Does God really exist?
This age-old question is
almost as old as man himself. Since the very beginning people have
divided themselves into Creationists and Evolutionists, those who do and do not
believe in the existence of a supernatural is referred to as God.
Imagine the massive implications of a definite answer to this question. Let us consider the two scenarios, one proving that God does not exist and the other proving that God exists.
Scenario One: It is proved that God does not exist
Religion as we know it would totally disappear. Churches, mosques, synagogues and monasteries would be demolished or replaced by community and other centers. Historical and contemporary religious personalities would be written off as tricksters. There would be a quick demise of all religious leaders and TV evangelism would be no more.
Countries where there is a state religion embedded in the consititution would face a constitutional crises. Without any sense of moral restraint crime would rocket sky high and the family structure would suffer a severe jolt. Above all, a certain sense of chaos would come about particularly in the mind of those who had believed in creation. Why, is all this around us a coincidence? How could it create itself? Evolutionists would beat themselves silly by patting each other on the back and we would all have an exponentially increased regard, even a sense of worship, for our forefathers, the moneys. Hedonism would become the god of the world.
Case two: It is proved that God does exist.
Secularism as we know it would disappear competely. There would be deep sense of awe, even shock in the minds of everyone. Even those who had believed in God would shiver that blind faith or belief had turned into the certainty of knowledge. The mere realization that there was a super natural being watching over us, expecting actions from us and judging us would take us out of this trance we call materialism. Crime would be drastically, reduced, almost to non-existent levels and a global effort would be undertake to make a fresh start and to have a renewed relationship with God. All other issues would drift away into the background. Politicians, judges and other high ranking officials would realize that there was added responsibility on their shoulders, a responsibility that if shirked would hold them accountable. As shocking as it seems, we might even have honest government. With the truth coming out, people of different religions and nationalities would unite together in harmony.
Proving our case
To prove our point, one way or another, we have to first establish parameters and definitions on the type of proof necessary. Sensory perception, one might say, is the best form of proof. Some may say ‘seeing is believing’. Others may contend ‘hearing is knowing’. Yet others may advocate ‘touching and feeling is the surest way’. However all these forms of proof break down because they are too individualized. Imagine someone saying ’I saw God’. Even the few (that would not question the sanity of whoever were to make such a statement) would certainly think that there was a case of mistake identity, misjudgment, illusion or just too much of the bubbly. It would simply not be enough to convince the next person, let alone the world as a whole.
It might seem that we have reached a dead end. “Well how can I prove that God does or does not exist?” you might complain. “What kind of proof can I possibly find?.” We find that we can make a giant leap forward in our attempt to define the type of proof necessary by making a simple assumption and then testing that assumption. Let us assume that a supernatural being exists who is omniscient and omnipotent. Then let us try very hard to test this assumption.
An omniscient, omnipotent creator of then universe would have created us for a reason, would expect certain behavior on our part and would have a method of communicating with us. He would not remain anonymous. To do so would not make any sense. More importantly, this creator would give us a type of proof of HIS existence that is: