Proving God’s existence through two simple logical arguments

Christian faith does not oppose reason, but embraces it: faith is in the far side of reason. Below you will find two simple logical demonstrations of the existence of God.

The argument from Absolute Truth

We start with the following definitions.
Definition 1: an absolute truth is any truth that transcends space and time; that is, it existed before the beginning of time and space and will exist after time and space have ceased to exist.
Definition 2: God is an immaterial reality who holds in Himself the cause of His own existence and, among other attributes, He is intelligent.

Now, we will claim that the absolute truth does not exist and perform a reductio ad absurdum:

Proposition A = the absolute truth does not exist.
Proposition B = proposition A is absolutely true.

If proposition A is true, then proposition B is false. If proposition B is true, then proposition A is false. Regardless of the case, it is evident that at least one absolute truth exists. Therefore, an immaterial reality that trascends space and time who is intelligent and capable of thinking such truth must exist. Therefore, God exists.

The argument from YOU

This one is not of my authorship, it is brilliant. The atheist vision of the universe is materialistic, it states that only what can be perceived with the senses truly exists.

Proposition 1 = if materialism is false, then God exists.

Proposition 2 = if I can find at least ONE thing that is fundamentally immaterial, then materialism is false.

Proposition 3 = YOU exist.

Proposition 4 = YOU cannot be identified with anything strictly in your physical body. If that was the case, as the atomic composition of our body changes every ten or so years, any criminal brought to justice after ten or more years could get away by saying “I didn’t do it, it was another group of atoms and molecules who did it”. But the judge would say :”but YOU isn’t something constrained to your material composition, therefore your argument is false”.

Conclusion 1 = something fundamentally immaterial exists: YOU! (from propositions 3 and 4).

Conclusion 2 = therefore materialism is false (from proposition 2 and conclusion 1).

Conclusion 3 = therefore God exists (from proposition 1 and Conclusion 2).

This last argument, along with four more can be found in this video.

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Why we need to acknowledge Hell as a real place

Without giving much detail, Hell can be described as an eternal, irreversible, and voluntary separation from God; and the rejection of His love, mercy and justice. The existence of Hell can be demonstrated through the existence of free will. God gives us the freedom of choosing whether to spend eternity with him or not; the former decision leads to Heaven, the latter to Hell.  It is logic and self-evident that the inexistence of Hell would imply compulsory Heaven for all, thus disregarding the will of those who do not want to spend eternity with Him.

I will explain the title through an analogy with parachuting. Contrary to common sense, most of the fatal accidents in this discipline claim the lives of expert jumpers rather than amateurs. The reason for this is that beginners are aware of the risks and verify their parachute repeatedly before jumping; while experts are more prone to disregard gear verification due to overconfidence in their skills and fearlessness.

Acknowledging the real possibility of an accident, combined with the fear of death, keeps jumpers safe and alert, while disregarding such risks can have tragic consequences. Accepting the reality of Hell and the risk of eternal condemnation due to unrepented sin has the same effect, especially in modern society where we as adults can make morally unacceptable choices in anonymity and without being brought to justice. We must keep in mind that one day we will all be held accountable for our actions by God, who will offer us eternal happiness ONLY if we repent of our wrongdoings and pay the penalties.  Persistent and repeated sin is a constant rejection of God’s will that draws us away from Him and puts us at risk of giving Him that final “NO” in His face that will doom us forever.

Why do Catholics do fasting and prayer?

As first entry in this catholic blog, I would like to share a concept that came to my mind in the past weeks. During my entire life (and this may have happened to you too) I thought of penance and fasting as meaningless and purposeless ways of self-inflicted torture for weird people. It was difficult to see how could fasting temporary abstinence from food and mundane things could elevate the spirit or rebuild a damaged relationship with God, or how could it reinforce the faith of a religious person.

My eyes were opened after finding a strong resemblance between penance and the intensive training undertaken by recruits who want to joint elite military forces such as SAS or NAVY Seals. Rigurous and extenuating physical training helps build stamina, character, temperance and willpower, traits that will be essential in the battlefield and will affect enormously the chances for survival in real life combat. In the same way, prayer and fasting are the intensive spiritual training that catholics follow willingly with the aim of building character, temperance, willpower and faith as means to endure the deathly risks that sin present to our soul. Such spiritual sacrifice serves as catalyst for repenting to our sins, becoming predisposed to listen what God has to tell us, exercise self-denial and become hungry for Him. It also serves as a spiritual offer towards Him: “here, Lord, all things we see have been created by you, all things truly belong to you, please accept my fasting as an act of gratitude for all you gave me”.

Men who join the military accept willingly such a torment with the purpose of becoming strong men capable serving and protecting their country. Catholics who willingly choose to do penance for their sins in the forms of fasting and prayer desire to be no longer enslaved to their disorderly passions in order to walk free behind God and serve Him.