God in Existence
If you have not yet experienced someone asking you: “Does god exist?” or some similar question, it’s likely in your future as America and Americans become more atheistic.
We’ll address “why” this is the case a bit later on.
When I’m asked “does god exist” my frequent response is to suggest that this person look in a mirror and ask “how and why am I here?” But today in listening to EWTN’S Mass celebrated by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, and today’s First Reading from the Book of Job; I was given a epiphany. Proving again that God has much better answers than do I.
[parts of] Job 38: 1, 12-21; 40: 3-5 [Reading for October 5th.. 2012].
“But the Lord, responding to Job from a whirlwind, said: ‘Did you, after your birth, command the birth of the sun and show the sunrise its place? … Have you entered the depths of the sea, and have you taken a walk in the uttermost parts of the abyss?
Have you considered the breadth of the earth? If you know all things, reveal them to me. Which is the way that holds the light, and which is the place of darkness? So then, did you know when you were to be born? And did you know the number of your days? Will you make my judgment null and void; and will you condemn me so that you may be justified? And do you have an arm like God, or a voice like thunder?’ “
The lessons here are many. 1. God’s in charge. 2. God makes it possible through His Creation for everyone to understand that there must be a “force greater” than man, in Wisdom, Power, and Authority. 3. That the reason not everyone chooses to understand these facts is based on PRIDE driven by the “Father of Lies; Satan himself,” … Knowing either more or knowing better than others, or both. 4. Clearly the evidence of a “Far Greater Force” than man is evident, even if one chooses not to acknowledge that “force” as Christians choose to as “God“. 5. The choice not to acknowledge God’s existence is then a very personal [and therefore, a very accountable] one.
The veracity of Evolution
Many seem to be surprised that “evolution” is conditionally accepted by the Catholic Church. The essential “condition” is that God not be taken out of the reason for this process to take place. That God MUST be a pert of the process seems to be irrefutable. The “First Cause” can be neither overlooked or denied. The existence if “cells” and the “atom” have no origin in evolution that we know of. Nor can science explain the evolution of “sight” and “hearing.” The mechanisms and complexity of both are even in this day not fully understood and are recognized as a “marvel of engineering.”
The existence of Order in the Universe is at times trivialized in an attempt to bypass the obvious complexity of the Solar Systems, Galaxies and the incomprehensible enormity of the Universe that we know of; all the while knowing full well that what we can see and know is but a small segment of it‘s totality. The Natural Laws such as gravity, the rotation of the planets; especially the sun and the moon and there essential roles in sustaining life forms is simply too profound to be accidental or without purpose.
It ought to be obvious to all that there is a “cause”; precise in its nature for the “effects” we can identify within the Universe. For example Earth alone of the BILLIONS of stars and planets is able to support the life forms essential to Our World. Sun and rain can be explained, but there Original Cause cannot. And in turn the existence of Earth and humanities place on it is too profound to assume it’s accidental. Both must be a part of some “Master Plan.” The ecology and the food-chain too are too complex, too organized to “just be.”
Humanities Place and Purpose for Existence
To assume that humanity exist without a precise cause; for a precise reason is both foolish and reckless and completely devoid of honest self-reflection and candor. The Story of Creation is assumed by many to be only a myth; an impossibility. And yet there is no other plausible explanation. None of us were there, and it’s not essential that the “Story” be literal from a “time” standpoint”, only that the process of Creation: “to make something out of nothing” is understood to be beyond any other feasible explanation. “Time” as we understand it, is a invention of and for man. God being Eternal there no need for “time” to exist beyond our need for spatial -understanding.
His Excellency; Archbishop Chaput, in his homily shared the following definition of “Wisdom.” “Wisdom’ he explains is the ability to think s God thinks AND then to act as God acts.” No easy task this.
The fact that the Bible is indeed the “inspired WORDS” of God, our Creator, too are proven logically and historically from events that have taken place. The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah, who live about 700 years before the birth of Christ are very meaningful to our current discussion.
Isa. 55: 6-11
“Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
From this passage we are able to understand that “True Wisdom” as defined by Archbishop Chaput; like “Grace” must be an infused gift from God. Those that possess it, are Blessed. And this goes a long way in explaining the numerous Protestant faiths and churches.
Isa.43 Verses 7 and 21: “every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” AND the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”
Here we see that humanity alone fulfills God’s Designed Will
[Book of Genesis 1:26-27] and alone are able to emulate some of the Godly attributes. By giving to man alone a mind, intellect, and freewill; [All Spiritual things like God Himself], only humanity can choose to love or hate. Only humanity can know of and acknowledge God and therefore only humanity has that very obligation imposed on them by virtue of there very existence to freely choose to do, or not to do, just that.
Why does humanity alone have the ability to deny God’s very existence.
God’s Universe and Earth in particular were and are Created by God for humanity. There can be no other logical explanation. The Law of “cause and effect” make this evident. Atheist exist by choice of freewill. Not by ignorance, even though there is an obvious lack of knowledge in the choice, it remains a “freewill-choice.”
The plurality of possible reasons for atheist growth here in America all relate in some manner, and in some degree to ones self-pride. Leading the list perhaps in the inventible consequence of acknowledging God requires “life-Style” changes and different choices.
That fact that the age of “Relevantism” is upon us and is wildly sought and eagerly accepted cannot be disputed. It’s motto stems from a supposed self importance. “It’s ONLY wrong if I judge it to be wrong,” advocates and permits ignoring God’s Commands and Purposes, overrides the U.S. Constitution purpose and protections, permit’s the senseless slaughter of MILLIONS of innocent babies, same sex -unions [I just can’t convince my self to term it “marriages”], contraceptive sex, “No-Fault” [and therefore logically NO CAUSE] divorce and a multitude of self-serving; self satisfying decisions and acts. .. ALL leading to a usurpations of the very reason for humanities existence on God’s earth.
So the next time your asked if God exist; remember these passages from Job and this discussion.
The Gospel message for this same Mass too had a relevant message from
Luke 10:16 “Whoever hears you, hears me. And whoever despises you, despises me. And whoever despises me, despises him who sent me.”
God Bless dear friend,