DENYING THE EXISTENCE OF THE CREATOR, IS A SCIENTIFIC WEAKNESS


Denying the existence of the Creator is a scientific weakness. Faith should not put itself in place of science, and science should not put itself in place of faith.

The need for spirituality that is part and parcel of human nature consists in general of a quest for a sublime faith turned towards God. The need for spirituality might mean different things for different people. While some of us take this as a faith, others take spirituality, life and death to be feelings and ideas meaningful for people. Faith can be defined within the framework of religious beliefs, but also as the feeling of deep loyalty and belief towards any kind of view. It might be, as our elders claimed, that ‘faith’ is the certainty with regards to something, the certainty of which we do not comprehend whatever we might do.
The above mentioned ‘Infotheism’ faith or thought system is the effort and enthusiasm to find an answer for those questions which we cannot answer in their aspects of content and nature. This quest, which has lasted for centuries, has manifested itself in the guise of systems that can be classified within three groups.
These are faith systems based on religion, on philosophy or on science. Religion derives from divinely provided interpretation and philosophy from philosophers’ thoughts; while scientific information derives from the experiments and observations of scientists. While some of the faith systems accept the idea of the existence of God, some do not. Another approach consists of denying the existence of God indirectly by stating the impossibility of proving the existence of God scientifically.
These basic approaches concerning God’s existence are very important from the point of view of humanity’s spiritual health. In particular, as a result of the “spiritual void” created by the 20th century’s new philosophical ideas and increase in economic welfare, conceptions of faith require a more sensitive effort on the subject of spiritual health. As I see it, the true aim of being spiritually healthy is to be able to define a world-encompassing journey, which is healthy in its entirety, and which is carried out under the guidance of peace and universal laws. As time goes by, this will in great measure free us from our fears, worries and bothers, and it will facilitate the formation of a character that will be more satisfactory in loving ourselves and the people close to ourselves.
It is for this reason that each individual should rise above the limits of mind and of his or her spiritual personality, thus internalizing God’s existence in the religious, philosophical and scientific sense, and becoming able to find new starting points by means of a faith that is in constant evolution on the way leading to God. The main reference point and anchor in a human’s life, is his or her faith.
• God is both the source of faith, and the creator of existence.
• “Every human will meet death.”
It is difficult for an unbeliever to find a peaceful port to find refuge in when faced by death. God is the compass of a believer, so atheists do not have a reference point on which to base themselves. Faith, a sense of believing, is the nutrition required for a healthy soul. And it is rather improbable that a person denying God’s existence should have a healthy soul. Even the feeling of being deeply attached to a philosophical idea or scientific conception, cannot fully substitute faith in God.
The appearance of the first living cell, or in other words the starting point of existence, is a result of the Creator’s will to create. Up to the present, it has not been possible to create a “Protozoa” in a laboratory environment. Not even the advocates of Darwinist views have been able to explain scientifically the way the first living cell was created.
Apart from the phenomenon of the first protozoa, it is also impossible to explain how the mind and the intellect took shape. The perceptions of the mind and of the intellect propel the brain into motion. The brain is the most important organ of the body. It is only the brain itself that can explain what the brain; however the brain cannot think by itself. It is impossible to solve the secrets of the magnificent mechanism made up by the mind and the intellect. It is for this reason that the most rational approach for atheists would be to look in the Creator’s universal laws so as to be able to see what this reality was at the beginning.
Atheists answer the ‘What is your basis for stating that God does not exist?’ question with assumptions containing various philosophical and scientific views. They base their denial of God’s existence on two important elements:
The first of these is the view in Christianity and Judaism, according to which God created humans “in his own image.” Since the concept of "his own image” can be interpreted in different ways, some have distorted its meaning for their own purposes.
The second is the Christian Church’s pitiless oppression through religion of great masses of people, which began in the Middle Ages and continued up to the mid 19th century (1830). The claim, according to which God created humans in his own image, became the basis point for nonbelievers wanting to oppose the views of the Church.
The point is, if God is so similar to people and if He is omnipotent, then why does He not stop the negative things in the world and violence. Christians point to Corinthians 11:7 in Bible to demonstrate the fact that God created humans in his own image: “For man is made in God's image and reflects God's glory. And woman reflects man's glory.” As for Judaism, according to the Old Testament (Genesis 1:26) this was expressed as “Let us make mankind in our image, according to our likeness.” As for Islam, which is a more modern religion in comparison to Christianity and Judaism, even though in the Kütüb-i Sitte according to Müslim it was said, “since God created Adam in his own image,” in the Holy Qur’an itself it is said (ash-Shura 42/11) “there is nothing whatever like unto Him.”
In addition to this, in one of the Prophet’s Noble Hadiths it is said “God created man in the image of the Compassionate” and in this way underlines the fact that humans are the brightest mirror and most beautiful manifestation of God’s mercy.
These passages from the three holy texts might be important factors behind the fact confirmed by polls, according to which the number of people denying the existence of the Creator in the Muslim world is lower than in the Christian world.
The claim of a God in the image of man does not sound very realistic, especially according to philosophers and to some scientists. Even Darwin, who formulated the theory of evolution and whom I could not define as being a convinced atheist, observed the almost annihilating ferocity between animals in nature and then wondered why an omnipotent and merciful God did not stop this ferocity and monstrosity.
Religious and sectarian strife, which intensified in the 17th century, and the “church's” never ending dogmatic pressures on society, led to a new period as far as the conception of religion was concerned. The pioneer of this period was the famous philosopher John Locke (1632-1704). Locke, who was one of the most important philosophers of the 18th century, was also the pioneer, in the wider sense of the word, of the conception according to which we have to regulate our acts in a rational way in a state of “freedom of thought.” He is also known as the real founder of the “Age of Enlightenment and Reason” in Europe and thus of the “religion of reason.” The religion of reason also indicates “natural religion,” which is the religion that the mind perceives and accepts.
In this period we see the first traces of a transition from theism, or in other words from a faith where God had a life and personality, towards a faith where there is no similarity between God and humans. The pioneer of this current, which we call Deism, was John Toland (1670-1722). Toland declared the laws that led Christianity to turn into a religion of reason, in his “Pantheisticon,” which he wrote in 1720. While at the beginning, Toland, a fiery champion of freethinkers, was a liberal theologian, later he proposed ideas that, having derived from deism, passed on to pantheism and from there even reached atheism.
According to one interpretation of deism, God created the universe, but then left it to its own devices so that it could continue to function according to its own laws. In other words, this current made up the beginning of the road leading from pantheism to atheism or to unbelieving.