The likelihood of a supreme being creating Earth and judging the deeds of humankind has been a topic of debate since the dawn of humanity. Atheists frequently state the fact that there is no factual proof that God is real is itself the evidence that no such being exists. However, the proponents of creationism and monotheism introduce plausible arguments, which may be not factual, but still possess a significantly persuasive component.
Members of religious groups hold up their holy books as evidence of a divine power. The issue here is that there is little proof the events detailed in these books actually happened. Some scholars state certain biblical events can be proven to be false. In the journal “Creation Versus Evolution,” Professor Sedrick Edwards points out that the Christian version of how the world came into being includes a number of assertions that have since been disproved by the scientific community (Sedrick 56). Even if religious texts were backed up by science and history, this alone would not be sufficient evidence that everything that is included in them is factual.
Atheists cannot use inaccuracies in holy books as proof that God does not exist, as it is possible that such a god exists who has never been mentioned in religious texts. It is also possible that these books have been corrupted over a period of time, but still have elements of truth in them. Disproving any single religion’s validity does not disprove the presence of a supreme being; it simply means the depiction of God associated with the faith in question can be said to be false (Castor 676).
In the journal “Tuatari,” Professor Gordon Hewatt points out that Christians cite the level to which creatures have adapted to their environment as proof that they were designed (Hewatt 47). However, Hewatt expresses the view that this is more likely to be due to evolution. Even if it were possible to prove for certain that the world was created, this would not be evidence that it was ‘designed by God,’ as it could have been designed by any number of other ‘beings.’
If an omnipotent higher power does exist, then by its very nature it would possess the capability to conceal itself in such a manner that it would be impossible to detect. It would only be possible to prove that it existed if it wished its presence to be known. This means it is impossible to say whether the existence of God could be proven without knowing whether God wants people to know it is real (Castor 45).
Religious texts cannot be said to act as adequate proof that God exists, but cannot be used to disprove its existence either. The only way its existence could be proven would be if it desired humankind to prove its existence. If this was to occur, it could be argued that it would be a case of God revealing itself to humans as opposed to humans proving its existence.
Edwards, Sedrick. “Christian Belief is Just Darn False.” Creation Versus Evolution 29th March, 2013: 56. Print.
Castor, Angel. Proving the Unprovable. New York: Owl Beard Press, 2004. Print.
Hewatt, Gordon. “Designed by Evolution.” Tuatari December 21st, 2012: 47. Print.
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I trust you will get this letter wherever you are. I’m writing to you because I have a very special request. This isn’t your typical prayer because I’m not asking for something small. I’m also not asking for you to intervene and restore peace in the growing number of war torn countries, to end world hunger and poverty, to heal disease, or to make my dreams come true (although all of those would be awesome)…but I am asking for a miracle. In fact, this is the biggest, most significant, and most important thing I’ve ever asked for.
I want to know you.
Like really know you.
I want to know who you are, what you’re all about, and what you’re like.
I’ve spent my whole life being told by others who you are and who you’re not, what you are and what you’re not, how you are and how you’re not, and everything in between. I’ve been told where I would find you and where not even to bother looking. I’ve seen so many different depictions and pictures of you, and I’ve heard countless stories about you, including many people’s personal accounts of their experiences of you.
I’ve heard it said that you are Love and that I only need to look within to discover you. When I think about that, my heart lights up, and yet so many people become closed and shut down at the mere mention of your name. In my lifetime, I’ve also witnessed senseless tragedies and acts of violence committed in your name and several disasters signaling the decline of our planet and civilization. Some say that if you really existed, you would have intervened, and others say that these things have happened because we have created them with the free will that you gave us.
Throughout all of this, I admit that I’ve had my moments of doubting you and questioning you, but deep down in my heart and soul, my faith and belief in you have always remained strong.
Now I’m coming straight to you. I’m going to the source and asking you to let me get to know you, to reveal your true nature to me so that I might live in complete alignment with you and give my life to serving your purpose. That’s what I really want more than anything else, and in order to do that, I feel I really have to know you, and our connection has to be direct, personal, intimate, and undeniable.
I know there’s this tricky thing about faith, which says that true faith is measured by our belief in that which we haven’t seen, experienced, or had proof of.
I hear that, and I understand it.
Rest assured, this request is not a question of faith. I have faith. A heart full of it. I believe you are real. I know you exist. I have no doubt about that whatsoever. I am not asking for a sign or for proof of any of that.
I’m asking to know who you are. I want to feel your presence and recognize it the way a child knows his mother’s touch or the sound of his father’s voice. I want to know you so closely that I can be as cozy with you as I am with my best friends, knowing that you get me and that you are there for me even when I’m not making sense or going off the rails.
God, wherever you are and whoever you are, I’m ready to receive you with open arms and a heart full of love.
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I’m ready to live my life to serve your purposes and to further your cause. With my own free will, I’m coming to you and asking you to let me in, let me see you, not obscured by others, no degrees of separation, completely revealed, as the true essence of who you are.
I am ready. I am listening. I love you.
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