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The Church’s teachings come from Jesus, who is the son of God, and has been proven to be the MessiahTeachings are from the Church, the Church is from Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ is God, but why believe in God?Here are the top 5 arguments…Argument from designIf there is a design, there is a designer, we think of a designer when we see a designA rocket ship going to the moon has been made by man, not chance, and there is much more design in the universe than a rocket. One in a trillion chance of it happening by chance, yet one in a trillion explanation is unreasonable (Kreeft 1)Anthropic principleThe universe is so specifically designed from beginning to now, that if the temperature of the big bang had been a trillionth of a degree colder, the carbon molecule (foundation of all organic life) could have never evolved (Kreeft 2)If the cosmic rays that bombarded the primordial slime at a different angle or time or intensity, the hemoglobin molecule would have not evolved (Kreeft 2)Every step of evolution has been designed in detail and one change would affect the presentThe possibility of our universe coming to exist is trillions and trillions, and only one could possibility can support human lifeHow can the complex design in man and the human brain come from something with less or no design?Human intelligence must have a cause, coming from something that transcends the universe, it is something beyond our understanding that has given us a conscience and moralityIf there is intelligence in man, there is intelligence in cause…Romans 1:20″For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”Argument of “First Cause”Everything needs an explanation, it’s impossible for something dependant to happen by itself, everything has a reason why it is what it isThere is a first cause, an eternal, independent, self explanatory being with nothing above it, before it, or supporting it (Kreeft 2)If this first cause needed an explanation for itself, then there would be no first causeExistence is handed down a chain of causesIf there is no first cause, then the chain of existence would not be possible and nothing would be passed downDependant beings are dependant on their causes and we cannot cause ourselves to existThomas Aquinas has 4 versions of this argument:The chain of movers has a first mover because nothing can move itself with no mover in front of it. No first mover means no motion could ever start up and it could not go on to exist nowIf there were no cause for the universe starting up and existing , then there could be no second cause for anything else, since second causes are dependant on first causesIf there was no eternal being, if everything had the chance of not existing, then this would be true for everything in existence.. If everything could die, it would, but nothing would start up again.We have a standard of perfection and goodness, therefore there must be a first cause of such a standard. We rank things as good and bad, there must be a standard of perfection to have this hierarchy.All of these 4 proofs prove God indirectly, by refusing atheism,Each of the four ways make the same point for four different causesCause of motionCause of a beginning of existenceCause of present existenceCause of goodness or valueCommon point: if there was no first cause, there could be no second causes4 Counter Arguments”The proofs don’t prove God, but only a vague first cause.” It’s true that the proofs don’t prove everything the Christian means by God, but they prove a transcendent, eternal, uncaused, immortal, self-existing all-perfect being. (Kreeft 4)”The concept of cause is ambiguous and not applicable beyond the physical universe.” However the concept of cause is analogical, it differs somewhat but not completely from one example to another. If no cause, no effect, if no creator no creation, if no God, no universe (Kreeft 4)”The idea is that there is a self-contradiction, that if everything needs a cause, what caused God” (Kreeft 4)However,  the argument does not use the idea that every single thing needs a cause, ita argues how everything IN MOTION, needs a cause, everything DEPENDANT needs a cause, everything IMPERFECT needs a cause. (Kreeft 4)”Why can’t there be an infinite regress without a first being?” (like in mathematics with negative numbers). But real beings are not like numbers, they need causes. The chain of real beings moves in one direction only from past to future. Positive numbers are not caused by negative numbers. (Kreeft 4)Argument from ConscienceConscience has an absolute authority over us, an absolutely Perfect Will, a divine being, is the only possible source of absolute authority, concluding that such a being exists (Kreeft 5)The voice that calls us “to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil” (“Conscience, the other, and narcissism”, Ms. Spano)However, people disagree, they say a basis for conscience is:Something abstract and impersonal, like an ideaSomething concrete but less than humans, on an animal level instinctSomething on the human level, but not the divineSomething higher than humans, but not the divineConscience has a binding moral authority over us, but only a perfect righteous divine will has this authority. (Kreeft 5)Argument from HistoryFirst: The history of both humans and our past ancestors from evolution show a storyline, it is not random.If atheism is true, there are no adventures and life is a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing (Kreeft 5)A story points to a storyteller (argument from design)Second: miracles directly show the presence of God on earthAn unexplainable act done in our world is done by God.It is like speech explains rational thoughts70000 people saw the miracle of the sun at Fatima, as well as there are so many accounts and witnesses of miracles all throughout historyGod provided just enough ‘clues’ and ‘signs’ of himself for any open willing person and with an honest heart to be able to find God but not so much that everybody he be convinced so easilyJesus could have lived on Earth forever, he could have come down from the cross, and every unbeliever would believe. Only 500 people saw Christ resurrect after his death, why did he not reveal himself to everyone?Third: Christ himselfChrist claimed to be God, and if his claim was true, then there is a God. Jesus is God in the flesh, in a human form (debate in class proved to us he is the Lord)Christ’s personality is fascinating and charming even to unbelievers, he was anything unlike a liar or a lunatic. A liar cannot be so loving and a lunatic cannot be so wiseFourth: conversion of the worldHow to explain faith and religion overcoming the hearts of billions in our world? If the conversion of the world happened and religion all over the world is false and there are no miracles, then this could be a record of an even greater miracleChrist won the hearts by the miracle of amazing grace and loveFifth: our own life experiencesIn the laboratory of one’s life, Christianity can be tested like an experimentGod will come to you If you pray with an open honest heart. It is like testing a hypothesis by performing a relevant experiment.An agnostic has to open his mind and heart, be honest and search for God, and he will find God in his way and his timeHow to search for God? Not by arguing and fighting for proofs of him, but by praying. Not by just talking about God, but by talking TO him.Pascal’s WagerGod either is or He isn’t. Reason cannot decide this famous debate between athiests and theists. At the point of death, it’s like a coin is flipped and it will come down to wether God exists or he doesn’t.Atheism is a bad bet, and doesn’t give us a chance of winning (eternal life)You have two things to lose: the true and the good. You have two things to stake: your reason and your will. (Kreeft 7)If God does exist, you win, you win everything if you believed. If he doesn’t exist, you lose nothing, even if you did believe. (Kreeft 7)If God does not exist, it doesn’t matter how we wager, for there is nothing to win after death and nothing to lose after death. But if God exists, our only chance of winning eternal happiness is to believe, and our only chance of losing is to refuse to believe (Kreeft 7)It is very reasonable to wager a finite bet on the chance of winning an infinite prizeHowever some people cannot bring themselves to believe no matter what they hearIf you are unable to believe, it is because of your passions, since reason impels you to believe and yet you cannot do so. It is not a matter of multiplying proofs of God, but by diminishing your passions (Kreeft 9)Connection to the CatechismThe desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for (CCC paragraph 27)Created in God’s image and called to know and love him, the person who seeks God discovers certain ways of coming to know him. These are also called proofs for the existence of God, not in the sense of proofs in the natural sciences, but rather in the sense of “converging and convincing arguments”, which allow us to attain certainty about the truth. These “ways” of approaching God from creation have a twofold point of departure: the physical world, and the human person. (CCC paragraph 31)ConclusionAn atheist once demanded a rabbi to prove the existence of God to him, and the rabbi refused. The atheist got angry and got up to leave the room, but as he was leaving, the rabbi called after him: “But can you be sure there is no God?” (Kreeft 9)