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Monday, August 19, 2013

Does God Exist?

Does God exist?

If you're reading this, you probably believe He does. Whether or not that's an entirely happy thought for you may be a different story.

But can you prove it? No fair using the Bible as a reference. It's biased. To sharpen the question, is there any independently verifiable evidence that He's there?

The quick answer is, no.

Now, another question. You may be sitting in a chair as you're reading this. Does your chair exist?

It does?

Okay - is there anything that makes up the structure of the chair that is the chair?

No. The chair may be made of wood, or metal, or a combination of materials, but none of it is chair.

Well, okay - it's a chair made of wood.  So it exists.

But what's the wood made of? Lignite and cellulose.

Lignite and cellulose are made of molecules, which are made of atoms, which are made of proton, neutrons, and electrons. Electrons don't really count, because they're both particles and waves.

But even if we count the electrons, we come to the realization that the parts that make up an atom are so very, very small in relation to even the atom's size, that atoms are mostly empty space.

So your chair doesn't exist, but what's keeping your butt off the floor?

Energy. The bonds between the atoms are so ferociously strong that they allow empty space to pretend it's solid. And we can't see it.

A a model, think of what happens when you try to pull identical poles of two magnets together. This close and no closer, eh? And it feels like there's something in the middle, that very quickly becomes unsqueezable. But you can't see it, and unless you have specialized instruments, you can't measure it.

But it's there, and it has a real effect on the world.

Same thing with God. We can't see Him, but we can see the shadow He casts, and feel the palpable energy in our lives. The times when we want do to something we shouldn't, and we hear a little voice asking "Are you sure?" - that's God.

If the voice said, "No!", it would likely be us.

But God gave us free will.

And yeah, He's real

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