FAITHBOOK – ORTHODOXY
How can I know if God exists ?
Evidence for God’s existence can be found in several ways:
1, In creation – we see nature all around us, for example in flowers, landscapes and mountains. Creation implies a creator.
2, In design – a computer is more complex than a chair. A hierarchy of designs from simple to complex implies that there must be a supreme designer of all of them. An analogy was provided by William Paley (1743-1805) and runs like this: Suppose someone found a watch in an empty field. The complexity of the design would lead one to conclude that it could not be the product of random events, but rather of some creative intelligence.
3, In morality – the sense of right and wrong. Where does this sense come from ? This points to a supreme lawgiver.
4, In causality – every effect must have a cause. Thus the world must have been caused by something else. However, there must be something that is uncaused, something not dependent on anything. That something is God.
5, In contingency – we observe that some things are dependent (‘contingent’) on other things for their existence. However, not everything can be contingent, so there must exist something that is not dependent on anything else (i.e. God).