Sunday, March 13, 2005

The question of a deity has been a foremost question asked since the beginning of time. We know of the ancient civilization who sought to polytheism (which we now know as mythology) in order to explain the things around them such as the changing of weather, different seasons, birth, life, death, and what-have-yous. Thus, we can say that man was in need of an explanation to his environment and events in his life. Therefore, can we say then that man is in need of a supernatural being, to worship, to praise, to pray to, to blame. In short, man is in need of a supernatural being, to provide reason for his existence and the things surrounding him. Could we then agree on that premise?

If that be the case, and you say yes, we may then conclude that there is that "void" or "need" in man for a supernatural (or call it supreme) being. We then automatically conclude that since there is a need for a supernatural being, that there is God. If it is then established that man is in need of a supernatural being, does it necessarily point to the existence of that necessity? Not necessarily so. The necessity of an object does not necessarily prove its existence.

The First Cause (or Efficient Cause) was one of Thomas Aquinas' Five ways of knowing God. He mentioned that everything has efficient cause, concluded that it is not possible not to have a first cause, and attributed that first cause to be God. In both points of Atheism and Christianity, this is debatable and endless. What do i mean? Consider that a person who believes in the existence of God, would already attribute God as the first cause (of everything), and naturally, a person who doesn't believe in God, would deny attribute to God as the first cause.

If a Godly person would defend his belief with his faith, without any considerable reason of why he believes such, but only because he believes, then the question of "Does God exist?" is moot and academic, and as a rule, should not engage in challenging the "belief" of those who seek the answer apart from the Bible and Christianity. Because if you are truly a "Christian," isn't it the work of the Holy Spirit (and not the Christian) to "regenerate" man? However, if one would really be "truthful" in his search and in answering this question, he would consider every possible aspect.

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