An attempted proof of the existence of God
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By Sean Nelson
A note to the reader: Knowing of the many ancient and usually simplistic attempts to logically prove the existence of god, I wanted to see if I could construct a more sophisticated proof of God.
Most modern cynicism regarding the existence of god is attributable simply to the discovery that the universe operates in a physical, and not a spiritual sense. In other words, we live in a natural universe that obeys natural laws.
However, even if one assumes that we exist in a materialistic universe, one can still logically prove the existence of God. For logical purposes, I'll simply define god as a being above the physical world.
Keep in mind, if you can refute any one of my suppositions, then my argument is not a proof. But if you can't refute a single supposition, then this writing is a proof of god at least as far as your knowledge goes.
My first supposition is that the material universe consists of space and time.
My second supposition is that humans perceive the world in terms of space and time.
My third supposition is that space and time are by their very nature infinite unless you assume the creation of the universe. If you assume the creation of the universe, you assume a creator of the universe and this is god. So logically, god is proven whether you accept the truth of this supposition or not.
My fourth supposition is that infinity is a contradiction of space and time. I could write pages proving this supposition to be true but I'll offer this point to demonstrate how true it is. The human mind is entirely designed to perceive the world in space and time. And yet we cannot even imagine the idea of infinity. If infinity were simply a part of space and time, minds that understand space and time would understand infinity.
My conclusion is that space and time are both infinite and finite. This is a clear contradiction. The material world is like a mathematical equation that doesn't add up.
Now remember my logical definition of God as a being above the physical world. The natural world is a contradiction by its own rules. And yet we continue to perceive a natural world. This means that something supernatural is intervening in the natural world. This supernatural force couldn't intervene in the natural world unless it had control of the natural world. It follows that a being that controls the natural world is above the natural world.
So we've logically proved that a being that's above the natural world exists. A being that's above the natural world is god. So we've logically proved the existence of god.
Unfortunately, as far as I can see, it's impossible to logically prove more than the existence of god. His nature and his identity are a matter of faith and not of logic. As a matter of faith, I accept God to be the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.