Sunday, January 1, 2012

Proof that "God" exists

I've read various arguments on atheist websites on why they do not believe in "God" or other religious aspects of specific religions.  Most arguments are geared against the Christian theology of "God" and the teachings.  I will try to prove that an ever-present, all-powerful, all-knowing, infinitely expansive "God" exists in this blog.  I may miss some arguments or counter-arguments, as well as fail at explaining certain concepts as I am not a physicist or mathematician, but hopefully it will be clear enough why "God" exists.

First of all, when I see the word "God" it usually is defined in reference to the monotheistic concept of a singular god figure as I intend to prove exists: ever-present, all-powerful, all-knowing, and infinite.  But the problem I have with the term "God" is that it can be misused to describe a  personality, a being that is like us humans.  In addition, it uses terms like "spirit" to describe what God is, which doesn't really describe anything meaningful.  The term "spirit" is typically assumed to mean "non-physical".  But as I will explain later, terms are simply a means for man to convey a concept using accepted sound structures.  In other words, "God" does not necessarily need to be described with just an abstract conceptual term.

My definition of "God" is nothing of the sort.  As I try to lay out my argument, it will become clear how I define the term "God".  I prefer to describe "God" as All That Is or simply Source but for simplicity and recognition, I'll use the word God in its place.  The reason God is not a single personality is because if we are all a part of God, then we are also a part of God's personality.  We ourselves are not singular personalities, but that is another subject matter entirely.

We as physical beings know we exist because we experience the life within the body.  We have conscious control over our environment and are able to express our inner thoughts clearly without any doubt.  Most of us do not sit and wonder if I am "real" (though some may struggle with the external world as being real).  The nature of our existence proves to us that we are real, though what part of us is "I" is debatable.  Because of this, we automatically take for granted all experience as real.  That means the surrounding environment we are in is accepted as being real.  In addition, we do not question that which we do not perceive as being unreal, if it follows the same principles and laws of reality of that which we do perceive.  For example, you do not question the existence of another country that you do not see because you know it's composition is the same as the location you are at.  However, our physical perceptions have limitations because of the need to interpret that perceptive data by the mind.

Early man (in relation to our current history, not past civilizations that have disappeared) did not know what the stars, sun and moon were.  They were assumed to be gods because of their heavenly position and the way they overlooked man.  They appeared to create destruction or cause suffering when at certain positions, so man feared and worshiped them as deities.  Man's lack of understanding of astrological bodies created in their minds ideas about their reality.  Today, we may find their misunderstanding to be unbelievable, but man even today have limited, if any, knowledge of other areas of reality.  There is much knowledge and understanding at the conscious level that is not fully understood yet.  Perception is limited by our conscious minds, though what you consider the "unconscious" mind is not limited as such since it does not limit its perceptions to the physical.

As I wrote in my previous blog entry (http://simon-mlogs.blogspot.com/2011/12/we-are-spirit-we-are-energy.html), the human body's perceptive ability is very finite and limited to a very narrow spectrum.  In order to know there is data outside of our physical observations, man must create instruments to detect such data.  The basic problem with this is the fact that all matter resides within the reality of matter.  Matter will always be limited to detecting matter.  That is because man creates the instruments based on their expectations and assumptions.  They look for something and create instruments to find that something.  If they create the instrument appropriately, they will find it eventually if their assumptions were correct.  But what is missing is the understanding that the basic structure of matter is not matter.  Science assumes matter is composed of smaller and smaller matter, and yet they seem to ignore that "matter" is held together by energy.  If you get to the core of mass, it is only energy.  This can be proved by the fact that our body's perceptive organs only detect electrical signals as described by my last post.  We know the electromagnetic spectrum is theoretically infinite.  We use certain portions of this to our benefit.  X-ray's, visible light, radio, etc.  An electromagnetic field is a property of the existence of moving energy.  When an electrical current exists, an electromagnetic field is created.  How can there be an electromagnetic spectrum?  Because energy is moving!  There is an infinite spectrum because there are infinite levels of energy.

Now what is energy?  That's the same as asking what is "spirit"?  I cannot explain either, but I would argue that in terms of concept and definition, they are equivalents.  Energy exists everywhere.  Spirit exists everywhere.  They are both non-physical and they both are necessary for existence.  Your body cannot exist in its physical form without energy.  You cannot continue to exist without energy (food and warmth).  Things cannot be made without energy, not just living things but non-living things as well such as atmosphere, planets, etc.  Actions cannot be produced without energy.  All of existence is composed of and needs energy.  Because of this, energy is life.  According to the religious definition of spirit, it is what gives life.  Based on the synonymity of the concepts of life and energy, and according to the religious definition, God is spirit.  One could then argue that if the term energy is the same in concept as the term spirit, then God is energy.  Since the qualities of energy as we know it is everywhere and infinite and cannot be created or destroyed, God is ever-present and infinite and eternal.

Next, you know you exist.  I know I exist.  I exist because I am consciously aware of my being.  This does not require physical senses.  I close my eyes and shut out all sensory perceptions and I can still know I exist.  My conscious mind is the proof of my existence.  You might think, "but when I'm unconscious, I cannot sense myself".  This is not strictly true.  Your ability to remember differs between the conscious state and the "unconscious" state.  Perception exists even when you are "unconscious", and if your brain was able to remember the unconscious experience, you would be able to recall your "unconscious" experiences after you become conscious again.  This is why some people can't remember their dreams while most everyone else do remember their dreams to varying degree.  When one is dreaming, they are technically "unconscious".  The translated phrase by Descartes "I think, therefore I am" is quite apt here.  Your physical existence needs your conscious awareness, but your conscious awareness is not possible without existence itself.  They are one and the same, and so it has no beginning and no end.  It produces itself, and yet it cannot exist without such production.  This is the origin of thought, knowledge, information, understanding, etc.  Whatever exists, exists because of whatever.  The Schr√∂dinger paradox about the cat in the box is the same concept.  You cannot know what the outcome is without observing what the outcome is.  Something cannot become concrete without being aware of that concrete something.  It exemplifies the notion that "God is everything, and everything is because of God".

The question then becomes what is conscious mind?  I have said that the physical body is energy formed into what we perceive as matter.  The perception of matter is based on the interaction at a sub-atomic level with electrical properties.  Sensory data comes to the brain as electrical signals.  The mind interprets that data and processes it.  But if the body itself is a specific pattern of energy, then the mind must also be energy.  How can I prove this?  By the fact that if all matter is made of energy, then the only thing that truly exists is energy.  And yet I am conscious.  Therefore, the only two things that exists are energy and consciousness.  They may not be one and the same, but the fact that thought transferred in the body is an electrical signal as well (output) shows that there is some association between the two.  The mind and energy are connected in some way just as sensory input is energy.  This is difficult to give a conclusive proof because there is a juxtaposition of a concept with another concept.  If I was a mathematician, I may be able to formulate the proof, but the only proof I can offer is that thought is the mind sending a signal to the brain no different than a touch or vision, which then transfers energy into action.  Without the body, thought would become energy transference immediately.  If you accept that thought is energy, then the conscious mind is energy.  If there is infinite energy, and all of that energy is consciousness, then God is all-knowing, since all possibilities and all thoughts exists within the energy which is God.

If everything is energy and all forms are patterns of energy, then anything is possible through that energy.  Conversion of energy into form is accepted as described by the periodic table.  Each element is a combination of energy particles.  Each element combines to form molecules.   Each molecule combines to form matter.  But in order to begin the process of transforming energy into something else, requires energy, just as energy is released when that form is deconstructed.  A nuclear reaction is the breaking apart of bonds, which releases tremendous energy.  Imagine how much energy is required to combine them!  That energy cannot have randomly been injected to create form because of the laws of thermodynamics.  First of all, energy cannot be added or destroyed, but only changes form.  Secondly, in order to add energy to a system, you must have transference of energy from higher to lower, meaning energy must move from higher concentration to lower.  In order to have a big bang, you must somehow increase the entropy of the system (add energy) to be able to generate work (release energy).  For a system to gather energy spontaneously would mean it is a perpetual motion device, able to feed upon itself the energy necessary to do work.  In other words, for matter to form from energy, it must gather that energy to form itself.  In a random system, to gather enough energy to change forms would not be possible because it must overcome energy's natural stable nature.  This alone must demonstrate the need for a catalyst, a force beyond the nature of the system.  Any input means there is design or thought because something must feed energy into the system consciously (an unconscious action would again mean there is some force that can go against the laws of thermodynamic, lower to higher).  If only energy exists and energy is thought, then it itself is the source and it itself consciously moved to create form.  Therefore, that energy can overcome it's natural state, which is the epitome of consciousness: to act out of free-will.  This means that God is all-powerful because it can act freely to overcome what we accept as laws of physics.

Also, the idea that we exist because of random chance cannot occur without a force causing motion or change.  The reason is because something has to exist before it can interact into something else.  The fact that something exists means that there is no beginning.  In order for there to be a beginning, there must have been nothing to start with.  If nothing exists, then no change can occur regardless of chance.  When I say nothing, I mean both visible and invisible.  If something that is not visible exists, then that is something still.  For a change to occur from something, it must move into motion in order for chance to exist, which requires energy.  Chance simply means that a possibility of something occurring exists because the system is always changing.  If the system does not change, then there can be no chance of anything happening since a static system will remain static.  An atom is never in a static state because energy is always moving.  From this fact, we know there is change in the system.  This fact gives us the proof that there is energy in the system that gives "life" and that it cannot be chance that energy was created into the system from nothing.  Where did energy come from?  Does it have to appear from something or somewhere?  Isn't energy, at the core, simply a concept, an idea, rather than something tangible?  The concept of beginning is only a physical concept because to have a beginning means that something came from something else which came from something else, etc..  If there is no beginning, then something must just exist or nothing can exist at all as something cannot come from nothing.

Hopefully, I have been able to describe why God exists from a logical point of view using understandable terminology.  None of my arguments is to say that God follows physical laws as I already stated that God can overcome such laws, but rather we can observe these laws in the formation of physical reality through the energy that exists, which I am calling God.  From this, I postulate that energy is God because it is the one aspect of nature that exists in all things.  But God, just like energy, is indescribable.  We define energy in a limited way, but it does not mean we understand it or know it.  Only that we observe the principles of matter as a function of the concept we call energy.  Even though I am using the term "energy", it does not imply non-intelligence or non-consciousness.  In fact, I argue that energy is the source of intelligence and consciousness, hence the idea of God.

Lastly, the reasons why atheists do not accept religion is not invalid to a certain degree. The rejection of specific interpretations or belief systems of religion can be valid.  I myself do not accept the traditional beliefs of various religions because I find that they are too restrictive in comparison to that which is possible through even the religious idea of God.  In order to have a God figure that is all powerful, then nothing can be restrictive in worship of that deity, for the worship must be representative of their deity's abilities.  Yet this is clearly not the case for many religions including the traditional Christianity.  But this too is due to a lack of understanding and knowledge.  Just as early man worshiped the stars and the sun as deities, modern religious man worships deities with qualities closer to man's current understanding.  The more understanding one gains, the more powerful the deity becomes, until they realize they themselves are eternal beings, a portion of All That Is.


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