The existence of God.
On the question of the existence of God, many misunderstandings have arisen about the terms “evidence” and “proving” the existence of God. Indeed, philosophy, from its beginning, sought to develop and describe how we come to know God. Step by step, she logically justified knowledge after knowledge until the whole of her reasoning necessarily showed that God must exist. But this evidence and this means of proof cannot be confused with scientific evidence. We do not prove God as something that will eventually appear to us. In this way, we do not verify any spiritual reality. Not even the human thought of what, as a natural and powerful and transforming world, will appear to us either in a test tube or under a microscope. We are convinced of its existence, something other than material evidence. When we talk about God, we don’t always have to talk about evidence. St. Thomas spoke of the ways of God. Sometimes the signs of God are enough for our lives.
Looking for evidence can mean looking for a cause as a force. It’s not personal and alive enough. Looking for traces of God is different. It means knowing the meaning, the idea. God is proving to be the most profound meaning of the world. In knowing God, we must always keep in mind the nature of human knowledge. One does not know things at once and all from all sides. We get to know each other step by step. We think and focus on one thing, and a hundred other things escape us. I focus on studying; I forget the world; I focus on the game; I forget the duties. The people on the Titanic focused on their little things for play and fun and failed, they were at sea. They wanted to avoid believing they were drowning. This is the disadvantage of gradual knowledge of man; we do not see everything in one action. So, we focus on the small events of our lives; it escapes us that we only live here for a while and have no power, neither life nor death.
We forget God. We often deal with details, and we miss the essentials. One may not consciously think of some things. Pascal once said that some people don’t think about what they don’t want to think about. Do not think of places about the Messiah, the Jew told his son, who had difficulty reading the Bible, especially the prophecies. This is what those who want to avoid God do. They do not think about it. Others talk about the problem of God, but they talk about it superficially, recklessly; they make it easier. The most primitive is the objections concerning the visibility of God. Show me, God, say primitive deniers. Where is God?
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