The Reasons to Believe

     Does God exist? Is there a God? Atheist, Christians, Catholic, and other religions in the world are evidence that there are people who believe in the existence of God and who doesn’t. The book “The Reasons to Believe by Peter Kreeft” is an explanation about the arguments of His, God, existence. The Thomas Aquinas Principle, the argument of providential conscience, and also Pascal’s argument about betting on eternity are some of his opinions about God’s existence.

     The argument of efficient cause made by Thomas Aquinas is one of the five proofs that God exist. It is an anthropic principle, a man principle, which is the idea that everything have a cause and is designed for human beings. The argument from motion, everything moves because something or someone is moving it. The first mover, God, is the cause that all things are moving and gives it potential. Third, the argument of necessary being. God exist all the time, so it is necessary for something to exist so that God’s existence is also a necessity. Another controversy is the argument of gradation, which means that human beings convert from good to bad or bad to good. Is it possible that design happened without a designer? The last argument is the argument of design, all things have an order and all things have a creator.

     “Jesus was either a liar or a lunatic, or maybe he’s just telling the truth.”- Lewis Trilemma. God is probably telling the truth that he is the way of life. When having faith on God or completely lost connection with God rely on your conscience not your ego. You can disobey the church, your parents, or adults but not your conscience. Our conscience and soul are supreme, conscience exist to protect our soul. Can you choose to ignore your conscience? Not only our conscience is connected to our soul, it is also God’s divine will. Every human being knows what is right and what is wrong. There are two ways of confession, venial sin and mortal sin. Mortal sin is disobeying of God’s laws, while venial sin is not as serious as a mortal sin. Choosing to disobey our conscience is a bigger sin than lying or covering our lies. At the end of the day our conscience will be judged. Thomas Aquinas said that “When something or someone is sinning against your conscience object it, save your soul first”. Our conscience can be used in so many ways to prove God’s well being. Egoism, a foundation of our morality as humans, our self interest that can push through in our journey to justify our arguments. Another use of our conscience is altruism, it’s the act of being selfless our concern for other’s well being. Also, caritas its our love for Jesus. Our love for Jesus is the foundation of building a relationship with God, to draw us closer to Him.

     Blaise Pascal lived during the time of skepticism, he believes in self preservation. Pascal’s wager is the argument of human beings betting with their lives for God’s existence. The Prayer of a Skeptic is done when asking for God’s guidance and when questioning his existence. Immanuel Kant introduced the idea of categorical imperative, which means that it’s either is or its not there are no maybe. Agnosticism believes that the right thing to do is to not wager at all. However, questions and doubts are everywhere and we are lost in the unknown. Is anything truly lost? The world is surrounded by people who doubt. The majority of us getting convinced by the fact that God exist the better the world will become. Our faith binds us together and improves us to become a better person. Choosing to harden our hearts will just make us weaker and feel defeated until infinite regression takes over.

     An agnostic, an honest seeker, will always find its way to God by leaping to faith. These questions and argument about God’s existence remain unresolved until today because nobody have proven their arguments. However, God have a lot of time for us to figure out His existence and to prove to him that we have faith in Him.

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