God Existence

…god is dead and no one cares drowning in his own hypocrisy and if there is
a hell I will see you there burning with your god in humility… Trent
Reznor, from Heresy Does God exist? As you can see above, even the most vile
human beings acknowledge him. But trying to argue for or against the idea that
God exists is much more difficult than believing that he exists or even
acknowledging that there is a higher power. Even Charles Darwinthe
British naturalist who developed the theory of evolution and natural selection
in his book The Origin of Speciesseems to get confused with the argument. In
his piece Religious Belief, he fumbles with two distinct incongruencies.

The first is that there must be some explanation for the benefits and happiness
of life and these must come from an inherently good being who has become known
over the years as God in our culture. The second is that if God is truly a
good being, and he created the earth and all of its inhabitants, then there must
be some explanation do for all the pain and suffering in life. The only escape
from insanity in regard to this matter of Gods existence is not to commit at
all. Because after reviewing this reading, it is clear that the two arguments
mesh into a spastic predicament that is all too confusing for sane men to
comprehend. However, both of these elementsgood and evilcontribute to
lifes balance. Many events in life evoke indeterminent emotional response.

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There is no better summation of happiness in this world than the gleam on the
faces of the parents of a newborn child. Darwin argues that If all the
individuals of any species were habitually to suffer to an extreme degree they
would neglect to propagate their kind… and all sentient beings have
formed so as to enjoy, as a general rule, happiness.(page 67) With these
impressions in mind, it is hard to cling to the claim that God as a completely
good being does not exist. When an atheist looks in the mirror and sees the
miracle of life, how is it possible that he can reject God? Grand scenes like
the Grand Canyon under a perfect blue sky could not have just evolved. It is
obvious that God exists. In contrast, if God is completely good and he created
the world, then what is the explanation for the presence of evil? If the result
of reproduction of human beings is one form of ultimate happiness then how can
child abuse be explained for example? In Dave Pelzers best-seller A Child
Called It, the author documents the torment he endured experiencing one of
the worst child abuse cases ever recorded in California history. He thought that
not only did his mother hate him, but God must have hated him too. How could God
allow something like this to happen in his world that he created if he is all
good? Darwin notes, That there is much suffering in the world no one
disputes. Some have attempted to explain this in reference to man by imagining
that it serves for his moral improvement.(page 67) This idea applies to
humans like Dave Pelzer, who ended up becoming an extremely productive member of
the United States Air Force and a successful author. However, Darwin also brings
up the idea that there are thousands of other species that suffer greatly in
life and do not improve their morals. Would God allow evil to flourish to the
extent that we see it just for moral improvement? Perhaps he does not exist. At
this point there is strong evidence in arguments for and against the existence
of God. This is one of the few arguments that appears to be never-ending. It is
an infinite loop. Darwin says that he connected his belief in God with the
higher feelings of wonder, admiration, and devotion which fill and elate the
mind,(page 67) but concludes this idea by saying that these grand feelings
can be brought about by other things, like music for instance, and can hardly be
a part of the argument for the existence of God. This is an example of the web
that one gets caught in when trying to participate in this argument. Darwins
views are very logical and acceptable, but because he is participating in this
argument, he is confusing. Darwins essay brings in two sides of the story
concerning the existence of God. He first asks, How can the generally
beneficent arrangement of the world be accounted for?(page 67) and suggests
that happiness prevails because there is a purely good God. He counters this
argument with the suggestion that there are millions of suffering creatures that
achieve no moral improvement due to their suffering and there is no explanation
for this evil. The idea that the only reason suffering exists for human beings
is for their moral improvement is less believable because of this. These points
bring about an argument that has no finale. So Darwin is right in his
conclusion, I cannot pretend to throw the least light on such abstruse
problems. The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I
for one must be content to remain an Agnostic.(page 68)
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