Does God Exist? Probably.
Does God exist?
One of the most fundamental beliefs in Christianity is the idea that "God" does, in fact, exist. God is a real thing. He does stuff, He knows things, He feels. Even though we can't see God, that doesn't mean He isn't there.
More than that, theologians say God has always existed and will continue to exist forever; it's something they call God's "Eternality." It might be mind-blowing, but He is without a beginning and without an end.
Christians say God created everything we see and everything we don't see (like the laws of physics, mathematics, the virtues, and even invisible unicorns if they exist). Everything that does exist exists because of God; nothing that exists exists apart from God. Get it? In that way, God is the absolute source of everything.
How do we know God exists?
Throughout the centuries, theologians and philosophers developed many arguments for the existence of God. These include the moral argument, the cosmological argument, and notable teleological arguments.
For example, some teleological arguments reason that because there seems to be self-evident design elements in the universe, that could only point to some sort of creator or grand designer. You look at our own planet, its beauty and complexity, and you might find yourself asking the question: how did all this come to be?
Some Christians argue we know God exists because He has revealed Himself to us in His Word, the Holy Bible. God has, in fact, spoken to us through this book, telling us that He is there and that He wants us to know about Him. Christians say God took this revelation business a step further by becoming a flesh-and-blood human being, a man named Jesus who lived in Palestine in the 1st century.
Lastly, Christians believe God reveals Himself all the time today through the testimony and acts of other Christians, churches, and through religious experiences. In fact, it is through some kind of personal experience that many people find God.
I personally believe it is more probable than improbable that God exists, given what we find in the universe. For me, it's hard to imagine that everything was the result of an accident, or that the universe came about through some cosmic fluke for no ultimate reason at all. I also believe particularly in Christianity because it is unlike any other religion in the world in a number of remarkable ways. We'll get to that next time though.
What is God?
Is God just a giant old man with a white beard looking down from the sky at us? Or is He an impersonal “force” that binds us all together just like in Star Wars?
In answering this question, traditional (or theologically conservative) Christians fall in line with the other two major monotheistic religions, namely Judaism and Islam. God is not an impersonal force, rather He is personal. That means we can think of God much like we think of a human being, to the extent that God thinks, sees, feels, reacts, and has will. God is not a part of the universe or the created realm, rather God transcends all these things, existing separately and independently.
If you think God has a big white beard, you'd be wrong too. In fact, God doesn't have any physical form. He is what theologians call "immaterial." God can be thought of as a spirit or a mind who can be everywhere and somewhere at the same time (what?). You can't see Him, but that doesn't mean He cannot reveal Himself in some form. Christians believe He did just that about 2,000 years ago.
While God shares some of the attributes humans have to some extent (known as "the communicable attributes of God"), God has characteristics that are wholly unlike humans (known as "the incommunicable attributes of God"). These would include things like God's infinite nature, His perfection, His perfect goodness and holiness, etc. God is also all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present; basically all the things you think God would be if God were God (thanks St. Anselm!).
That means we can think of God much like we think of a human being, to the extent that God thinks, sees, feels, reacts, and has will.
Why does any of this matter?
If God does really exist, it means the universe has an objective purpose. It means that your life is actually part of a bigger story. Christians believe God actually cares for every single person on earth, whether they know it or not. In fact, God loves the world so much He actually came down to earth to save humanity from the predicament it is in. If that’s the reality of things, then I think it’s important everyone know about it. In the words of CS Lewis: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” My hope is that by reading my works here, readers can come to a basic understanding of what Christians really believe. It will be my pleasure to help you along.
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