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Most Helpful Girl
I was raised Christian though not like strict or anything, I just knew the basics. There have been times though where I have questioned it, and looked for some form of proof. So far, here's what I got:
The set of forces needed to create the beginning of the universe is actually the biblical definition of God: https://youtu.be/eQVm8RokoBA
There have been people, including atheists, that have had near death experiences and stories of heaven/some kind of hell, even atheists have changed their beliefs after such experiences.
Now I have read in the past that when you die, certain chemicals are released in the brain, which can make you have these sorts of fantasies,
Something that I have noticed, from all the people's stories I have heard about heaven: THEY ALL DESCRIBE IT THE SAME WAY - They say It's very vivid, colourful, more real and more colourful than anything you could imagine on earth, it is full of animals as well as people and no one looks old.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but even if it was just the chemicals in peoples brains giving them hallucinations, wouldn't those hallucinations be different? Like heaven for one person is how I've just described, but heaven for another person has soft colours, everyone has angel wings and look the age they were when they died.
Why are people describing it the same all the time?
I remember when we were little, my brother mentioning he remembers being in heaven or some place and getting to choose who he wanted for his parents. I thought this was rubbish at first and just some dream he had or crap he was making up for attention to sound "special" or whatever..
But then a year or two ago I was watching videos about children who claimed to have past lives and some of them say the same thing - they got to choose their parents. Another thing some of them say is that if you're good, God gives you a ticket to come back.0
Most Helpful Guy
Thomas Aquinas' proofs alone convinced me that there is a monotheistic God. They do not prove Christianity or any particular religion, which I think is more a matter of history, but they do prove that the true religion must be one of the Abrahamic ones since they are monotheistic.
And no, Thomas Aquinas' arguments are NOT the same as William Paley's nor did he adhere to intelligent design. He never stated that 'everything that exists has a cause' nor did he merely make a case for 'deism at best' among other straw men that even intellectuals who should know better assume to be true.
Rather, his arguments are for theism, and rest upon the premises that EVEN IF the universe has NO CAUSE, the fact that cause exists within the universe to at least some extent is proof of a God who is present here and now. It is about metaphysical demonstration--not empirical observation--and rests upon many of the same thoughts that Aristotle had.
In fact, it was a rediscovery of Aristotle and Aquinas that led the famed atheist and intellectual Dr. Anthony Flew to adopt theism before death, because in his own words, he had never even studied their writings. They were never refuted or properly addressed by modern 'philosophers,' rather, they were merely forgotten.0
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