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  • 1. 3REASONSFOR

2. There are manyrational reasons forbelieving in God.This booklet will briefly explain threesimple reasons for Gods existence. 3. 1ORDERCommenting on the order found in the universe, the physicist Stephen Hawking explains that:The overwhelming impression is one of order, themore we discover about the universe, the more weIN THEfind that it is governed by rational laws.[1]This observation is shared by the vast the sun shone, the wind blew, lightningmajority of scientists.struck, the oil bubbled to the surface and mixed with the sand and metal, andUNIVERSESince the universe has order and isover millions of years the mobile camegoverned by the laws of science, wetogether by chance?should question how this order cameabout. The most effective way to answerNo one would believe such anthis question is to reason to the best explanation. A mobile phone is clearlyconclusion. Take your mobile phone for something that was put together in anexample, your phone is made of glass,organised way, so it would be rational toWhen we reflect upon the nature plastic and metal. Glass comes fromsand, plastic comes from oil, and metal believe that it must have an organiser. In the same way, when we see the orderof our world, we see orderis extracted from the ground. Imaginein the universe, isnt it rational to say thateverywhere from the water cycle you were walking in a desert (wherethere is lots of oil, sand and metals in the universe has an organiser?to the movement of the earththe ground), and you found a mobilephone lying around. Would you believe This organiser is best explained by the existence of God. God is the one whoaround the sun. that it came together by itself? Thatbought about the order in the universe. 4. 2However, according to Cosmology, the and so on and so on. If this goes on forever,If something has always universe had a beginning some 14 billion yearsago with a cosmic event commonly known as will the sniper ever get to shoot the target?existed it doesnt need a the Big Bang.[2] The obvious answer is that he wouldnt be able to shoot. The only way the sniper cancreator. In the first part of the Imagine you heard a loud bang, and you asked shoot is if someone gives permission without20th century some physicistswhere did that sound come from? Would yoube satisfied with the answer that it came from asking for anyone elses permission. That person would be the first cause of the sniperheld the view that the universe nothing and it just happened? Of course not.You would say what was the cause of that shooting. In the same way, the Big Bang must have a first cause.had always existed. If theloud bang? In the same way, rationally the BigBang must also have a cause that bought itWe can conclude that this first cause mustuniverse had always existed itabout. Now we can ask since the Big Banghas a cause, what was the cause of that be powerful as it bought the whole universe into existence, and it must be intelligent as itwouldnt need a creator.cause? Then we can ask, what was the causeof that cause? And so on and so on. But this caused the laws of science which govern the universe. Also, this first cause must beBEGINNING OFcant go on forever and must end with a firsttimeless, spaceless and immaterial, becausecause, because of the following example: time, space and matter began at the Big Bang. Finally, since it is uncaused it must haveImagine a sniper who has just found his target always existed.THE UNIVERSEand calls back to base to get permission toshoot. The person at the base tells the sniper All of these attributes of the first cause maketo hold on while they seek permission from up the basic concept of God. God is thesomeone else higher up. So the guy higher up uncreated first cause of the universe.seeks permission from the guy even higher up 5. 3HUMANOver the last decade some really startling facts have been found that show that children havean innate belief in God. Dr Justin Barrett, a senior researcher at the University of Oxford Centrefor Anthropology and Mind, states:NATUREThe preponderance of scientific evidence for the past 10 years orso has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the naturaldevelopment of childrens minds than we once thought, including apredisposition to see the natural world as designed and purposefuland that some kind of intelligent being is behind that purpose...Throughout the history of the He adds that If we threw a handful [ofthat atheism is definitely an acquiredworld, the majority of people children] on an island and they raisedthemselves... they would believe in position.[5]have believed in God. There God.[3] To put it simply, his answer asto why anyone would believe in God is So where did this natural belief in a creator come from? We cant say it isseems to be something that, our minds are designed to do so[4].Disbelief in God is something which is taught by society as this belief is innate, and studies show that it is independentbuilt in the human mind thatunnatural to the human being. OxfordUniversity development psychologist of societal pressures and is cross- cultural[6]. The best explanation formakes us want to believe. Dr Olivera Petrovich, who is an expert inthe Psychology of Religion states that, this belief is that God has put this into humanity.belief in God develops naturally and 6. You have just read three independent REFERENCESreasons why it makes sense to believe[1] Antony Flew, There Is a God: How the Worldsin God. Belief in God is not only rational Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mindbut it is also part of human nature. [2] Derek Raine, An Introduction to Science of Cosmology (Astronomy & Astrophysics)There are many questions raised by the [3] Justin L. Barrett, Why Would Anyone Believeexistence of God, such as why is there in God?evil and suffering in the world? Doesnt [4] http://www.cam.ox.ac.uk/publications-origi- nal/why-would-anyone-believe-in-god/evolution disprove God? Do we have a [5] Dr Olivera Petrovich, Childs Theory of Worldpurpose in life? For answers to these[6] Justin L. Barrett, Jonathan A. Lanman, Theand other such questions please visitScience of Religious Beliefswww.OneReason.org 7. There are many rational reasonsfor believing in God. This booklet will briey explain three simplereasons for Gods existence.E: feedback@onereason.info