Throughout the short-story, many topics are discussed. There are many important points emphasized in the reading. While talking as a class, we had the chance to explore many things, such as examples of prayer and nicknames for God. We talked about the four primary questions, and related them to ourselves, and used examples from the reading to answer those exact questions. The short-story “The Reasons to Believe” by Peter Kreeft focuses on the concept of believing in something greater than yourself.
“May every ball land very in, or very out,” is an example of a prayer said by Mr. Sader. Prayer is important in everyday life. There are many ways we can pray throughout the day. You can pray for different events, such as seeing something that makes you feel thankful, during sports, when you wake up, or even praying that you pass a test. It is seen as an opportunity to talk to God, and spend time with him, to develop a deeper relationship with him. In John 15:15, Jesus says “he no longer calls us his servants, he calls us his friends.” This means that God sees us all as friends, especially when we pray.
There are many different nicknames for God, such as the “First Mover” , the “Unoriginated Origin” , the “designer” , and many more. These three names listed are connected with each other because they state that God is the first, the creator. Without God, there wouldn’t be life, we wouldn’t be here. He created life as we know it, hence the nickname the “creator.” The designer is a good nickname for God because he designed the world.
Can something come from nothing? Does God exist? Do humans have immortal soul? Do we have free will? These are all examples of the four primary questions. Something cannot necessarily come from nothing, there is always going to be a first cause, or a creator. This brings in the concept that if it exists, it has always been in the universe, or has no origin. Something always has to have some kind of absolute beginning. Does God exist? There are many arguments on whether or not God exists, and many theories on things other than God’s existence, such as the Big Bang Theory. Do humans have immortal soul? The scripture 1 Timothy 6:16 expresses that “only God possesses immortality.” Therefore, we as humans do not have immortal soul, but our souls are infinite. Do we have free will? Free will, said by the google dictionary, is the ability to choose between different possible courses of action unimpeded. Although we have the free will to make choices, we don’t necessarily have free will in general.
The topic of believing in something greater than yourself is focussed throughout the short story “The Reasons to Believe,” by Peter Kreeft. God is used as one of the ways we believe in something that is greater than ourselves. We pray as a way of connecting with God, and as a way of letting him, and others, know we believe.