The world will never be rid of theism. Nor will it ever be rid of atheism. From this point onward, the question, “Does God exist?” will be prevalent in the minds of human beings. This will forever spawn generations of believers and those who do not believe. For those who ponder the idea of God, there will always be certain difficulties in understanding who, what, or how he is. One of the most difficult problems that a person can have with the concept of God is how he came into being. After all, who created the creator? In this post, I’m going to examine a classical philosophical argument concerning the existence of God. My conclusion is that God does not necessarily exist. Before you write me off as a heretic and close out my page, I encourage you to bear with me for a few paragraphs. I promise to be short but sweet.
Existentialism: Existence precedes essence. In other words, “I exist; therefore I create my own meaning.” Existentialism has had many difference faces throughout history, but the concept remains the same. I decide what truth is. I decide what I am. I decide what is right in my own life. The term can be traced back to Heraclitus, who was a pre-Socratic philosopher. He once made the statement, “You never step into the same river twice.” What he meant by that was that the river is in a constant state of flux—it is constantly changing. The general idea is that nothing is ever the same because everything is changing. To exist means to be constantly changing. This concept would later be adapted by Plato, who made the distinction between being and becoming. The term being corresponds to essence—which is something that does not change. The term becoming corresponds to existence, because to exist means to be in existence, which means to be in a state of constant change. Second by second everything is changing. The second law of thermodynamics explains this in regards to energy, deprivation, and degradation. Again, to exist means to change. Additionally, to exist, something must become, which logically means that something must be created. This is where many people run into problems understanding the existence and origin of God. How could he just exist and not have a beginning?
Simple. God does not exist (in the classical philosophical terms), he simply is. When Moses asked God what he should call him, God profoundly stated, “I Am who I Am.” (Exodus 3:14) He is not bound to existence in time, or space. He doesn’t exist because he has no beginning or end. He doesn’t exist because he is immutable (unchanging). He is beyond existence—he simply is—and therefore, beyond our full comprehension. “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world…” (Romans 1:20). God is being, not becoming. He is I Am not I Was/Will Be. His state of being is infinitely beyond comprehension, and existence is not a word worthy of his description.