My Philosophy of Balance

My Philosophy of Balance

Balance. Our world depends upon it physically, psychologically, and spiritually. This principle, although easy to overlook, is the foundation of my personal philosophy. Without balance there is no harmony, no conflict and no growth. Any productive result, any achievement, any strength is useless without it.

The balance in my world is achieved by these fundamental beliefs: God exists, and yet evil exists; all humanity does have free will and all these beliefs contribute to the development of a meaning for life. All of these beliefs are components of each other, an interdependent relationship that creates my personal philosophy. Each value’s participation in my final belief is measured and balanced to a precise amount, leaving an end result of harmony, certainty, belief and faith.

I. God exists

Of all the questions that face man, the question of God’s existence is the most important. This is true not only for a person’s salvation, but because of the way this will influence all other beliefs. A belief in God will act like a polarizing factor in someone’s life, affecting the way that they think and reason about almost anything. If a person does not believe in God, this too will cause great change in the way that life is perceived.

The change that this belief brings to a person is best illustrated by Immanuel Kant’s proposition that certain conditions change our ability to perceive things. Kant’s postulation is described by Jostein Gaarder, who writes, “there are certain conditions governing the mind’s operation which influence the way we experience the world” (p. 326). Although this explanation of Kant was referring to how time and space influence our ability to reason, this would also extend to a belief in God. A belief in God influences all areas of a person’s life, especially the purpose and intent of what our lives mean, or should mean.

The question of God’s existence has been debated in philosophy to great lengths. E.K. Daniel has listed all common philosophical arguments for the existence of God in his essay “A Defense of Theism”, consisting of The Ontological Argument, The First-Cause Argument, The Argument of Contingency, The Design Argument, The Moral Argument, The Argument from Religious Experience, and The Natural Law Argument (p. 260). These arguments are familiar to any basic student of philosophy, along with the critiques that have been raised by philosophers such as Ernest Nagel in his essay “The Case for Atheism” (p. 274-283). These arguments have almost reached a virtual impasse, since there seems to be as much rational proof against the existence of God as there is fervor to believe in God. K.D. Ellis states this by saying “They may offer some support for the plausibility of the belief in a god, but they are not sufficiently strong enough to compel our assent to the conclusion that a god exists” (p. 297). This difference of perspective results in theism, atheism and agnosticism.

One of the rational reasons that I offer as proof of God’s existence is exactly because of the impasse of this debate. Given this, the deductive argument/thesis that I pose for the existence of God is:

If God exists, he wants people to believe in Him through faith (If A, then B).
For faith to exist there must not be incontrovertible proof of God’s existence (If B, then C).
Therefore, God exists because there is no incontrovertible proof of God’s existence (If A, then C).

It is prudent to define the terms of this argument. My definition of “God” is exactly as Ellis defined: “a being who is (deemed to be) omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent, perfect, infinite, eternal, supernatural, and thus transcendent to the natural universe...the god of traditional theism” (p. 296). My view of God is that he is a being with a genuine personality, character traits and intelligence that exponentially surpass that of human beings. It is difficult to accurately define God, since the terms that we use to describe Him involve conceptualization that is far beyond our ability to imagine. This God would be the farthest realization of any positive feature that we possess, including the aspect of fairness. This concept of fairness, which we as humans adore but seldom adhere to, would constitute a God of balance, equality and benevolence.

By exists, I mean that God is