03 Nov All Traditional Arguments For God’s Existence.Part 3
- We need about 15 years to direct our lives and to understand what is good and bad. But many animals have such knowledge very soon after they are born. For example, ducklings can swim as soon as they hatch, and ants start digging nests in the ground when they leave their cocoons. Bees and spiders quickly learn how to make their honeycombs and webs, respectively, which are marvels of handiwork that we cannot reproduce. Who teaches young eels born in the waters of Europe to find their way to their home in the Pacific? Is the migration of birds not still a mystery? How can you explain such astounding facts other than by attributing them to the teaching or directing of one who knows everything, and has arranged the universe and its inhabitants in a way that every creature can direct its life?
- Despite enormous scientific advances, we still cannot explain life. Life is the gift of the Ever-Living One, Who “breathes” a spirit into each embryo. We know little about the spirit’s nature and relation with the body, but our ignorance does not mean that the spirit does not exist. The spirit is sent here to be perfected and to acquire a state appropriate for the other life.
- Our conscience is the center of our inclinations toward right and wrong. Everybody feels this conscience occasionally, and most people are inclined to turn to God on certain occasions. For us, this inclination and belief in Him are intrinsic. Even if we consciously deny God, our unconscious belief in Him occasionally shows itself. The Qur’an mentions this in several verses:
It is He Who enables you to travel on the land and the sea; and when you are in the ship, and the ships run with a favorable wind and they rejoice in it, there comes upon them a strong wind, and waves come on them from every side and they think that they are encompassed. Then they cry unto God, making their faith pure for Him only, (saying): “If you deliver us from this, we truly will be thankful.” (10:22)
Then [Abraham] broke them [the idols] into pieces, all except the large one, so that they might turn to Him. [When they returned and saw this] they said: “Who has done this to our gods? Surely it must be some evildoer.” They said: “We have heard a youth talk of them; he is called Abraham.” They said: “Then [at once] bring him before the eyes of the people, so that they may testify.” [When Abraham was there] they said: “Is it you who has done this to our gods, O Abraham?” He said: “Nay, their chief has done it, so ask them, if they can speak.” At once they turned to themselves and said: “You, you are the wrongdoers.” Then they were utterly confounded, and said: “O Abraham! You know that these do not speak.” Abraham said: “Do you then worship, besides God, those things that cannot profit in anything at all, nor harm you? Woe unto you, and all that you worship instead of God! Do you not use your intelligence?” They said: “Burn him (immediately) and protect your gods, if you are doing anything.” (21:58-68)
So, the human spirit and conscience are a strong argument for the existence of One God.