Logical Proof of an Accutheist God

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A question comes up as one understands that we humans don’t have a free will, and that absolutely nothing is up to us. Who or what makes us do what we do? Here, we get into the topic of the existence of God. Some say God’s existence can’t be proven. My understanding is that although our current definition of God isn’t completely accurate, if we formulate an accurate definition, we can, in fact, prove that God must exist.

In this post, I’ll make the case that an accurately defined God exists. Why an accurately defined God? If we were considering, for example, various popular definitions of free will, like “if it is ‘we’ who are doing the deciding, we have a free will,” we would certainly have to concede that free will does exist. But that wasn’t an accurate definition of free will. Just as free will must be accurately defined to be either defended or rejected, so must God.

Before I begin, we should consider a further note about accuracy and its implications on whether or not something exists. As an example, we should remember that before recently, the scientific consensus incorrectly held that our observable universe existed eternally in a steady state. This understanding, or definition, of our universe is vastly different than the understanding described by our current Big Bang theory. Past geocentric views of the universe have been replaced by the accurate heliocentric model of our solar system and billions of galaxies. In fact, until quite recently we thought there were about 200 billion galaxies in our universe, and now we more accurately understand that number to be about 2 trillion. So, just like the universe doesn’t cease to exist because people in the past didn’t understand it with complete accuracy, God doesn’t cease to exist just because people in the past didn’t understand Him with complete accuracy.

Let me now introduce an accurate, or accutheist, conception of God, and then show why such a god must logically exist. Here is the definition of God we are considering, in terms of what I propose are His accurately listed attributes; God is omnipresent, eternal, the creator, omnipotent, and omniscient. I’m not intending that this list be complete, but it should suffice to define God accurately enough to logically prove His existence.

I’m guessing everyone would agree that God is accurately defined as omnipresent, or everything. We all clearly agree that everything does, in fact, exist, and sometimes refer to this everything as the universe. My thesis is that from this attribute of omnipresence, or everythingness, the other four attributes can be logically derived, thereby proving our accurately defined God’s existence.

Here’s the proof. First, because God is defined as everything, nothing exists that is not God. God is, in fact, the only entity that exists. That naturally means that God is the universe. And because everything includes time, or all of the past, present, and future, God’s attribute of omnipresence also means that God is eternal, having always existed and existing evermore.

Because God is everything, He is the only entity that can logically make happen anything that happens. So, God must have created our world, or observable universe. And through this same reference to His omnipresence, God is also logically understood to be omnipotent, defined as what causes everything that can happen to happen. (No, God cannot make one plus one equal three). Because all knowledge, intelligence, purpose, understanding, intent, etc., are part of everything, they must thereby logically all be part of God. It’s not just that God knows, or thinks, or intends anything that has ever been known, thought or intended. God is knowing, thinking and intending. Because God is everything, and knowledge is a part of everything, God must know everything that can be known, and must therefore logically be considered to be omniscient.

That wasn’t so difficult, was it? And if this conception of God seems a lot like the God described in the Bible, that’s because it essentially is the God described in the Bible. Yes, we’ve needed to reject attributes of God that have been proposed over the course of history, like transcendence. But that’s because some definitions of God defy logic, and are thereby inaccurate. It would be clearly self-contradictory for God to be both everything and transcendent. Just like God cannot make one plus one equal three, God cannot contradict an accurate description of Himself.

So, if anyone ever tells you that belief in the existence of God must rely on faith rather than on knowledge and reasoning, explain to them that God is accurately defined as everything, and everything most certainly does, in fact, exist.

Photo courtesy NASA

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