Does Believing in a Creator Make Sense?

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:

  1. Everything we sense has a start point or beginning.
  2. Everything we sense is dependent on something else for its existence.
  3. So, the Universe as a whole had a start point and depended on something else for its existence.
  4. 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.

What next?

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.

Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding.

[Translation of Quran 3:190]

Isn’t it time you knew more about Muhammad?
(Peace be upon him)

1 Comment

  1. The methodology of the problem of evil lacks many indispensable implications to the existence of God and many intrinsic attributes of that God if He does exist.

    The basic points of the problem of evil are as follows:
    1. A benevolent and omnipotent God exists.
    2. Evil and suffering exist.
    3. Therefore, either God is evil, God is not omnipotent, or – as the most widespread conclusion – God does not exist at all.

    The above points are an utterly primitive way of describing God and the world He created, since it lacks the following crucial attributes of God and implications of His existence:

    1. God is intelligent and wise; not one thing does He do without a purpose, whether that purpose appears to us or not at the moment. If He does something aimlessly then He is not intelligent nor wise but rather playful.

    2. God has foreknowledge and knows what He does and what it would lead to.

    3. God’s omnipotence and the existence of evil and suffering do not contradict each other and do not negate God’s existence. Rather, they mean He willed not to intervene in each and every incident that humans may consider evil or unjust.

    It also fallaciously presumes that people somehow have a rather natural right to absolute happiness and pleasure in this life. However, without God, only nature exists, but nature does not recognize any right of any creature – simply, conflicts occur and the fittest survives, but no one has an absolute or objectively determined right to survival. This is because rights and justice are acquired from a higher judge who objectively determines them.

    Perhaps the most ironic incoherency is that, in fact, evil and suffering are non-existent if God does not exist. Without a Creator, we are mere (relatively) sapient living organisms that simply so slowly evolved over billions of years after a completely blind and purposeless cosmic accident. So, those who try to disprove the existence of God by proving the existence of evil (a feeling derived from a natural instinct and inclination toward good and against evil), are unknowingly proving the existence of God, the only source of meaning and the only objective determiner of good and evil.

    Now, we should conclude the most logical meaning of our existence depending on the existence of God, and taking into consideration also the existence of evil and suffering in our world.

    The most logical purpose of life, considering intelligence and wisdom as two intrinsic attributes of God, is instantly that this life is a test for another eternal life where everyone will be judged and treated according to what they did in the first one.

    Life being a test necessitates free will. In Islam, people are born pure and sinless, with the free will to do good or evil, and the natural inclination toward good and against evil, which is called “Fitrah.”

    Life being a test necessitates free will, and, in turn, free will necessitates the existence of at least two choices, since if there was only one thing to do, then it would be no longer free will but we would be mere robots whose every action is controlled by God – thus life loses its meaning and purpose.

    Think of it. Is there a meaning for good without evil? Is there a meaning of light without dark? Simply, no. In fact, dark does not exist; it is just the absence of light. Nor does evil exist; it is just the absence of good.

    One may ask, “Where is the justice in a poor, lovely baby hiding from cancer, or in masses of people dying in an earthquake?” The problem with this question is that it is a rather more emotional than logical argument.

    First, people are going to die anyway, whether with or without pain, and whether at a young or old age.

    Second, the point of the non-existence of evil and suffering without God comes again here: without God, life and death, health and pain, young and old age, etc., are absolutely meaningless, hence the emotionality of that question – the only explanation is that a group of molecules arranged into a “living” body becomes malfunctioning and is no longer able to sustain “life” in that body.

    Third, in Islam, we are told that not one thorn inflicts pain on a believer without God forgiving his sins or raising his rank. We are also told that if a parent whose dear child has died in his/her lifetime, that child will await his/her parent at the gates of paradise in the Afterlife.

    So, in short, people will have their 100% balanced treatment in the Afterlife.

    Personally, I like to look at it in a rather different way to other common perceptions (but the following too is derived from the Islamic perspective).

    Why does everyone notice suffering and pain only but neglect well-being and health? In Islam, we believe everything – suffering and well-being, disease and health, poverty and wealth, etc. – is considered a test. A rich person is tested in his use of his wealth: if he does not benefit others with what God has given him, then he is punished. Similarly, a poor person is tested in his reaction to his poverty: if he remains patient and trusting in God never letting His slaves down – whether relief comes now or later on – then he is rewarded even more than a rich person is when he shares his wealth. The same goes for other opposites of life; after all, life is all about opposites, but they will cancel each other out later on.

    All credit is first and foremost due to Allāh alone, and after Him to brothers Abdullah al-Andalusi, Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, Abdur-Raheem Green and Hamza Yusuf.


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