God is Self-Evident
People that I have talked to or those that have read my blog, know that I believe that faith in the existence of supreme intelligence or consciousness is a self-evident truth. A self-evident truth is a truth that a majority of men recognize through natural instincts. That is, by men who have not had their reasoning corrupted by false beliefs and ideologies.
Some might raise the objection, ‘if the existence of God is self-evident, why are there so many that do not see it?’ Jesus said, “some people have eyes but do not see”. Sometimes overexposure deadens our sensitivity to a thing. We are often actually insensitive to our senses until they are impaired in some way. We seldom think about seeing out of our eyes until something threatens our sight. When we look out a window, we will not often see the glass unless we focus on it. The reason being, we have given our full attention to the things we are watching outside the window. However, if the window is dirty or has a crack in it, we see it immediately. The problem with modern man is that he is too focused on things to see God. This lack of sight is encouraged by our capitalistic and materialist culture that focuses people more on the physical than the existential and metaphysical realities.
The source of much unbelief could be contributed to the culture and environment that one grows up in. Some men grow up in families and cultures that are anti-metaphysical and are dominated by the materialistic mindset. If one grows up in such a culture, they absorbed a state of rebellion against God as normal or they are simply indifferent towards spirituality, without even knowing or understanding why they do not believe in God. They literally have had their minds washed of the idea of God; literally, they have been brainwashed and immersed in doubt to the point that it seems normal for them.
They are ignorant of God because they have neglected the knowledge of God, (secular culture) and have failed to follow the natural revelation of God in nature that leads people to faith in God. They trust in and exalt reason about what is reasonable. Reason is a wonderful thing, but it has its limits and it has the propensity to become the handmaid of our passions and our will and for some men, reason has become a sick lady infected with finiteness and sin which has led to total madness.
It was for this reason that the scientific method was created to help keep science honest. However, we are beginning to see that the problem is too hard to deal with through laws and methods because mankind uses reason to get around the law. Mankind needs grace to deal with sin and to keep reason honest.
When I give a reason for something, I must subsequently give a reason for the reason and then a reason for that reason. This regression would be infinite until I came to the end of reason itself. We have one or two choices; to follow the regression of reason to the end of reason or follow it to a first cause. If you are an atheist and deny that the first cause is ‘Intelligent’, your problem becomes insurmountable. You will inevitably end up denying reason or make it the first cause and in that, you have made reason god and might I add, a very small god. Moreover, reason will find its end when it comes up against itself, for how can reason explain itself without arguing in circles or chasing its own tail. “I believe in reason because that is what reason says to believe.” or “I believe in reason because my philosophy professor said I should believe in it and he learned it from Plato, who learned it from reason”.
Am I saying that I do not believe in reason? No, I am simply saying that reason has its limits and be careful not to ask too much of her. She is not infallible and without a proper foundation to reason from, she is like a man trying to ride a wild horse, she can kill you. Reason is a gift from God and was given as a tool to help us find our way on our journey. If we corrupt her, we do so at our own peril. If we make her into God, we bring the wrath of God upon ourselves. “You shall not have any other gods before you.” We make reason into god when we turn reason into rationalism. The difference between reason and rationalism is that reason knows her limits, rationalism does not and in this, rationalism is unreasonable and even stupid.