Most people never question there being a God unless they walk through a tradgedy or some other circumstance where it seems that God has abandoned them or caused them to believe He does not exist. Sean McDowell and William A. Dembski say that the majority of people that walk away from God is due to Intellectual Skepticism. Richard Dawkins said believing in God is like believing in Santa Clause or the Tooth fairy and when you grow up you grow out of it. Many people are taught that the Bible is just another book that includes fairy tales with mystical stories that were embellished after time had passed. People are then taught that naturalism explains the world and how it was made and that there is no need for God.
“Naturalism see the world as a self- contained system of matter and energy that operates by unbroken natural laws. According to naturalism, everything in the world happens by chance and necessity.” (Understanding Intelligent Design, William A. Dembski and Sean McDowell, pg 15)
So if the world is self created then you do not need a creator and no creator means no God. Some believe that the universe itself is God. Pantheism believes that God is all and all is God. Movies like Avatar and people like Oprah Winfrey promote this mentality that God is a cosmic life force.
Deist believe God created then wound up the world and took off.
So what are some signs that there is a God and what does that mean for us?
1) Creation proves there is a God. Design means Designer
Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 4 Their voice[b] goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
The First Cause Argument says that everything that is caused was caused by something.It used to be believed that the universe had always existed but when they discovered that the earth had a beginning point that all changed.
Carl Sagan “ The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be”
Carl Sagan is not making a scientific prognosis he is making a faith claim. As a Christian, if you replace the word Cosmos with the word God, you can make the same claim. So what is the difference between Carl Sagan faith claim and a Christians claim that God always existed?
The Big Bang theory proves that the cosmos had not always existed but they had a definite starting point.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics proves this wrong because energy is winding down and if it is winding down then it must have been wound up. So the scientific evidence points to this whole world being designed and not happening by chance.
Even with that many atheist are refusing to look at the evidence.
In His book The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a World without Design, Richard Dawkins wrote “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.”
“In His book, What a Mad Pursuit, Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, wrote, Biologist must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather, evolved.” (Understanding Intelligent Design, William A. Dembski and Sean McDowell, pg 25)
So they have to ignore the evidence of design and keep telling themselves that this all evolved by chance. They admit that the evidence points to be an organized design but they will only believe that it was formed from chaos. Who is walking by faith?
The Greater the design the greater the Designer. The more complex the design the more intelligent the designer. If I came across a wooden dam in the wild that was made up of small trees, limbs and mud, I would say it was a beaver dam. If I cam across a log cabin I would not say that beavers made it but a person who designed it. The same is true with this world as we see the complexity of how it is made and how it operates shows us that an itelligent being had to create all of this with a purpose and plan.
They will then argue our world is one of those things that happens from time to time. But science is based on facts and on repeated observation and not on unseen circumstances. Like the Law of Gravity we know that it is observable and consistent and because of that we name it a law and not a theory. So what they are saying is that it is by faith that we accept the way the earth is without any proof.
The complexity of our world also shows that there is a God because of all the intricate details that hold the world together. This is a complex world that shows that God not only created it but also is a part of it today. Not a God who is the Universe but a God who is bigger and outside the Universe holding all things together.
Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
2) Moral Law means Moral Law Giver
If there is no moral law then there is no such thing as right and wrong and it should be anything goes. Every one of us has a moral code that we expect others to follow and even those who do not believe in a moral code expect to be treated fairly. We that people should tell the truth, not murder and not be mean. Those attributes are left up to the individual unless there is a standard for all those things.
As Christians we believe we should love because God is Love. We believe in truth because Jesus is the truth. We believe that murder is wrong because God is the giver of life.
Argument: Can’t Moral law exist outside of a moral Law Giver?
If there is no moral law giver than what defines good and what defines evil? There would be no standard of right and wrong and therefore no reason for someone to be told that what they are doing was wrong. We are left to figure out good and evil on our own which when left up to our own interpretations would be changing standards according to our circumstances.
“We know that objective moral values do exist. We don’t need to be persuaded that, for example, torturing babies for fun is wrong. All reasonable people know this. There, since moral values exist, then God must exist as well. “ (The Unshakeable Truth, Josh and Sean Mcdowell, pg. 64)
3) Science proves there is a God.
When I discuss Science I really mean all fields that study our universe. So Cosmology, Physics, Astronomy, Biochemistry, and Biological information could all be included in this. Many people use science as the standard but the reality there are other fields of study that prove the existence of God as well.
Nano scientist James Tour, a professor at Rice University’s Department of Chemistry and center for Nano scale Science Technology said “I stand in awe of God because of what he has done through his creation, Only a rookie who knows nothing about science would say science takes away from faith. If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God.” (Case for Faith, Lee Strobel, pg. 111)
A) The Evidence of the fine tuning and complexity of the Universe
- Oxygen makes up 21% of earths atmosphere making life on earth possible.
- Atmosphere: if less transparent not enough radiation would get through and if it was more transparent too much would harm us.
- Moon- Earth Gravitational pull: (Bruce almighty shows him pulling the moon closer that led to flooding)
- Carbon Dioxide Levels: any higher we all burn up any lower plants do not survive
- 23 degree Axis Tilt of the earth: altered at all then temperatures would be impossible for life on earth
- Jupiter: If it was not on its current orbit the earth would be bombarded with space material. Jupiter’s gravitational field acts as a cosmic vacuum cleaner, attracting asteroids and comets that might otherwise strike the earth. (I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist pg 105)
“If the gravitational force were altered 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000001 percent, our sun would not exist, and, therefore neither would we.” (I don’t have enough faith to be an Atheist, Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, pg. 102)
These are just a very few of the details of our amazing universe that we live in and many more could be cited. There are so many details we have now about how we are made and how we operate that the evidence points more clearly to a designer than to chance.
“Evolution is supposed to happen in a gradual, stepwise fashion. One by one, mutations are supposed to gradually change one kind of organism into another. So we must ask the question: which evolved first- hearts, kidneys, or lungs? Each is useless without the other two. ( The Ultimate Proof of Creation, Dr. Jason Lysle, pg. 20)
Some call this the fingerprint of God or the evidence that the world was created by a designer, either way naturalist not Christians have more to prove as to why they believe what they believe.
“When they dream up hypothetical theories that are no supported by any evidence- and in fact are actually impossible- they have left the realm of reason and rationality and entered into the realm of blind faith. Physicist Paul Davies writes “one may find it easier to believe in an infinite array of universes than in and infinite Deity, but such a belief must rest on faith rather than observation.” (I don’t have enough faith to be an Atheist, Norman Geisler and Frank Turek, Pg. 111)
To say science disproves God is a speculation by faith and a clear denial of the evidence.
4) Personal Experience proves there is a God
Romans 8:15-16 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Many will say that this is not really proof but it is proof to you as a believer and over time people will see God working in you. No one can argue that many people have been changed through a relationship with God through Christ. Yes people can get better on their own with some self determination and will power, but there are also plenty of examples of people whose lives have been radically changed by God.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[a] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Our lives as Christians will be proof to those around us pointing them to our creator. Some will like that we are showing them there is a God and some will not but there is no denying the fact that a changed life points to Him. I can only imagine what went through peoples minds as the Apostle Paul’s life was so radically changed. A man that was against Christianity was radically changed and suffered many hardships because of what he believed.
5) The Bible Shows that God Exist
We will talk about this more in the future but if there is a God how would He communicate to us?
6) Jesus shows that God Exist.
Jesus Christ came to earth to show us the way back to God. As we will write about later we will see that Jesus Christ was not only a prophet but God Himself making His way to His people. So no matter what you believe about how we were created and the earth was formed, you have to do something with the historical figure named Jesus Christ. You can either believe the historical evidence about Him, or ignore it.
What God Existing Means to You.
1) You are made for a purpose
“Prominent Evolutionist William Provine of Cornell University candidly conceded that if Darwinism is true, then there are five inescapable implications: there’s no evidence for God; there’s no life after death; there’s no absolute foundation for right and wrong; there’s no ultimate meaning for life; and people really don’t have free will.” (The Case for Faith, Lee Strobel, pg 90)
We believe there is evidence for God if you stop and look and examine the evidence. We do believe that God wants a relationship with you for eternity but that your life on earth matters as well. You are not just an animal who evolved into a human but a special creation designed in Gods image.
Genesis 1:1-2,26-27 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let us make man[h] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”27 So God created man in his own image,in the image of God he created him;male and female he created them.
You are not an accident but a created being made in the image of your creator who has a purpose and a plan for your life. You matter, your life matters, and how you live your life matters because God made you significant above all other creation.
2) You are made to be Loved
Psalm 103:11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
There are 100 billion stars in our galaxy, and the average distance between those starts is 30 trillion miles. God wants you to know how great of love He has for you and He wants to know you personally. This God of the Universe has poured out His love toward us even though we do not deserve it.
3) Every detail of your life matters to God.
Isaiah 40:25-26 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.
The God of this vast universe cares for you and what you are going through. This is one of the complaints of Atheist that people want a God so they feel better about their lives. The reality is that people do not want a God because then they have no accountability to Him. If there is a God then there is a God who cares about the details of your life. If He does care about the details of your life than we have to look to Him to help us with all those details.
It does not take as much faith to believe in God as it does to believe there is no God. Our faith in not just a blind faith as we are accused of but our faith is in the person and work of Christ. Our faith is that there is a God who has made Himself known over and over again and that He came through Jesus Christ to be back in a right relationship with us.
If everyone of your questions about life were answered then what would keep you from giving your life to Christ?
Psalm 111:2 Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.
In 1929 Einstein traveled to Mount Wilson to look through Hubble’s telescope for himself. What He saw was irrefutable evidence that the universe was expanding confirming General Relativity. He could no longer support the idea of an eternal universe and with that He said he wanted “ to know how God created the world. “ (I do not have enough faith to be an Atheist, pg 74)
Look to the evidence that God has given and you like Einstein will say, I want to know how God created the world.