The Existence of God

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Does God Exist?
Who is God?
For many religious people, God is very difficult to describe with language. Language is a limitation and is inadequate
when it used to talk about God.
God is indescribable and is often an idea in which people use opposites to conceive. For example, God is both
impersonal and personal, both immanent and transcendent. Sometimes God is described as a guide to help people, other
times God is described as being distant from people, beyond their understanding.
Although Christians often describe God as a He, it doesn't mean that God is masculine. God does not have a gender and is beyond
human imagination. Therefore when referring to God we use a capital H to show that God is difficult to describe in everyday language. In
Islam, God is referred to the Arabic term, Allah.
In Islam, God is never depicted in pictures or statues, because Muslims believe that God is far beyond human description and
In Christianity, it is believed that Jesus is God. In many churches there are often pictures and statues of Jesus. By looking at Jesus,
Christians believe they can see what God is like, not physically but spiritually.
Words used to describe God:
Omnipotent God is all powerful
OmniscientGod is all knowing
OmnipresentGod is always present everywhere
God is infinite and eternal God exists out of time
God is the creator
God is benevolent He is all loving

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Does God Exist?
Arguments FOR the existence of God:
William Paley Teleological Argument ­ Nobody would look at a watch and believe that it came into existence
because of chance or accident as it is far too complex to just be. Someone must have designed and created it.
Likewise, the complexity of the world, the orderly manner of nature and the incredible detail of the universe is
evidence that the world must have been designed. Evolution could not be so accurate without a designer.…read more

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Does God Exist?
There is no proof that God exists.
Big Bang The big bang was pure chance. There is no need to invent a cause, because it just happened.
Evil and Suffering There is evidence that our part of the universe, the earth, has weaknesses in its design. Natural disasters such as
floods, droughts, earthquakes point to an imperfect design.
EvolutionCharles Darwin Darwin's theory of evolution explains why living things are the way they are.…read more

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Does God Exist?
In the Bible a man named Saul had persecuted the followers of Christ. On day after Jesus' crucifixion and death, he was on his way to
Damascus when `suddenly a bright light from heaven' [Acts 9] flashed around him. A voice asked why Saul was hunting down Christians.
Saul was convinced that the voice was Jesus' voice. The revelation of Jesus changed Saul he transformed from being a hater of Christ to a
follower.…read more

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Does God Exist?
Pastor whose Christian beliefs helped
him to stand up for Black rights in
Knowing God through religious People learn about God through the lives
leaders of religious leaders. They tell their
followers how God would want them to
live in today's society.
Knowing God through worship People learn about God by going to their
religious building. They listen to
someone reading a holy book. The
experience of worshipping together can
be very powerful for some people.…read more

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Does God Exist?
The Shahadah is a testimony in Islam which declares "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His
Shirk is the term given to the sin of making something equal to Allah. Shirk is forbidden in Islam.…read more


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