01 The Creed : I believe in God

posted 11 Nov 2012, 14:01 by P W   [ updated 11 Nov 2012, 16:22 ]
We all love questions. Quizzes, watched on televsion or played at home or in pubs, are always popular. And changes in technology seem to increase their popularity - the internet, and especially Wikipedia - mean that when we wonder who was in a particular film, or what the name is of a particular capital city, we can instantly look it up and find out the answer. 

But some questions are much more important than others. The investigation of a crime, or the diganosis of an illness are much more than just matters of interest. And when bad things happen to us or to other people, we are likely to wonder why. What is it all about? Why does sickness or tragedy happen? 

The most fundamental question seems to be "What is the meaning of life"? Why are we here? What will happen when we die? What is it all about? 

All people search for an answer to this question. The history of human thought, and discussion and writing, in all parts of the world and in every culture is full of examples of the search for the answer this question. From the Ancient Greeks to Modern Philosophers, the same question is asked. Of course, the answers may differ - but the question remains the same. 

The search for meaning proves that human beings all know, deep down, that there is something more than just this world we live in. It shows that we have a built-in sense that there is a purpose to life, that the universe did not come into being at random, that there a is a mind, a purpose, a person, a creator. The search itself is the begining of the proof that God does indeed exist. 

And there are at least two other ways we can be sure that the world is created, that God does indeed exist. 

God's Amazing Creation

Firstly, there is the Universe itself. It is beautiful. It is complex. It is intricate. It can move us to wonder. Art and poetry and music too can move our hearts and stir our souls. In the middle of such things, how can we possibly believe that the universe came together at random, by chance - isn't it much more likely that there is a mind and a purpose which brought it all into being.

Secondly, there is the sense we have also of right and wrong. Even if we have not been taught, we know that human life is precious, that property should be protected, that and that the family should be cherished. Again in every society and culture these same values are found. And human beings will even give up their own lives for the sake of others. How can this be, unless we have been made with  this basic moral sense? 

Christians call these proofs for the existence of God. These are not "proofs", because we say - what is the most likely, most probably answer to the question, what is the purpose of life? That there is a creating mind, who we may call "God" - or that there is no purpose at all? 

I believe in God!


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P W,
11 Nov 2012, 15:24
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