Does God Really Exist?

 Does God Really Exist?

Proofs for the Existence of God – PART 1

Does God Really ExistDoes God really exist?  Or is He just an imaginary friend, a made fairytale?  Does God really exist, or is He like Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny, as atheists claim?  In my last post Can Science Disprove God?, I talked about the relationship between science and religion and demonstrated clearly that science could never disprove God.  Now we come to the question at hand:

Does God Really Exist?  And, How Can We Know?

Have you ever wondered where everything came from?  Have you ever thought about why anything exists at all rather than just nothing?  This is where it all begins.  Did everything we know arise from a completely blind chance, or did it begin with a creator, an intelligent Being?

I often ask atheists and skeptics to explain their views of how everything came to be.  I ask them, if God doesn’t exist, and if He is not the first cause of everything else, then what was the very first thing that came into existence, where did it come from, and how –and how did everything else progress from that?

Some claim that, “Science will figure it out someday,” which is a non-scientific statement and a cop-out answer.  People into science cannot say that, “Science will figure it out someday” because that is a non-scientific answer that they cannot prove scientifically.  So the point is void.  Isn’t it ironic that Atheists, agnostics and skeptics often rely wholeheartedly on science, demanding scientific proof from people of religion.  But then, they have the audacity to toss out metaphysical arguments (philosophical, non-scientific ones) themselves without any proof.  Does anyone else see a problem with this?  The scientifically minded atheist and skeptic must prove his beliefs and his statements scientifically in order to provide any conclusive evidence.

When talking about where everything came from, some honest intellectuals will say, “I don’t know, and I’m not afraid to say I don’t know.”  I always respond to this with, “Well, if you don’t know, then how do you know it’s not God… since you don’t know?”  The point is that science does not have all the answers, as is so often claimed. Others respond by saying, “Well, we came from the Big Bang, of course,” to which I retort, “Well, of course the Big Bang, but where did the Big Bang come from?  Where did everything required to make the Big Bang originate from?  Did it all just pop into existence one day by itself from nothing?”  Think about that?  Where did the very first things come from?

Does God Really ExistGenuine scientists admit that they have no idea what came before the Big Bang.  Others assert the universe was eternal; a few offer still different possibilities (all to be examined in subsequent blogs), and still many others claim that everything came about from nothing.

From Nothing?  This does not make any sense, for by definition, “nothing” doesn’t exist. Nothing is nothing.  So if there was literally nothing, then how and why do we have something? Something to think about.  Borrowing an analogy from Fr. Robert Spitzer; if you take the number 0, which symbolizes nothing, and you add a thousand zeros to it, what do you get?  Zero.  What if you add a million zeros to zero, what do you get?  Zero.  What if you add a hundred trillion, trillion, trillion zeros to zero, what do you get?  Zero!

0 + 0 = 0.

0 + 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 = 0.      Still.  It is always zero; it can only always be zero.  Thus, it is the same with nothing.

Nothing + Nothing = Nothing.

Nothing is nothing, not something.  Something cannot originate from nothing.  The fact that something does exist at all instead of just nothing demonstrates absolutely that there had to be someone or something in existence, which in turn, brought everything else into existence.  For if absolutely nothing existed, nothing would exist now.

Take the laptop I am currently typing on, for example.  Imagine that I pause from my typing, fold my hands on the table in front of me, sit silently and patiently, and just wait for another laptop to pop into existence out of the blue.  Here we go… … … … I am waiting patiently … … … … Still waiting … … … … No laptop yet … … … … The point is that I could wait for the rest of my life, or even for a billion years, and no working laptop is just going to pop into existence from nothing.  If I desire another one, it would be necessary to design it, have intelligent human beings assemble it, and then program it with information.  In other words, something already in existence, has to make it and give it existence.

Even if we took the smallest and simplest component of a laptop, it is not going to pop into existence from literally nothing.  There is not any such thing which works that way.  And, supposing it does… then what?  Let us speculate that the simplest component of a laptop popped into the blue by itself (even though it didn’t exist).  That component is dead.  It cannot move.  It cannot create. It is absolutely incapable of doing anything.  So, it’s a dead end.  Let’s suppose matter was the very first thing in existence?  How did it move?  How did it create?  It can’t.  Dead things don’t create!  Another dead end.

Thus, the same is true for a dead universe or a million dead universes if there was no Being existing already to bring them into existence.  It is far more logical and reasonable to accept that Intelligent Mind existed who created the universe rather than a dead object – or even rather than a trillion dead objects, or even a trillion virtually impossible cosmic accidents that are dead and not self-guided.

Take an example.  If there were 50 people in a large room who all needed to read the same book, but no one actually had the book, then no one could read it.  The point is, you can’t give what you don’t have.  If at one time, there was nothing (no-existence), and there was nothing that possessed existence, then nothing could be.  You can’t give what you don’t have.  You can only receive existence from something that already possesses it.  Therefore, someone had to possess existence of their own, by their very nature.  God doesn’t just have existence, He IS existence itself.  He can therefore give it to everything else.

People used to believe, and many atheists still do, that everything in existence is material in nature.  They accept that the only things human beings can know is material.  “There is nothing beyond the material realm.”  Consequently, if there is nothing beyond matter or the material, then there can be no supernatural being at all.

Most people realize this isn’t true.  For example, think of a tractor in your mind.  Go ahead, envision it.  Is that a real material tractor there in your brain?  Of course not. You are imagining the tractor, an immaterial thought of it.  Thus, there are immaterial things (like imaginations, dreams, logic, our minds – as opposed to our material brains – and much more).  Therefore, God who is immaterial is not out of the question but is actually more of the answer.  Why?  Because matter and the material universe have been shown to be created, to have a beginning (See my next post).  Thus there had to be something uncreated, something transcendent and immaterial to bring it all into being.  God!  Even if the universe didn’t have a beginning and always existed as some suggest, dead things can’t create, much less create worlds with constants that follow laws.  How can there be a law without a law giver?

As we said above, “If something absolutely never existed, then nothing would exist now, since nothing comes from nothing.  The material universe cannot be the thing that always existed because matter had a beginning.”[1] (i.e. at the Big Bang).

Some may object stating that modern science demonstrates that something can come from nothing.  It is asserted that in the quantum world; protons, electrons and other entities come into and out of existence all the time from nothing. But, honest scientists understand that the quantum field is not nothing.  Some people are actually trying to redefine “nothing.”

William Lane Craig speaks to this; “It is true that in this interpretation so-called virtual particles can arise spontaneously out of the quantum vacuum. But … the quantum vacuum is not nothing; rather it is a sea of fluctuating energy that serves as the indeterministic cause of such virtual particles.”[2]  Fr. Spitzer adds to this point; “‘From nothing, only nothing comes.’ If we don’t put any content into ‘nothing’ (such as continuity, dimensionality, or orientability, as might be found in a special continuum), then ‘nothing’ will not mistakenly refer to ‘something;’ it will not be mistakenly thought to have characteristics, do something, or be somewhere. Nothing is nothing.  There is no such thing as ‘nothing.’  To say anything else, argues the most fundamental of contradictions.”[3]

Does God Really Exist

Thus, it is impossible for something to arise from nothing and for anything to come into existence without something already existing.  Consequently, there necessarily had to be God, who is not IN existence, but IS existence, who then caused everything else.  Just as you can construct whole cities in your mind using your imagination without even lifting a finger, so a powerful intelligent Mind, God, can create everything we know.  As our minds create and we build whole empires using them, so on a much greater scale, Intelligent Mind can create everything we know and make it reality.  All of this evidence points to God, and it leads to another point which I will take up in in my next post.  It can be summed up in the famous Kalam Argument:

  1. Everything that comes into existence has a cause
  1. The universe came into existence
  1. Therefore, the universe has a cause

As we will see, God is the cause of the universe and everything that is.  About now, you are probably wondering, OK, I can see that it’s reasonable to believe that God could have created everything, and that without Him, nothing would be here, but “Who made God?”  “Where did He come from?”  “How do know what God it is?”  In my next post, I will give more evidence for God, and then I will deal with where God “came from.”  Check out the next segment, Does God really Exist? Part 2.

[1] Augros, Robert M. and George Craig, The New Story Of Science, New York: Bantam Books, 1984 Pg. 63.

[2] William Lane Craig, God: A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist, Pg. 57.

[3] Spitzer, Fr. Robert, New Proofs For the Existence of God, Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 2010, Pg. 45

 See my next post coming Thursday for Part II of Does God Really Exist.

 

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About Bryan Mercier

Bryan Mercier is a thirty-eight year old speaker and retreat leader. He has spoken to adults and teens for the last fifteen years on a wide variety of topics; ranging from catechetics and faith formation, to morality, spirituality, and apologetics. He has spoken at youth and adult retreats, workshops, seminars, Catholic schools, parish missions, local, regional and national conferences. He has spoken in front of crowds ranging from thirty to three-thousand and has been aired on both TV and radio in different states. Bryan also runs the R.O.C.K. (Revival Of Catholic Kids) Ministry Team that puts on all-day retreats for teens. He is going for his Masters in theology and working on writing numerous books and tracts.
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