The Existence Of God

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The existence of God, in most human lives, serves as a path or map guiding us toward moral perfection, a way of living, thinking or striving in order to earn wonderful gifts. The gifts that have been set aside for us if we reach or surpass predefined goals that have been set for lives. However, do we in fact have a moral set of directions for us to follow? Who developed these rules and are we able to change them? According to St. Anselm in his ontological argument, he describes God as an idea or concept of which nothing greater can be conceived (Living Issues in Philosophy, page 388). In this he guides thought by arguing “If the most perfect being existed only in thought and not in reality, then it would not really be the most perfect being. One that exists in the mind and in reality would be more perfect.” Anselm concludes his theory with “no one who understands what God is; can conceive that God does not exist. (A. J. Hoober). Existence is a part of perfection. While the ontological argument can be approached without the use of consciousness or awareness, cosmological and teleological arguments require a closer focus on the cause and the design of the universe. In earlier years Plato, then Aristotle stressed the cosmological argument as cause and motion, whereas Thomas Aquinas’ concept focused on life having a cause or a starting point. According to his premise the universe is a series of causes and the first cause would be what everyone understands to be God. This concept leads to other debates that mock the well-known adage “Which comes first, the chicken or the egg”. David Hume refutes Aquinas’ response by asking: What is the cause of the first cause? If every event has a cause, why do we stop with God? Why is God necessary if uncaused events can exist? The teleological argument is the most logical and popular approach. Voltaire stated; “If
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