1st draft of this article was
originally written in 1997.
Later revised in 2002.
Does God Exist?
The following discussion
concentrates on one of the most asked questions in the world,
no, not “Where did I leave my keys?” but – “Does God exist?” But
unlike most discussions debating this topic, it is not based on
opinion, views, thoughts etc. It concentrates on facts, logic
and reasoning based on easily accessible information, and
hopefully, I have managed to explain it in a simple manner,
which was one of my original aims in producing this website.
The discussion will revolve around the religion of Islam, and its holy book – The Quran. Being a Muslim (follower of Islam), I have often been asked “what evidence do you have to suggest your religion is the correct one?” I hope to answer this in the following discussion. First of all, I would like to point out that no-one can prove or disprove that God exists, 100% beyond doubt, because this is impossible to do either way.
However, one can provide an educated answer to which is the most likely answer. In my case, I have chosen to concentrate my discussion on producing a probability value that directly answers the question of whether God exists. For example, the mathematical probability of rolling a number 6 using a regular dice, is a “1 in 6” probability, because there are 6 numbers on a dice. Don’t worry if its not clear as to how I will use probability in my discussion, this example is just to show you a probability value, all will be explained shortly.
First of all, to understand the
discussion, you must have some basic knowledge of Islam, which I
will provide below. The religion of Islam, is based upon its
holy book – The Quran, which is written in Arabic (the chosen
language of revelation). In much the same way as Christianity is
based upon The Bible, and Judaism is based upon The Torah (Old
Muslims (followers of Islam) believe that The Quran was revealed to a man called Muhummad about 1400 years ago, from God, through the angel Gabriel. Therefore, Muslims believe The Quran is the word of God. My discussion aims to prove that The Quran is the word of God, therefore directly prove that there must be a God. I hope that makes sense. The content of The Quran has been preserved till this day since it was revealed to the prophet Muhummad 1400 years ago. This can be checked, since there is an authenticated Quran in a museum in Istanbul Turkey & Tashkent Uzbekistan, which have been dated appropriately (although, some estimates date them back only 1200 years).
Please note, that there is only one version of The Quran that is regarded as the actual Quran, those which are in Arabic (the original language of revelation). The Quran has been translated into many languages, but these versions are only considered to be translations of The Quran, not The Quran. The discussion is split into three segments, with a conclusion at the end.
To read part 1 please click here – Scientific Information in The Quran