The Existence of God

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For centuries, the

idea of God has been a part of man's history. Past and present, there has

always been a different integration consisting of the believers and the

non-believers of God. The group of those who have "faith" in God tend to

be related to one religion or another. On the other hand, the skeptics

find the existence of God somewhat puzzling and try to seek the answers

through scientific methods. Even as of today with all the modern

technologies and the development of sciences, we still do not have a

definitive answer to the question "does God exist?" Among

many philosophers and scholars who have tried to answer this question, we

shall look upon Rene Descartes' theory on the existence of God. In terms

of believers and non-believers, Descartes would be one of the believers.

Before we go any further, we must ponder upon several questions.

What is

God? Does God exist? If such God does exist, then where does this being

come from? Why do believers and non-believers hold on to their beliefs as

they do? What significance does the existence of God have upon mankind?

These are only the tip of the iceberg amongst the vast array of unanswered

questions related to God. Though there are so many uncertainties as

we have just mentioned, the existence of all other uncertainties in our

world may explain why the existence of God is so real to many people. For

the believers, God provides a convenient answer to all these questions

except for the answers regarding God itself. The following are some of

the general arguments for the existence of God. The first argument

comes from the theory of design; there are orders in the universe which

can't be occurring by mere chance. Secondly, the existence...