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Explaining One's Existence

Should one conclude that the crumbling statues of gods and goddesses are only a failed effort at understanding life or could it be that they are based on the rational idea that what exits comes from somewhere and that what is created has a creator?


What is plainly visible and rational based on the history and present of the human experience points to the possibility of a universe that ultimately comes from a creative, intelligent origin.

As Christians try to revive a belief in God in the public square, some will say that human beings created God to explain their existence. They will bring up the statues created by peoples around the world of different gods that are now in museums or crumbling on the ground. However, should one’s reason stop at the idea that these statues are only a failed effort at understanding life or could it be that they are based on the rational idea that what exits comes from somewhere and that what is created has a creator?


What do people see and have always seen but that plants come from other plants, as do animals, and that houses and the variety of tools and items people use are made? Animals do not simply exist and houses do not simply exist. They have origins. What is plainly visible and rational based on the history and present of the human experience points to the possibility of a universe that ultimately comes from a creative, intelligent origin.


Not all statues sensibly represent who the real source and creator of the universe would be, but they do not disprove the existence of God either. Instead of pointing to a plurality of ideas about God and renderings of gods as proof that there is not a creator, the collective human inclination to represent a higher power or powers can instead point to the rationality of a universal human observation. People should not be forced to believe that a creator exists, but it is certainly not irrational, and people have a right to understand the history of religions and religious artifacts in a way that allows them to make an honest and personal decision about their beliefs.




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