The Philosophy of Knowing Yourself
“We find God through His handiwork as well as through the sacred writings.” Bailes, Hidden Power for Human Problems
Proof of God
During the seventeenth-century the emerging mechanical philosophy sought to separate the study of science from God. Most proponents of this philosophy still believed in a Deity; however, they believed He created a perfect universe and then stepped out of the picture. Isaac Newton maintained a life long profound belief in God. He believed that all the causes studied within science were created by God. After Isaac Newton wrote Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica in 1686, he decided not all things could be explained mechanically. He believed that God created the world and then continued to help it run smoothly through divine intervention. Therefore, his philosophical interpretation of the universe determined that God and science wer
Newton discovered gravity, and that centripetal force, a kind of gravity, caused matter to tend toward a center. The planets revolved around the sun "in circles concentric with the sun." Because of gravitational force it was impossible for all the matter of the planets and the stars "to fly up from them, and become evenly spread throughout all the heavens, without a supernatural power." What kept the matter of the planets from collapsing in on one another to form one great mass? Newton induced that the continual separation of the planets and stars in the universe "may all depend upon certain forces by which the particles of bodies, by some causes hitherto unknown."[i]
Newton determined that God must intervene to force the planets to rotate around the sun. The motion of the planets was caused by the intervention of a voluntary agent; "diurnal rotation of the planets could not be derived from gravity, but required a divine arm to impress them." Newton concluded that; "it is not to be conceived that mechanical causes could give birth to so many regular motions, since the comets range overall parts of the heavens in very eccentric orbits." The beautiful creation of such an orderly system of the universe "could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being." He called this powerful being God.[i]
"As a blind man has no idea of colors, so have we no idea of the manner by which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things;" Newton explained to show that science could prove an effect to something without being able to prove an underlying cause. Newton inquired; "Did blind chance know that there was light and what was its refraction, and fit the eyes of all creatures after the most curious manner to make use it?" Furthermore, he concluded that; "We know him only by his most wise and excellent contrivances of things and final causes."
Newton’s definition of a miracle is that; "it seems to me that the example of a Planet wch goes round and preserves it[s] motion in its Orb without any other help but that of God, being compared wth a Planet kept in its Orb by yt matter wch constantly drives it toward ye sun, plainly shews what difference there is between natural and rational miracles."[i]
Newton did not suppose that God was the soul of the world, which was part of a compound within the body, but that he was a governor. The soul and body act upon each other, but God acted upon the universe even though the universe did not act upon him. He believed God existed everywhere at all times and was omniscient. Newton said that God was present in all places and could see everything, "as the mind of man is present to all the pictures of things formed in his brain."[i]
[i]Isaac Newton, Newton's Philosophy of Nature: Selections From his Writings, with a Foreword by John Herman Randallm Jr., (New York: Hafner Press, 1953).
[i] Rupert A. Hall and Laura Tilling, ed., The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol. 5 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975).
About the author:
K.J. Cleveland was born in Alabama, grew up in various areas, including Mannheim, Germany, due to her Mom being a librarian for the U.S. Army. Her mother, Sherrie Floyd, opened libraries for the U.S. Army in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and subsequently won Federal Librarian of the Year in 2001 for her endeavors. After college, K.J. Cleveland moved to California, where she began her writing career. She and her brother, Randy Jones, published The Raw You: Self-Awareness Journal for one year in West Los Angeles, followed by a book, The Raw You: A Contemplation of the Soul, which received an incredibly positive response from its readers. Other books she has written include What is Enlightenment: Theories of Plato, Newton, Rousseau and Kant on Knowing Yourself Beneath Your Societal Identity, God and the Unseen Realm and Never Give Up: Exercises to Listen to Your Heart, Set Goals and Make Your Dreams Come True. To learn more about knowing yourself and making your dreams come true, check out nevergiveup1.com, dreamscometrue1.org and whatisenlightenment.org.
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