by guest blogger, BroKen
I watched the video you sent me called “Dear Believer” and I thank you for thinking of me with it. It was a passionate appeal for believers like me to think deeply about our faith. I appreciate the passion and I agree. We should think deeply.
The video asks us to consider why most people believe in the God which they were taught as children. It is true, people who are raised in Islam or as Christians usually remain such. But lets think about this. Does a cultural conditioning have anything to do with the truth or falsity of God's existence? No, it doesn't. All it tells us is that education of children is very powerful. I'm sure children raised as atheists tend to remain so. It doesn't make it true or false.
But there are so many different ideas about God. Why can't religions agree? Well, you might also ask, “Why are there so many kinds of scientists; chemists, biologists, anthropologists?” None of them think they have all the answers (except maybe physicists) yet they are all seeking the truth.
Scientists all agree that the physical world is real and that it is governed by certain laws which a human mind can discover using their method, the scientific method. But there is so much to discover.
The fact that there are many sciences merely indicates that nature is BIG and we are small in comparison. Similarly, many religions shows that God is BIG (infinite, even) and we are small (finite). We all agree about that.
Now, let me ask you to think deeply for a minute about your belief (or lack thereof).
You know the physical universe is, yet, in our experience, everything that exists was brought about by something greater than itself. You might say, wait, a spark can start a forest fire! Yes, but only if the forest is there. A spark cannot create a forest... it can only burn it down. In all our experience, something comes from something else. So, where did the universe come from? Isn't it at least possible that it was God?
Also, why should the universe obey any law at all, let alone laws that a human mind can understand? The fact is, Science is rooted in faith. All the early scientists were Christians. Many were priests! I am not saying that other religions could not have started a scientific revolution. I am saying that they didn't. And, more to the point, I am saying that Science would not be possible without the faith that the universe is ordered (obeys laws) and therefore, can be understood. Why should it be so?
One more question to think deeply about. Where are the atheist soup kitchens, hospitals, universities? You see, Atheism has no unifying principle to bring about such good things in the world.
I know you are interested in such good things in the world. This is my passionate plea that you think deeply about their Source.