Watch this video. Fr. Barron hit so many simple yet deep points in his video here titled, Why Do We Believe in God?
I especially like the part where he addresses the word recognize: It's to re-cognize. It's to identify what's already there. I'm not going to spoil the video because you absolutely have to watch it. But it absolutely makes sense what he has pointed out: We don't ever learn something brand-new that wasn't already there. We can't create something new by our own selves without divine help. We can't create lives by ourselves. We can't even imagine how the universe was created. It is so above and beyond us: No matter how hard we try to identify this higher intelligence, give it names, recreate it using science, we're never going to reach that higher intelligence. There is always a higher platform that we will never touch, a truth, or being that we will never grasp--not even with the most study and dedication. There's always something bigger than what we know, something that's already there, something that already exists that we discover--not create.
We don't create anything. Every little thing we see around us, from ideas to matter to both combined, is only possible because of the Higher Being, this intelligence that was already there--we'll never be able to reach it. We will go mad trying to see it. This is God, the great I AM, the deity Whom we could never truly see except when He came to join us as a human in the form of Jesus. The most we can do is humble ourselves before His glory and not try to create it, because we cannot create it--we can only recreate it. We cannot write it, we can only learn it--because it was already there. We cannot know it without recognizing it.
Watch this video. It's mind-blowing--and humbling. We'll never understand the great I AM, the Thing that was here before us, the Love that's bigger than our hearts can hold--except for through Jesus. We can't even understand Jesus completely. I think we're better off not trying beyond our capacity--it would drive us insane. We're beyond the capacity to understand it.
I don't know where I read this, but I paraphrase a comparison I found in a book once: Our understanding of God is to us like the understanding of our dog is to what we're doing. The dog can only observe but he will never put two and two together to make four. (When I remember which author said this I'll quote it more completely.)
He sees us opening the fridge and understands food. He sees a squirrel and understands chase.
We see the world and understand explore. We see our lives and understand survive. We see death and we wonder why? We see tragedy and we ask the Lord, why have You done this?
Like our dogs don't understand why we stare at the television at a natural disaster in dismay, but only know that we're distressed--we will never understand why the Lord lets it happen. We're on different planes, and only He knows everything--all we can do is recognize it, if it's within our reach. Most of the time, it's not.
Why are we going to go insane trying to play God? Who, upon understanding the consequences, would really want to?