Does God Exist?

The Rise of Atheism

In recent years, we’ve seen the rise of atheism in our culture as evidenced by the popularity of such authors as Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and Stephen Hawking (The Grand Design). Intense debates like the ones between seminary professor Dr. William Craig and Christopher Hitchens, a self-proclaimed anti-theist, pack university auditoriums across the country with hungry minds seeking an answer to the question:  Does God Exist?

A Time to Reflect

It’s common for many to spend the last week or two of a year reflecting on the past and looking forward to what the new year might bring. As we prepare for 2011, I encourage you to take some time to consider what you truly believe about God’s existence. How we answer that question, both individually as well as collectively,  will determine the path we travel as a nation in the coming year.

A young Albert Einstein’s Answer to this Question

The following clip is a reenactment of an exchange between a young Albert Einstein and his professor over the question of whether or not God exists and, if He does, is God evil. This might be a good starting point for your reflections as this year comes to an end.

Does God Exist? Albert Einstein

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“You will seek me and find me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13, NAS). May God reveal Himself to you in 2011 as you earnestly search for Him.

8 Responses to “ “Does God Exist?”

  1. Ron Krumpos says:

    That is a wonderful video (the poor professor). In my e-book on comparative mysticism I wrote:
    Evil and deliverance. Many orthodox religions personify evil as Satan, the Devil, Iblis, Mara, or other demonic forces. Most mystics hold us responsible for our own evils, not an external source. Some say that evil exists only in rejection or lack of awareness of good, or to balance good in the apparent dualities of this life…not in unitive eternal life. Mystics have to eliminate personal wrongs to realize divine oneness. Deliverance comes by overcoming the selfishness of our egos, ignorance of our minds and stubbornness of our senses.

  2. John Savell says:

    I would agree that we need deliverance from evil. However, from your comment, I don’t see any reference to God’s central place in that deliverance. Instead, it appears you believe that man must simply change his own behavior, or as you put it, “eliminate personal wrongs,” to remove the evil in ones life. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus asks the Father to “deliver us from evil.” For the Christian, deliverance begins and ends with God. From your comment, it appears you believe that deliverance begins and ends with man, which is no different from the position held by the professor in the video. If we seek to ‘deliver’ ourselves, then we don’t need God, who then becomes some abstract notion of ‘goodness’ to which we aspire. Einstein said, “Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart.” I would contend that it is impossible to have “God’s love present” without a relationship with God. And without that relationship, our lives then contribute to the evil in this world regardless of how many ‘good things’ we do. I’m curious. What part does God play in your deliverance?

  3. Ron Krumpos says:

    Another quote from my book as to the role of “God”:
    Allah, Buddha, God, ha-Shem, Ishvara. Most religious people do worship a personal deity, a non-theistic ideal or an intermediary. Unlike most of those in the mainstream, faith alone is not sufficient for mystics. They expanded to a search for oneness with the divine essence. Mystics, and later their followers, sought an underlying Reality, or divine ground, which some may call al-Haqq, Brahman, Dharmakaya, Ein Sof, Godhead, or other words. It is One: transcendent to and immanent in all existence; the absolute nature of being itself. Their “faith” is that union is possible during this life.

  4. Ron Krumpos says:

    John, I respect your beliefs; they are similar to most truly religious people throughout the world. My quote was only to point out the difference between the approach of most mystics and those of their institutional religion. Mystics’ personal beliefs changed often during their quest.

  5. http://www.thearda.com/whoisyourgod/

    “America’s Four Gods” by Paul Froese and Christopher Bader is an expose of Americans’ views of God. Written by two Baylor University Sociology Professors who assert in their thesis that Americans’ view of God may be characterized as either: authoritarian, benevolent, critical or distant. Utilizing conclusions from the Baylor Religion Survey originally published in 2006, these professors find that 95% of Americans believe in God, what they deem a “rare consensus in American life.” What they go on to discuss is how we as a nation ‘conceive’ of God and the ‘role’ that He plays in our hearts and lives.
    Working with survey data and interviews, the professors Froese and Bader conclude that Americans view of God can be categorized into four distinct types: authoritarian, benevolent, critical and distant. Froese and Bader go on to expound the categories specifically in this quote from the book:
    “There are almost as many kinds of God in America as there are people. Possibly more — because some Americans offer more than one description of God. Some tell stories in which God offers boundless love, forgiveness, and charity. Others describe a God who rains fire and brimstone down upon sinners and commands followers to destroy the heathens. Others feel that God is wholly removed from human concerns, a distant force lacking a personality. A few find the whole idea of God absurd.”

    “America’s Four Gods” provides an insightful portrait of the American religious cultural landscape. It is not a simple task to sum up individuals’ religious beliefs regarding God and their faith in God. Froese and Bader have taken a broad step in attempting to understand American’s religious beliefs about God and faith.

  6. John Savell says:

    Reading your comments, I’m reminded of the story of the apostle Paul’s conversation (Acts 17:16-33) with the Greek mystics on Mars Hill, the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers, who sought “an underlying reality, or divine ground” through their many gods. They even built an altar TO THE UNKNOWN GOD so as not to limit their search. For the Christian, God is not a “role” or an “idea” or even “institutional religion.” God is a person who desires an intimate, personal relationship with each one of us. My position is that man cannot be “transcendent to and immanent in all existence” without a relationship with the One who created that existence. Instead of a “search for oneness with the divine essence,” the Christian’s search is for the One who is Divine and that search begins with Christ Jesus. From my point of view, searching for oneness with the divine essence is like falling in love with the idea of love instead of risking a relationship with the real person. Faith alone is not sufficient for the Christian either. The Word says that even the demons believe that God is. For the Christian, there must be a relationship with God. And finally, a Christian’s beliefs also change during their quest to know God. But the change is from what we think we know to be truth to what God reveals to us through His Word, the Bible. You appear to be a man who is earnestly seeking to know God. As I stated at the end of this post, in Jeremiah 29:13 God promises to reveal Himself to those who seek Him with all their heart. Know that you are in my prayers.

  7. Ron Krumpos says:

    Truth is One…people call it by many names. Your approach and mine are quite different, but the goal is the same. There are many paths up the divine mountain. You have found yours. I hope to meet you are the summit.

    Actually we are already at that metaphorical summit. Some people realize it, but most are unaware which is why I wrote my book. The mystical path is available to all, but it is not right for everyone. Continue to follow your traditional path. My best wishes to you.

  8. John Savell says:

    I would agree with you that we are all on a journey. However, I respectfully disagree with your statement that “there are many paths up the divine mountain.” The Bible is very clear that there is only one way to know God and that is through Jesus Christ, His Son. My prayer is that you one day come to know Christ personally.

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