We continue with our message series God’s Not Dead. In this series, we are looking at some evidential proofs for the existence of God. This series is purely educational and informative, because I strongly believe that all of us Catholics have no iota of doubt about the existence of God. So this is not even a topic of discussion for us Christians because we are a people of faith and wisdom. As Psalm 14:1 says, “Fools say in their hearts, there is no God.” We are not fools, so we believe there is God. But when we encounter people who don’t believe in God, with our knowledge and faith in God, we can talk to them about God.
Not too long ago, atheists were haunted by regret. Even as they denied God’s existence, they recognized that a world with God would be better than one without God. For example, Pascal Blaise (1623-1662) was a French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist, who proposed an argument for the existence of God known as “Pascal’s Wager.” This argument posits that humans bet with their lives that God either exists or does not exist. Pascal argues that, “A rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasure, luxury, etc.), whereas he or she stands to receive infinite gains as represented by (eternity in heaven and avoid infinite losses eternity in hell).”
St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), a Dominican friar, a philosopher, theologian and a Catholic Priest, outlined five ways to prove the existence of God. He claims that these “ways” prove that a God must exist for the universe and nature to have come into being. The five ways are:
God is a supernatural Being who alone exists of himself, and we believe in his existence.
—Fr. Celestine Tyowua, Parochial Vicar
Father Roger Gustafson