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If a person were to do an Internet search of the words, he or she would find about 5, 670, 000 results. When broken down, “ultimate” is said to mean “furthest or highest in degree or order” while “reality” is defined as ‘the quality or state of being actual or true.” When read together many people have different meanings as to what they ultimately think these two words mean. Genuine philosophers have often sought for an understanding of ultimate reality, never being content with mere opinion within the realm of sensory objects. Philosophers ranging from C.S Lewis, to Sartre, to Bertrand Russell, and of course, to Nietzsche have all in some way, maybe not intentionally attempted to make us see their meaning of ultimate reality, with the hope that we might adopt it as our own. There are three models of reality that people can associate themselves with. The first model consists of Atheism; I will not go into what each model believes in just yet. Next we have Hinduism, Native American religion, Buddhism, and Hegelianism. These four make up what we call our second model of reality. The last model of reality is that which the majority of the world categorizes themselves as. This model consists of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. I am going to prove how my view of God as the ultimate reality can and will hold up against the challenges presented in the three models of reality. First model of reality The first model of reality deals primarily with Atheism. Atheism claims that god does not exist, that the material universe is all that essentially exists. There are three major challenges to atheism that I will try to defend my view of god as ultimate reality against. The first is consistency; “These philosophers did not live consistently with what they
is that of right and wrong. and the presence of design in nature. “God would not allow this evil to take place.” God can be described as staying consistent. without a moral lawgiver. Last. Both these examples show how God has always maintained consistency. which is love. we have that the existence of evil in the world argues against the existence of God. God could have ended the whole creation of man. The second challenge we come across is that “Atheism fails to take into account many aspects of life. especially cause and effect. Had He destroyed Adam.” The cause and effect namely states that God is the first cause. When Adam and Eve sinned. A big aspect of life one. He has shown us that there is an absolute right and wrong along with consequences. that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Atheists face a big predicament when they point at things in the world and say. this plan would have come to nothing. The cause and effect again coincides with my belief that God is ultimate reality. Their views about god were not realistic. Within Adam was the messiah plan God had held in reserve to restore mankind. that atheists fail to take into account. the cause that started it all.” In an atheistic world where no moral . the feeling within us that we SHOULD do the right thing. the reality that people can conceive of God. we would not have any real standards by which we might deem something to be evil. in that God can only act in ways consistent with His nature. Without God.claimed to be true. God’s consistency can be shown all the way back to when He created man. “Kidnapping children and murdering them is evil. With God being the ultimate reality. But he had committed Himself to the plan of mankind living here upon the earth. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” The issue with that statement is that there can be no such thing as evil apart from the existence of God. We would not be able to convincingly say.
But there can be no such thing as an objective moral law apart from a moral law giver. Well. The existence of absolute right and wrong supports dramatically the claim that God in fact does exist. objective. You are God. Because everybody is divine. then he has undermined his contention that God does not exist. there could be no such thing as evil. If Buddha claims that right and wrong actually do exist. the end result is the same. In Hinduism if everything is good and divine. Although on first glance both Buddhism and Hinduism appear to be the same. or right and wrong. animals are God and the entire universe is God. and therefore perfect. and say. The second model of reality states that “Everything” is God. moral law in the universe. their challenges appear to be the same.laws exist. there is no right and wrong in the world. Second model of reality Buddhism and Hinduism are just two of the religions that are expressed in the second model of reality. “These things are evil. murder. It also makes claim that because you are God. I am God. you cannot cease to exist. you must be reincarnated. it is this evil that actually exists that verifies there is an actual. While Buddhism flat out states its views on good and evil and Hinduism more or less skirts the issue. how can it claim its . They are convinced that there is evil. Buddhism pulls aspects from all three models of reality while Hinduism falls only within the second model. While they are different in many aspects. They point to things like slavery. racism. absolute good and evil.” Which we can all agree is true. The existence of evil is the number one reason most atheists give as to why they don’t believe in God. they really are not. rape. They both end up contradicting themselves. which ultimately is God. kidnapping.
Hatred and bigotry in someone’s heart is wrong. we die physically and at the end of history we will be resurrected. especially if it means stopping a murder or a catastrophe. but has simply at one point in time thought it? It can be said that evil is destructive and vicious whether is it acted out or not. like the previous model of reality. but they believe in right and wrong because the perfect Being has contacted mankind and communicated to us what is right and wrong. then should He not stop all evil and suffering in the world? If He were to only stop some of it. then He must stop all of it. then how can Christians account for all the evil and suffering in the world? My view of God is ultimate reality can be defended by two simple words: free will. If we want God to stop evil and suffering. The major challenge that Christianity deals with is that of suffering. The problem is what happens to someone who has never committed evil. They believe that when we die. even someone from being raped. With that being said. Lastly. then it is safe to assume we would again be back where we started still asking why it exists. According to Christianity. all believe in right and wrong. then He must stop that person from thinking his own . if God is to stop all evil. if people state that God should stop evil and suffering. Judaism and Islam make up 50 percent of the world’s religious beliefs and all fall into the third model of reality. Where is the problem in this one might ask. If that is true. God does not impede people from exercising their free will. For example. God is love. These religions all believe in a perfect Being (God) outside the universe.belief of the second model of reality? Again my view of God as ultimate reality holds against these challenges mainly due to the fact that they are inconsistent in their beliefs. Third Model of Reality Christianity.
5:3). this is something God has chosen not to do. Or He may desire to save someone through it. Throughout these last few paragraphs one thing has ceased to change and that is that God is the ultimate reality. Additionally. Another reasoning for evil and suffering in the world is that it is quite possible that God uses the suffering to do good. To do that. He produces patience through tribulation (Rom. . Obviously. The greatest sacrifice someone can make for another person is to die for him or her. God would have to remove his freedom of thought. Jesus did that for all of us so that we could fully know God's love for us. I dare you to name one person on earth that has not thought something evil? God would then be required to stop all people from exercising their free will. In other words.thoughts.
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