Before I really get into this topic, I should say that I believe there are highly intelligent people on both sides of this issue. Of course, the people who read this blog, are the most intelligent in the world, so let’s comment accordingly and with respect.
Also, this issue could have many extensions. For example: If he is real, what is the amount of interaction God has with man, different aspects of his personality, the best ways to serve, worship, ignore, or whatever else with him, what form he takes, if he is a she, etc. I think you get my point. We are not going to get into all that.
For the purposes of this post, I am defining God as the #1 definition in the Merriam Webster dictionary:
1. capitalized: the supreme or ultimate reality: as a: the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe b: Christian Science: the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind
This post will focus only on my belief as to whether or not that Being exists.
In a word: yes. Okay, lets all go clap our hands and sing praise songs now. Just kidding about the praise songs, but that does hint at the fact that although I do believe in God, I am not a fan of religion. Let’s not get sidetracked though.
Alright Hobbler, you believe in God, but why?
In his book, The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard presents a basic premise about spirituality that I believe must be understood before the concept of God can be expounded upon. It is a little technical, but bear with me:” I am a spiritual being who currently has a physical body. I occupy my body and its environs by my consciousness of it and by my capacity to will and to act with and through it. I occupy body and its proximate space, but I am not localizable in it or around it. You cannot find me or any of my thoughts, feelings, or character traits in any part of my body. Even I cannot. If you wish to find me, the last thing you should do is open my body to take a look-or even examine it closely with a microscope or other physical instruments.” He goes on to talk about how: “in Moscow for many years there was a scientific institute where the brains of great Communists-leaders, scientists, and artists – were preserved and slices taken to be analyzed under the microscope. Technicians hoped to find the secret of great Communist personalities right there in their brains. Of course, they found nothing of personal greatness there. “They were looking in the wrong place and in a wrong way.” “Roughly speaking, God relates to space as we do to our body. He occupies and overflows it but cannot be localized in it. Every point in it is accessible to his consciousness and will, and his manifest presence can be focused in any location as he sees fit…every physical object and every natural law is a manifestation of God’s willing…This does not have to be taken in the sense that he is every second consciously choosing, for example, that this electron should be circling that neutron or that this pillar should be supporting that house. No doubt he could do that if he wished. But it is true in the same sense that the arrangement of the furniture in your apartment is a manifestation of your will. It is as you have provided for and want it to be, though you are not always thinking of that arrangement and “willing” it. It is also a continuing revelation of you to all who know you well.”¹
Sorry so long of a quote, but it really describes quite well the basic belief that I have regarding how God exists. I also believe that God makes himself evident in his creations. The Bible states – The heavens declare the glory of God…” (Psalms 19:1) All creations (nature, animals, humans, etc.) demonstrate the fingerprint of an awesome Creator.
If you do not believe or care about the Bible, let me put it this way:
Someone once said – “How is it that a brown cow eats green grass, which turns into white milk, then yellow butter, which is eaten by a man who grows red hair and has blue eyes?” …”If it is so simple, make your millions by inventing a machine that turns grass into milk. Call it a “Lawn-Mooer”.
How can strawberries grow next to garlic, and yet both derive their own unique tastes from the same soil and water? How can the thin layer of skin on your head send out a special hair? It has been formulated in your genes to send out a certain type of hair for the head, hair different from that which grows on the arm, or on the eyelids or the eyebrows. Imagine if you had eyebrows or eyelashes that grew to the length of the hair on your head.²
I could give many more examples, but don’t take my word for it…Arthur H Compton, winner of Nobel Prize in Physics – “Science is the glimpse of God’s purpose in nature. The very existence of the amazing world of the atom and radiation points to a purposeful creation, to the idea that there is a God and an intelligent purpose back of everything…An orderly universe testifies to the greatest statement ever uttered: “In the beginning, God…” Johann Kepler – Johann Kepler was a German mathematician and astronomer who discovered that the Earth and planets travel about the sun in elliptical orbits. He gave three fundamental laws of planetary motion. He also did important work in optics and geometry. – “The chief aim of all investigation of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God.” Sir Isaac Newton – “All material things seem to have been composed of the hard and solid particles above mentioned, variously associated in the first creation by the counsel of an intelligent Agent. For it became Him who created them to set them in order. And if He did so, it’s unphilosophical to seek for any other origin of the world, or to pretend that it might arise out of a chaos by the mere laws of nature.” Albert Einstein – “Science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion. To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason. I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith.” Sir John Fredrick Herschel, an English astronomer who discovered over 500 stars, stated: “All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths that come from on High and are contained in the Sacred Writings.” His father, Sir William Herschel, also a renowned astronomer, insisted, “The undevout astronomer must be mad.” Matthew Maury, is considered the father of oceanography. He noticed the expression “paths of the sea” in Psalm 8:8. “If God said there are paths in the sea,” Maury said, “I am going to find them.” We are indebted to his discovery of the warm and cold continental currents. His book on oceanography remains a basic text on the subject and is still used in universities. Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, “To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.
I could definitely go on about this subject, but this post is already getting a little long for my tastes, and I would love to get some feedback on some of your positions on this issue. So, here is your chance for a quick poll, and please free to leave me any additional comments. If you would like to discuss this issue in more depth, just let me know, and we will figure out a way to chat, email, or something else. Thanks!¹. The Divine Conspiracy, D. Willard, 1997