Does belief in a Creator make sense? Can anyone ever say it’s intellectual to conclude that there is a Creator? You decide!
There are many valid ways to intellectually prove the existence of a Creator – we will present just one. In summary:
- Everything we sense has a start point or beginning.
- Everything we sense is dependent on something else for its existence.
- So, the Universe as a whole had a start point and depended on something else for its existence.
- So, there must exist ‘something’ that caused the Universe to exist.
That ‘something’ that is the cause, we call the Creator of the Universe
How can we believe in something we cannot see?
We can and do conclude on the existence of things without directly seeing them. For example we’d all agree someone produced this article without having seen it being written. Similarly we all know that a painter must have existed to paint the Mona Lisa even though no human alive has ever witnessed it being painted. No one would claim that the painting painted itself! We’d all agree that a person saying that was being irrational.
So it is possible to rationally conclude the existence of a cause for something, without directly seeing the cause – by witnessing the effect of that cause.
In a similar fashion, by sensing the Universe and what it contains we can conclude that a cause for it must exist. That is to say the Universe and all that exists are an effect (creation) of a Creator (the cause for it).
What do we see and sense around us?
If one were to look at any everyday objects like paper, mobile phones, clothing etc we would conclude they have definable attributes like size, weight or energy. We would also say that these objects are dependent upon other things. Paper requires wood, phones require plastics amongst other things, clothes require materials like cotton, as well as someone to fashion them from such materials.
In fact, it is clear that all limited definable things are dependent and had a beginning. So the paper required wood from trees, the tree was dependent on other things and had a beginning to its existence. Even celestial bodies like the Sun, stars, and nebulas all had a beginning and all are dependent on various processes for their existence.
By sensing the universe and all it contains we see limited, dependent things that had a beginning to their existence but do not have the power to bring themselves into existence.
If the Universe is the sum of all it contains, that means it had a beginning and also depended upon something other than itself to bring it into existence.
So, it would be natural to conclude the existence of a cause for the Universe. This cause would have created the Universe therefore by definition we would call it the Creator.
Some may ask what is the Creator dependent upon?
For the Creator to have caused all that exists including the Universe and therefore time, then it must be outside of time i.e. beginning-less and thus not subject to causation i.e. eternal.
Although we cannot comprehend the nature of the Creator this doesn’t mean that we cannot come to a rational and intuitive belief in the Creator.
So, what’s the big deal if a Creator does exist? Why do people obsess over this question?
Questions of where we came from and what will happen to us when we die are natural to us all. If an all-powerful Creator does exist then why were we created? What purpose and meaning is there to our lives, has the Creator informed us what will happen to us when we die? So, inevitably, belief in the Creator would not only affect the way we think about our lives but also our behaviour too.
If you are looking for answers, then it would make sense to try to find out whether the Creator has something to say about the existence of the Universe, the existence of mankind and the meaning of life.
To answer any of these, we need to continue to keep a firm grip on our intellect – for that is something we can all apply – and not resort to blind leaps of faith.
What did Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) say?
He asked people to use their minds and think about this crucial issue, as addressed in the Quran several times.
[Translation of Quran 3:190]
Isn’t it time you knew more about Muhammad?
(Peace be upon him)