“How can you possibly believe in a mythical creation of your own desire simply to be connected to something greater than what you will ever be?” His response was laced with other colorful metaphors regarding my lack of mental acuity and inability to accept reality but I accepted what he said and decided to respond with a few well thought out words of my own. The discussion soon turned into a slug fest of innuendo, allegation and intimation regarding our mutual inability to accept the reality of the other. The major question still remained and I will admit openly, will remain as long as man breathes to live.
Is there a God? Both Aristotle and Plato pinned away over this issue, followed by other great thinkers including notables such as Epicurus with his study on evil and the basic tenant that evil cannot exist without God or good, to Descartes logical reasoning that God must exist in order for our senses to have meaning. Immanuel Kant expanding on the views of Epicurus concluded also that the existence of good is proof of a God while David Hume fought tirelessly against the conventions of religious belief and even swayed the before mentioned Kant to recant his opinion of divine existence
The discussion does not end with the ancient thinkers of great report but includes contemporary notables as well with Sagan and Hawking and many others weighting in to sway the populous toward humanistic views and natural laws rather than celestial manipulation. Both sides have their arguments and their testimonies, but the reality is very clear, there is no proof on either side, no empirical, unquestionable evidence to solve the question of Gods existence.
If the greatest minds in the world cannot solve this most humble of all questions, who am I to even ask? But as a believer I do ask and seek and wonder what is it that I believe, why do I believe and what motivates me to believe. Those answers are not easily derived nor are they clearly understood for in the very act of questioning we must question are own existence. “Cogito ergo sum”,( I think therefor I am), René Descartes leads us to the essence of mortality and some would suggest beyond, for in the very act of thinking our ideas become immortal, released somehow into the cosmos, intermingled with the thoughts of all who have ever been and whoever will be.
As a believer in God and in the great power free will, the ability to choose for ourselves, granted from above, I can garner support for that belief based on the effects of my actions and the effects of others actions on me, regardless of the consequences. Free will, universally given to all man, (yes and women too) that delineates our humanity and defines are own divinity. God has the total freedom to choose correctly every time, never being constrained or inhibited by the negative consequences that mortality offers.
A good example is the law of gravity: standing on a cliff you have the choice to jump or not, as long as you chose to stay on the cliff the choice is forever yours but with one little step that choice becomes a consequence. The irrevocable consequence must be paid, or the gift of choice is expanded. With each decision we make the simple rule of free will and its eternal complexity is affirmed as a divine gift and could only come from an all knowing and just God.
If the glory of God is intelligence than the very act of thinking gives credence to His existence. Think all you want about a life without God but try to remember, try to feel the spirit within, that drives us all toward the goodness that is God.
I know this is not proof, irrefutable evidence of a divine being but that was not my intention. I cannot provide nor prove hardly anything, I had a difficult time with high school geometry and those proofs; I will not try to sway anyone toward God, only to elicit a more positive dialogue of acceptance for those who do believe.