Many unbelievers and nonbelievers alike ask for proofs on the existence of God. So in regards to their pleas for such, I will give one.
The nature of this argument is to fulfill two roles specifically, which are the predominant issues among unbelievers and nonbelievers alike:
- Because not all are alike in the competence of philosophical inquiry, therefore it is necessary that this argument reach all minds equally.
- Because not all are alike convinced in the methods of abstract inquiry, and it is for all men that personal experience forever trumps impersonal knowledge, therefore it is necessary that this argument pleases all men equally in regards to their personal being.
Having these two roles fulfilled, the following argument follows as such:
Prayer and alms-giving.
Any issues beyond this is merely a matter of time.
If one cannot fulfill these two, which also fulfill the two greatest commandments, then one will never find truth in the existence of God.
I would personally recommend the recitation of the Hail Mary, three times three times a day. Three in the morning, three during the day (either during some work or leisurely activity), and three before sleep. For those wondering that you have heard this sort of prayer elsewhere, it is not new; rather, this is my own modified version of it.
Full text for the pray:
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
I petition the Theotokos specifically for two reasons:
- I consider her Our Lady of Philosophers. The philosopher is the lover of wisdom; however, she is not merely a lover, but the mother of the Logos, too!
- Those who seek God are not new. When the Magi sought their king, they did not approach him directly. They first approached his mother, who no doubt had him swaddled and held him close to her bosom. “May we see our king?”