If there is a God
25th Jul 20167m21s
- If there is a God, how do we know if God exists? What evidence is there to show us that there is a God? Now, that's the question that normally gets asked by atheists when they're debating people who believe in God, but people who believe in God don't just believe in God, or the existence of God, they believe in a multitude of other things which rarely get mentioned, which I'd like to list right now through questions. If there is a God, why did God create the universe? If there is a God, how did God come to exist? Or has God always existed? And if God has always existed and there is no explanation for the existence of God, then why does there need to be an explanation for the universe? Why does there need to be a God to have created the universe? If you can explain the universe by saying God created the universe, then surely there must be an explanation for the existence of God? At some point, you can no longer answer the questions sufficiently. If there is a God, why did God create humans? If there is a God, why did God send prophets to inform humans how to worship God. If there is a God, why does God require us to worship him or her? Does God get angry? Does God get upset if we do something against God's will? If so, how can that be, given that those are human reactions to things? Does that mean God has human emotional elements to its nature, to its being? How can that make sense for a being that's omnipresent, omnipotent, and knows what's going to happen? And a being which surely will have created other species around the universe, because we can't say he or she didn't. Why would that being have human emotions and human reactions to events? If there is a God, and you're praying to God, how do you know your prayers are being answered? What feedback mechanism has God provided for you to know that you're praying effectively and that you're praying for the right things or the wrong things? If there is a God, why where there only 10 commandments? Why aren't there more commandments? Surely as the world changes and society evolves, more issues, more complicated issues come to the fore? How do we deal with resource allocation, for example, economics is the way we do this today, but surely God has some answers in that area? If there is a God, why didn't God codify God's laws of right and wrong into our DNA itself so that we didn't have to wait for someone to come and tell us these things? If there is a God, why did God choose particular people to be God's prophets, and give only those people the ability to communicate with angels, and to be able to decipher and interpret God's message? If there is a God, why does God need angels in the first place? Why was it the angel Gabriel that came and met Muhammad? Why didn't God himself or herself come? If there is a God, why aren't there more prophets today living amongst us who are speaking out and saying that they know God's message? If there is a God, why do different prophets who bring God's message have sometimes conflicting views on what that message is? Surely the message should be uniform if it really is God giving them the message? If there is a God, then God surely knows what's going to happen until the end of time, then why give human beings free will? Why does it matter what choices we make, given that God already knows what choices we're going to make? Which means God already knows which of us will go to heaven and which of us will go to hell, if you believe in such things. If there is a God, why create heaven and hell in the first place? Why should humans live for eternity? Why do we have souls? Why would God give us souls? Why do we have these things? What's the purpose of this? Why would God want to send some souls to hell, to torment them? If there is a God, does God gain pleasure out of doing this? Is there any method by which a soul sent to hell can redeem itself and return to heaven, or return to a less dangerous and a less hurtful existence? If there is a God, why would God wish any soul to go through that process in the first place? If there is a God, why do bad things happen in this world? If God can control everything, why can't God implant good thoughts and good deeds into human beings directly? This, again, is the same question as why give human beings free will, but not completely, because natural catastrophes happen which aren't due to human inaction or action? Earthquakes, volcanoes, if there is a God, why do these things happen? Are these happening through the will of God, or is it just explainable by science? Did God really create every last atom in the universe, or did God simply create the Big Bang? If God simply created the Big Bang and allowed things to unfold from then onwards, then why do we need to pray to God, because surely God has then decided that the universe will unfold and evolve the way it shall, without any further interference? How can we know this? Can we find the answer to this question? Have any of the religions given us the answer to this question? But, indeed, most of the religions claim that God is interested in every little thing we do, every minor detail of our lives, including who we have sex with, and under what conditions. So, is God interested in every single thing that happens in this universe, every atom, every electron? Or did God simply create the Big Bang and from then onwards sit back and watch the games? Who knows, and if there is a God, why would God pick the latter or the former? And if there is a God, why hasn't God given us a very clear indication as to which one it is? If there is a God, why wouldn't God be more like an energy? Because if God is omnipresent and omnipotent, surely that is describing a being or an existence that's more akin to energy than it is to any kind of solid matter? And if God is like energy, then God isn't really an entity, a thinking entity in the way humans think, because thinking is a product or a function of a human brain. To be alive, one does not need to be able to think. Trees do not think, they do not have brains to thing with, and yet we consider them to be alive. So God can exist and not be a thinking God, God can simply be energy, energy that makes the universe tick along. In which case, why pray to this energy? Does that make sense, or is God consciousness? If God is consciousness, then is that consciousness separate to our consciousness? Is our consciousness itself separate to our bodies, or is it just a function of our brain again? Is our consciousness one with the Lord's consciousness?