by Glory Enyinnaya
‘’How can you be sure that God exists?’’ That He’s not a fable dreamed up by the feeble of mind, a psychological crutch for the weak, an excuse for the irresponsible or the opium of the masses? How can you prove that He is an independent, autonomous, living Being separate from, but intimately attached to His creation?
The answer can be found by looking – outside you and within you. The extrinsic proofs of God’s existence are to be found in the world, and the intrinsic proofs lie within your own consciousness.
God in the World
From the existence of intelligent life, and the world’s order and beauty, one can come to a knowledge of God as the origin and the end of the universe.
To quote George Chevrot, ‘’There exists therefore a natural knowledge of God, that is to say, in reality an appeal from God to man that we should find him in the spectacle of his creation as in the interior of our own consciousness.
It is worth reaffirming this in our epoch when some thinkers declare that God is a superfluous hypothesis, that he cannot exist, because his existence would imperil man’s liberty.
To these downright negations are opposed the words of Fabre, the celebrated entomologist, who, after having studied the habits of insects all his life, acknowledged: ‘’I do not say that I believe in God. I see him.’’ He saw him in his handiwork.
And there is also the testimony of Pierre Termier, the geological scholar. ‘’Science is a herald of the infinite, packed full of enigmas which lead us astray in a half-light, sown with glimmerings, which we see stirring there …. If we were completely pure, completely without pride, we should see God, and our joy should be unspeakable.’’
It is the humble person who sees in the grandeur of creation the even greater splendor of the Creator. Thus the Psalmist bursts forth in praise: ‘’The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.’’
And Saint Augustine issues this challenge: ‘’Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air distending and diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky … question all these realities. All respond: ‘’See, we are beautiful.’’ (But) these beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One who is not subject to change?’’
God in your Interior Consciousness
The only barrier standing between yourself and this supernatural vision of God is pride. For if, indeed, a supreme deity exists, then, by reason of His status, it follows naturally that you would owe him certain duties, obligations and homage. But the proud man, in his self-sufficiency, finds it repugnant to accept that he owes the debt of service to any being other than himself. And so his neck remains stiffened with irreverence.
After studying the exquisite perfection of creation, however, only a fool would say in his heart that there is no God.
Who else but God could have instilled in man his openness to truth and beauty, his sense of moral goodness, his freedom and the voice of his conscience, his longings for the infinite and for happiness?
In all this, man discerns signs of his spiritual soul. The soul, the ‘’seed of eternity we bear in ourselves, irreducible to the merely material’’ can have its origin only in God.
Thus the proofs of God’s existence can predispose you to faith and help you to see that faith is not opposed to reason.
For the world and man attest that they contain within themselves neither their first principle nor their final end. In these ways, you can come to know that there exists a reality which is the first cause and the final end of all things, a reality ‘that everyone calls ‘God.’’