The great poet and novelist Voltaire once said: “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” Despite what others would say, these spirit- and mind-challenging words are in effect a reason for believing in a Creator, an Almighty God.
Every human society has a moral code.
Why is that? Let’s reflect on some facts. Every human society has a moral code. Furthermore, people in general, no matter they admit it or not, feel the need to have a guiding force in their lives; deeply in their hearts, in their innermost ego, they can’t deny that; beyond what can be seen, there must be something else, something more profound, more elegant and more spiritual than what the real world can offer.
Yes, this necessity is one of the traits that distinguish us from other material creatures. It is, let’s say, an inborn quality, an instinct that must be satisfied in order to feel fulfilled, to understand that you have a purpose in this world.
In fact, C. G. Jung, a prominent psychiatrist, sustained that “religion is an instinctive attitude peculiar to man, and its manifestations can be followed all through human history.” But not religion, as an organized system of things, is that unrecognized force within us. Faith is what impels us not to question God or his existence.
The food for thinking people
In the Bible, there is a verse, an elegant piece of art, which put it this way: “For whenever people of the nations that do not have law do by nature the things of the law, these people, although not having a law, are a law to themselves. They are the very ones who demonstrate the matter of the law to be written in their hearts, while their conscience is bearing witness with them and, between their own thoughts, they are being accused or even excused.” These words are indeed food for thinking people!
In a poetic manner, the Bible equals the quality of faith with the conscience, the inborn force that drives us to repel bad deeds and to bless the good ones. How is it possible for a little child to understand the notions of good and evil even they were not told anything about them? This is a question that does not have an answer for those who deny the existence of God. In fact, Jung added: “The individual who is not anchored in God can offer no resistance on his own resources to the physical and moral blandishments of the world. For this, he needs the evidence of inner, transcendent experience which alone can protect him from the otherwise inevitable submersion in the mass.”
Another remarkable Bible text is the fragment that can be found in the book of Romans (chapter 1, verses 20): “For his invisible [qualities] are clearly seen from the world’s – creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship,- so that they are inexcusable.” God’s Godship! Yes, this Godship cannot be denied when one admires the physical creation, or even himself (herself). In fact, the quality of Godship is the quality that approaches us to God and makes us want to know and understand Him. But who is this God one must and wants to worship? Maybe this subject will be discussed in another article.