Does belief in a Creator make sense? Can you find the answer with intellectual reasoning?
There are many valid ways to prove the existence of a Creator – this summary is based purely on rational thought and fact.
1. Everything we sense has a starting point or a beginning
2. Everything that exists is dependent upon something else for its continued existence; for example humans are dependent upon oxygen to survive
3. The Universe had a starting point and depended on something else for its existence
4. So, there must exist ‘something’ that caused the Universe to exist
5. The starting point upon which all things exist and depend upon for their ultimate existence, we call the Creator.
How can we believe in something we cannot see?
As humans, we often believe in the existence of things we cannot see. You would conclude by the mere existence of this article that someone wrote it, even though you might not have seen it being written. Similarly we all know that a painter must have existed to paint the Mona Lisa, even though no present human alive, ever witnessed it being painted. Someone who would claim the painting painted itself, would no doubt be considered irrational.
Therefore concluding the existence of a cause for something, without directly seeing the cause, by witnessing the effect, is an entirely rational deduction.
By seeing the Universe and what it contains, we conclude that it was caused by something. That is to say the Universe and all that exists is an effect (creation) of a Creator (the cause for it).
What do we depend upon?
Everything in our life is both limited and dependent. Limited means that something operates within certain parameters; it has definable attributes like size, weight, shape and maximum growth. Everyday objects like mobile phones, clothes and paper are all examples of this.
These limited objects are also dependent upon something else for their existence. Paper requires wood, phones require plastic, clothes require materials like cotton; and all these examples require someone to fashion them into existence. The required objects themselves are also dependent upon something for their existence in the first place. The paper that requires wood for it to exist depends upon the growth of a tree. In order for the tree to exist, it depends upon a seed to grow; and the seed is dependent upon the sun, nutrients in the soil and water for it to take root.
The universe and all that it contains are both limited and dependent. As limited and dependent entities, they do not have the power to bring themselves into existence. Their beginning depends upon something else other than itself for its creation. The cause of this effect is what we call the Creator.
So what is the Creator dependent upon?
The sum of anything limited and dependent is in itself limited and dependent. Body cells are limited and dependent, but together they create the body. The body however is still limited and dependent.
If everything in the universe is limited and dependant, and the combination of these entities result in another limited and dependent creation; the entity that caused the first creation to exist, must by definition be unlimited and independent; relying on nothing and no one for its own existence.
If a Creator does exist, so what?
The existential questions of Who am I? What is the meaning of life? and What happens when we die? are common questions that everyone, at some point in their life, is confronted with.
If an all-powerful Creator does exist then we should be asking ourselves, 'Why were we created in the first place?' It is in this question alone that starts us on a journey to where all the answers can be found.
If it is answers to these questions we seek, if we are truly trying to find the meaning and purpose of our life, we need to continue with a firm grip on our intellect, and not resort to blind leaps of faith.
It is rational thought and considered fact that leads the intelligent person to question and to search; a concept reiterated throughout the Quran, and advice that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be up him) gave to the world.
"Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding." (Quran 3:190)
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