God Exists   1 comment

I live in a pretty secular state – Alaska. Gallup says church attendance here is about 31%, making it the fourth least churched state in the country. There are some Northeast states where fewer of the population attend church, but only three. A Southern Baptist poll a few years ago, perhaps asking more specific questions, found the rate to be about 15%. It is relatively easy in a state like Alaska to know people who not only reject faith for themselves, but are aggressive in their desire for believers to join them.

One of the demands I’ve received often while being called upon to defend my faith is “prove that God exists”.

To be perfectly honest, no human being can prove that God exists scientifically. God doesn’t fit in a test tube. There is some tremendous evidence for His existence, but the post-modern worldview that permeates our schools and media today strives actively to suppress and warp that evidence and to define a reasonable look at more than the accepted view of the universe as “insanity” or “stupidity”.

Scientifically, there is no way to prove there is a God, but there’s also no way to prove that there is not a God. Science can only deal with the physical world and the Bible teaches that God does not inhabit a physical plane. We can, however, see evidence in the physical plane of God working on the metaphysical one.

Let’s face it, the universe is a complex mechanism filled with other complex mechanisms, all working in complex relationship with one another.  I think it takes more faith to believe it all came about by random chance than it does to believe there is a creator. The mathematical probabilities of even a single cell organism evolving by chance to the complexity that exists in the world today strains reason beyond its rational limits. The uniqueness of this planet and the life on it are evidence of design.

Examples are many, but here are a few.

Earth is “just right” in terms of its size. If it had been too small, the solar winds would have prevented an atmosphere from developing, leaving behind a planet resembling Mercury or the moon. If the planet were much larger, there’d be too much free hydrogen in the atmosphere (as on Jupiter or Saturn). The Earth is “just right” in its distance from the sun – a small change would have made it too hot or too cold. Our moon, which science says is unique among the moons in the solar system, protects the planet from space debris that might have destroyed it long ago.

I just spent an afternoon learning about time dilation from a young cousin who is studying to be a physicist. This theory, based upon Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and observable evidence, posits that time progresses at different rates depending upon local distortions such as gravity and speed. Take a one-year journey on a space craft going near the speed of light and when you return to earth, your spouse will have aged 20 years while you only aged 1. That’s not science fiction. That’s actually science. My cousin suggests that we may be able to explain how 16 trillion years of universal time could be encapsulated into the six “days” of God’s creation story through the application of this science.

I’m not saying that any of this disproves materialism or proves God. I’m saying it should make us think and not just assume that what we believe to be true is true simply because we believe it.

The uniqueness of the earth is evidence of design, not time plus chance. The Bible tells us,

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

King David understood that the heavens speak of God. Romans 1:18-23 contends the real problem with understanding God is man’s rebellion and refusal to accept the evidence of nature.

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”

Christians themselves are evidence of the reality of God and Christianity. If you know a sane, intelligent Christian who has experienced the power of Christ’s life in theirs as they embrace it in genuine faith and through knowledge of the Bible it should be hard for you to say Christianity is “crazy” or “stupid”. The ranks of Christians include scientists, philosophers, statesmen and many others who are highly intelligent and well-educated – Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday and Francis Collins being notable examples.

The greatest evidence for the reality of God is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His resurrection, a historical event attested by tremendous academic evidence, proved Him to be the Son of God and Savior of mankind. This proves the reality of God, the truth of Scripture which He affirmed, and of man’s need of His life and death. Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul words spoken at Athens and recorded in the book of Acts in the New Testament.

“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.  “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.  ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’  “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.  For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

Historical archeology tells us that the altar to the Unknown God not only existed, but that it had a history.

http://bible.org/seriespage/apostle-athens-preaching-philosophers-acts-1715-34

There is no way to prove the existence of God scientifically, but the reliability of the New Testament and much of the Old Testament as historical sources has been tested and is well-founded.

One book I would suggest is “When Skeptics Ask” by Geisler and Brooks (Victor Books), which deals with many questions people often ask about God, Jesus and the Bible and includes footnotes to many other sources of information.

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Posted November 27, 2012 by aurorawatcherak in Faith

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