Last week, my premise was that it takes more faith to not believe in the existence of God then it does to believe that God does exist. As I laid out why I think this is the case, I stayed away from the characteristics of God that Christians believe in because if you don’t believe that God is even real, you can’t believe that He is good, caring or anything else. I used the argument that it would take more faith to believe the stuff that was present so “The Big Bang” could happen than it would to believe that God created the universe.
Of course, the natural question is, “where did God come from?” It is a fair question, and I think helps my point. I believe that God has always existed. He did not come from anywhere (He wasn’t created). I admit, this may seem like a copout answer, and it kind of is. Every question about creation is answered with “I don’t know how, just that God did it.” My faith starts and ends (in this argument) on two pillars:
1) God exists
2) He created the universe
For atheists, obviously, pillar one, by definition, is rejected. Pillar two needs to lose the personal pronoun. I would expect the reserve pillars to be:
1) There is no God
2) There is a universe
I am sure that there is not simply one doctrine that all those who do not believe in the existence of God accept. For the sake of this post, I am choosing one example of why it takes more faith to believe the universe exists without God creating it. Whereas a Christian believes that God exists outside of time and space and therefore He can have always existed without having a physical world; an atheist would have to believe that matter (in some form) has always existed. If matter has always existed, then there would have to be an infinite number of days in the past; the clock would have always been running, in which case we would never have arrived at today (there would always be one more day to get through before today). The other option would be that matter could exist outside of time. This would take faith because we have never observed the world without time being in the equation.
My point is, that either you accept, through faith, the first set of pillars, and when you get to a point where you can’t explain or prove your belief, you fall back to “God did it”, or you accept the second set of pillars, and when you can’t explain or prove your belief, you fall back to “I don’t know, it just is”. For me, the latter takes more faith because my mind is always trying to figure things out, so “just because” is seldom an acceptable conclusion.
What you or I believe has no effect on the reality. However it happened is the way it happened. We are left with the choice to believe, by faith, one way or the other (or we could sit on the fence and be agnostic). The fact is, we exist and exist on a planet that works for us. How did we get here? Your answer to this question lays the building blocks for a much bigger question which I will address in the coming weeks.