Have you ever seen God?
If God does not exist, everything is permitted

Do you believe in God? Have you ever seen him?

Author: Raul Espinoza Aguilera | Source: Network of Catholic Communicators

 If God does not exist, everything is permitted 
Have you ever seen God? 
Do you believe in God? Have you ever seen him? "Of course I have seen God; not himself, but his works. 

 The French professor and researcher, Michel Eugéne Chevreul, was a man who enjoyed great prestige in France and other European countries for his scientific discoveries and scholarly knowledge. When he had more than ninety years, after a conference directed to a group of university students in which he had mentioned the existence of God, he had to listen to a question posed -with certain sarcasm- by an incredulous young man: 
-Do you believe in God? Have you ever seen him? 
- "Of course I have seen God; not himself because he is pure spirit, but in his works. Indeed, I have seen his omnipotence in the magnitude of the stars and his rapid movement. I have seen his intelligence and wisdom in the admirable order that reigns in the universe. I have seen his infinite kindness in the innumerable benefits that he has filled me with. You haven't seen all that? Do you not see the Divine Painter in the magnificent painting of creation? Don't you see the artist in his work? 
An Arab sage from the desert gave a similar response to a missionary:
-I believe in God. When I perceive footsteps in the sand, I say to myself: someone has been here before. In the same way, when I see the wonders of nature, I say: a great intelligence has been here, and that infinite intelligence is God. "
Cardinal Albino Luciani, later Pope John Paul I, in his enjoyable book Illustrious Lords, questioned what would happen if God was suppressed from civilization, what would be left? What do men become? He remembered that thought of the philosopher and jurist, the Baron of Montesquieu, who had the conviction that without a solid faith, a moral standard is hardly sustained: "Man without religion is a wild animal, who does not feel his strength but when he bites and devours". It is still stronger, the sentence attributed to Napoleon: "Without religion, men would decapitate themselves for any insignificant reason". 
Something similar is expressed by one of the characters of the famous novel of the Russian writer Fyodor M. Dostoevsky, The Karamazov Brothers when it was said: "If God does not exist, everything is permitted". If the support of a deep sense of human existence is lacking, orientation is lost, all moral norms are disarticulated, and no one ever worries about having to account for anything. It is Herman Hesse's "steppe wolf."
Over the centuries, the human being has experienced a deep yearning to meet the transcendence and, often, in the twilight of his life, perceives inwardly a growing thirst for God. This is masterfully expressed by the poet of Castilla, Antonio Machado, with his verses: "I am dreaming of roads/of the afternoon. The hills/golden, the green pines, /the dusty holm oaks!.../Where will the road go? /I'm singing, traveler, /along the trail.../-the afternoon is falling-. “In a more dramatic way it is expressed in the last verses of this poem: "So I go, melancholy drunk, / lunatic guitarist, poet, /and a poor man in dreams, /always looking for God in the fog". 
The truth is that if we look closely at the entire universe in its macrocosms and microcosms; nature itself with its varied plants and marine and terrestrial animals; whether small or large, from the beautiful and majestic flight of an eagle on the high peaks of the mountains to the agile and graceful hummingbird in a flowery garden, we conclude that everything is the product of a creative intelligence, a supreme being who put order and concert in everything we look at and touch. We then came to believe that creation is an admirable and wonderful manifestation of the power and goodness of God towards men.

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