When my girlfriend Hannah started looking through my college papers, she came across one that caught her attention, called God is Real. It was written for my Philosophy class when the professor assigned us the task of arguing either for or against the existence of God. I chose to argue for.
“You should put this one on Bold City Voice,” she said with surety. “I don’t know hun, it’s from a long time ago,” I replied. But she maintained that it was a good idea, and in light of the paper’s assertion that Time doesn’t exist, I thought I’d go for it.
So here it is. It’s not doctrine or anything of the sort, but simply a college kid’s answer to a professor’s challenge. Enjoy!
God is Real.
Without God, nothing in this world makes sense. The world, or universe, could not have created itself. There has to be a supreme being who created the land, oceans, and people. A scientist might say that billions of years ago, a cluster of atoms created a big bang that created the world. Even if that was so, someone or something had to create those first elements that sparked the combustion. It is true that every creation that we can perceive in the world has a creator. But somebody may contend, “Well then, who created God? And who created His creator, and so forth?” My answer to that is that there is a God, who wasn’t created and will never cease to be.
It is impossible for a human to figure out, or even comprehend, how long ago time started. It is also impossible to figure out, or comprehend, how long time will go on, after the Earth no longer exists in the universe or ceases to have human life. This is because there is no such thing in the universe as time. I believe that time is a man-made concept inspired by God to keep order on His earth. For example, if the planet Earth lasts for a time span of 3 million years and then no longer exists, a change has occurred in the universe; the universe did not grow 3 million years older. A human lifespan, when compared to that of planets, stars, and solar systems, is an extremely minuscule change in the universe. It does not affect anything that has happened in the past or anything that will happen in the future on a large timescale. It does not affect anything unless God made us.
When I stated previously that God was not created, someone might not accept that idea because it does not conform to thoughts that are accepted by the human mind. They might find it incomprehensible that there is a Being that was not put forth by a higher power of some sort. Not even the wisest men or deepest thinkers can put this into perspective, and therefore many of them do not accept it.
This is where my position on time comes in. I stated that time does not exist, and implied that before now, forever has existed, and from now, forever will exist. So now I ask the wisest men, deepest thinkers, or anyone else willing to ponder the question: Does the human mind accept the fact that there is no beginning and no end? It does not. It is not something that we can grasp. We can grasp the fact that long ago there were dinosaurs, but we cannot even come close to having a complete contentedness on the thought of eternity. So for the people who reject the idea that God was not created and will never cease to be, because they think it makes no sense—it does not have to make sense! We cannot make sense out of eternity or out of God (the Supreme Being who knows everything); and without God, I cannot make sense out of this world, universe, or even myself!
What doesn’t make sense to me, if there is no God, is how I can sit down at my desk and write this paper about Him. Where did thinking, reasoning, imagining, or thought in general come from? Suppose that there is no God, and the Big Bang theory (or any equivalent theory) is true. I can understand how life could have progressed from a few atoms into what is now. What I mean by life is living organisms with functional parts and something keeping them alive. But where along the line did organisms attain the ability to love or to hate, to like or dislike? The first atoms that started the world did not possess these characteristics; they possessed the characteristics to start life.
Some people say that through an evolution of life, the parts of the brain have grown more complex, giving humans the ability to think and to reason. But, could a complex network of cells and nerves give rise to the idea of God, who possesses everything and lasts for an infinite duration? The difference between human thinking with and without God is this: without God it is not possible to conceive of the idea of God; with God, it is possible to think of God, but not to comprehend God. This inability to comprehend God is why many people accept the idea that there is no God. It is very easy and appealing to not believe in God because it means that there is no one to answer to except oneself. That idea gives a person the freedom to do whatever pleases himself.
One does not have to accept my theory about God to know that there is a God. To be sure of this, I did not even know of this theory myself until a few hours ago when I asked God to give me some insight for this paper.