Does God exist?

Imagine we found a perfectly working  TV-set  on the street and somebody told us that nobody had manufactured it, that it had been made by chance, we wouldn’t  trust him and  we would even think he is out of his mind. The wonder of the human eye (more accurate than the best photo camera), the marvels of the hearing sense or the blood stream; the symphony of the thousands of animals, sometimes as big as the elephant, sometimes as small as microbes or germs; some that fly, others that swim and others that walk; the harmony of the heavenly bodies as the sun, the moon, the planets, the stars, so far from us, that even travelling to the speed of the light (apr. 300,000 km/second)  we wouldn’t reach them in a million years; all this wonderful cosmos, including man who can think and love, can not have been made by chance: necessarily it must have had a Maker of such cleverness that beside Him our wisest men are hardly a speck of dust. To say that the marvels that are around us have been made at random makes less sense than to say that a TV-set has been made by chance, that nobody has manufactured it. Thus, this Most Clever Maker of the Universe is God.

Moreover, we see that, in the Universe, there are beings such as man and animals that stem from other beings, the sons of their fathers and so forth.  Where did the first animal or man stem from? We cannot say they have appeared from nothingness, because we cannot get something from nothing. Where did the first planet or the first star appear from? They must necessarily have come from a being that already existed before, because nothing can arise from what doesn’t exist. There must be a being that always existed. We call such a being God. (With regard to the objection that matter and the Universe are everlasting and that sons stem from their fathers and these from theirs and so forth, see the answer to the objections at the end of this section)

Besides, we always look for a sense and for logical meaning in our life, we work in order to live well, we take care of ourselves in order to be healthy, we wish that our children are happy, a.s.o. We want a life that makes sense to us and to our dearest relatives. Must we perhaps accept that the whole of our life is nonsense? i.e. to accept that sooner or later the end is the void, death, nothingness?  In that case, our life would be a continuous deceit, we would do things that isolated would make sense but as a whole would be nonsense, an absurdity, a folly. Some atheistical thinkers say that in order to get out of such an anxiety state, of such a sorrow, of such a nonsense, we do invent God as we need Him. But at least they admit we need Him and in Nature we always find an actual fact in order to meet every real necessity: thus, thirsty animals are looking for water and water really does exist, the newborn searches for the nipple full of milk and the mother and the nipple really do exist. We are hungry because food exists. Thus, if we are hungry for God it is because God really exists. The same God who gives a sense to our life and who will welcome us in a happy life for ever if  we die in His friendship, the same God who is Father and is our trust and support and keeps company to us when we feel alone and neglected by everyone.

One of two: life is nonsense, which would be against the rationality we observe in all natural facts and beings, or life has a sense. God is who gives a sense to life. Therefore, if we arrive to the conclusion that life makes sense, that, in the whole, it is worth to live it, God does exist. That conclusion is almost instinctive and is prompted not only by our reason but by our heart. Perhaps one can argue with a cruel logic that sentences us to be orphans in a nonsense world, but such a desperate reason would be against nature. What is natural is to believe that everything has a sense. Optimism is the usual in Nature, otherwise nobody could live. But what gives a sense to the whole of life is God. Therefore, that is a proof,  not only logical, of the existence of God.

Another point of view that shows us the existence of God is the moral meaning of our acts: in all our acts, we can state that when we carry them out in a correct or even in a heroic way, we feel peaceful, satisfied and happy and when we act in the wrong way, we sense remorse and feel bad and unsatisfied: we can try and hush such a voice by distracting ourselves, by escaping to a psychiatrist’s couch or to the madness of a dissipated life, but when we are alone again with ourselves, this voice springs up again and in case we did wrong, it gives us no peace until we correct the bad thing. If we really were autonomous and sovereign with respect to ourselves, we wouldn’t feel that way: we would do as we please and would find it right.  This agreeing or reproaching voice, the voice of conscience, reminds us that somebody exists who takes into account and judges all our acts, giving us joy and peace for our good deeds but remorse and uneasiness for our wrong ones. This Being who, through moral sense and our conscience speaks to us as Legislator, Judge and also as infinitely merciful Father, is God.

Moreover, among the beings that live in the Universe we find intelligent man. Where has the intelligence of the man come from? From less we can not get more. It is nonsense that an intelligent being can arise from somewhat without intelligence. Thus man has been originated by a conscious and intelligent Being. Such a Being is called God. (With regard to the objections of pantheism that says that Universe is intelligent, see the answer at the third objection at the end of this section).

Furthermore, in the Universe, we can see beings, the most beautiful landscapes and phenomena, from the wonderfully coloured fish in the deep blue sea to the birds that cross the air or to the thousands of big and little terrestrial animals. From the dawns and the rainbows, true symphonies of light, to the great storms that shake nature, from the vegetation and the flowers that catch our eye to man and woman full of beauty. Also, in the behaviour of some men, we can find examples of rightness or holiness.  As in P.Kolbe, who sacrifices his life in a POW camp in exchange for the life of a family father and that, pulling through the agony of a cruel death, starts to sing encouraging all his companions. Or as P. Damian who dedicates his life to lepers living in a isolated island with confined lepers and catching and dying by the illness himself. These fair, good and saint men are limited and  their life’s reason is not in themselves, the Being who has given them life must be an incredible source of Beauty and also and unconceivable source of Goodness and Holiness. And since He is source, He must also be inconceivably Beautiful, Good and Holy. Such an ineffably Beautiful, Good and Holy Being is called God.

Moreover, such a Being -God- that is invisible but can be known through reason and heart, has been revealed to our senses: and not only in old times, specially in the person of Jesus Christ as the Bible testifies, but also recently. At the present time, apparitions are happening, wonders are performed and inspired books and people are appearing. People whose life and death are holy. Among these prodigious events backing up a message of the Heaven asking us to change our way of life, we choose the miracle of the sun, during the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin of Fatima (Portugal) the 13thOctober 1917, a miracle that was announced by the Blessed Virgin the 13thJuly 1917: “ In October, I’ll say who I am, what I want and I’ll perform a miracle so that people believe” (and the 13thSeptember of the same year she says it again: “ In October I’ll perform a miracle so that everyone will believe”). So the 13thOctober 1917 the miracle happened. 70.000 people present and a lot more that were many miles away saw it. It was published on the front page of several newspapers and even atheists and reporters that were not believers attested about it. The miracle was as follows: “The rain stops and for three times the sun spins, spreading coloured bands of light to the sides: yellow, lilac, orange and red. At some height, it seems to fall away from the firmament and over the crowd. Ten minutes later, the sun shines as usual.”

But God is above reason, and being true that reason can help us to arrive to Him, He can reveal Himself  by other means as it happened to that soldier who died during World War II in whose rucksack the following note was found:

“Listen, my God, I’ve never spoken to Thou…
But now I want to say to Thou. How are Thou?
Thou know… God? They said me Thou didn’t exist…
And I…silly of me! believed everything.
Last night I saw your firmament from the crate opened by a hand grenade.
At that time, I understood they were lying to me.
Had I carefully looked at your things,
I would have understood that they were lying.
My God… I want to know if Thou will shake hands with me.
I don’t know but… I feel that Thou will understand me.
What a strange thing…I had to come to this hell
to find a moment to see your Face.
Well…I think there is not much to say
Except that I’m very happy to have known Thou
It seems to me that the last hour will come very soon
But having known that Thou are near, I’m not afraid.
The signal! Well, my God, I’ve to go.
I love Thou sincerely… I want Thou knowing it.
Thou see… this battle will be something awful.
Well, who knows it? Perhaps tonight I’ll come to your Home.
Although never before had I been your friend,
I would like to know, my God, if Thou will be waiting for me at your Door.
But I’m crying! Me… with my face full of tears!
I had wanted to know Thou many years before.
Well, my God, now must I really leave Thou. Good by!
What a strange thing! Since I found Thou… I don’t fear death.”[1]

The reason and the heart joint together in order to say us that God does exist and that He is wonderful.

[1]This soldier’s writing is translated from the book  “La existencia de Dios ante la razón y el sentido común”, Barcelona, 1976, Pg. 311, by José María  Ciurana Fernández.