Professor Anthony Padovano
The Search For Meaning
20 February 2013
My Belief In God: A Journey, Not a Destination
Throughout human history, humanity has questioned the existence of God. We can’t see, hear, feel, touch or taste Him, so how can we know for sure if He Exists?
It’s such an important question that scholars have given it deep thought through the ages. Many have concluded that there are sound reasons to believe in Him, while others have reasoned that He doesn’t exist.
Ultimately, I believe this is an intimate and personal choice and for me, my belief in God is a life-long journey and not a destination.
The French skeptic Voltaire once said, “I shall always be convinced that a watch proves a watch-maker.” Plato decided that it was reasonable to believe in God based on “the order of the motion of the stars, and of all things under the dominion of the mind which ordered the universe.” Sir Isaac Newton said, “When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.”
In keeping with these simple yet insightful thoughts, the existence of the universe proves a God.
Anthropologists inform us that every culture on earth has held a belief in some type of God. Perhaps, to believe in God one has to have a personal experience with God and that becomes the most compelling reason of all to believe in Him. My understanding of God is based
on a point of destination that is constantly moving and there is a strong parallel between my belief in God and my search for meaning.
In The Search for Meaning we have analyzed the God question, and the literature studied has shown the characters and authors’ relationships with God in the form of personal quests for ultimate truth, ultimate wisdom, ultimate meaning, and ultimate compassion.
In Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning,...