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Is there god - God cannot be proven - but neither can one disprove it

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Why did the world come into being? The cosmological proof of God is ancient - but retains its charm even in times of quantum physics.

How nice it would be if you could prove God. Then there would be certainty that religion may not be just tradition and contingency management. That it is worthwhile to think further about God.

God is not like the Matterhorn

But you can't prove God. When believing people report about their experiences of God, they are individual testimonies of faith. They can be very impressive at times. But you will not convince an atheist. Because a subjective experience of God is by no means proof.

The Swiss theologian Hans Küng once said that you couldn't prove God like the Matterhorn or Lake Geneva. Proofs of God are not tangible, but intellectual strategies to bring faith and reason into harmony.

God breaks human categories

The ancient Greeks, but also the representatives of a rational theology in the Middle Ages and in modern times, it was completely clear that proofs of God are a delicate undertaking. Because they wanted to prove something according to human judgment that actually goes beyond all human categories. Otherwise God wouldn't be God.

Even so, many scholars have investigated the question: Can we use reason to prove God? This resulted in considerations such as the cosmological proof of God. And it still has a certain charm even today.

From nothing, comes nothing

The cosmological proof of God is based on the assumption: Nothing comes from anything. Just as a row of dominoes doesn't just fall over, but someone has to push the first block - the same must have been the case with the universe.

If you try to reconstruct the history of the origin of the universe, you always come to a point where science can no longer make any progress.

Where does the game of the world begin?

In an interview with SRF, the physicist Ben Moore addresses the example of quantum fluctuation. According to this hypothesis, at the beginning of the universe there was a vacuum that "spontaneously disintegrated into matter and antimatter", and "from this disintegration the game of the world emerged".

Only at first glance does this hypothesis contradict God. Because, as Moore explains: "A quantum vacuum that has the ability to break down into matter and antimatter is not nothing." That means: The idea of ​​a big bang is perhaps invalidated, but not God.

Atheism is also a question of faith

God is not proven in the colloquial sense with the cosmological proof of God. Nor can he remove doubts. But it can show how one can deal with them - and that scientific knowledge does not necessarily shake a belief system.

That too is part of dealing with proofs of God: As difficult or impossible as it is to prove God - it is just as difficult or impossible to prove his non-existence. Because not believing in God is just as much a question of faith as believing in him.

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  • Comment from Roger Stahn (jazz)
    The assumption of nothing comes to nothing, is illogical and the buildings built on it all collapse for that reason alone. The 'nothing' does not exist anywhere in the phenomenal universe or world. It's just a word. You can't even imagine a 'nothing' without reducing yourself to absurdity at the same time. To ever perceive a 'nothing' itself in any way is inherently simply impossible, since the perceiving of a 'nothing' would not be nothing ...
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  • Comment from André Piquerez (Nemesis1988)
    In their limited thinking people are not even able to grasp the gigantic universe. The human mind is limited. Therefore it is almost impossible to infer something like proof or counter-proof for gods ...
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  • Comment by Olivier Wetli ("out of this world")
    Biblical faith (hope = knowingly hoping ad word = Jesus Christ: >> Hebrews 11; 1 But faith is a realization of what one hopes for, a conviction of things that one does not see. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by God's word so that what one sees did not become of what appeared.6 But without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever draws near to God must believe that he is and those who seek him being a reward.
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