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I will convince you of a fact-based God in less than 1,500 words

You can watch it here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEZxE66_mhE&t=251s  or read it below...

Of Course God exists

The Conlin Challenge - I will convince you of a fact-based, as opposed to a faith-based God in less than 1,500 words

So you believe in science, eh?  Excellent, so do I.  One aspect of this scientific thinking is a laissez-faire attitude towards results.  A person who truly follows a scientific-way of thinking shouldn’t care one way or the other about a certain experiment; they simply attempt to map reality and by definition must follow the facts wherever they lead.

True followers of science are therefore immune to allowing personal biases to infect their professional thinking.  With that said I challenge you to reassess your thinking regarding God.  In less than 1,500 words I will convince you of the physical reality of God.  Don’t believe me?  Then take the Conlin Challenge.

In any analysis it is always best to begin at the beginning, and the beginning of us is that we evolved on this planet.  There has probably never been a theory so overwhelming supported by the facts.  Thus we are directly physically related to all life on the planet.    

Physicists have also discovered we exist in this thing called space/time and although it may seem incredible this means the past and even the future actually exist as a real, physical reality.  We experience time kind of like a wave passing through this space/time and don’t have access to the past but this does not mean it does not exist.

I am tangibly connected to a millisecond ago, to a minute ago, to my birth, to my parents, to all life.  We are part of a single, cohesive and connected Life and the illusion of being a separate, discrete, “stand-alone” entity is just that, an illusion.  The more fundamental reality is there is no boundary when we examine life from a space/time perspective; there is only Life and all life is simply a part of it. 

This Life could just be the continuous flow and off-spring of basic replicators from 3.8 billion years ago, which of course it is.  But this fact says nothing regarding God, one way or the other.

If one wants to take it a step further, this same thinking flows back all the way to the Big Bang.  We truly are one with the universe (whatever that means), in a very real sense; as real as anything in this world.  At this more fundamental reality our independent, self-contained perspective is the illusion.

This isn’t based on faith but on fact and already discovered reality.  Are you with me so far?  Everything I’ve said is fairly well accepted fact.

Let’s then move to evidence of this “connectivity” as played out in our everyday lives.  A few years ago a co-worker’s mother was enjoying one son’s soccer game while another was playing ice hockey.  Midway through the soccer game she leapt up and informed her husband they had to leave immediately because their other son was injured.  This was witnessed by all their friends in the stands.  And sure enough, the son playing hockey had broken his leg at that exact moment.

Similar stories have been told by people for thousands of years; mothers knowing their far-away child had died in war; people being aware of things they could in no ordinary way actually know.  Of course there are charlatans, grifters, and just the plain crazy out there but if we examine these things from a scientific perspective, even a single occurrence must still be explained. 

Near-death experiences are also evidence of there being “more” than just what our everyday senses experience.  Yes I know many (most?) might not be real but there have been plenty of cases where knowledge of and seeing events are documented which simply “can’t be”.

If we follow Occam’s razor, the answer to this is quite obvious; there is more than we know and there is a connectivity which transcends our senses. 

There is some evidence similar-type things also occur among animals.  This shouldn’t be too shocking as they too are simply a piece of this larger Life.  In fact it would be shocking if this weren’t the case as the entire concept of distinct species fades away once one takes a longer time perspective.

Yet for many “science” folks out there, their mental paradigm simply doesn’t allow them to consider all possibilities.  Their bias towards “no God” renders them blind to any evidence which contradicts their mindset.

In the early science days almost all scientists were religious and although they were just opening the door on all the discoveries this science-way of thinking would discover, they still worshipped God.  They considered their work and the discovery of the truths of the natural world to be in honor of God.  In fact they believed God desired us to discover these truths.

Today the vast majority of scientists are non- (or even anti-) religious. Few have any direct experience with religion at any level.  And to the detriment of science, now rather than worshipping God they often seem to worship themselves. 

Many loudly proclaim themselves to be atheists, which to me is simply a childish anti-religion religion which consciously ignores the facts in front of us.  As Einstein noted, “The fanatical atheists are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who—in their grudge against traditional religion as the "opium of the masses"—cannot hear the music of the spheres.”

So what do we know?  We are a physical continuation of all Life, in fact of all things, and there seems to be some sort of connectivity which exists between us.  There is more to this life than our senses can perceive, which isn’t really shocking, and it seems to transcend our physical being.  At the individual level let’s call this a soul.  That’s a word which has been used in the past and there seems no reason to attempt to create a new word.  At the universal level let’s call this God.

Do any of us truly have any idea what this God or soul is actually like?  Nope.  Does this mean that if I have a soul, so does my dog?  Yep.  A reality we face is it is difficult if not impossible to talk about things which are like no other thing in the entire universe.  You have no point of reference and thus these are impossible to describe.

Does this God and soul fit into your preconceived notions about what God and your soul are all about?  Probably not.  So what?  And if people choose to build a faith-based belief system on top of this fact-based foundation, I’ve got no problem with that.

I can hear the anti-religion “scientists” right now saying, “well sure John this might be true but there isn’t a personal or Christian God.”  To which I reply, in what other area of science do you think the same?  In what other area of science do you loudly proclaim what isn’t when you have no evidence whatsoever to back up your claim?  These are simply the bigoted thoughts driven by the limitations you put upon yourself via your mental paradigm.

This has driven a childish war on religion waged by those who operate under the heading of science.  It is simply wrong and the damage this long war has wrought deforms many present thoughts about science and God.  Science doesn’t need to be or should be an attack on God.  It should be an unbiased search for the truth, for reality.

Look in the mirror and ask yourself why you are fighting this?  You can believe in all the weirdness of the quantum world yet are unwilling to accept the facts regarding God?

As Galileo noted, “Where the senses fail us, reason must step in.” If you addressed these known facts from a true scientific perspective you would embrace these truths.  You would be celebrating, rejoicing. 

We know these things to be true and it is as incredible as any scientific discovery ever made.  In fact one could argue from a human perspective this is the most important scientific discovery ever made.  This reality should be taught in public schools across the globe.

Do we know what this all “means”?  Perhaps that question makes as much sense as asking how does purple smell?   It is nonsensical.  What does it “mean” when 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom are placed next to one another at room temperature?  Does the then formed water molecule “mean” anything?

The evidence is overwhelming.  There is a God.  You might feel the scales are not tipped very far in favor of this truth but that too is meaningless.  Following the laissez-faire perspective of science, you have no choice but to accept the evidence and to embrace the reality of God and your part of this bigger picture.

Rejoice!  What could be grander than this discovery?

 

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