The Cosmological Argument: Does God exist? What does science have to say?
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Today’s video deals with the Kalam Cosmological Argument. It seeks to present certain results from scientific research that help to clear the path towards the belief in God’s existence. It is an occasion to always remember the words of Saint John Paul II about the relation between faith and reason:
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If anything remains after watching the video, it should be clear that belief in the existence of God is a rational one. That said, we must take another important step forward. Understanding the world as creation is one thing, now we must try to understand the purpose of it’s origin. If we reject the thesis that the world depends purely on luck or chaos, and instead accept God as it’s origin, a question immediately comes to mind: Why did He create us?
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Before answering, I would like to present a brief sidenote. Given that it always seeks precision and certainty, the scientific mentality necessarily adopts a relatively reduced and limited version of reality. When trying to respond to more questions such as the one that we have presented, we must never forget the fact that we are standing before a mystery, that is, something that goes way beyond any answer that we could ever offer.
We see something similar in a well-known story about St. Augustine. It goes like this:
St. Augustine was walking on the beach contemplating the mystery of the Trinity. Then he saw a boy in front of him who had dug a hole in the sand and was going out to the sea again and again and bringing some water to pour into the hole. St. Augustine asked him, “What are you doing?” “I’m going to pour the entire ocean into this hole.” “That is impossible, the whole ocean will not fit in the hole you have made” said St. Augustine. The boy replied, “And you cannot fit the Trinity in your tiny little brain.” The story concludes by saying that the boy vanished because St. Augustine had been talking to an angel.
God has created us – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gn 1,1).
Scientific research allows us to better appreciate the magnificence of God, to perceive and to be thankful for all that he has done for. The complexity and order that we discover in such creation leads us to conclude that our origin is not one of mere luck or destiny, rather one of will and intelligence. For more info on the ideas of creation and the natural complexity of our world, we would suggest taking a looking at this article on Brandon Vogt’s website, Strange Notions.
“By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God,* so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.” Hebrews 11:3
The universe has a cause
Scripture and Tradition have never ceased to teach this fundamental truth: “The world was made for the glory of God”. This doesn’t mean that he created us to increase his glory, rather to offer his glory to man (and, therefore, paradoxically manifesting his glorious nature at the same time).
God made us “to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace”, for “the glory of God is man fully alive; moreover man’s life is the vision of God: if God’s revelation through creation has already obtained life for all the beings that dwell on earth, how much more will the Word’s manifestation of the Father obtain life for those who see God.”- (CCC, 294)
The infinite love of God desires that we live in perfect communion with himself. His Divine Plan invites us to a life in the dynamism of his Trinitarian love. The path towards this love is to be found in the vocation that God entrusts to each one of us.
God has created each and every one of us with a very specific and marvelous purpose. This means that all of us have a specific way through which we can achieve the fullness of our hearts. For example, the prophet Jeremiah was created to be the prophet for all the nations and only accomplishing his calling (his vocation), could he reach his fulfillment. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1,5.
As such, the question that arises is how can I discern what is the plan of God for my life? The first step to responding is drawing closer to him and learn to perceive his presence in your life. Only when you have gotten to know him better can you better understand what he is calling you to live.
Don’t be afraid… He who has been good enough to give you life, will certainly be good enough to give you happiness. God has marvelous plans for your life. In order to discover this, however, you must not “conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Then, and only then, will you be able to discern his will, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”