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Answering atheist

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A friend of a friend who atheist had some religious/existential questions for me. I’ll share them and my answers here for anyone else who has ever thought these same things. If you have any different questions or you’re not satisfied with my answer please message me and I’ll do my best to answer your questions…

Questions: Does God really exists? I know religions tells us to have faith but God designed us people to have doubts. People are suppose to have doubts because blindly following or doing something doesn’t always turn out in anyone’s favor. If God does truly want us to follow and worship him so then why would he make us doubt him? To prove our faith? Well that doesn’t seem fair, we the people tend to loose our faith when we are most vulnerable and wait for our prayers to be answered. Why won’t he put our doubts to ease. So many people gave up to their religion simply because they have no prove that God exists but I want to believe, and I don’t want to doubt him. I want to know how people hold on to the faith even when it’s questioned … I’ve questioned my faith and honestly I don’t want to doubt God. I want to know what makes you continue in believing even when you questions your own faith…

Answer: Okay so just to get some things out of the way first: these are religious questions, which require religious answers. We most likely don’t share the same religion so my answers may not resonate completely with you, but I hope you can take the essence of what I’m saying and apply the same reasoning through your own religious tradition. My answers will be based on my own understanding, but I will occasionally quote my religious scriptures and teachings as supporting evidence. I will base ALL of my answers on my understanding of my own religion, because I believe my religion to be the most comprehensive and complete in regards to “answers” to the big questions. My religion is Islam. I was Christian before, but the reasons I am now Muslim and not Christian would take longer to explain than I’m about to spend writing this response, so I’ll spare you. You asked several questions so I’ll try to break them down into pieces and answer them piecemeal.

You asked first, “does God really exists?” Well this is probably going to be the hardest question to answer, but to me the most obvious answer, and the answer most skeptics have the hardest time accepting. Undeniably – yes, God does exist. The very fact we exist is evidence enough that we have a Creator. The “proof” of God is literally everything in this universe. If I asked you, “how do you know your t-shirt has a creator?” you’d simply answer that because without a creator it would not exist; t-shirts don’t just make themselves. How could it then be that something as complex and yet so systematic and structured as the universe and everything in it exists without a Creator? It really comes down to, “what’s the chances?” What is the chance that even a single celled organism exists, let alone the entire universe. One small example is that if at the Big Bang expansion had happened slightly slower, the universe would have collapsed back into itself within moments and we would not exist; but had expansion been any faster and the universe would not be able to hold itself together and everything would be shot out into the void and the universe would not exist. Now, what are the chances that all the right conditions be in place that life can exist? The number is so small that even by scientific standards the answer would be “it’s not possible.” The Quran gives dozens of “proofs” to God’s existence so I won’t throw them all at you. But the best example is: “Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving {living} creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed aayaat {proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, revelation, etc.} for people of understanding.” Quran 2:164

“I know religions tells us to have faith but God designed us people to have doubts.” … Well, it is the very faculty of doubt itself that allows us to strip away falsehood and be able to recognize truth. Doubt starts a fire which burns away falsehood, and truth is the fire that burns it away, leaving behind genuine faith. It is through doubt that we arrive at certainty. Without doubt we would just accept that Apollo makes the sun rise and set, or that the Great Spirit is upset with us when there is a drought, or that the Pharaoh is really a god on Earth. That being said, when we have doubts we should do our best to sate them, by seeking the truth that we know is out there. There is a stark difference between rejecting faith and having doubts.

“People are suppose to have doubts because blindly following or doing something doesn’t always turn out in anyone’s favor.” … I agree 100% – no arguing here. In fact, blind acceptance without questioning is talked about in the Quran quite a bit, for example: “And when it is said to them, “Follow what Allah has revealed,” they say, “Rather, we will follow that which we found our fathers doing.” Even though their fathers understood nothing, nor were they guided?” Quran 2:170. The Quran stresses the importance for people to think, to reason and to use their mind and intellect. The word “mind” or “reasoning” is mentioned 49 times in the Quran. Also, God refers to “people of understanding” 16 times in the Quran. Reference, “[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they (i.e. people) might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.” Quran, 38:29 … As I’ve stated before, and as your question implies, doubt is how we arrive at certainty.
“If God does truly want us to follow and worship him so then why would he make us doubt him? To prove our faith?” … Well, God does not *make* us doubt Him; He gives us signs and guidance, we have the choice to accept them or not. God does not impose belief or doubt on anyone. You might find this verse interesting: “And had it been your Lord’s will, those on earth would have believed – all of them entirely.” Quran 10:99, and also “O mankind, the truth has come to you from your Lord, so whoever is guided is only guided for [the benefit of] his soul, and whoever goes astray only goes astray [in violation] against it.” Quran 10:108, and also “There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut (false gods) and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it.” Quran 2:256

“Well that doesn’t seem fair” … I don’t understand how this is not fair. The truth is out there, and the ones who seek the truth and accept it will never be like the ones who do not seek it and/or do not accept it. This whole life is a test. Everything you ever experienced in life was part of the test, the good and the bad. If your chemistry teacher told you that everyone will get an “A” on an exam no matter how many questions they got wrong – would you think that’s fair? To make those who seek guidance and have faith the same as those who don’t – THAT is not fair. Reference, “And is one who was dead and We gave him life and made for him light by which to walk among the people like (equal to) one who is in darkness, never to emerge therefrom?” Quran 6:122

“We the people tend to loose our faith when we are most vulnerable and wait for our prayers to be answered.” … This comes back to the “everything is a test” bit. Read these few verses of the Quran: “Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars.” Quran 29:2-3 … “And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, who, when disaster strikes them, say (in patience), “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.” Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.” Quran 2:155-157 … The bad things that happen are part of the test. The ones who pass the test are the ones who remain patient, knowing that, “Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” Quran 94:6
“Why won’t he put our doubts to ease.” … This just comes back to seeking the truth. The truth is out there, you just have to look for it. If you have doubts, sate them, seek answers.

“So many people gave up to their religion simply because they have no prove that God exists but I want to believe, and I don’t want to doubt him.” … Again, the proof and signs are there, you have to seek them out. God guides those who want to be guided, “And surely, Allah advances in guidance those who seek guidance.” Quran 19:76 .. Now, you can’t just pray, “God, guide me to the truth, show me a sign.” then expect God to start speaking into your mind or drop scripture in your lap – you have to SEEK first. People tend to think highly of themselves, and feel that they’ve done everything they could, when in reality they really haven’t done anything at all.

“I want to know how people hold on to the faith even when it’s questioned.” … Well, that is the essence of faith, isn’t it? True faith (faith that has been stripped of falsehood) is as unshakable as absolute knowledge. If someone questioned if the sky is really blue, you won’t just stop believing it’s blue right? You may ask yourself, “is the sky really green?”, and by doubting that the sky is green, you arrive at the certainty that it is not green, and that it is blue; but you don’t just stop believing it’s blue because that belief was questioned. And just like you’re not going to stop believing the sky is blue just because there are white clouds blocking your view, true faith will not be shaken by going through hard times or having a bad experience.

“I’ve questioned my faith and honestly I don’t want to doubt God. I want to know what makes you continue in believing even when you question your own faith..” … What makes me continue to believe is that I’ve had my doubts, I’ve sought the truth, sated those doubts, and I’ve found what I believe to be, now without a doubt, to be the truth. I’ve discovered the sky is blue.

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