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Arguments about god.

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Arguments about god Susie Willmott Contents Page 3 Introduction 4 Part one: the main arguments Christians put forward about their belief in God. 11 Part two: Difficulties in trying to describe God 14 Part 3: A debate as to whether God exists and if he did, whether or not we should be able to prove it. 18 Bibliography Introduction In this RS coursework, I intend to write about the Christian arguments concerning god. In the first part I will describe some of the main arguments Christians put forward about their belief in God. In the second part I will explain some of the difficulties in trying to describe God, for example what gender should we use while describing 'him'. The third part will contain a debate as to whether god exists, and if he does then whether or not we should be able to prove it. I will accomplish these tasks using different points of view, mine included. Part one: the main arguments Christians put forward about their belief in God. a) First beliefs picked up from the beliefs of parents First beliefs are often taught to children from their parents, young children often assume everything their parents say is right, even if it contradicts reality, for example Father Christmas. Those who grew up in a Christian family are likely to have Christian beliefs, just as those brought up in a Hindu family are likely to have Hindu beliefs. This is because Children have no experience of the world and actuality itself; therefore they have no capability to question their parents. The beliefs of God, are often enforced through bedtime reading of the bible, or in the case of hell, told as a true horror story; purposely to scare children into believing. These beliefs, children simply accept until they get older, when they begin to question their parents and challenge them. Thus a child's belief as to whether or not God exists is influenced from the start of its life from its family and social experience. ...read more.


We can see God's work in everything organic, we can smell it, touch it, hear it, and taste it. You can sense the supernatural when day changes into night and the moon and Sun swap. The sun doesn't set and rise of its own accord; the earth doesn't spin of its own accord. They are constantly upheld by God to never stop spinning and never bash into each other. There is always a day after a night and always a night after a day. Always birds singing harmoniously in the morning, do we not groan and wish some one would shoot them, shouldn't we take their song to be a compliment; exquisite life lives below our windowsill? And what about all the risks we take everyday, adults drive cars, children take buses, we cross roads, drink alcohol and there are so many other risks we take every single day. If you thought about it, doesn't it make you feel as if you're being watched over? Christians are thankful for those singing birds, thankful that their last cigarette didn't kill them, thankful to God for keeping their families safe for at least that one last day. Don't we take all this for granted? We thank God for our daily bread, 'For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful.' Crises in life, which provoke deep questions about God Its all very well we appreciate the birds and the trees, but what about when a crises happens? Many Christians are forced to question their faith, question whether their whole lives worshipping God have been worthwhile or just completely time-consuming and pointless. A few examples of this are: * Illness * Death of family members or of loved ones * Divorce * Suffering * Depression * Rape * Struck by lightning * Car accidents If God looks after his believers how come he lets these bad things happen to us? ...read more.


This parable deeply shows the amount of passion Christians show for their religion. When they're faced with a question they don't answer it, when something good happens they thank the lord, when something bad happens they believe God knows best. John Wisdom's The Garden is a very simple story with a great meaning behind it. The story basically consists of two people who walk into an untended garden, the first person sees the weeds the negative effects but the second person puts his belief forward and sees all the positive things about the garden, for example there could be a line of daffodils or something that would seem to suggest to him a hidden gardener had come and tended the garden. The moral of this story is that Christians believe everything happens for a reason, they look at life in a positive way because they know God is always watching over them, when something bad happens they take it as a warning. For example if a Christian was seated on a wooden chair, which had slowly been eaten away by termites for months, and finally the chair broke, while this Christian was sitting on it. The Christian would take it as a punishment from God for not clearing those termites, he would be positive about his fall and think of it as a sign from God that he should do something, whereas an atheist would simply curse and take falling off his chair as simple bad luck and possibly clear the termites. This is why you often see a lot of old ladies going back to Christianity, Christian's way of life gives them hope if they've lost their partners or something else terrible has happened to them. Conclusion So can we answer the question we started put to solve. What is the true nature of God? We can be sure that true Christians totally believe they are right and God exists for them. We can also be sure (e.g. ...read more.

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