Frankly, we don’t. There are logical reasons why they may not. Partly semantics, and partly mathematics, you will see what I mean as you read further.
A very large percentage of the world’s population believes in a Supreme Being. Most of those believe that the Supreme Being created our world. Some of those – about 2.2 Billion people, or roughly 32% of the world population are Christian and believe that a man we call Jesus is the miraculous son of this Supreme Being.
When I was a boy of 14, I engaged a Catholic Priest in conversation and debate, even though I was not raised as a Catholic. He gave me an interesting definition of God. He said God created the universe and God was everywhere. God was all knowing. God was in everything. God had existed since the beginning of time, and God will always exist until the end of time. I immediately decided to try to define God using all of his terms. What could I imagine that fit them all? I came up with Nature.
Nature is visible and provable. It follows rules – the laws of physics. It works in specific ways, but not in other ways. There is the appearance of order, at least on large scales. Perhaps God was really nature, or perhaps God was the force that caused nature to do what it does. Time as we know it began with the beginning of this universe, and it will end with the end of this universe. Nature is bound by those limits.
Many with whom I have spoken are convinced God exists because of the existence of so many co-incidences that are required to be present for us to exist at all. Any of a number of things could have happened and we wouldn’t be here. If the dinosaurs had not been wiped out, perhaps THEY would still be here. Civilization would certainly be much different if we all kept being eaten. There are many examples. I have heard people tell me the human eye is so complicated that it must have been God that made it. It is not. Out of billions of evolving organisms we have eyes that work. The fact that eyes exist means that eyes, as with all developments of evolution, result from a series of outcomes. Some outcomes resulted in failure and those blind creatures didn’t survive and reproduce. The ones that could see more successfully avoided predators, survived, and continued their kind.
I mentioned this next point in another blog, but it fits well here as well. As you all know, usually only one sperm fertilizes an egg. Out of the millions of sperm making the attempt, one succeeds. That sperm and egg became a zygote that became you. If it had been a different sperm, the person born would have been your brother or your sister, but NOT you. You wouldn’t exist, but they would.
Your parents were also both created from the sperm that won the derby the night they were created by their parents, and their parents, parents too, back generation, after generation back through the ages since the beginning of species that reproduced. The ODDs of YOU being here are trillions times trillions times trillions to one. But you are here. Is it a miracle? Well, with all of that recreation going on, someone had to be here. If they were, and were it not you, then I’d be trying to tell them the same story, (presuming that I was here to do it).
The statistical probability of an outcome may be extreme, yet through a series of events, some outcome will occur. Things happen even though the odds of them occurring seem to defy belief, but they happen. It might be that the odds for an eye to develop through evolution is trillions times trillions time trillions to one – but hey, those are the same odds that you are here – and guess what – you ARE HERE!
We have all won the lottery of life simply by being born. As you are aware in an actual lottery, if people keep playing and playing, someone eventually wins. To the winner it might seem a miracle. To the rest of us – we realize that it was just luck. Hence God may exist, but the existence of God is not a requirement for us to be here. All we see and experience is statistically possible.
As for Jesus, did he exist? It DOES appear that the man we call Jesus existed around two thousand years ago. Academics believe he had a following that began as a small group of uneducated, illiterate Jewish peasants. There have been no surviving documents ever found from the time of Jesus that were written about Jesus, or by Jesus or by any of Jesus disciples. Be aware that Mathew, Mark, Luke and John – the books from the New Testament that chronicle his life WERE NOT written by Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. Nor were they written in Aramaic, the language of Jesus. They were written decades later, long after the stories about Jesus circulated through the Roman Empire– by unknown (pseudonymous) Greek authors written in the Greek language. Further, early Christians in the early centuries did not adhere to the same beliefs, just as many believe differently today.
Some forged documents were written in the name of the Apostles specifically to support the claim that Christianity supported their viewpoints. One example may be the Gospel of Thomas which contains 114 “sayings of Jesus”.
There is ONLY one known non-biblical written early mention (within the first century)of Jesus outside of the Bible. In a work by Jewish author Flavius Josephus in his work “Testimonium Flavianum”. Oddly this very same mention is not present in the earlier versions of the same work, leading scholars to suspect that the sentence was modified by someone in the early Catholic Church at a later time to try to prove the existence of Jesus. Interestingly enough a 10th century Arabic translation of the same book does NOT contain the passage reference to Jesus. Since Jesus was considered a prophet by Islam, had his name been in previous manuscripts it likely would have been included. Hence, all accounts of Jesus and his life and teachings appear to only come from the New Testament and were written by his followers.
So does this dis-prove Jesus? No. Does it prove he is not the Son of God? No. So what does it prove? It proves absolutely nothing at all – except that he probably existed and that most Christians base their belief on a written work edited in 367 by a man named Athanasius the Bishop of Alexandria. Athanasius was the man who was given the task and decided which books should be included in our Bible and which ones books caused confusion or chronicled Jesus as just an ordinary man and should be deleted. Our Bible today is little changed.
What are your thoughts?
Do you think God and Jesus Exist?
Originally posted 2015-08-20 09:34:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter