BELIEF IN GOD: – Progressive people say that fundamentalism is growing rapidly and non-belief is defamed. The world is polarized over religion. It is getting both more religious and less religious at the same time. We have “Neither” the staunch Hinduism, western Christendom, real Sufism of Islam, as in the past “Nor” the secular, religion-less society that was predicted for the future. Because doubt and belief are each on the rise, our political and public discourse on matters of faith and morality has become deadlocked and deeply divided. The cultural wars are taking a toll. Emotions and rhetoric are intense, even hysterical. Those who believe in God are out to impose their belief on the rest of us and turn back the clock to a less enlightened time. Those who don’t believe are “enemies of truth”. But even as believers should learn to look for reasons behind their faith, skeptics must learn to look for a type of faith hidden within their reasoning.
Religion generally speaking, tends to create a slippery slope in the heart. There is a call to outlaw religion, condemn religion, or at least to radically privatize it. The 20th century gave rise to one of the greatest and most distressing paradoxes of human history; that the greatest intolerance and violence of that century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence. Going hand in hand with such efforts was a widespread belief that religion would weaken and die out as the human race became more technologically advanced.
God’s miracles vs. Science: – There has been some studies done to prove that the more intelligent, rational, and scientifically minded you are, the less you will be able to believe in God. It is one thing to say that science is only equipped to test for natural causes and cannot speak to any others. It is quite another to insist that science proves that no other causes could possibly exist. Science proceeds on the assumption that whatever events occur in the world can be accounted for in terms of other events. No supernatural cause (Miracle) for any natural phenomenon is possible. Miracles cannot happen. There can’t be a God who does miracles. To be sure that miracles cannot occur one would have to be sure beyond a doubt that God did not exist, and that is an article of faith. The existence of God can be neither demonstrably proven nor disproven.
Evolutionary science assumes that more complex life forms evolved from less complex forms through a process of natural selection. Many religions believe that God brought about life this way. Each side has brought in to the warfare model of the relationship of science to faith. Many scientists see no incompatibility between faith in God and their work. Scientists are asked if they believe in a God who personally communicates with humanity. The response from the members of National Academy of Sciences (NAS) was 50-50. Many complex factors lead a person to belief or disbelief in God. Some are personal experiences, some are intellectual, and some are social. A majority of scientists consider themselves deeply or moderately religious – and those numbers have increased in recent decades. There is no necessary disjunction between science and devout faith.
God’s Clues: – If one puts aside the existence of God and the survival after life as too doubtful, one has to make up one’s mind as to the use of life. If death ends all, if I have neither to hope for good nor to fear evil, I must ask myself what I am here for, and how in these circumstances I must conduct myself. Now the answer is plain, but so unpalatable that most will not face it. There is no meaning for life, and thus life has no meaning. Do you think that we appeared by chance; do we exist like a plant, an animal, or a microbe. No, some supernatural power gave us the power to think, eat and drink to preserve our precious existence. That supernatural power I call GOD.