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Is There A God?
Throughout history human beings have been wondering "Is There A God?". And the answers that they got were not always satisfactory, or clear.
But, what prompts someone to even ask this question? What compels someone to look beyond themselves for answers?
Actually it was the "life questions" that confronted man that lead to exploration of the idea of God. Survival was a major challenge for early man and death was always at the doorstep, so man could not help but wonder...
- Who am I?
- Why am I here?
- What happens at death?
- Is someone in charge of all this?
These questions form the basis of our search for God. We long to understand our lives and somehow we are all compelled to search for answers. It's almost as if God had a force that drew us all to him. I guess you might call it God's Gravity.
Many would deny the existence of this "gravity," but the honest person must admit that the questions persist. And sooner or later something will happen in our life, and we will be compelled to search for answers... to search for God.
The heart has a question.
The heart must be Satisfied.
Without that Satisfaction —
Which is necessarily Spiritual in Nature —
there is no Real Happiness.
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The Questions Within
But whether Divinity exists, and if there really is an entity watching and controlling our lives is a question that we all face differently.
Many of us accept the concept of no God at all. When we internally ask the question 'Is there a God?' we come to the conclusion that the answer is no. If we take a scientific approach to life then this answer seems logical.
All that we are taught in school about science says that everything is provable. And the existence of God clearly is something that is not provable in any scientific terms.
At any rate, as we grow from an accepting child to a skeptical adult many of us come to a point where the very existence of a God is clearly in question. And our studies of science and psychology clearly point us in this direction. After all, in school we are taught to look for the proof.
And we certainly would like some proof‚ something that offers a concrete answer to the question 'Is there a God?'. Yet proof is hard to come by especially from the Major Religions.
Is God Is Self Evident?
For others God is self-evident. How else could we be here? How else could this amazing world exist? The flowers, the weather, the beauty all around us, compels us to feel something larger must exist. This is where Faith begins to take over.
A Video That Shows The Western View of the Evolution of God
Based on Karen Armstrong's book, this 90 minute film examines the concept of God in the three major monotheistic religions from the days of Abraham to modern times. Through analysis of historic and holy texts and incorporation of ancient art and artifacts, the program explores the deity written about in the Bible and the Qur'an. The evolution and intertwining of various Christian, Jewish, and Islamic interpretations of God are also addressed. It does not take into account Far Eastern religions, and their views of God.
The Emergence of Faith
The questions sometimes leads us to the possibility that God may exist but is not knowable on any provable, earthly level. Most religions suggest we must have faith that God exists, and that he will be revealed at some later date. In the meantime, follow your religion's tenets, live a good life and "keep the faith," and you may get to see God in heaven.
For some of us our faith works quite well. It takes the pressure off and lets us avoid a confrontation with science and does give us peace in our lives. Our chosen faith sustains us and following a religious life lets us feel part of something larger than us‚ and also lets us be an acceptable part of the community. Our parents, family, and friends may have helped point us in this direction either directly or indirectly. Our religion may be a big part of our family life and lifestyle.
But sometimes we reach a point where that is not enough. We feel hypocritical, and a gnawing doubt that won't let us have the peace and tranquility that we seek.
Perhaps a life event like either a death or world tragedy makes us question our faith, and wonder just what kind of God we have chosen. Or even if there is a God. After all, would a loving God allow the world to be as it is with wars, famine, and strife?
So Now What?
This is the crucial moment. Do we rejoin the search for God, or perhaps abandon God altogether? If we choose to become either an atheist or an agnostic are we only avoiding the question?
Sometimes "God's Gravity" takes hold, and we feel compelled to renew our search for answers. That's when we might decide to explore other religions and other views of God. There are certainly many to choose from.
If you are on the path we understand. The search for meaning in our lives is not easy, and if we are experiencing depression, it can be painful. We hope you can find some answers and solace in the SPECIAL REPORT, The Case For The Existence Of God, Without A Bible or Any Holy Book.
We are all on this quest together, and we wish you peace on your journey.
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