Offshore Breezes and the Existence of God
“Riding waves daily or consistently and taking it seriously enough, you run the risk of becoming totally surf-stoked. Once you experience this phenomenon, you can loose connection with anything and everything except your peers down the beach, and the values the waves and ocean force upon you, whether you like it or not.”– Nat Young, Australian World Champion
“The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.” – Sir Isacc Newton, Principia
One of the most common objections to religious belief would run something like this: “I don’t believe because I cannot see God.”
Yet, this is not the smartest argument because we all believe in things we cannot see. We cannot see gravity, yet we know it exists because we can see the effects in the world. As surfers, we know that wind can make or break a session. Yet an offshore breeze cannot be seen. But we know it exists because of the clean and ripable waves that are pounding against the shore.
Observing the world we can see the evidence of a designer in the order and structure of life on the planet. The Argument looks like this:
P1 Where there is evidence of design their must have been a designer
P2 Nature shows evidence of design
C Therefore, there must be a designer behind nature
(This is what people call God)
Perhaps this is what St Paul means in his letter to the Romans when, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he wrote:
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made.” (Rm1: 19-20 RSV)
It is interesting to note that there are not any arguments to disprove God’s existence. That is why the worlds’ most famous atheist, Richard Dawkins, flips between calling himself an atheist, non-theist and agnostic. He says his certitude is 6/7 that God does not exist.