Channel: Bilal Philips
Series: Bilal Philips - Is Belief Enough
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logic, the Greeks, that is, they invented a set of rules which govern
logical statements and arguments, not that they really actually invented logic people knew logic before the Greeks came along. However, the Greeks set rules, which people then studied even till today, in universities, classes in logic are given, taken from the early Greek philosophers Well, the leading amongst the Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle.
If belief in God,
then they should have been amongst those who didn't believe in God. However, what we find instead is that both Plato and Aristotle believed in God, and they argued for God's existence. Logically.
They argued for God's existence, logically, that it there was logic behind it. After arguing logically, they came to the conclusion there must be a god.
Plato argued, from design,
that design indicates a designer. That was his argument. And this is the most common argument found mentioned throughout the Quran. Allah calls human beings to reflect on his creation, and how it has been created. It is a sign of God, in and of itself.
And we have to say that
it is reasonable and logical to come to this conclusion. That design indicates a designer.
It is normal and natural for us. When we walk along the beach, and we see a footprint in the sand.
It is normal and logical for us to conclude that some human being stepped here.
It is not normal and logical
to think how amazing it is that the tide came in, sunk into the sand, and made an impression, which looks like a footprint.
Oh, that could happen. It's not impossible.
But that's not how our brains function.
The logic of our brains tells us we see that footprint, we assume that a human being stepped here.
But those who say No, not necessarily.
They will argue, for example, very easily, that if you take a bucket of paint, and you throw it against the wall, it can splatter and look like a hand
or a head or a foot
can happen. And it's true. You look at the clouds, sometime the clouds take a shape that looks sort of like a head
looks like somebody I know.
Or a foot or a hand or something. It happens. However, we say if you put in that bucket
colors, your primary colors, yellow, red, blue, add some white and black, stir it up, and then throw it against the wall. What are the chances of a Mona Lisa coming out of that?
Now the atheist will say possible
it's possible. If you throw it enough times, you have enough paint.
Eventually, one time it could happen.
What does our minds tell us? No way. The first time you try is like the last time you try. It's all the same. But the atheist illogical he will say no, it's possible. And they will even give you a mathematical
possibility. One to the minus billion zeros, you know, but still, it's one
but common sense tells us No. It's not going to happen.
That Moeller z said came from a designer designing it deliberately adding colors etc to create this. It doesn't happen by accident
They say, we are all a product of what? The Big Bang.
What is the Big Bang? It is an explosion, which makes atomic nuclear reactions seem like a cough.
A massive bang. Now imagine
we take an atomic bomb and we drop it in a junkyard.
What are the chances after that explosion that a Rolls Royce comes out? engine powering door half open? Just come and take me.
What are the chances that the ACS will say it's possible?
is dropping off bombs and enough junkyards eventually, that's going to happen? Is that logical? Is that reasonable? To say? No, this is illogical. All of our common sense and experience says no, no way.
They like to put it this way. If you put 100 monkeys in a cage, and you give them 100 typewriters, in our case, 100 Arabic typewriters.
And you let the monkeys jump up and down on the keys, beating it with their heads, their elbows, toes, fingers, everything, eventually, one of them will type out the whole Quran in Arabic for you, from fatty hanten us
or they give the Bible from Genesis to revelations, one of them is just going to just beat away and it's just going to pop out the whole of the holy book.
This is what they say,
give them enough time, enough paper
replaced the keys when they get worn out. One of them will eventually do it. We say no.
Common Sense says no.
Design indicates a designer
error. Aristotle, on the other hand, he argued
regarding the principle of infinite regression, meaning you have a creator, that creator has a creator, if we narrow everything down, we come down to one creator. And then who created a creative say, another one like him, who created that one, another one like him, who created that one, another one like him and just keep going till when? Till infinity. You can just keep going back to infinity.
Aristotle argued that no, to argue that is to say that things didn't have a beginning. If the beginning is infinity is like saying there is no beginning. So if there is no beginning, how did we get here? our existence is evidence that things have a beginning.
That is how Aristotle argued. And in the Quran, we find it mentioned and surah tour where Allah says, I'm fully human ready Shay, in a normal callicoon, when they created from nothing? Or did they create themselves? Self creation, not possible creation from nothing, that nothing would create us? No.
There has to be a creator. So this is reasonable and logical. With regards to those sub questions, if everything as a creator, who created god, that was Aristotle's answer.
God had to be without a creator, he had to have no beginning. That's a basic characteristic of God. And he has no beginning. And he has no end. If he had a beginning, then he's no different from the rest of us, needing somebody else to create him. And if the one who created him didn't have a beginning, it had a beginning, then he's like the rest of us. So obviously, to start this whole process going, there had to be one without a beginning, who started the ball rolling?
So the question Who created God?
is in fact an illogical question.
And it is similar to the question, if God can do anything, why can't he have a son?
This is an illogical question. And there are a whole bunch of questions like this, which basically ask you, can God do something which is not?
makes him not God? what we call an ungodly act, Can God do that? Or does God only do godly acts?
Can God be born? We just said God doesn't have a beginning. Can you be born
God is one who has no end Can God die?
These are illogical questions because the various