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"If God made the world, then he must be absent without leave!" Write an essay examining the evidence that both supports and rejects the belief of the existence in God.

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Sabiha Patel Form: 10.9 Year 10 Autumn Term Module 1 Task Instructions "If God made the world, then he must be absent without leave!" Write an essay examining the evidence that both supports and rejects the belief of the existence in God. Introduction Since the beginning of time, people have always been mystified as to whether God exists or not. This is a very vital question that occasionally lurks in the mind of every human being, because it informs us as to what our purpose to life is, and above all, who created us. Our curiosity has driven us to search deep and far for evidence for and against the existence of God. However, as yet Science has not been successful in providing us with satisfactory answers for either case, which is why people have not yet reached an answer that they can trust, though Scientists are determined to provide a reliable answer very shortly. Ever since it has been known, the majority of people have always believed that God is responsible for the creation of the universe. This is because many people have found it impossible that the entire human race as well as the animals and plants that this world contains have originated from a so-called 'coincidence.' Throughout the stone ages, many people wondered as to what God's appearance would be like. In order to show their beliefs, ideas and views, they painted pictures on caves. They also drew pictures to portray heaven and hell. However, in comparison to the Ancient times, many people are no longer in favour of the existence of God, because they want evidence to support their beliefs. ...read more.

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He believed that the world has no laws, no order, no purpose, and above all, no God. He initiated the belief of Nihilism, which is to believe that there is neither any absolute truth in the world, nor is there any ultimate purpose to life. Unfortunately for Nietzsche, his own words turned their back on him when he was on his deathbed. His sisters sold tickets to people to come and see her brother who was in terrible pain and helplessness and mock him, because the world 'has no rules.' Following the death of Nietzsche, an anonymous person wrote over Nietzsche's notice with 'Nietzsche is dead, signed God.' The Greek philosopher Epicurus also did not believe in God simply due to his 'Problem of evil', which is as follows: If God cannot stop evil in the world...then God is not all-powerful If God can stop evil, but he chooses not to...then God is not good If god can stop evil, and chooses to...then there would not be any evil. But there is. Why? Because God does not exist. Many religious people have found it very hard to compete with this theory, due to the fact that there is not really much to say in defence, as illness, suffering and pain do exist in the world today. The great scientist, Charles Darwin also did not believe in God, because the views of creation, and the actual creation in the bible contradicted the scientific theories of creation and evolution in the following ways: * Time scale: According to the bible, the process of creation took only six consecutive days, whereas the process of the Big Bang and Evolution took millions of years. ...read more.

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Near Death Experiences Many people have claimed to have experienced a near death experience throughout their 'lives.' As yet, there is no proof as to whether near death experiences are scientifically possible or not, though the victims of near death experiences describe them with such intimate detail that they are very hard not to believe. Conclusion Having considered all the evidence and arguments for and against the existence of God, I have still not been persuaded enough to reconsider my firm belief in God. This is simply due to the fact that there is not enough evidence contradicting the belief of the existence of God to incline me to believe that the occurrence of the Big Bang was simply a coincidence. In fact, I do not believe that the Big Bang ever occurred. On the contrary, I believe that God created the entire universe in a period of 6 days. I am in favour of the theories of both Sir Isaac Newton and William Paley, because they both make a lot more sense than the theories of Nietzsche and Charles Darwin. Although I do understand the logic in Epicurus's 'problem of evil,' I am not in favour of it. This is due to the fact that I believe that God has sent us down to this world in order to determine our fate after death, i.e.- heaven or hell. People who believe that the universe came into existence by chance, everything has such intricate designs by chance, every human has a unique fingerprint by chance, every animal has features which adapt to its' habitat by chance, miracles occur by chance and near death experiences occur by chance, such people must believe in an awful lot of coincidence! ...read more.

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