic microwave background radiation, abundance of primordial elements etc.
The Big Bang literally appeared in to existence from nothing. According to atheism, or ‘logic’ (as a lot of self-proclaimed free-thinkers like to call it), the universe and everything in it spawned from literally nothing. By nothing I mean: no time, no space, no matter, no energy; absolutely nothing: “what rocks dream about”. This idea is in fact the most illogical thing I think I have ever heard. Many have used vacuum polarisation and similar processes as an example of something spawning from nothing, which is false entirely. The mass-energy equivalence (conservation of energy), widely known as E=mc^2, explains this. The virtual electron-positron pair are produced from a background electromagnetic field; and an electromagnetic field is definitely not nothing. I was extremely surprised to discover that Dr. Stephen Hawking claimed that these particles actually appear from nothing in his series ‘Stephen Hawking’s: Grand Design’ – ‘Did God Create The Universe?’. Typically, TV documentaries discussing science are aimed at lesser informed individuals, primarily as they are for entertainment more than anything. This statement genuinely made me angry – his exact words were:
“Go right down to the subatomic level and you enter a world where conjuring something out of nothing is possible… That’s because, at this scale, particles, such as protons, behave according to the laws of nature we call quantum mechanics; and they really can appear at random… Since we know the universe was once very small – smaller than a proton – a proton, in fact, this means something quite remarkable. It means the universe itself…could have simply popped into existence, without violating the known laws of nature“.
That is a complete lie – a proton appearing from nothing violates the known law of nature called the conservation of energy – nice one. Rant over.
The Big Bang was caused by a higher power, i.e. God.
Why do we need a God? And how does this affect the likelihood of its existence?
For me, I think this is the deciding factor. Although the concept of God provides great explanations to the topics discussed above, do we need it? Of course this does not reach an answer as to whether it exists or not; the truth is, we will probably never know.
To put it simply, we don’t need a God. Because we have such a vast understanding of the way our universe works, the need for God has diminished. To our ancestors, some natural occurrences, which we understand scientifically today (e.g. solar eclipses, lightning etc), would have been a huge mystery. Their understanding of the universe was just not wide enough to be able to explain what was happening – so the supernatural and/or God was believed to be the source. Over time, the more we learned, the less we depended on the supernatural for an explanation. From the works of the ancient Greek philosophers and physicists, all the way up to their modern counterpoints, our knowledge of the universe has progressed a huge amount. So what do we need a God for?
The principles of morality are not particular to religion or religious teaching. Humans, as a whole, have a tendency to naturally recognise what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ – it is something that is within ourselves. As a secular humanist I do not believe in a God (or something of a similar nature), but I am not discarding the idea whatsoever and would actually embrace the existence of a God with open arms, if we should somehow stumble upon it. My point is: I don’t see how the presence or absence of a God would have any impact on our world.
Conclusion (TL:DR): This post was actually incredibly difficult to write. In condensing this into a reasonable length, I have missed out a lot. The basic point of this was, though, an expression to you that those with differing beliefs are not inferior to you. I see many self-proclaimed ‘free-thinkers’, who are mainly atheist, continually slander and insult those of faith – just for having different beliefs. In fact, I think that some of the beliefs of atheists are very illogical in comparison to those of theists – atheism requires a whole lot more faith.
I personally believe in a deterministic universe, and in an existence of other universes – but these are just beliefs. There is no scientific evidence whatsoever to support these statements. You may not like religion, or think it’s stupid but just think: you believe that an infinitely large universe popped into existence out of nothing for no reason and with no purpose, and before that there was absolutely nothing – how is that even possible? It sounds ridiculous. However there is also no scientific evidence to suggest God exists. You may think that such a beautiful universe must have been designed, but the idea of an omniscient being is, again, ridiculous. The fact that it created everything for no apparent purpose and doesn’t interact with its creation is mad. Every explanation and belief about why we’re here is just stupid, theistic or not.
As always: please don’t hesitate to comment if there is something you wish to raise, or if you want to counter anything I have put forward here. Thank you.