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With the creation of man, religion immediately followed. Such was the plan of the creator. We do not find any evidence of religion in the subhuman forms of life. This universal concept has existed amongst all cultures, and civilizations. It was this universal presence of belief in the whole world that convinced many an atheist, at least to a degree, that this is a very strong and potent reason why we must respect the possibility of the existence of God.
Why is it that the idea of God, and religion can be found all over the world and in all ages? This is one argument that reasonably convinces us to ponder and entertain the existence of God.
Turn to the continent of Australia where the Aboriginals are known to have one of the longest and continuous civilizations. Some scholars date the origin of their civilization to some forty-thousand years.
The Australian Aboriginals were divided into 600 independent tribes. Each tribe had their own language and customs which were exclusive to them. The tribes would very seldom interact, and thus there was an extremely limited flow of ideas - including religious and theological concepts - that spread amongst the tribes.
In other words, each tribe was unique and different in their own. However, they all shared one common characteristic: their belief in a single Supreme Creator - God.
But why was this so?
Some Christian scholars suggest that the universal concept of God that was shared by each individual tribe, was brought with the arrival Christianity. When Christianity reached the shores of Australia, so did the idea of God.
However, other scholars - including Christian scholars - have exposed the flaws of this theory. They state that is there undeniable evidence that suggests that the belief in a Supreme Creator existed long before the advent of Christianity.
This leaves us with two options.
There is a God who created human beings as well as religion.
There is no God, and that religion is a manmade concept.
The fact that 600 independent tribes - each isolated - arrived at the same conclusion, suggests the existence of a Supreme Creator.
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The idea of a Supreme Creator can be examined through reflection of His creation, and the processes beginning with the elemental origins of the universe to its eventual progression to mankind.
Think about it. The universe in its infancy comprised of a singularity which rapidly expanded into the billions upon billions of stars and planets. In one of these planets, the ingredients were for life, were balanced with the extremely precise positions of Earth, gave rise to humans.
A single meter out of place would have voided such creations. Everything was extremely precise and calculated, as if an extremely intelligent maestro was directing this sympany.
Could this have been an accident? What were the odds?
Mathematically, it has been calculated that the probability for such complex and intelligent life to be created by chance is 1 in 10 raised to the power of 249. This means that one needs to place 249 zeros to the right of the number one. These are the odds needed for the creation of just the building blocks of life - the proteins required to form DNA and essential components. The rest of the journey still remains to be calculated.
The odds to create such complex and intelligent human life is calculated to be at such a low probability that it is concluded to be mathematically impossible.
Therefore, none of this was created by chance. There was an intelligent and Supreme Creator that directed each and every step.
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In Persian history, the most noteworthy contribution to religious philosophy is made by Zoroastrianism. According to this philosophy, not only are truth and goodness eternal, but falsehood and evil also share eternity with them. Both have separate gods who have their own independent orders of management. There is a god of goodness, Ahura Mazda, also known as the god of light and there is a god of evil, Ahraman, also known as the god of darkness; each has his own well-defined role to play. All activity within the universe results from the collision and interaction of these two combatant gods, who are eternally locked in a grim battle of survival and supremacy.
In Zoroastrianism, God—referred to as Ahura Mazda—is described exactly in the same terms and with the same attributes as in all other major religions. Thus by blaming all the evil and suffering upon the scapegoat Ahraman, the Zoroastrian thinkers thought they had ultimately resolved the dilemma. But it was not to be so. Socrates, also a contemporary of theirs, might have heard of it or thought of it himself, yet he rejected it and faithfully adhered to the Unity of God. This Zoroastrian excuse, though it seems to solve one problem, creates an even more defiant one. To that we shall turn later but presently it must be remembered that evil in itself has no independent existence which needs to be created.
Confucianism is a treasure house of profound wisdom. A study of this religion reveals that rationality, revelation and knowledge go hand in hand in leading man to truth. Although many Chinese consider it to be a religion on the pattern of other Divinely revealed religions of the world, there are others among them who view it as a mere philosophy. In Japan, for instance, Confucianism has no geography of its own. The followers of Taoism, Shintoism and Buddhism equally believe in Confucianism as a philosophy compatible with their own.
Hence they coexist in a diffused form, unheard of in the case of other religions of the world. When we speak of Confucianism being treated as a mere philosophy, we particularly have in mind the question of the existence of God. Few followers of Confucius (550–478 BC) today have a clear belief in any Divine existence. Yet they believe in the world of spirits and souls, and some even practise ancestor worship.
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