There are manyrational reasons forbelieving in God.This booklet will briefly explain threesimple reasons for God’s existence.
ORDERIN THEUNIVERSEWhen we reflect upon the natureof our world, we see ordereverywhere from the water cycleto the movement of the eartharound the sun.This observation is shared by the vastmajority of scientists.Since the universe has order and isgoverned by the ‘laws of science’, weshould question how this order cameabout. The most effective way to answerthis question is to reason to the bestconclusion. Take your mobile phone forexample, your phone is made of glass,plastic and metal. Glass comes fromsand, plastic comes from oil, and metalis extracted from the ground. Imagineyou were walking in a desert (wherethere is lots of oil, sand and metals inthe ground), and you found a mobilephone lying around. Would you believethat it came together by itself? Thatthe sun shone, the wind blew, lightningstruck, the oil bubbled to the surfaceand mixed with the sand and metal, andover millions of years the mobile cametogether by chance?No one would believe such anexplanation. A mobile phone is clearlysomething that was put together in anorganised way, so it would be rational tobelieve that it must have an organiser. Inthe same way, when we see the orderin the universe, isn’t it rational to say thatthe universe has an organiser?This ‘organiser’ is best explained by theexistence of God. God is the one whobought about the order in the universe.Commenting on the order found in the universe, the physicist Stephen Hawking explains that:The overwhelming impression ’is one of order, themore we discover about the universe, the more wefind that it is governed by rational laws.’’1
2If something has alwaysexisted it doesn’t need acreator. In the first part of the20th century some physicistsheld the view that the universehad always existed. If theuniverse had always existed itwouldn’t need a creator.and so on and so on. If this goes on forever,will the sniper ever get to shoot the target?The obvious answer is that he wouldn’t beable to shoot. The only way the sniper canshoot is if someone gives permission withoutasking for anyone else’s permission. Thatperson would be the first cause of the snipershooting. In the same way, the Big Bang musthave a first cause.We can conclude that this first cause mustbe powerful as it bought the whole universeinto existence, and it must be intelligent as itcaused the ‘laws of science’ which governthe universe. Also, this first cause must betimeless, spaceless and immaterial, becausetime, space and matter began at the ‘BigBang’. Finally, since it is uncaused it must havealways existed.All of these attributes of the first cause makeup the basic concept of God. God is theuncreated first cause of the universe.However, according to Cosmology, theuniverse had a beginning some 14 billion yearsago with a cosmic event commonly known asthe ‘Big Bang’.Imagine you heard a loud bang, and you asked‘where did that sound come from?’ Would yoube satisfied with the answer that it came from‘nothing’ and it ‘just happened?’ Of course not.You would say ‘what was the cause of thatloud bang?’ In the same way, rationally the ‘BigBang’ must also have a cause that bought itabout. Now we can ask since the ‘Big Bang’has a cause, what was the cause of thatcause? Then we can ask, what was the causeof that cause? And so on and so on. But thiscan’t go on forever and must end with a firstcause, because of the following example:Imagine a sniper who has just found his targetand calls back to base to get permission toshoot. The person at the base tells the sniperto hold on while they seek permission fromsomeone else higher up. So the guy higher upseeks permission from the guy even higher upBEGINNING OFTHE UNIVERSE
Over the last decade some really startling facts have been found that show that children havean innate belief in God. Dr Justin Barrett, a senior researcher at the University of Oxford Centrefor Anthropology and Mind, states:“The preponderance of scientific evidence for the past 10 years orso has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the naturaldevelopment of children’s minds than we once thought, including apredisposition to see the natural world as designed and purposefuland that some kind of intelligent being is behind that purpose...”He adds that “If we threw a handful [ofchildren] on an island and they raisedthemselves... they would believe inGod”.To put it simply, his answer asto why anyone would believe in God isthat, our minds are designed to do so.Disbelief in God is something which isunnatural to the human being. OxfordUniversity development psychologistDr Olivera Petrovich, who is an expert inthe Psychology of Religion states that,belief in God develops naturally andThroughout the history of theworld, the majority of peoplehave believed in God. Thereseems to be somethingbuilt in the human mind thatmakes us want to believe.HUMANNATURE3 that ‘‘atheism is definitely an acquiredposition’’.So where did this natural belief in acreator come from? We can’t say it istaught by society as this belief is innate,and studies show that it is independentof societal pressures and is cross-cultural. The best explanation forthis belief is that God has put this intohumanity.
You have just read three independentreasons why it makes sense to believein God. Belief in God is not only rationalbut it is also part of human nature.There are many questions raised by theexistence of God, such as why is thereevil and suffering in the world? Doesn’tevolution disprove God? Do we have apurpose in life? For answers to theseand other such questions please visitwww.OneReason.orgREFERENCES Antony Flew, There Is a God: How the World’sMost Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind Derek Raine, An Introduction to Science ofCosmology (Astronomy & Astrophysics) Justin L. Barrett, Why Would Anyone Believein God? http://www.cam.ox.ac.uk/publications-origi-nal/why-would-anyone-believe-in-god/ Dr Olivera Petrovich, Childs Theory of World Justin L. Barrett, Jonathan A. Lanman, TheScience of Religious Beliefs
There are many rational reasonsfor believing in God. This bookletwill brieﬂy explain three simplereasons for God’s existence.E: firstname.lastname@example.org