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There are many

rational reasons for

believing in God.

This booklet will briefly explain three

simple reasons for God’s existence.

ORDER

THE

1

IN

UNIVERSE

When we reflect upon the nature

of our world, we see order

everywhere from the water cycle

to the movement of the earth

around the sun.

Commenting on the order found in the universe, the physicist Stephen Hawking explains that:

the universe, the physicist Stephen Hawking explains that: The ov erwhelming impression ’is one of order,

The overwhelming impression ’is one of order, the

more we discover about the universe, the more we

find that it is governed by rational laws.’’ [1]

we find that it is governed by rational laws.’’ [ 1 ] This observation is shared

This observation is shared by the vast

majority of scientists.

observation is shared by the vast majority of scientists. Since the universe has order and is
observation is shared by the vast majority of scientists. Since the universe has order and is

Since the universe has order and is

governed by the ‘laws of science’, we

has order and is governed by the ‘laws of science’, we should question how this order
has order and is governed by the ‘laws of science’, we should question how this order

should question how this order came

about. The most effective way to answer

how this order came about. The most effective way to answer this question is to reason
how this order came about. The most effective way to answer this question is to reason

this question is to reason to the best

conclusion. Take your mobile phone for

to reason to the best conclusion. Take your mobile phone for example, your phone is made

example, your phone is made of glass,

your mobile phone for example, your phone is made of glass, plastic and metal. Glass comes

plastic and metal. Glass comes from

sand, plastic comes from oil, and metal

is extracted from the ground. Imagine

you were walking in a desert (where

from the ground. Imagine you were walking in a desert (where there is lots of oil,
from the ground. Imagine you were walking in a desert (where there is lots of oil,

there is lots of oil, sand and metals in

the ground), and you found a mobile

oil, sand and metals in the ground), and you found a mobile phone lying around. Would
oil, sand and metals in the ground), and you found a mobile phone lying around. Would

phone lying around. Would you believe

and you found a mobile phone lying around. Would you believe that it came together by

that it came together by itself? That

the sun shone, the wind blew, lightning

struck, the oil bubbled to the surface

and mixed with the sand and metal, and

over millions of years the mobile came

sand and metal, and over millions of years the mobile came together by chance? No one
sand and metal, and over millions of years the mobile came together by chance? No one

together by chance?

No one would believe such an

explanation. A mobile phone is clearly

would believe such an explanation. A mobile phone is clearly something that was put together in

something that was put together in an

phone is clearly something that was put together in an organised way, so it would be

organised way, so it would be rational to

believe that it must have an organiser. In

the same way, when we see the order

have an organiser. In the same way, when we see the order in the universe, isn’t

in the universe, isn’t it rational to say that

the universe has an organiser?

This ‘organiser’ is best explained by the

an organiser? This ‘organiser’ is best explained by the existence of God. God is the one

existence of God. God is the one who

bought about the order in the universe.

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If something has always

existed it doesn’t need a

2 If something has always existed it doesn’t need a creator. In the first part of

creator. In the first part of the

20th century some physicists

held the view that the universe

had always existed. If the

universe had always existed it wouldn’t need a creator.

universe had always existed it wouldn’t need a creator. BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSE However, according to

BEGINNING OF

THE UNIVERSE

However, according to Cosmology, the

OF THE UNIVERSE However, according to Cosmology, the universe had a beginning some 14 billion years

universe had a beginning some 14 billion years

the universe had a beginning some 14 billion years ago with a cosmic event commonly known
the universe had a beginning some 14 billion years ago with a cosmic event commonly known

ago with a cosmic event commonly known as

the ‘Big Bang’. [2]

cosmic event commonly known as the ‘Big Bang’. [ 2 ] Imagine you heard a loud

Imagine you heard a loud bang, and you asked

[ 2 ] Imagine you heard a loud bang, and you asked ‘where did that sound

‘where did that sound come from?’ Would you

be satisfied with the answer that it came from

‘nothing’ and it ‘just happened?’ Of course not.

You would say ‘what was the cause of that

loud bang?’ In the same way, rationally the ‘Big

Bang’ must also have a cause that bought it

about. Now we can ask since the ‘Big Bang’

has a cause, what was the cause of that

cause? Then we can ask, what was the cause

of that cause? And so on and so on. But this

can’t go on forever and must end with a first

cause, because of the following example:

end with a first cause, because of the following example: Imagine a sniper who has just

Imagine a sniper who has just found his target

and calls back to base to get permission to

shoot. The person at the base tells the sniper

to hold on while they seek permission from

tells the sniper to hold on while they seek permission from someone else higher up. So
tells the sniper to hold on while they seek permission from someone else higher up. So

someone else higher up. So the guy higher up

permission from someone else higher up. So the guy higher up seeks permission from the guy

seeks permission from the guy even higher up

and so on and so on. If this goes on forever,

will the sniper ever get to shoot the target?

on forever, will the sniper ever get to shoot the target? The obvious answer is that

The obvious answer is that he wouldn’t be

the target? The obvious answer is that he wouldn’t be able to shoot. The only way

able to shoot. The only way the sniper can

shoot is if someone gives permission without

asking for anyone else’s permission. That

without asking for anyone else’s permission. That person would be the first cause of the sniper

person would be the first cause of the sniper

shooting. In the same way, the Big Bang must

have a first cause.

In the same way, the Big Bang must have a first cause. We can conclude that
In the same way, the Big Bang must have a first cause. We can conclude that

We can conclude that this first cause must

be powerful as it bought the whole universe

first cause must be powerful as it bought the whole universe into existence, and it must
first cause must be powerful as it bought the whole universe into existence, and it must

into existence, and it must be intelligent as it

caused the ‘laws of science’ which govern

the universe. Also, this first cause must be

timeless, spaceless and immaterial, because

time, space and matter began at the ‘Big

because time, space and matter began at the ‘Big Bang’. Finally, since it is uncaused it
because time, space and matter began at the ‘Big Bang’. Finally, since it is uncaused it

Bang’. Finally, since it is uncaused it must have

‘Big Bang’. Finally, since it is uncaused it must have always existed. All of these attributes

always existed.

Finally, since it is uncaused it must have always existed. All of these attributes of the

All of these attributes of the first cause make

up the basic concept of God. God is the

uncreated first cause of the universe.

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HUMAN

NATURE

Throughout the history of the

world, the majority of people

have believed in God.

There

seems to be something

built in the human mind that

makes us want to believe.

Over the last decade some really startling facts have been found that show that children have

startling facts have been found that show that children have an innate belief in God. Dr

an innate belief in God. Dr Justin Barrett, a senior researcher at the University of Oxford Centre

for Anthropology and Mind, states:

of Oxford Centre for Anthropology and Mind, states: “The preponderance of scientific evidence for the past
of Oxford Centre for Anthropology and Mind, states: “The preponderance of scientific evidence for the past
of Oxford Centre for Anthropology and Mind, states: “The preponderance of scientific evidence for the past

“The preponderance of scientific evidence for the past 10 years or

so has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the natural

has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the natural development of children’s
has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the natural development of children’s
has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the natural development of children’s
has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the natural development of children’s

development of children’s minds than we once thought, including a

of children’s minds than we once thought, including a predisposition to see the natural world as
of children’s minds than we once thought, including a predisposition to see the natural world as

predisposition to see the natural world as designed and purposeful

to see the natural world as designed and purposeful and that some kind of intelligent being

and that some kind of intelligent being is behind that purpose ”

He adds that “If we threw a handful [of children] on an island and they
He adds that “If we threw a handful [of
children] on an island and they raised
themselves they would believe in
God”. [3] To put it simply, his answer as
to why anyone would believe in God
is
that, our minds are designed to do so [4] .

Disbelief in God is something which is

unnatural to the human being. Oxford

University development psychologist

the human being. Oxford University development psychologist Dr Olivera Petrovich, who is an expert in the
the human being. Oxford University development psychologist Dr Olivera Petrovich, who is an expert in the

Dr Olivera Petrovich, who is an expert in

the Psychology of Religion states that,

who is an expert in the Psychology of Religion states that, belief in God develops naturally
who is an expert in the Psychology of Religion states that, belief in God develops naturally

belief in God develops naturally and

Religion states that, belief in God develops naturally and that ‘‘atheism is definitely an acquired position’’.

that ‘‘atheism is definitely an acquired

position’’. [5]

is definitely an acquired position’’. [ 5 ] So where did this natural belief in a

So where did this natural belief in a

[ 5 ] So where did this natural belief in a creator come from? We can’t

creator come from? We can’t say it is

taught by society as this belief is innate,

say it is taught by society as this belief is innate, and studies show that it
say it is taught by society as this belief is innate, and studies show that it

and studies show that it is independent

of societal pressures and is cross-

cultural [6] . The best explanation for

this belief is that God has put this into

humanity.

and is cross- cultural [ 6 ] . The best explanation for this belief is that
and is cross- cultural [ 6 ] . The best explanation for this belief is that
and is cross- cultural [ 6 ] . The best explanation for this belief is that

You have just read three independent

reasons why it makes sense to believe

in God. Belief in God is not only rational

but it is also part of human nature.

There are many questions raised by the

existence of God, such as why is there

evil and suffering in the world? Doesn’t

evolution disprove God? Do we have a

purpose in life? For answers to these

and other such questions please visit www.OneReason.org

REFERENCES

[1] Antony Flew, There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

[2] Derek Raine, An Introduction to Science of Cosmology (Astronomy & Astrophysics)

[3] Justin L. Barrett, Why Would Anyone Believe in God?

[4] http://www.cam.ox.ac.uk/publications-origi- nal/why-would-anyone-believe-in-god/

[5] Dr Olivera Petrovich, Childs Theory of World

[6] Justin L. Barrett, Jonathan A. Lanman, The Science of Religious Beliefs

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