Thought for the Month
I would like to start this article by mentioning the passing away of a great man who has given to humanity not only his great wisdom but also an example of endurance and courage. I am referring to Stephen Hawking, a great scientist who dedicated his life to discover the universe and its great mysteries. We owe a lot to this great man. Stephen Hawking most probably was not a believer and he said that there is no need of a creator for the universe to have come into existence.
I must say that I find his way of understanding time and gravity very difficult to grasp, and I am no one to criticise what he taught. But it is normal I think that such a statement from such an intelligent man made me think a lot. It seems that God does not want us to find a proof of His existence, and me as a believer in God I wonder why.
First of all, I think it’s important to understand what Science is and what is the object of study for scientists. I think that science is the study of material things, science cannot and does not have the tools to study spiritual things. For this reason, it cannot tell us if spiritual things exist or not. If science cannot prove that God exists that doesn’t mean he does not. In fact, it would be a problem if science finds out that God does exist, as science can only study material things and God is not material and can never become an object of scientific experimentation or knowledge.
Please don’t take me wrong, I don’t have anything against science or scientists. On the other hand, I have great respect for them, and
their study and wisdom. I like science and especially the study of the universe and nature. So why do some scientists find it so hard to believe in God?
Very often when we are reading the Bible or other books that reveal to us the way of life of the people of antiquity, we discover many interesting things and also how religious these people were. I often wonder though how was it possible for so many peoples to adore as gods a statue that someone had made out of different materials. How is it possible for someone to carve a statue and then adore it as his/her god? Maybe for us it seems that human thinking is very
limited at this stage, and it might well be.
We humans of our age do not adore false gods, at least not statue gods or natural objects or phenomena; we are very intelligent indeed. But do we have false gods in our days? What are the false gods of our days? Maybe one would think that it can be money, or worldly things or pleasures, but there is another false god that many humans especially in the western countries are choosing and adoring as their own god. Many human beings are making themselves, their way of thinking and knowledge their own god. One can say that the most common false god of our days is humanity itself. Very often we human beings, even though we know how limited our knowledge is, even though we know how many great mistakes we made throughout history, mistakes in the name of democracy and our own knowledge, we continue to believe that we are invincible and that what we think and believe is final. Maybe the story of the tower of Babel in the book of Genesis was meant more for our days than for many hundreds of years before Christ. It is obvious that if we human beings make it as our principle of life that ‘what I understand I accept and what I don’t understand I will not accept’ in doing so we will be excluding God’s existence. God’s existence cannot be proven, and will never be proved. God is infinitely greater than what our human brain can understand and grasp. Saint John of the Cross writes that there was a moment in his life when he had a great desire to understand God. After a lot of thinking he realized that God can never be understood in himself. How happy he felt realizing that God is incomprehensible and so not being able to understand Him is normal; it is a contradiction to say that you can understand God and make him an object of your knowledge. So, when you try to understand God and you find it impossible it means you are in the presence of someone infinitely greater than you are. St Thomas Aquinas taught that by our reason we can only say what God is not, rather than what he is.
If we humans of the modern era continue to choose as our god our self-image and our intellectual achievements we will be excluding God’s existence, not because He does not exist but simply because we are denying to ourselves the only way that leads to him (faith). God’s existence cannot be proved as God can never be an object of scientific experimentation. God instead revealed himself to us in the whole Bible but especially through Jesus Christ. If we are not ready to accept Jesus’ words we can never accept God’s existence.
To the question why God doesn’t want us to find an intellectual proof of his existence, the answer can be that God is Love and he does not want us just to accept that he exists on a purely intellectual level; such a God would never change our minds and hearts. Rather than to the mind, God wants to speak to our heart, more than information to our brain, God wants to fill our hearts with his love. This means that God will not be found by those who seek him just from the intellectual point of view, but he will be found by those who seek him with a sincere humble heart.
This will bring us to the conclusion; in life one has to take a risk, you can either take a risk on what others believe, you can, on the other hand, take a risk on what you believe, or you can take a risk on Jesus Christ, son of God who gave his life to save you and the whole of humanity. The choice is yours.
I would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Holy Easter, may Jesus Christ lead us to the Father and open our hearts to his infinite love.
Fr Edward Vella
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