Whether we are agnostic or suffering from a lapse of faith, we can sometimes become disillusioned by our questions of a higher power. The knowledge of our own mortality forces us to face the unknown. Does our consciousness carry on after death or do we merely extinguish like the candle’s flame? Our religious convictions serve to comfort us from the unknown. But our faith is not always enough, and we may find ourselves in an existential crisis. We can find our way back to spiritual peace without the leaps of faith so often required by religion. We only need to build upon what we know.
A strong philosophical argument is that our existence, as well as all that exists around us, proves the existence of a higher power that created it. From what we have observed of the known universe we can say that it is clockwork in nature and governed by strictly defined laws. This suggests an order at play, even though the universe is chaotic and wrought with cataclysmic events. The culmination of such events resulted in the creation of life and ultimately us. We can find comfort in knowing these events culminated in our birth and thus we will continue to play a role in the events after our death.
We are aware that energy is neither created nor destroyed, but merely changes form. This can also explain the biological processes that resulted in our birth. We are born, grow and we die, but we are not destroyed, but merely change form. It matters little if our consciousness is only a product of our neural network or continues intact beyond our transformation from a bioelectrical state of existence to a pure energy state. When we view the subject from this perspective; perhaps the most frightening possibility is that everything is consciousness. Biological life is only one of many forms sentient consciousness can take.
Whether or not the religions of man adequately answer our questions or not, we cannot deny the odds are in our favor of a continued existence beyond the veil of death. If the odds were not in favor of our continuing existence some could argue none of us would be more than inanimate rocks and dust.
In the existential crisis, we do not need to stare with our eyes at the face of God to find spiritual peace. We do not need to question the faults in the religions of men. In fact, there is greater comfort in the knowledge that God is much larger than we can comprehend. Science, intellect and reason need not be the adversary of spirituality. In what we learn through science about the nature of existence, it can be said that we are following in the footsteps of God. Our peace can come from the knowledge that we will arrive posthumously exactly where we are meant to be.