God could exist, and its scientifically plausible vs, there definitely is no God.
Atheists laugh at anyone who supports the existence of God. Then they demand, “prove it”. Why do they demand iron clad proof for God, yet they don’t seem to have a problem with the assertion that the universe could have created itself out of nothing? or life began spontaneously from non living elements? both of which are conjectures without enough support to even be a theory let alone iron glad proof. They even conflict with known science? So why do they laugh? Because it has nothing to do with evidence or reason, it has to do with an ideological opposition to God.
God does not need to be proven beyond a doubt, much of what scientists believe isn’t. We need only to look at black holes, dark matter, dark energy and origins science to see that. These are hypotheses, certainly not proven beyond doubt. So why does God have be proven beyond other scientific ideas?
I would like an atheist to prove beyond a doubt to me that his wife or her husband loves them. Prove love exists. God is pure love, expressed through relationship and experience that is personal and real. But the atheist says anyone who believes there is a God, believes a myth. God is no different than the tooth fairy.
I disagree and this post will explain some of the reasons beyond my faith why I believe God exists. We will have a look at the difference between blind faith and reasonable faith and does it take more faith to believe there is an intelligent designer, or that there is none.
Hebrews 11:1; “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Romans 1:20; “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
The God denier sees faith like that of a Toronto Maple Leafs fan hoping to see them win the next three Stanley Cups. That kind of faith is rooted in what? Uncertainty, maybe it will or maybe it won’t but there is hope it happens.
The Christian sees faith like a soldier in battle. He has faith in those who fight by his side will do their job, because his life depends on them. It is the faith of a child who believes that dad is going to catch them when they jump, or the faith a base jumper has in his gear, when he steps off the cliff for the first time. This kind of faith is more than just a blind faith it all works out, it is rooted in experience, assurance and conviction, and that is what the Christian has.
Blind faith suggests that the mind is not involved. The Christian is commanded to use their mind, their whole mind. Jesus says to engage our intellect as well as our inner being. Faith is not removed from intellect for the Christian. Jesus is saying you can trust me.
Matthew 22:37; “Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”
Atheists however, are putting their faith in their own opinion and a future hope for knowledge. What do I mean? How did life begin, how did the universe come into existence? Media and scientists like Bill Nye constantly say that science has shown how these events took place, when in reality, they don’t have any idea. Hence, the atheist is hoping someone will find something later.
Scientists have been trying to prove life began from non living elements. Life from non life (abiogenesis) opposes a century of known science. Louis Pasteur‘s experiments proved back in the 19th century, life can only come from other life. For almost a century the world’s best minds have been trying to create life and are at a standstill. Yet some still cling to the idea that life can spontaneously happen by chance, when intelligent scientists have not been able to make it happen in 100 years of trying.
What is the current best hope for the origin of the universe? That space, time, matter and energy can create itself out of nothing. This is the claim from world renowned theoretical physicist Steven Hawking in his book “The Grand Design”. That, is blind faith.
The Christian faith is more than just hope, it is assurance based on conviction that grows out of experience and relationship. In part, that assurance and conviction comes from tangible understanding of the universe and life. God says his fingerprints are evident in “the things that have been made”, so examination and discovery of the world will give us glimpses of a designer. This is not proof of God’s existence, but it adds to faith and conviction.
What are some of the reasons people believe one way or the other? .
GOD: 87%-98% of global population
The Positive Case;
- Personal experience and encounters
- Science [biology, physics, cosmology, show evidence of a mind, an intelligent agent]
- Bible, testimony of those who claim to have and died for their testimony that they saw God, experienced the resurrection of Jesus and many miraculous events.
- Origins, inference to the best explanation method favors intelligence
Sometimes when you are making a positive case for a position, it is helpful to elucidate the inadequacies of the opposing position.
The Negative Case;
- Evolution [all life came from a single ancestor through a process of mutations, selection and modifications] is a failure
- Naturalistic Origins [Origin of the universe, origin of life] unknown, requires faith, anti-science
ATHEIST: 2% -13% of population and dropping
The Positive Case;
- Personal opinion and no encounters
- Science [Evolution, all life started from one single cell]
- Origins [universe created itself out of nothing, first life spontaneously developed from non living material, or came from outer space]
The Negative Case;
- Bible is full of lies, bible is fairy tales, too corrupt, Jesus never existed, Jesus was just a man
- Intelligent design theory is just religious non science
Lets look at some of the things atheists have said about those of us who believe that God, not evolution, is the reason we are all here.
Richard Dawkins is a leading popular atheist who tours the world promoting evolution and crusading against God. The vitriol for God and all who believe in him is evident in his writings and interviews. For example the second quote below is from his book, “The God Delusion”
“It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet someone who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that)”
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
So few (2%-13%) and so angry. The new atheists have declared war on this so called none existent God, and are on the attack with books like “God Hates You, Hate Him Back” and “Jesus Lied: He Was Only Human” by CJ Werleman.
They are living proof that humankind has not changed over the millennia. Still rebellious, still wanting to be their own gods without restraint, restriction or ultimate responsibility for their action. Of course I am not talking about all atheists, just the aggressive radical intolerant ones.
While they mock, name call and demand proof, atheists happily entertain alternatives to God to explain the universe that have less reasonable basis than an intelligent designer.
Origin of the Universe
Multiverse – Since the laws of nature are so meticulously and specifically set, that the smallest of any adjustments would mean life could not exist, atheists embrace the idea that there maybe an infinite number of universes. That way, one would probably be able to support life. Evidence? none. Another idea is that the universe spontaneously created itself from nothing. Evidence? none.
Origin of Life
Abiogenesis – Life arose from none living chemicals
Panspermia – Life came from outer space [explains nothing]
Panspermia is being considered again after it was suggested decades ago, because chemical evolution, or abiogenesis has been a dismal failure, so scientists are looking outside our world for the origin of life here.
It is interesting that although there is no evidence, or experimental support for the origin of life on earth, you will not find any shortage of documentaries telling you how life began. Why is it so important that people be diverted from the idea that God exists? Is it really science or is it ideology?
An Atheist Defects from Darwinian Theory
One of atheism’s top thinkers, Thomas Negal Ph.D in his new book, “Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False”, said that a new theory is needed and it must include;
“showing how the natural order is disposed to generate beings capable of comprehending it.”
Animals do not comprehend their existence nor the universe, humans do. How is it we do? Darwin’s followers attacked Nagel for his honesty in calling out the theories inability to address subjective thought, emotions and consciousness.
The Christian Theory
There was a time not long ago at all that scientists believed the universe was infinite, eternal, that is always was. That is until the evidence of the Big Bang theory showed that the universe had a definite beginning.
Scientists today acknowledge energy and gravity, but cannot explain them. They can describe them but have no idea what they are.
Scientists believe Energy cannot be created or destroyed, its eternal.
“In physics, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant—it is said to be conserved over time. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed;” Wikipedia
Science was willing to accept that energy and the universe is or was eternal, so why not an eternal entity? There is precedence in science that resembles attributes of God and that is Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.
The Special Theory of Relativity says that at the speed of light, an object disappears. Also, at the speed of light, time stops altogether and the object becomes infinite.
The bible tells us that God is light and God is spirit, which would mean he has no mass. Time none of this proves anything, it’s just interesting, and it shows that the concept of God, is not as foreign or ludicrous as atheists would have the world think. Maybe that is why so many esteemed scientists believe in God.
1 John 1:5; “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.”
John 4:24; “For God is Spirit,”
Science is the god of the atheist, but it cannot supply all of life’s answers. For the believer in God science adds to the picture, by combining the physical mechanics with the revelation of purpose, we have a more complete picture of the world around us. Science can tell us how an engine was manufactured in terms of physics and internal combustion theory, but it can’t tell us why it was made. Science can describe chemically how the chocolate cake on the table was made, but it cannot tell us that it was made for someone’s birthday. That information has to be revealed, it cannot be discovered. People are more than the sum of their molecules and evolution has no answer for that, nor will it.
Love, consciousness, sadness, empathy and self awareness are all beyond the cells and proteins we are made from.
So may I suggest that the atheist is not laughing at the science of God, but the idea of God. Their opposition has everything to do with their opinion of God, and little to do with evidence for God.