Science, philosophy, logic and reductionism are all limited to the basic 5 physical senses which we routinely use to acquire knowledge. Concepts of human relationships, such as love, trust, faith, hate, remorse, kindness, etc. are not objects and can’t be weighed or measured. If there is anything beyond our current level of scientific knowledge and personal experience, we are left to intangible concepts on belief or faith in those sources which inform us. Does this prove to any of us there is a metaphysical or universe beyond our level of understanding? The answer is no, so we are left to our own ability to discern fact from fiction.
Having a personal relationship with God which supersedes prescribed custom, social structure and convention is a personal aesthetic chosen by an individual. We can and should be able to decide on our own, free of coercion or societal misgiving.
Our experience may consist only of a sequence of feelings, images or sounds. Ideas such as ’cause, goodness, right, wrong’ are not objects and the only evidence of their effect is through context and consequence. It shouldn’t be necessary to start without order or foundation in order to examine our relationship to right, wrong, kindness or empathy but for many without fundamental morality, these values seem as foreign as learning another language.
God may or may not exist just because someone asserts they know for themselves. You have no reason to believe a person even if that belief is held by two or three or millions. Any relationship must be discovered, nurtured and understood by individual effort, not simply listening to speech, music or reading a book.
The question of whether God exists has nothing to with any religion, faith, creed, bible or other book. All our ideas are imperfect. We can safely assume this has always been so.
The existence of God boils down to the question: is our existence a complete accident; or does it contain the slightest smidgen of design, the merest whiff of deliberate creation?
When posed in this way, the question becomes one of Natural Philosophy.
– Frank Dunn