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One third of humanity to mark death of Jesus

Is there a God? Millions dismiss the idea. But many experts say we should not be so sure. Here are the top four cutting-edge contemporary arguments for believing in a deity. For more than two billion people around the world, this Friday is Good Friday, the day Jesus Christ died for the sins of humanity. For Christians from Western Churches, it will be a day of church services, fasting and devotion. In the secular, rationalist West, it is common to see Christianity as a relic of our history. Yet these celebrations go to prove that Christianity is alive and kicking in the world today.  In fact, although we tend to think that the world is losing its faith, in reality 84% of the global population identifies with a religious group, and this proportion is growing, not shrinking. Clearly, much of the world still believes there are good, rational reasons to believe in God. But what are they? Moral compass. For some philosophers, belief in morality only makes sense if we also believe in God. Some suggest that it is improbable that morality could have developed in a godless world. Others argue that without God, we simply have no solid basis for any of our moral ideas. Heavenly miracles. Many Christians believe they have had direct contact with the divine. They claim that they have been miraculously healed, or received something they prayed for. For them, the simplest explanation for these events is that God caused them. Cause and effect. The cosmological argument for God states that everything that begins to exist must have a cause. As such, the universe must have a cause, and we can call this cause God. Trust in faith. But some think proposing “rational” reasons for believing in God defeats the point. God is the source of all things, including human rationality. Insisting on a “rational” basis for believing in God makes about as much sense as demanding a “rational” basis for believing in the existence of the world itself. You just have to trust in faith. Is there a God? Divine intervention Yes: The vast majority of the world still believes in God, and they have solid reasons for doing so. Without God, it is impossible to explain so much of the world around us, as well as our own ideas about life.  No: Whether we like it or not, science has ousted God. It has restructured our thinking around rationalism and empiricism and, in doing so, made God obsolete. Or... Whether or not God really exists, it is clear that human beings are naturally spiritual creatures. Yet this aspect of our existence is obscured by both extreme rationalism and insistence on one specific God. KeywordsWestern Churches - The Catholic and Protestant Churches celebrate Easter both use the Gregorian calendar, so they celebrate Easter at the same time. The Eastern or Orthodox Churches use the older Julian calendar, so their Easter is often different.

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