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Consider the problems involved in trying to prove and disprove the existence of God.

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Consider the problems involved in trying to prove and disprove the existence of God. Is there a God? This question remains unanswered. For thousands of years philosophers have tried to find an answer and prove the existence or non existence of God. But why do some people want to try and prove the existence of God? Perhaps to find meaning in life, to banish loneliness to re-enforce their own faith or to save atheists from Hell. It would also be advantageous to human-kind as absolute proof would prevent conflicts about God, thus creating universal peace as far as religion is concerned. For some the definite existence of God would act as a great comfort in that loved ones and they themselves would enter the afterlife after death. A proof is an argument for the existence of God. Normally a proof is presented as a premise (statement) and another premise which lead to a conclusion (p+p=c) ...read more.

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But it is not successful in proving God actually caused the earth, it could just have easily been something else. Science offers a more convincing argument and it is possible that there could have been lots of causes. Also, the question 'does everything have to be caused?' can be asked. Another argument for the existence of God is the teleological argument. This is A posterori proof based on the experience of and examples in nature and the world itself. The teleological argument states that someone must have designed the world, as it is so complex and intricately fitted together. This designer must be God. But, how do we know the world was designed, evolution would suggest the world evolved, becoming more and more complex over millions of years. Also, if God is perfect surely his creation, his design would be perfect. How do we know the world and everything in nature is perfectly designed? ...read more.

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He believed religion served as a distraction from real life. Belief in the afterlife still serves as a comfort for those living in poverty or depression. He declared that God was invented out of human need. However, it is not a certified fact that God was invented by humans, perhaps this is what God intended for humans and that by presenting humans with poverty and depression He is in fact testing people's faith. In conclusion we can only be certain that proof of God is down to the individuals beliefs. There is no absolute proof that is powerful enough to convince every individual and cannot be disputed. People are said to experience God in different ways, revelations such as miracles and an inner feeling that God is with them. To some this is proof enough and they have complete faith in God. But, to others this is insufficient evidence and they are either undecided or refuse to accept the existence of God, based on experience of evil in the world, scientific theories or sociological and psychological arguments against God. Amelia Evans ...read more.

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