God Fact or fiction?
by Olajide Jatto
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Making a case for the existence of a superior being
“In God we trust” the American motto clearly and unambiguously states.
I’ve seen and heard of conspiracies in my time and days on this planet. I mean 9-11, Bay of Pigs invasion, JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations, The da Vinci code, Illiminati on and on. But if there really isn’t a God, that is one conspiracy that makes a culmination of all these other ones pale in comparison like a glass of water beside the pacific. But if I may ask, such a great conspiracy, spanning over thousands of years, books claiming divine origins, miracles/wonders that seem to have evidences, can it really be sustained by a force any less than the concept of a God itself? I have my opinion, make up yours!
America is the greatest country on earth in many regards at least for the best part of the last couple of generations. A pertinent question I ask is why? Is it possible that it has something to do with their ‘trusting in God’? No, don’t worry; I won’t base my argument on that. I’ll just leave you with your predication on that one.
Gene Roddenberry the creator of star trek once said and I quote “We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes”. And it does not matter how you put it, he makes sense. I mean, if there really is a God, why will all these wars take place? Why will good people be broke and the Vegas drug lords prosper? Why are slaves taken so forcefully and inhumanly from their loved ones and banished to a life of penury and suffering? Why are people dying of hunger, while some have food to spare? Why do some lack clean water to drink while others have so much they make pools for swimming in? Why did bambi lose his mother.. yada yada yada.. Get it? I mean why all these ‘uncool’ stuff if there is really a God?
And scientifically, we can explain almost everything that goes on in the world around us. We know the fertilization process that brings babies. We know why we don’t fall of at a sharp edge if we do drive around the earth. We can explain all known diseases. So where exactly is the Godliness of God?
Firstly, in my opinion, I don’t believe these scientific findings do anything other than support the idea of a greater being’s existence to a thorough enough mind. If gravity exists, how did it come to being? I challenge Hawkins or even Einstein to give me a sensible explanation as to why the rotations of the earth from the inception of time takes an accurate 24 hours despite all the ‘bla bla’ stuff that they say has been taking place in the cosmos and the outer universe for the past, ‘according to them’, billions of years.
Think about this, a sperm cell and an egg when they come together under the right conditions make a baby right? Do you actually know the foetus immediately has, depending on the presence or absence of Y chromosome, the potential to produce its own eggs or semen some day? Do you know there exists immediately after fertilization something somewhere in the foetus, the set-up to have a beard if a boy and ovaries if a girl? Say what you want to say, but you know as soon as they tell the mother it’s a girl, she can immediately picture the pink room, ‘menstrual’ talk, Barbie dolls, emotional fragility and so on.. Do you mean to tell me there isn’t a force higher than us in control of these things we take for granted and don’t even work to achieve?
A while back, I saw the Nobel Prize for physics awarded to three guys who made a discovery that our universe was expanding faster than ever before. Yet these are the same guys that say there isn't something making it to expand? The size of the earth in relation to the universe can be like a grain of salt compared to a football field and someone means to tell me the entire system just banged itself into being? And these are supposedly our smart minds you know.
I came across an article recently where one Seyed Ibrahim argues that the fact that there’s a creation indicate there’s a creator. Every object must have been made, created, developed by something. And in this case I do agree with him wholly. The Quran states and I quote in Quran
Surah 52. Ath Thuur ayat 35;
“Were they created by nothing, or were they themselves the creators?”
Also Quran Surah 2. Al Baqarah ayat 164 states;
“Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and In the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allâh sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of All kinds that He has scattered therein, and In the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayât (proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) for people of understanding”
A question I ask in my head is, “what was there in the beginning?” I mean beginning beginning. Inception inception. Before every other thing. I mean before the earth. Before Mars. Before the dark energy that dictates magnetic forces among the planets. Before humans. Before the oceans. Long before all the ‘bangies’ that ‘banged’ in the ‘big bang’ (obviously you can tell by now I don’t believe in the big bang theory). I mean before everything. Before the vast spaces existed. Even dare I say, before the celestial bodies. The truth is, in all my search only one book has been able to answer this question. The Holy bible. It states clearly;
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:1”.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1”.
I think humans, in a bid not to look like fools complicate simple facts so much we inevitably look like even bigger fools.
As per why a God so just, powerful and kind will let injustice take place. The simple answer in my opinion is free will. He gave us free will. I’ve learnt that the best of leaders in human realm give their followers a free hand to act what they have in their minds as long as they don’t destroy the organisation or the domain of the said leader.
God is God. Supremely so. He always has a plan. He doesn't jump in with a bailout package at every junction of the way. We wouldn’t have the opportunity to act out our humanity if he does. And most importantly we wouldn’t accept the consequences of our actions if they’re not our actions, would we? If my dad asks my dream girl out for me and convinces her to marry me because he’s my dad and he knows what’s best for me. And he even goes ahead to pay for the wedding, who do you think I will blame when she inevitably acts like the occasional dumb-nut women are programmed to act like? I simply think it’s a case of making your bed and lying there in.
We all have what makes us us. I think we have a cord inside us that simply can’t be broken, spare for if we snap it ourselves. There are beliefs we hold dear which simply won’t be taken away. I’m not deluded enough to think I’ll change minds with my opinions no matter how diverse I let my mind wander. But I can almost bet a second and even a third mortgage that inside everyone lies a conviction that there is something out there bigger than us. You can say its ‘them’, a ‘he’, a ‘she’ or maybe even an ‘it’. I say a HIM or rather the HIM and I call Him God.
Do what you want with what you have on your mind or what your head tells you. But like Joshua the son of Nun, the leader of the Israeli nation said around 1200 BC;
“...choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether .... but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15”
That’s if at all you think anything is worth serving which raises a whole ‘nother debate altogether.
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