Does God exist?
I found this topic on one of the sites and it is fascinating.

1. The complexity of our planet points to a deliberate Designer who not only created our universe, but sustains it today.

Many examples showing God's design could be given, possibly with no end. But here are a few:

# The Earth...its size is perfect. The Earth's size and corresponding gravity holds a thin layer of mostly nitrogen and oxygen gases, only extending about 50 miles above the Earth's surface. If Earth were smaller, an atmosphere would be impossible, like the planet Mercury. If Earth were larger, its atmosphere would contain free hydrogen, like Jupiter.3 Earth is the only known planet equipped with an atmosphere of the right mixture of gases to sustain plant, animal and human life.

# The Earth is located the right distance from the sun. Consider the temperature swings we encounter, roughly -30 degrees to +48 degrees. If the Earth were any further away from the sun, we would all freeze. Any closer and we would burn up. Even a fractional variance in the Earth's position to the sun would make life on Earth impossible. The Earth remains this perfect distance from the sun while it rotates around the sun at a speed of nearly 67,000 mph. It is also rotating on its axis, allowing the entire surface of the Earth to be properly warmed and cooled every day.

# And our moon is the perfect size and distance from the Earth for its gravitational pull. The moon creates important ocean tides and movement so ocean waters do not stagnate, and yet our massive oceans are restrained from spilling over across the continents.4

# Water...colourless, odourless and without taste, and yet no living thing can survive without it. Plants, animals and human beings consist mostly of water (about two-thirds of the human body is water). You'll see why the characteristics of water are uniquely suited to life:

*It has an unusually high boiling point and freezing point. Water allows us to live in an environment of fluctuating temperature changes, while keeping our bodies at a steady 37 degrees.

*Water is a universal solvent. This property of water means that thousands of chemicals, minerals and nutrients can be carried throughout our bodies and into the smallest blood vessels.

*Water is also chemically neutral. Without affecting the makeup of the substances it carries, water enables food, medicines and minerals to be absorbed and used by the body.

*Water has a unique surface tension. Water in plants can therefore flow upward against gravity, bringing life-giving water and nutrients to the top of even the tallest trees.

*Water freezes from the top down and floats, so fish can live in the winter.

*Ninety-seven percent of the Earth's water is in the oceans. But on our Earth, there is a system designed which removes salt from the water and then distributes that water throughout the globe. Evaporation takes the ocean waters, leaving the salt, and forms clouds which are easily moved by the wind to disperse water over the land, for vegetation, animals and people. It is a system of purification and supply that sustains life on this planet, a system of recycled and reused water.

# The human brain...simultaneously processes an amazing amount of information. Your brain takes in all the colours and objects you see, the temperature around you, the pressure of your feet against the floor, the sounds around you, the dryness of your mouth, even the texture of your keyboard. Your brain holds and processes all your emotions, thoughts and memories. At the same time your brain keeps track of the ongoing functions of your body like your breathing pattern, eyelid movement, hunger and movement of the muscles in your hands.

#The human brain processes more than a million messages a second. Your brain weighs the importance of all this data, filtering out the relatively unimportant. This screening function is what allows you to focus and operate effectively in your world. The brain functions differently than other organs. There is an intelligence to it, the ability to reason, to produce feelings, to dream and plan, to take action, and relate to other people.

# The eye...can distinguish among seven million colors. It has automatic focusing and handles an astounding 1.5 million messages -- simultaneously.8 Evolution focuses on mutations and changes from and within existing organisms. Yet evolution alone does not fully explain the initial source of the eye or the brain -- the start of living organisms from nonliving matter.


2. The universe had a start - what caused it?

Scientists are convinced that our universe began with one enormous explosion of energy and light, which we now call the Big Bang. This was the singular start to everything that exists: the beginning of the universe, the start of space, and even the initial start of time itself.

Astrophysicist Robert Jastrow, a self-described agnostic, stated, "The seed of everything that has happened in the Universe was planted in that first instant; every star, every planet and every living creature in the Universe came into being as a result of events that were set in motion in the moment of the cosmic explosion...The Universe flashed into being, and we cannot find out what caused that to happen."

Steven Weinberg, a Nobel laureate in Physics, said at the moment of this explosion, "the universe was about a hundred thousands million degrees Centigrade...and the universe was filled with light."

The universe has not always existed. It had a start...what caused that? Scientists have no explanation for the sudden explosion of light and matter.


3. The universe operates by uniform laws of nature. Why does it?

Much of life may seem uncertain, but look at what we can count on day after day: gravity remains consistent, a hot cup of coffee left on a counter will get cold, the earth rotates in the same 24 hours, and the speed of light doesn't change -- on earth or in galaxies far from us.

How is it that we can identify laws of nature that never change? Why is the universe so orderly, so reliable?

"The greatest scientists have been struck by how strange this is. There is no logical necessity for a universe that obeys rules, let alone one that abides by the rules of mathematics. This astonishment springs from the recognition that the universe doesn't have to behave this way. It is easy to imagine a universe in which conditions change unpredictably from instant to instant, or even a universe in which things pop in and out of existence."

Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize winner for quantum electrodynamics, said, "Why nature is mathematical is a mystery...The fact that there are rules at all is a kind of miracle."


4. The DNA code informs, programs a cell's behavior.

*All instruction, all teaching, all training comes with intent. Someone who writes an instruction manual does so with purpose. Did you know that in every cell of our bodies there exists a very detailed instruction code, much like a miniature computer program? As you may know, a computer program is made up of ones and zeros, like this: 110010101011000. The way they are arranged tell the computer program what to do. The DNA code in each of our cells is very similar. It's made up of four chemicals that scientists abbreviate as A, T, G, and C. These are arranged in the human cell like this: CGTGTGACTCGCTCCTGAT and so on. There are three billions of these letters in every human cell!!

Well, just like you can program your phone to beep for specific reasons, DNA instructs the cell. DNA is a three-billion-lettered program telling the cell to act in a certain way. It is a full instruction manual.

*Why is this so amazing? One has to ask....how did this information program wind up in each human cell? These are not just chemicals. These are chemicals that instruct, that code in a very detailed way exactly how the person's body should develop.

Natural, biological causes are completely lacking as an explanation when programmed information is involved. You cannot find instruction, precise information like this, without someone intentionally constructing it.


5. We know God exists because he pursues us. He is constantly initiating and seeking for us to come to him.

*I was an atheist at one time. And like many atheists, the issue of people believing in God bothered me greatly. What is it about atheists that we would spend so much time, attention, and energy refuting something that we don't believe even exists?! What causes us to do that? When I was an atheist, I attributed my intentions as caring for those poor, delusional people...to help them realize their hope was completely ill-founded. To be honest, I also had another motive. As I challenged those who believed in God, I was deeply curious to see if they could convince me otherwise. Part of my quest was to become free from the question of God. If I could conclusively prove to believers that they were wrong, then the issue is off the table, and I would be free to go about my life.

*I didn't realize that the reason the topic of God weighed so heavily on my mind, was because God was pressing the issue. I have come to find out that God wants to be known. He created us with the intention that we would know him. He has surrounded us with evidence of himself and he keeps the question of his existence squarely before us. It was as if I couldn't escape thinking about the possibility of God. In fact, the day I chose to acknowledge God's existence, my prayer began with, "Ok, you win..." It might be that the underlying reason atheists are bothered by people believing in God is because God is actively pursuing them.

*I am not the only one who has experienced this. Malcolm Muggeridge, socialist and philosophical author, wrote, "I had a notion that somehow, besides questing, I was being pursued." C.S. Lewis said he remembered, "...night after night, feeling whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all of England."

*Lewis went on to write a book titled, "Surprised by Joy" as a result of knowing God. I too had no expectations other than rightfully admitting God's existence. Yet over the following several months, I became amazed by his love for me.

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Does God exist? Does the air exist? All can point to the invisible air that we breath. Air can be identified yet, nowhere to be seen but, everywhere, truly a secret to life. God defined is an oxymoron beyond the human capacity. God, Allah or, whatever, is not a him or her or, an entity that sits in the sky judging each living entity. God is nameless, formless and non existent with the futile attempts to describe what satisfies the appetite for quick answers to seek the why's that need not be questioned.
Question and answers are inappropriate for that which is beyond.
Thank u Arhata,
I am happy that u are here with your nice philosophy and special understanding and I agree with some of your philosophy about the God and want to add my belief understanding to the definition of the God from the Quran because all my answers will be nearly from the Quran.

(102) No vision can grasp Him, but He grasps all vision. He is Al-Latif (the Most Subtle and Courteous), Well-Acquainted with all things. (103)

(58) And with Him are the keys of the Ghaib (all that is hidden, unseen), none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in the land and in the sea; not a leaf falls, but he knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record. (59) It is He Who takes your souls by night (when you are asleep), and has knowledge of all that you have done by day, then He raises (wakes) you up again that a term appointed (your life period) be fulfilled, then (in the end) unto Him will be your return. Then He will inform you of that which you used to do. (60) He is the Irresistible, Supreme over His slaves, and He sends guardians (angels guarding and writing all of one's good and bad deeds) over you[], until when death approaches one of you, Our Messengers (angel of death and his assistants) take his soul, and they never neglect their duty (61) Then they are returned to Allâh, their Maulâ [True Master (God), the Just Lord (to reward them)]. Surely, for Him is the judgment and He is the Swiftest in taking account (62)
The existence of God is not something that can be 'thought', but only felt. If God is in all things, then we are like individual cells of the brain who can not see the whole, yet perceive its messages. Many great scientists believe in God through the perfect system of physics or math; many artists perceive God when they are at their most creative...when art flows like automatic writing.
We can all attempt to prove God in our own way, but I believe that the wholeness of God can never be defined; God must be felt and once felt, there is a "knowing" that no one can undo.
I agree with Arhata. I believe that the "perception of God as an entity that sits in the sky judging each living entity" is going the way of the Dodo bird as people everywhere become self-enlighted. A friend of mine related a story to me just the other day telling me that she had fallen away from her 'religious' beliefs (i.e. church dogma) several years ago and had become an atheist. She, nonetheless had occasion to visit a small chapel in the woods when suddenly she felt the presence of God in her soul, something she says she can not deny.
Men can argue all day long about the existence of or lack of existence of God based on physical evidence alone. But, I have never known an atheist that privately hasn't confided in me that they wish they believed. I think God finds the right time to review "His" existence to those who doubt. Once that happens, there can be no argument. The person just 'knows.'.
Thank u Susan,

I always like to live in reality and do not like to imagine an illusion that the God lived in me or in my soul but I respect who say but I will never say because I only realize the real life and do not live in illusion.
Hello Ali,

I do understand your point of view.
The best way I can explain my view is this. I feel God's presence in the same way that I feel love. It is completely intangible. But, I believe that the intangible can be the source of tangible evidence of its existence. Is love merely and illusion? Possibly, but in my heart and in my mind, I don't think so.
Thank u Susan

It is ok to feel the God as u feel love but I was astonishing from your atheistic friend who felt the God in her soul after denying Him and became atheist.
Are we all not Ascended Masters? Playing a human role in the Third Dimension? That we all, as One created?
We are Infinite, beyond what our Minds 'Think' we are. Over the past 2 years, there are Central Sun Children being born
who have no belief systems, or thought patterns, they only breathe so their parents won't freak out. And when one of them eats, all are fed. http://lightningtheflameoffreedom.wetpaint.com/page/Children+of+the...
We are beginning to remember, that we have never forgotten.
Peace. West
Thank u Frank,

Really I only know the sons of Adam and do not know that the sun has children.
My Friend Ali
I wish to say, Happy Holidays.
Peace and Love be unto you and may Allah bless you with
good health and happiness as well as your family in 2010.
Love, Rev. Tom Stuart
Thank u my dear friend Rev. Thomas

Happy new year and Merry Christmas dear brother with my best wishes to u and your family. I see that u return back 20 years in the picture ommmmhahahahahahahaha.

Your brother
Dr. Ali

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