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Faith is Not Mental Illness   6 comments

I reblogged a post by a gentleman who made a very broad statement — that all religion without exception is a form of mental illness. He then pointed to history to support his claim and announced “It’s the 21st century.”

It is the 21st century, indeed. And we think we’re very wise and intelligent and we’ve unlocked the mysteries of the universe. Or have we?

It’s superstition to believe something with no evidence, but as a Christian, I see lots of evidence for my faith and feel that faith is a reasonable response to that evidence.

Science is very good at describing how the world works, but ultimately, it cannot explain why the world works or even why it exists. Why is there matter? We know that at some point in history, there wasn’t matter. That’s the Big Bang theory in a nutshell. “Point of singularity” rhetoric to the contrary, cosmologists postulate that there was no time and no matter before the Big Bang — or at least no time or matter as we understand time and matter. So, why did it come into being? Not how. We more or less know how — incredible energy, burning heat, bright light. The Big Bang left evidence of itself in the cosmos. How is covered. But why did it happen?

I’m not a highly trained scientist, but I’m a relatively intelligent and reasonable person who knows a couple of highly trained scientists who are Christians. I also know a bit about singularities. A black hole is a singularity. Matter, light, everything near a black hole collapses into the black hole. It doesn’t suddenly burst out into bright light and intense heat. So why did that long ago singularity do that?

Reasonably speaking, it couldn’t have. That would defy the laws of the universe as we know it. So, something unnatural happened — possibly something supernatural.  The evidence points in that direction unless you are opposed to considering that direction.

Whatever caused the singularity containing a universe to reverse the course of its nature and start expanding had to have come from outside of that singularity. Whatever it was existed outside of time and space because neither of those existed prior to the Big Bang. Those are just basic scientific observations. Using my intelligence, however, I can also wonder a bit. Whatever it was chose to reverse the course of the singularity, suggesting intelligence and will. Looking at the structure of the universe — which is really quite orderly — I must wonder if this creation force was also aware, organized and able to think ahead.

Hmmm, well, now, reasonably speaking, that sounds like a description of the God of the Bible — outside of space and time, creative, intelligent and personal. No, it doesn’t prove God exists, but the evidence of the Big Bang definitely makes me think that God is a reasonable theory and certainly more reasonable than nature just reversed its course and exploded outward into the relative regularity that we see today.

Faith is responding to evidence that others may reject, but that you see every where around you once your eyes have been opened to it.

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