Is There a God?

Is God Make-Believe?

Many people – as did I most of my life – believe that God is imaginary. That some sort of explanation for our existance is required because ancient man was powerless to explain how the universe got here, so they dreamed up a buch of superstion to explain it.

If there is a God, why can’t I see Him?

As you can see, in the image below, visible light is only a tiny fraction of the Electromagnetic spectrum.

If anything is outside the narrow band labelled “visible” we cannot see it.

Actually, the electromagnetic spectrum is in all practicality, infinite. If the chart below were stretched out billions of miles, it still would not cover the actual spectrum.

Therefore, as you can tell, we can only “see” what is a tiny microscopic fraction of the spectrum.

However, just because we cannot see, doesn’t mean something doesn’t exist.

We cannot see microwaves (The acual microwave, not the oven, of course) because otherwise, how would we explain how our coffee heats up when placed in a microwave oven?

The practical individual of today is a stickler for facts and results. Nevertheless, the twentieth century readily accepts theories of all kinds, provided they are firmly grounded in fact. We have numerous theories, for example, about electricity. Everybody believes them without a murmur of doubt. Why this ready acceptance? Simply because it is impossible to explain what we see, feel, direct, and use, without a reasonable assumption as a starting point.

Everybody nowadays, believes in scores of assumptions for which there is good evidence, but no perfect visual proof. And does not science demonstrate that visual proof is the weakest proof? It is being constantly revealed, as mankind studies the material world, that outward appearances are not inward reality at all. To illustrate: The prosaic steel girder is a mass of electrons whirling around each other at incredible speed. These tiny bodies are governed by precise laws, and these laws hold true throughout the material world, Science tells us so. We have no reason to doubt it.

When, however, the perfectly logical assumption is suggested that underneath the material world and life as we see it, there is an All Powerful, Guiding, Creative Intelligence, right there our perverse streak comes to the surface and we laboriously set out to convince ourselves it isn´t so. We read wordy books and indulge in windy arguments, thinking we believe this universe needs no God to explain it. Were our contentions true, it would follow that life originated out of nothing, means nothing, and proceeds nowhere.

Instead of regarding ourselves as intelligent agents, spearheads of God´s ever advancing Creation, we agnostics and atheists chose to believe that our human intelligence was the last word, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and end of all. Rather vain of us, wasn´t it?

We, who have traveled this dubious path, beg you to lay aside prejudice, even against organized religion. We have learned that whatever the human frailties of various faiths may be, those faiths have given purpose and direction to millions. People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about. Actually, we used to have no reasonable conception whatever. We used to amuse ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and practices when we might have observed that many spiritually-minded persons of all races, colors, and creeds were demonstrating a degree of stability, happiness and usefulness which we should have sought ourselves. (Alcoholics Anonymous pp. 48,49)

 

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