Pankaj, my friend of 20 years, asked me, “Does God exist?” I replied, “Yes, he does.” Pankaj continues, “I don’t believe it. I am an atheist. If God really exists, prove it to me.”
So I continue “Well, it’s very easy to prove it . . .”
. . . And I embark upon a dedicated effort, “God is someone or something that we cannot physically locate. Perhaps that is the reason why some of us tend to resign to the notion that He does not exist. As human beings we are naturally inclined to explore. And hence we must try to find God wherever He exists. But does He give us a chance to do so? Where do we start looking? Should we try to find Him in the heavens above? Should we look for Him in the skies, in the sun, in the moon, our own planet or should it be in inanimate objects such as trees, idols, or in living beings such as animals or gurus or even ourselves?
Pankaj intervenes, “Hey man, don’t beat around the bush. Come to the point. Prove it!”
“Ok, if you let me continue. The scientific way to explore would be to see the body of evidences that we have. The sun that gives light and heat and runs our eco-system, the moon that reflects the sun’s light, the earth where we live and breathe oxygen and have water that is rare in the universe, the smooth transition of night into day. These signs are miracles in themselves. Our own body too is so complex that with all our scientific achievements we have not yet been able to make another living being without the given sperms and eggs that already exist and are not our creation.
And so I continue, “If one were to argue that these phenomena occurred by chance, that’s simply being superstitious, presumptive, and un-scientific. The theory of evolution actually works to prove God’s continuous creativity with a strong exception to any suggestion that Man is a descendant of Apes.
“Ponder upon this: Our complex body, the solar system, the galaxies, and everything in between has been in existence for millions of years. As we know, these systems that we see on Earth and in space have a balance, an equilibrium, a discipline, an order, that remains stable come what may. Thus, it is a foregone conclusion that there has to be a force, a Creator that has created all these systems and it is the same Creator who keeps them running effortlessly. Nobody but God can create all these systems.”
Pankaj adds, “Yeah man, these are valid arguments, but if God has done all that why doesn’t He show Himself to us, why does He want us to learn about Him the hard way?”
So, I tell him, “Do your parents tell you every day that indeed they are your parents? Or do you know it because of the kindness, love, care, and guidance that they offer you? God works in a similar manner. He has reminded us several times through several generations through His Books – Torah, Psalms, Bible, and the Qur’an. And He expects us to use our intellect to recognize all His Creations in nature and His signs in His Books; thereby we recognize Him. ”
“If we look for further proof, then we can refer to the Qur’an, which was revealed 1400 years ago in the year 610. Professor Emeritus Keith Moore is one of the world’s prominent scientists of anatomy and embryology. He is the author of the book entitled ‘The Developing Human’ and Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Toronto, Canada, among other achievements. When asked to give scientific analysis of some specific Qur’anic verses and prophetic traditions [hadeeth] pertaining to his field of specialization, he was amazed. He wondered how the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), fourteen centuries ago, could describe the embryo and its development phase in such detail and accuracy, which scientists have come to know only in the last thirty years.
“Very quickly, however, Professor Moore’s amazement grew into admiration for this revelation and guidance. He introduced these views to intellectual and scientific circles. He even gave a lecture on the compatibility of modern embryology with the Qur’an and Sunnah in which he stated: ‘It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Qur’an about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad (peace be upon him) from Allah [God] because almost all of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad (peace be upon him) must have been a Messenger of Allah.’
Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) says in the Qur’an about the stages of the creation of man: “And indeed, We created humankind from an essence of clay. Then We placed him as a semen-drop in a firm resting place. Then We created the semen-drop into a clinging substance, then We created the clinging substance into an embryonic lump, then We created the embryonic lump into bones, then We clothed the bones with flesh; then We produced it as another creation. So blessed is Allah, the Best of Creators.” (Qur’an 23:12-14)
“Many such signs are given in the Holy Qur’an through descriptions of the human body, the origin of the earth, the seas and oceans, and astronomy. Thus, using these scientific proofs (see footnote for website links) given in the Qur’an, it is easy to conclude that God does exist and He is the Creator.
“And since life and death are in His hands, for every breath we take we are indebted to Him. Thus, I for one, am an ardent believer. As far as you are concerned, the choice is yours.”