Desiring God: 10 Quick Points About Our Need for God
Saints and Sceptics
1) Various features of the universe constitute the evidence and the question is whether God’s existence would help us make more sense of this evidence than alternative viewpoints. In particular, in comparing Christian theism with atheism, does the existence of God provide a better explanation of the evidence than the view that physical reality is all there is?
2) The case for the existence of God does not depend on any one feature of the universe providing a convincing case for God on its own. Perhaps no single piece of evidence, considered in isolation, shows that Jones is guilty, but when the cumulative weight of all the evidence is taken into account, the verdict becomes clear.
3) On Christian theism there are no limits on what God knows and what God can do, other than the limits of what is logically possible. God has beliefs, is free to choose and to make plans, and he can bring some of his desires about. A simpler way of putting this is to say that God is limitless, loving, free power. Or to put it differently again, God is Holy and Sovereign. The Holiness of God is something that we at once desire and reject. We need God, yet cannot draw near to him until someone makes us holy as he is Holy.
4) Consider our universal desires: those which are felt cross-culturally and reoccur in literature, art and religion. Look for enduring needs that can last for a lifetime and are not momentary whims. Leave out desires and impulses which would satisfy some at the cost of others: blood-lust, revenge and greed will rob some individuals of their quest for joy. We discover a logically coherent set of fundamental needs: a vision for life that would let us all exist in harmony, and that every human could live out and find satisfying.
5) Sooner or later, we all have to face the problem of significance: we all try to find deeper meaning in our lives. Our lives do not matter in any ultimate sense if they are the accidental outcome of impersonal forces working on impersonal particles. We have absurdly short amount of time to live under the Sun and the human species will not outlive the Galaxy; we cannot create the value we desire. So humanity craves a deeper significance than physics can offer or that we can invent. Why is that?
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