Why do people deny that God exists, if they can know him by reason?

“To know the invisible God is a great challenge for the human mind.  Many are scared off by it.  Another reason why some do not want to know God is because they would then have to change their life.  Anyone who says that the question about God is meaningless because it cannot be answered is making things to easy for himself. [37-38], 357″ – YOUCAT (5)

Another reason why some do not want to know God is because they would then have to change their life.

 This is an interesting section of the YOUCAT, particularly in light of this weeks Presidential election, and I think it is helpful in answering the question that many have asked – “What the heck happened?”

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Can we know the existence of God by our reason?

“Yes.  Human reason can know God with Certainty [31-36, 44-47]” – YOUCAT (4)

The world cannot have it’s origin and it’s destination within itself.  In everything that exists, there is more than we see.  The order, the beauty, and the development of the world point beyond themselves toward God.  Every man is receptive to what is true, good and beautiful.  He hears within himself the voice of conscience, which urges him to what is good and warns him against what is evil.  Anyone who follows this path reasonably finds God.

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Why do we seek God?

“God has placed in our hearts a longing to seek and find him.  St. Augustine says “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”  We call this longing for God – Religion [27-30]” – YOUCAT (3)

It is natural for man to seek God.  All of our striving for truth and happiness is ultimately a search for the one who supports us absolutely, satisfies us absolutely, and employs us absolutely in his service.  A person is not completely himself until he has found God.

What are you looking for?

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Why did God create us?

“God created us out of free and unselfish love [1-3]” – YOUCAT (2)

“When a man loves, his heart overflows.  He would like to share his joy with others.  He gets this from his Creator.  Although God is a mystery, we can still think about Him in a human way and say:  Out of the “surplus” of His love He created us.  He wanted to share his endless joy with us, who are creatures of his love.”

God created us because his heart was overflowing with love.  He wanted to share that love, so he created us to share in His joy.  We were created out of God’s love.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that God created man to share in His own blessed life and that “He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength.” (CCC – 1).  So God created us, out of unselfish love to seek Him, to know Him and to love Him so that we can share in His joy!

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For what purpose are we here on earth?

“We are here on earth in order to know and to love God, to do good according to his will, and to go someday to heaven. [1-3358].” – YouCat

I think this opening paragraph of the YouCat, and the accompanying references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, accurately captures the spirit and purpose of this blog – to know and to love God by exploring the YouCat and the Catechism of the Catholic Church; to do good according to his will through sharing and connecting with others about the faith and trusting that will help us all get to heaven. Continue reading