Proof of God via Business Consultant

[ 3 ] November 19, AD 2013 |

In my discussion with atheists, the atheist always wants to see proof of God’s existence. If I cannot provide scientific data, then he makes the claim that I believe in a fairy tale or that I am delusional. I think G.K. Chesterton is right, I do believe in fairy tales because I believe in dragons and the fairy tales told me that dragons can be defeated. I have been called crazy many times, but I also know that many patients in the asylum think the nurses are crazy too. My response to the atheist is that God cannot be measured by science because science is the wrong instrument. There are many different instruments of measurement like reason, logic, common sense, and theology. Theology is the instrument used to study God.

Let me give an example I read from Peter Drucker, one of America’s most influential management consultants. He wrote many books that have shaped the minds of many in management and innovation. I am reading Innovation and Entrepreneurship and found an intriguing and simple explanation that sums up my “wrong instrument” reply to atheists.

He wrote a chapter regarding opportunity and its effect on a business. He gives many examples that a simple change in perception has had on an economy. He starts his chapter with this quote, “In mathematics there is no difference between ‘The glass is half full’ and ‘The glass is half empty.’ But the meaning of these two statements is totally different, and so are their consequences.”

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The short chapter introduction sent my mind whirling because it shows the difference in using the right instrument to measure different realities. Science can tell me that the half-full and half-empty glasses are identical because they each have the same amount of stuff. But if I use a different tool in my intellectual toolbox, I realize that the wisdom of this example means something more than just a quantity. It deals with how a person understands or is a lens through which he sees his life. The person that sees life as half-full interprets life in a different way than the half-empty person.

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J.Q. lives in the country of Texas with his wife Denise, a Southern Belle from Trinidad and Tobago, and his three children. He holds two graduate degrees from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, an MBA and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Having taught for five years in Catholic education, he now works in the construction industry in Victoria, TX. He is a parishioner of Holy Family of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus Parish in the Diocese of Victoria.
  • Richard Face

    You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy is created in the universe and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, ever vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid the energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.

    And at one point, you’d hope that the physicist would stop down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off you like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.

    And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue in the heat of our own lives.

    And you’ll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across and and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they’ll be comforted to know your energy is still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone. You’re just less orderly. Amen.- See more at: http://www.iflscience.com/physics/ask-physicist-speak-your-funeral-0#sthash.jHBN3egP.dpuf

  • freddy fenster

    A lot of people really
    think a constitution written hundreds of years ago provides written guidance to
    any issue the nation might be faced with. Then again, a large subset of the
    same group believes that a book written 2000 years ago provides answers to all
    problems in life.

    • Edie Finneran

      That’s the most ignerant thing I’ve ever herd said about religion. Besides, it has nothing to do with what the author was talking about. You just wanted to say something negative about God. Shame on you. He is watching.