Postulates of Faith

In class, we discuss four postulates of faith. Can something come from nothing, Does God Exist, Do humans have an immortal soul and do humans have free will. These are four statements that help to prove the existence of God, questions where the answer is God.

The first postulate of faith presented to us was “Can something come from nothing.” The thought of something coming from nothing is mind-boggling to us, we just can’t comprehend it. If it was made, it’s made of something, right? The universe is spreading. Galaxies are spreading from each other grow more and more distant as time goes one. Right now, as your sitting, the Milky Way is traveling over 1.3 million miles per hour. What does this all mean? This means the galaxies are moving away from something. Data shows that everything is moving further and further away. A well-accepted theory is the Big Bang. In the Big Bang, the universe starts out as this tiny, tiny little point called the Prime-evil atom. This atom then blows up to release all its components which eventually form together to from our universe. This atom was so small, that it was basically nothing. And nothing can’t cause itself to become something. Something had to start it up, a cause, for the effect.

The next question was “Does God exist.” This is a fairly simple question. The universe is so finely constructed, with so many minute details that allow for such complex life. Human moral systems that without a God would be impossible to exist. It’s impossible for the universe to persist without a god, let alone starting without one. The Big Bang needed something (or someone) to spark it, you can’t light a candle with nothing. So does God exist? Yes!

Do humans have an immortal soul? Souls, as we should know, are a metaphysical part of us, some would refer to it as the self. The soul is the embodiment of our consciousness. It’s what allows us to have opinions about the world around us. Without a soul, we can’t explain where self-awareness comes from. We just can’t find a physical cause for self-awareness.

The last question we were asked, “do humans have free will”. We as humans have choices, we can choose to hurt someone or not, we have morals and make choices with those morals. If we have morality then an objective moral lawgiver must exist. These postulates show that absence of a soul or a god is just not feasible. So the next time you get into a theological debate, remember these postulates, you might put a new Catholic in the world.

Christianity and Counter-Culture

Christianity has always been a sort of counterculture, now more than ever. They say this, we say that. It seems that a consensus is not so feasible. The morals of Christianity just doesn’t work with western culture. A true example of this would be the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes define what traits will be rewarded in the kingdom of God, traits which our society doesn’t appreciate. Christianity and the Beatitudes are truly countercultures.

Christianity, as we know, is a religion where we follow in the light of God, living our lives as children of God. However, the way God wants us to live contradicts what society wants to enforce. We believe in this, then they want that. God wants us to live in his light, the life that humans were designed for., but society drags us into a world of selfishness, a world where “happiness” is at the edge of your fingers-tips. Christianity, by definition, is truly counterculture to what society expects. Nothing shows this more than the beatitudes.

The Beatitudes, a little poetic verse in the bible that highlights the traits that he will reward in heaven. The meek, the merciful, those who thirst for righteousness, all things that god looks kindly upon. However, the world doesn’t want a person who’s meek, they don’t want someone who thirsts for righteousness. They want someone who stands out, someone who just accepts their worldview, they don’t want people who stand up for their traditions, in fact, they even mock the thought of tradition.

Society is slowly shifting away from God. To the extent where those who have faith are seen as delusional, and defending our faith is seen as an act of “hate”. We as Christians, we are counterculture. It may be hard but we need to stay strong. As the beatitudes state “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”