Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The planet earth is a unique exception in the Universe because of its rare qualities and attributes. All the numerous celestial bodies in the Universe are either huge fiery stars or rocky planets, with the sole exception of the earth, which has life and its accompanying support elements. It is to be noted here that 'exceptions' means 'intervention'; and 'intervention' proves the existence of an 'intervener'; and once the existence of an 'intervener' is proved, than the existence of God is automatically proved. I would like to say that in such a situation the choice we have is not between 'the universe with God', and 'the universe without God'. This is not an option. The real option is between 'the universe with God' or 'no universe at all'. As we cannot opt for the proposition "no universe at all", since the universe is too obvious a fact for us to deny its existence, therefore we have no option but to accept the proposition of "the Universe with Almighty God.
Let us begin from the beginning. Science tells us that 25 billion years ago there was a Big Bang in space. After this Big Bang our universe came into existence. Scientists have found evidence to believe that in the beginning there was that they call a cosmic ball. All the particles now present in the universe were tightly bound to each other in this cosmic ball in a highly compressed state. According to the known physical laws, only an inner journey was possible for these particles. Physically, there was no possibility of their outward journey in space. Then, according to astronomical studies, this cosmic ball suddenly exploded. The compact particles scattered outward and the present universe came into existence, perhaps within the space of a few minutes. What external source caused the intervention so that the compact particles scattered outwardly? It was an intervener or Almighty God. It was a violent explosion and we know that every explosion is destructive, except one, which is pre-planned. Chernobyl of Russia is an example. It was a sudden explosion, which proved totally destructive. On the other hand, there is the example of exploding rocks to build tunnels. This second type of explosion is always pre-planned, and as such, is always constructive in its result. The Big Bang explosion resulted in a universe that is highly constructive and meaningful, in every sense of these words. This miraculous phenomenon is enough to make us believe that the Big Bang explosion was certainly pre-planned. And when it is proved that it was pre-planned, it is automatically proved that behind this pre-planned there was a planner, indeed a Super Planner. And it is this Super Planner who is God Almighty. When reflect deeply about our world, we find that all over the universe there are clear signs of planning, design and intelligent control. These signs lead us to believe that there is a Creator of creatures, there is a Designer of designs, and there is a Mover of all movements.
Human knowledge has two different phases- the pre-Einstein period and the post-Einstein period. In the pre-Einstein period, knowledge was confined to the macro or material world, which was observable and measurable. So, it was generally held that everything, which has a real existence, should also be observable. Anything, which could not be observed, had no real existence. This meant that only the seen world was real and what was unseen was unreal or some kind of fiction. This concept created the theory that is generally called logical positivism. It means that the only valid logical argument is one that is demonstrable material terms; otherwise it is simply a baseless claim, and not a valid argument. But, in the post-Einstein period, in the early years of 20th century, when the atom was split, the whole situation changed. After the spitting of the atom, matter as a solid substance, disappeared. It was replaced by the micro-world, beyond the atomic world, where everything was reduced to unseen wave - neither measurable nor observable. After this revolution in knowledge, logical or rational argument also change drastically. This changing situation compelled the philosophers and the scientists to revise logical criteria. It has now become an accepted fact that inferential argument is as valid as direct argument. Present-day science includes so many things, such as electrons, the law of gravity, x-rays, etc., etc., all of which are non-material in nature. They cannot be observed, but every scientist believes in their existence, for the simple reason that, although we cannot see these things directly, we can see their effect. For example, a falling apple, in the case of gravity, and a photofilm, in the case of x-rays. We believe in the existence of all these things, not by the observation but by their result, in other words, by way of indirect knowledge or inferential argument. This change in human knowledge also changed the theory of logic. Now it is well established in science that inferential argument is as direct argument. (For detail, see Human Knowledge, by Bertrand) In the pr-Einstein era, unbelievers held that the concept of God pertains to the unseen world. And since no direct argument was available to bear this out, belief in God was held to be illogical and all the relevant indirect arguments were considered scientifically invalid, since they were inferential in nature. But now the whole situation has changed. Nothing is observable. So the existence of anything can be established only by means of inferential argument, rather than by direct argument. If inferential argument is valid with regard to the unseen micro-world, it is also valid with regard to the existence of God. Bertrand Russell, although an atheist, in his book, "Why I am not a Christian", has admitted this fact. He says that the argument centering on design, propounded by theologians to prove the existence of God, is scientifically valid. Since ancient days, theologians have argued that when there is a design there must also be a designer. As we see that our world is well designed, it compels us to believe that there is a designer
Does God Exist? This question often comes into our minds. Let us rationally try to find an answer to this question. My answer to this question is in the affirmative. Based on my study and my experience, I can say with full conviction that God exists. There is no doubt about it. When I say that God exists, I say this in the scientific sense and not in the popular sense. People generally believe that they are in position to prove or disprove anything. But this is not the scientific position. According to modern science, you cannot prove or disprove anything; you can only arrive at a probability, rather than a certainty. If there is sufficient data to show that this or that thing probably exists, then one can make the statement that this or that thing exists. The present question of whether God exists itself raises another question. Study in anthropology, that is, the science of man, have established that the concept of God is ingrained in human nature. Belief in God runs in our blood. Every man and woman is a born believer. Especially in times of helplessness and in crisis, we discover that there is a Supreme Being. Every man and woman has experienced this natural fact at least once in his or her life. Then why this question? If the concept of God is present in our flesh and blood, why does one question the existence of God? The reason is very simple. People want to know whether there is a rational basis to their inner belief, whether there is some scientific proof in favour of their inner feelings. I must emphasize that there is certainly a scientific basis for belief in the existence of God. But people generally fail to discover it for the simple reason that they try to apply a criterion that they wrongly believe to be scientific. They want a proof in terms of observation, whereas this is neither the scientific method nor the criterion by which to judge. If you apply the right criterion, you will find that God is a proven fact. Here I recall an incident that took place, when I happened to meet a gentleman, who was a Doctor of Philosophy and a great admirer. Of course, he was an atheist. During our conversation about God he asked: "What criterion do you have to prove the existence of God:" I replied: "The same criterion which you have for proving the existence of anything else." The dialogue ended there. There was no question and no answer after this. Why did this learned man fall silent? The reason is very simple and well known. My answer reminded him of the fact that we are living in a world where inferential argument is as applicable to the concept of God as to any other concept.
Friday, July 4, 2014
THE MOST POWERFUL MOTIVATING FORCE IN OUR LIVES IS FEAR, CONSCIOUSLY OR SUBCONSCIOUSLY, EVERYONE'S ACTIONS ARE THE RESULT OF SOME KIND OF FEAR. IT COULD BE OF FINANCIAL RUIN, WORLDLY DISGRACE, A POWERFUL ENEMY, OR SOME SUPERIOR POWER. EACH AND EVERY PERSON FUNCTIONS BECAUSE OF SOME REAL OR IMAGINARY FEAR, YET THERE IS NO SUBSTANCE TO THE ACTIONS WHICH PEOPLE PERFORM ON THE BASIS OF SUCH FEAR, FOR THERE IS NO SUBSTANCE TO THE OBJECTS WHICH THEY FEAR. THE ONLY FEAR WHICH IS OF ANY VALUE IS FEAR OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD, AND SINCERE ACTIONS CAN RESULT ONLY FROM TRUE AWE AND APPREHENSION OF ONE GOD (THE CREATOR). GOD HAS CREATED MAN: HE CONTROLS THE VAST UNIVERSE AND HAS COMPLETE POWER OVER MAN'S DESTINY. ANYONE WHO TRULY BELIEVES THIS WILL CERTAINLY FEAR GOD. BUT THERE IS MORE TO THE MATTER THAN THIS: GOD WILL RAISE US UP AFTER DEATH AND WILL JUDGE US ACCORDING TO OUR WORDS AND DEEDS ON EARTH. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE TO HIM FOR OUR ACTIONS. ONE HAS TO THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT LIFE WHEN ONE CONSIDERS IT FROM THIS POINT OF VIEW. IF WE KEEP IN MIND OUR ETERNAL DESTINY, WE SHALL THEN HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO SUBMIT TO THE LORD WHO CREATED US, AND WHO WILL JUDGE US AFTER DEATH. WE MUST DO OUR UTMOST TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND OTHERS FROM THE TORMENT OF HELL FIRE. GOD'S PROPHETS TAUGHT MAN THE REALITY OF LIFE. ACCORDING TO THEIR TEACHINGS THE REAL ISSUE FACING US IN LIFE IS HOW TO AVOID GOD'S PUNISHMENT IN THE NEXT WORLD. WE MUST PREPARE OURSELVES FOR MEETING GOD AND MUST EXHORT OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. AS MUSLIMS, THIS IS THE BASIC TASK THAT LIES BEFORE US. OTHER THINGS THAT WE DESIRE IN LIFE CAN BE OURS ONLY IF WE PERFORM THIS FUNDAMENTAL TASK.
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