Since the publication of Darwin’s “Origin of Species” in 1859, science has determined that God was unnecessary to explain the world. The Big Bang theory, the Oparin-Haldane hypothesis of life’s origin, and the concept of evolution have tried to reduce the wonder of existence to a series of random processes of mere adaptation and blind transformation, driven by natural forces. Yet, the same science has significantly dialed back on the arrogance in the last few decades. The failure to resolve the significant gaps in Darwin’s evolution theory, and the fact that there are hundreds of precise parameters necessary for a planet to support life, has led to the gradual evolution of the opposite to the so-called modern creationist theories, such as intelligent design and the fine-tuned universe (among the immense amount of literature on these issues, see the bibliography in the book The Einstein Enigma (José Rodrigues dos Santos. The Einstein Enigma. HarperCollins Publishers, NY, 2010, pp. 484-485); see also Michael Denton. Evolution: A Theory in Crisis. Adler & Adler, 1986; Michael Denton. Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis. Discovery Institute in Seattle. 2016; Eric Metaxas. Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God. In: The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 25, 2014).
You might argue at this point that this is a significant leap in scientific advancement, but I believe that all this ink flow and mass hysteria only reinforces what is already apparent—the complete limitation of our comprehension of the world. I pity all those scientists concentrating their entire lives on such insignificant problems, so concerned that after however many billion years, the universe will die, or focusing on how life could possibly exist on another planet besides Earth. All this talk is sheer speculation, folks. They were not even able to predict Donald Trump’s election in 2016, let alone something more complex. Seriously, if we accept that there are one septillion planets (one followed by 24 zeroes) in the universe, are we really so bold (or stupid) to state that only ours can be “fine-tuned” for life, considering that we are unable to reach even a tiny fraction of the cosmos? We cannot even figure out what’s happening in our own home, here on Earth. Just consider that the mysteries of Stonehenge and its nearby crop circles, or the enigmatic, centuries-old lights over Norway’s Hessdalen Valley have never been solved, to mention just two phenomena. These enigmas only prove that many other forms of life and parallel worlds exist around us, but we are limited in our ability to perceive them.
What about aliens? The Congressional hearing on UFOs on July 26, 2023, officially confirmed my suspicions that the US government has been hiding information about aliens’ existence for decades. It is not by chance that all the talk concerning UFO stopped abruptly in the eighties. The hearing also brought to light many incredible stories of UAP encounters. So, are we alone in the universe? According to Vanga, a phenomenal clairvoyant known as “Nostradamus of the Balkans”, this is far from being the case (regarding angels and aliens from the planet Vamfim, see my next post, The Seer). However, even after everything we already know, and the new revelations that continue to come out, skeptics still support the idea of our uniqueness in the universe, which sounds like lunacy to me.
The point is that, real or not, we must be aware that aliens are an unnecessary distraction, like everything else that keeps our mind busy and prevents it from realizing the true purpose of our existence. After all, even if CNN reported an alien incursion tomorrow in the same style as Stephen King’s “The Dome,” there is nothing you or I could do or change anyway.
It’s not the same with God, though. This is a crucial matter because it is directly related to our life’s mission and destiny. The great problems here are that, first of all, nobody really believes in God, and second, even if I managed to convince you of His existence, I bet nothing would change in your life.
And why should it? What is the advantage of knowingGod,anyway? Are you going to become richer? Or climb the social ladder? It’s definitely not about that. Are you going to respect His will in order to become wiser? Maybe, although you can’t take it for granted. So, why would you bother at all?
This reflection leads us to the preface of Richard Dawkins’s book The God Delusion, a passionate work against God and religion, where Mr. Dawkins asks two interesting questions: “Do you think that religious belief is necessary in order for us to have justifiable morals?” and “Don’t we need God, in order to be good?” (Richard Dawkins. The God Delusion. A Mariner Books publisher, 2008, p. 25).
I will add another one from myself: Do we need God to be happy?
According to Google and Wikipedia, between 500 and 750 million worldwide have an “absence of belief.” Are most of them good people? They certainly are. Do they excel in their careers? I don’t doubt it. Are they happy? I suppose they believe they are. Let’s take Dr. Dawkins, for instance. He is both rich and famous, an Oxford-graduated Doctor of Science, his books have sold millions of copies, he’s a great activist, and highly praised for his achievements. It’s a dream life! But regrettably, despite his fame, intelligence, and wealth, without realizing it, he has wasted his life defending big fat lies such as the non-existence of God and how terrible religion is. For this reason, his much-celebrated book, The God Delusion (which later turned into The Dawkins Delusion), will not stand the test of time.
How about Freddy Mercury, one of the greatest singers of all time? A fantastic voice and an incredible talent, but a perfect example of how demons can devastate one’s soul. In one interview, he was asked if he thought he’d go to Heaven, and he answered, “No, I don’t want to (go to Heaven). Hell is much better. Think of all the interesting people you’re going to meet down there!”
Judging by the orgies he used to organize in his Garden Lodge mansion, he obviously did not take the religious concept very seriously. But despite all the fun he had, I doubt he was ever happy, and he was very lonely, too. However, I mention him here because he is a classic example of a brilliant professional with a divine gift, combined with a weak and corrupt character. This contradiction between value system and professional qualities is fundamental. It plays a crucial role in the process of self-knowledge, which will be considered in a separate post.
So, what can we deduce from everything said above? First, there are billions of religiously affiliated people and millions that are not. Second, although a third of North Americans are statistically depressed and one in two is divorced, ignorance is bliss, and it’s not mandatory to believe in God in order to lead a proper life. So, what is all the fuss about then?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).
That’s the whole point, brothers and sisters. I know how challenging it is to persuade another person about the abstract concept of God and eternal life, but if you could have seen the bigger picture, you would have understood that getting in touch with the force that created us is the only way to live your life to the fullest. Because if God created us in His image and likeness, we have to fight against the limitations with which we were born, as they don’t allow us to reach the depth of our resources. We have feelings and awareness enclosed inside our shell of a body, and the more sensitive we are, the more keenly we feel God. This should be our primary goal, as otherwise, our life will be a hamster wheel—we are born, live, die, and are judged according to our deeds, and then, punishment or not, it all starts again until we raise our awareness to the point at which we begin to “hear,” or rather “feel,” God’svoice. Once that happens, we can finally break this never-ending cycle and follow “the path that will lead us to everlasting life” (Matthew 7:14) until we find the spring that will turn inside us into “rivers of living water” (John 7:38).
Now, a lot of people wonder: “But how can we attain immortality if we respect God’s words? And what is the point of depriving ourselves of all the pleasure in the world for something so ephemeral?”
Well, things are not as ephemeral as they seem, and everything has its own deep reason. Actually, it all boils down to this:
Our primordial task that we must accomplish during our existence is to get rid of the evil referred to in the Scriptures as “The Devil” or “Satan.” It is the creature that dwells inside us, deceives us, makes us blind and stupid, and possesses and manipulates us our entire life. Although this is an almost impossible task, we can achieve it, but we must firmly believe in and pray to God, keep a particular discipline, and apply a specific set of rules, which are a common denominator in all religions.
Nothing new? I can see your disappointment: “No kidding? We’ve heard that one before. Such a waste of time, reading this post for nothing!”
Well, let me tell you something, while paraphrasing Socrates: you know nothing and think that you do know, but I know you know nothing. Because everything is so simple and simultaneously so complicated, and it takes enormous energy and concentration if you want to discover the truth. In order to achieve spiritual perfection (which generally means purifying your soul and becoming more sensitive), you need to accumulate enough ENERGY, as this is the only way to raise your AWARENESS, which will permit you to REALIZE what is going on inside your mind. For this purpose, you need a STRATEGY. You must devise a plan that will help you find your hidden, never-before-used well of energy that has remained sealed inside you all your life. Once that is done, you will understand knowledge, bring miracles into your life, and live in a fairy tale instead of in your present gray, mundane world.
But before we further break down the concepts of awareness, energy, and fighting strategy, we must be firmly convinced that God and the Devil exist. Otherwise, there is no point in continuing. So, let’s open up the great debate once again, but this time seeking evidence aside from the Scriptures and the religious literature mentioned above. And since, according to the Bible: “A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses…” (Deuteronomy 19:15), I will give you at least two testimonies about each topic, coming from sources beyond any human comprehension or scientific explanation.