|Originally Posted by fishbrains
Once again, I am going to commend you for your tenacity, and it’s obvious that you are trying to answer questions pretty thoroughly with RCC apologetics.
Yet, I don’t care about any of your answers, because you haven’t addressed a very fundamental issue. Why should we believe in your god or bible?
My dear friend,
Are you reading ALL of MY post?
I HAVE addressed both issues more than once already. HOWEVER if you can’t find them; PLEASE let me know and I will do so again; just for you. EVERY Soul is important. We’re approaching Thanksgiving so I have family stuff to do too. BUT I’ll look back to see if I still need to reply to you, God willing; AFTER you have checked my previous post within this string.
God Bless you,
My friend I apologize. I just reviewed my post and not one of them address your two concerns. So I will now endeavor to correct that oversight.
I warn you however that it is neither my task nor my goal to “convert you to my beliefs.” That too remains the purview of this God [capitol “G” because there is, and can be only one True God;] which I will endeavor to establish.
Also I am neither a Theologian nor a Philosopher; I am though a Trained and Experienced Catechist. A “Marian Catechist” which is a Lay Apostolate approved by Rome; to teach, to share, to explain and when necessary, to defend our Catholic Faith. So please consider this as you read on. I also am not associated in any manner with the scientific or historical communities.
My evidence will be verifiable by simple logic and the powers of observation of things around us.
Why you should believe in “my god.”
Let’s begin at the beginning. I will use the Bible which has two major sections now called the Old Testament [dates to about 4,000 YEARS ago; and the New Testament which now dates to approximately 2,000 years ago. Those facts alone give testimony to a “source’, a “Power” of both “unimaginable-might” and “unquenchable-intelligence;” far greater than any person in the recorded history of humanity.
“Truth” must be what it is: Singular per defined issue. Pope Benedict XVI had this to say about truth:
“There cannot be my truth and your truth or there would be NO truth.” It is from this premise that I proceed.
In proving God; I shall take a divided approach. First I shall establish God’s [I agree that the term “God”; at least at this juncture, is “my term”; not yours] “unlimited power.” God, whom I shall define briefly here as: “God is all good things perfected” … secondly we shall establish that God is a God of unlimited Intelligence; and thirdly we hope to establish God, as God of unlimited authority.
God of unlimited Power & Intelligence [2 for the price of 1 here]
I wish to first clarify that is proclaiming this; that there is one thing God cannot do. God cannot be the direct and intentional cause of “EVIL.” God can and does permit evil to exist; but cannot by intent be the direct cause of evil.
God can, and God is the “cause”; the very “source” of all good things and all goodness. So right off we’re going to establish that both “fairness” and “justice” are “good things.” God in Divine Justice can and does permit Blessings for man’s good choices and evil for our bad choices. It is to be understood that these consequences follow man’s personal choices freely [unimpeded] exercised.
The first book in the bible is termed: “The Book of Genesis;” and relates is a metaphorical manner the “Story” of Creation, of which we only have to accept as literal  that God is the Creator of everything that exist.  That Adam and Eve may have actually been called “Sam & Sally: BUT that they were given a perfect existence which they squandered in a desire to get the only thing they didn’t have: namely being God! I don’t wish to get too far from our focus in this pos#49.t. In doing so they “invented sin” and caused God’s Justice to inflict the human conditions of our existence as a consequences. I did cover this in quite some detail in one of my post #49.
From the book of Genesis; Chapter 1, verses 26 & 27
 “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them”
So then we ask: What “exactly” is this “image of God”? And the New Testament book of John chapter 4 in verses 23 & 24 gives us the answer: ”But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. “There’s that pesky word “truth” again.
To be clear: the teaching here is that God is ‘Spirit”; that is “non-matter.”
Question: How then can man possibly emulate God? Or is the bible all fairy-tails? Can this mystery be solved, much less established?
Question: Did you choose what you’re wearing as you read this? If so; than I can prove the existence of God.
The entire universe exist for two reasons:  that God could be “found”  That god would be glorified. I will use the Bible as evidence of this; as it also establishes the reason and purpose of its existence.
Also from the Old Testament; the Book of the Prophet Isaiah [from whom we’ll hear more later on] is the precise reason for man’s existence in this world.
Isaiah 43: verses 7 & 21: “ everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” & 21:  the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise. My friend you now know something most Catholics don’t even know.
So our God creates the entire Universe [the idea that multiple gods did this is so bizarre as to not merit discussion]. The Universe is far too Vast; Complex and Ordered, for there to have been more than a single source for it. And our God did this so that his created humanity; who alone in the entire Universe of Billions of stars, galaxies and planets created only one; only planet earth that can be scientifically proven [not thought to be; but is] able to support the life forms that we are aware of.
Then on planet earth with its Many Millions of things; and a uncounted number of “living things”; again, only one of them is able to love or hate. Only one is able to make complex things out of less complex things. Our cars and computers for example. That one “thing” is humanity. Nothing exist that is more perfect; more complex; more evidently God “created.” And only man is able to logically find God through the Universe that He created [a term meaning: “to make something out of nothing] for THAT very purpose.
So the Universe is created so that man alone is able to discover God from the Majesty of size, complexity Ordered arrangement, [as in commanded; not even remotely possible as an accident or for that matter as a Big Bang. Where did the stuff that went BANG originate?]
Now back to man and just how we do alone in all of creation; emulate our God. We pointed out earlier that Our God Is “Spirit.” And asked the obvious question: HOW can man possibly emulate our God? And then I told you that if you choose what your wearing as you read this; that I can prove both God’s existence and HOW.
May Jesus, GOD, continue to guide OUR life-path’s,