Scientists say we receive 80 to 90 percent of information visually. The additional 10 to 20 percent we get by hearing voices, sensing smell, and feeling touch. So most of our knowledge, experiences, and feelings we get through our eyes. But is it the real truth?
Actually we see exactly what our brain tells us to.
So what are those things our brain tells us to see? Our brain ensures we get only that information that is necessary to us. It collects information based on previous experience, knowledge, opinions, pictures, and beliefs. So actually, we see what we want to see, not what is really happening.
Imagine that you are sitting in café, drinking your morning coffee and looking out of the window. We see life happening out there. People walk, cars pass by, at the end of the street there is a building site. So If I am interested in fashion I will probably notice what people are wearing and nothing else. If I am studying psychology, then I would be very attentive to people’s facial expressions, their behavior, and body language. If I am engineering student, I will be fascinated by the crane lifting up the concrete blocks. When I am interested in one aspect, I just won’t see anything else.
Can it be the same effect with faith? If I want to believe in something, then I will notice all the evidences and my faith will get even stronger. It may be the opposite when I don’t believe in something. I will for sure explain my point of view using believable proofs. For example, there is group of people who are absolutely sure that humans never walked on the moon. They say that NASA just faked the materials and are bringing out very impressive evidence. Do you believe that man walked on the moon? Well, it depends on what evidences you want to see, which depends on what will make sense for you.
A very similar situation occurs when we try to answer the question “Is there God?” If I believe in God, then I can recognize the perfection of His handwriting in nature, knowing that a human would never be able to create anything working that well together. Charles Darwin spoke in his memoirs of, “The impossibility of conceiving that this immense and wonderful universe, including man with his capacity of looking far backwards and far into futurity, as the result of blind chance or necessity.” He continued, “When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind in some degree analogous to that of man.”
The whole history of the universe appears to me so logical when I believe that it didn’t happen just accidentally. Stephen Hawking says, “All the evidence seems to indicate that the universe has not existed forever, but that it had a beginning, about 15 billion years ago. This is probably the most remarkable discovery of modern cosmology. However, many people were unhappy with the idea that the universe had a beginning, because it seemed to imply the existence of a supernatural being who created the universe.”
He is talking about the process we call Big Bang Theory. So we see that probably there is someone behind this process. At the same time, if we look to the first work of the Bible we read, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:1-4)
Actually it’s so interesting to discover that faith in God is only supporting the scientific evidences of this world, nature, and psychology. Many scientists confirm this – 40 percent of scientists surveyed in various fields claim belief in a personal God. Many of them found their way to faith through their scientific work.
For example, Francis S. Collins, who led the Humane Genome Project, said, “In this modern era of cosmology, evolution, and the human genome, is there still the possibility of a richly satisfying harmony between the scientific and spiritual world views? I answer with a resounding yes! In my view, there is no conflict in being a rigorous scientist and a person who believes in a God who takes a personal interest in each one of us. Science’s domain is to explore nature. God’s domain is in the spiritual world, a realm not possible to explore with the tools and language of science. It must be examined with the heart, the mind, and the soul – and the mind must find a way to embrace both realms.”
But for me the greatest proof that our world is not just one big accident is the depth of humanity. I think that something like love should have a beginning somewhere. I don’t think that it’s just a complex of chemical processes. People are not able to explain where love comes from and why it matters so much for us. The only answer that I could believe is that God created this perfect system we call the universe. He created humans to be like him, able to love and create.
So we come back to the beginning of this article. If today I ask myself “How do I recognize God’s existence today?” then my eyes see something different. The more I look with my mind and heart opened, the more I see that there is God. I hear the song of the birds, listen to my heart beating, wonder how complicated my brain is, and the last proof, but the most important to me, is that when I look into people’s eyes I see something greater than just a mass of atoms.