I’ve often chuckled overhearing philosophy students talking and postulating over what they consider to be the most profound and important questions humans can ask themselves. Why are we here, were did we come from, is there a God?
But these questions pale and are truly secondary next to the question of all questions.
The most central, profound and fundamental question one can ask is actually why there is anything at all rather than nothing. Early men, cave men of days past or shepherds in the fields in biblical days surely looked up at the stars and all that was around them and asked why, why is all this here rather than nothing? This awe inspiring thought or maybe even better put, awe inspiring feeling they had was given a word or a name. That word in Hebrew was YHWH and as defined by its root word meant “being” or “to be” – “existence”. Thousands of years later it was translated into the English word “God”.
You see the eternal question of why there is something rather than nothing can only be explained by something “bearing the power and reason for its own existence”. This truth is necessary as it cannot be avoided, such as 2 + 2 = 4.
So called atheists observe the universe itself as, “bearing the power and reason for its own existence”. Therefore they need no God to explain anything. They are not entirely wrong in this observation. However let’s take a closer look at this fault and the semantics of it all.
As explained above the very first word used by man to symbolize the self existing quality of the universe was YHWH. This Hebrew word meant existence or “to be”. It was translated to the English word God much later.
The atheist verses theist debate is really semantics! God and existence are interchangeable words that both symbolize the same thing. Pondering whether God exists is like asking whether existence exists.
In conclusion God doesn’t exist, because “he” can’t, God is a word for existence.
Interestingly; when Moses in the book of Exodus, directly asked God of his identity, “he” replied in the fashion above, by saying “I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE”. Or in other words, I am existence, or I will my own being, and that is who or what I am. “He” was also adamant about not losing this name forever and from generation to generation. See Exodus, Chapter 3, Verse 13 to 15. This name can also be correctly interpreted as I Will Be what I will into being. Remember we were made in his likeness as stated in Genesis Chapter 1, Verse 26. In Hebrew it means we were made in his “demuth” or in “his” “spirit”. (This definition or name of God reflects “his” nature and all of existence and is very important; much more about this in answering some of our other questions).
To put this all in plain layman terms; something existed, of its own accord. Whether you wish to call this God or Universe or whatever is semantics. This something, also in some process, brought forth the earth, and brightly illuminating suns, and life, and our consciousness; rather than something more homogenous or nothing at all. For at one time we know we did not exist and yet we are here now by some process. And this process is Divine. The word Divine meaning “something existing of its own power and reason”.
The observable universe as we know it didn’t do this without some inherent spiritual quality. Spirit once again by its dictionary definition means “something existing of its own power and reason”.
Why atheists try to deny this spiritual quality of the universe and deny it the word we have always used to symbolize it is puzzling. An illuminating statement regarding this can be found in Romans, Chapter 1, Verse 20 and 25.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. They have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worship and serve created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”
For example the big bang theory in which a big bang brings forth all physical existence and life from nothing “ex nihilo” is as absurd as the notion of a self existing God which these atheists and scientists detest so much! It’s all really semantics.
Ultimately science and the scientific method, doesn’t have the ability to answer any questions concerning why? This shouldn’t be so puzzling or even debatable. Substances and the natural laws enacting on them, which are the very tools of science can’t be used to explain themselves. For example: Why does gravity exist? Why does all matter have a pull to itself? Why does animated life exist from inanimate materials from the periodic table of elements and give rise to consciousness? Why do atoms have constant movement like a perpetual motion machine? Why hasn’t the sun burnt out yet in an infinite universe? In fact no natural law, or force, or substance, has ever been explained as to why it exists using science. These are spiritual questions, or things of the spirit, just like existence itself and our consciousness to ponder it.
There are many unsolved questions that lead us to understand, experience and know spirit or God.
At one time the absolutely massive ball of fire we call the sun was not burning, there was no earth or glorious atmosphere and sky around it, and in fact I a thinking, conscious feeling being have only been here on this earth for 35 years. Somehow through some sort of process I came to be. Substances and forces enacting on them in some fashion brought forth myself. And this process, and my very own existence coming forth from this process is at it’s very core spiritual and divine. Whether you call this YHWH or god or attribute these spiritual and divine processes to just being a natural quality of the universe or even better yet attribute the name of God to these amazing qualities of the universe is Semantics!