Is God Real? Spiritual Arguments

In my last blog, I presented some logical arguments for God’s existence. This time I will make this more personal, and give some of my own spiritual arguments for why I believe God is real.

Another proof that is powerful for me is my experience of spiritual reality. I have come to know that what is perceived empirically is not all that is real. I have experienced things that cannot be explained using science. Even science documents things it must conclude are real. For example, medical healings are documented well above the accepted range of error. X-rays, CAT scans, MRIs show tumors, fractures, ruptures, lesions, illnesses, blindness, cripplings, etc. that are there one day and not the next. Doctors have shared with me how they have become believers because during practice too many of their patients had been healed!! Medicine even has terms for the changes brought on by prayer, healings and other unexplainable outcomes. It is way too high to be simply accounted within the realm of error.

I have also personally felt the reality of the spiritual realm. God has given me, on occasion, perception of a spiritual sense. I can’t explain it, but it is as real as what I can see or touch. Others may say I’m loopy, but I myself know better (especially how I am usually so rational). 


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Is God Real? Logical Arguments

I continue my response to questions I’ve been asked by youth exploring faith issues. In the previous two blogs I try to explain my balance between thinking rationally about my spiritual beliefs, and taking spiritual things by faith. I now, with this balance as my perspective, take up the first specific question. It is, “How can I know God exists?”
 
Is God real? Well, there are a lot of rational arguments for and against. There are many famous proofs for God’s existence, and any good book will lay them out. They are all good and helpful, at least to a certain extent. The Scholastics, of whom Thomas Aquinas is the champion, asserted 5 classic
a posteriori (based on observable facts) arguments for God’s existence. In his Summa Theologica
(see I:2:3; Cont. Gent., I, xiii), he lays them out as these (I stole this summary from a Catholic web site): 
1. Motion, i.e. the passing from power to act, as it takes place in the universe implies a first unmoved Mover (
primum movens immobile

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