4 Reasons to Believe in God | Why God?


How could we ever know if God exists?
We can’t see, hear, touch, smell, or taste Him. We can’t weigh Him like we can
a five-pound bag of potatoes. We can’t put God under an electron microscope to
prove what He looks like on an atomic level. So how can we know that God exists?
We freely admit that belief in God is not the result of literally seeing God’s
Spirit or touching His actual essence. What we have at our fingertips, however,
is a mountain of irrefutable, indirect, credible evidence that testifies on God’s behalf. First, consider the fact that
matter demands a Maker. A study of the material universe
reveals that every physical effect must have an adequate cause that came before it
or was simultaneous to it and is greater than it. The US flag that stood tall
on the surface of the Moon in 1969 was neither eternal
nor without a cause. Its existence on the Moon
demands a sufficient cause. Some leading atheists contend
that nothing gave rise to the universe. But the fact is as renowned
atheist Richard Dawkins admitted common sense doesn’t allow you
to get something from nothing. At one time in the past,
the material universe did not exist. Then at some point, it came into existence.
But since matter is not eternal and it cannot create itself from nothing,
then something outside of the material universe must have brought it in to existence. Indeed, the very existence
of matter demands a Maker. Second, life demands a Life Giver. Life doesn’t pop into existence from nothing. Neither the puppy at the pound nor the bacteria
on the doorknob spontaneously generated. Every scientist–whether theist or atheist–
knows this observation to be true. In the material universe, life arises
from previously existing life of its own kind. Life cannot spontaneously generate
from non-living chemicals. Thus, a supernatural intelligent mind
must have created living things. If in nature life always
arises from pre-existing life, how did the first physical
life come into being? Did it somehow break the most fundamental
law of biology–the law of biogenesis– and arise from non-life or is
there another possibility? Dr. Antony Flew who for the
second half of the 20th century was one of the world’s leading atheistic thinkers
was forced in the end to conclude, “The only satisfactory explanation
for the origin of such end directed, self-replicating life as we see
on earth is an infinitely intelligent Mind.” Third, design demands a designer. Everyday observation reveals
and confirms the obvious fact that complex, functional design
demands a designer. Cars and computers, pianos and projectors
all require engineers, technicians, and tuners for them to exist and function properly.
But what about the universe as a whole? No honest, informed person can rationally
deny the fact that the universe is extremely fine-tuned
and functionally complex. From the Earth’s precise
orbit around the Sun, to a shore bird’s 15,000-mile
yearly migration pattern, to the amazing digestive system
of the human body, there are literally millions of examples
of fine-tuned design in nature. Anything in the physical universe
that exhibits complex functional design demands an intelligent designer. Since the universe exhibits
complex functional design, the universe must have a Designer. Finally, consider the fact that intelligence
demands an intelligent creator. Intelligence is defined as, “the capacity
to acquire and apply knowledge; the ability to learn or understand things
or to deal with new or difficult situations.” It’s not difficult to identify certain things
that have some measure of intelligence while recognizing other things
that have no intelligence. Human-beings obviously have
an extremely high level of intelligence. Man has built spaceships that he can
guide 240,000 miles to the moon while both the Earth
and the Moon are in motion. What humans have consistently
observed in nature is that intelligence demands
previous intelligence. The reason that humans
in the 21st century are intelligent is because our ancestors were intelligent. The reason that animals
have some measure of intelligence is due to intelligent creatures
that came before them. But dust doesn’t give way
to organized dust particles that have the capacity to
acquire and apply knowledge. Water doesn’t think. The mindless mud
that evolutionists contend gave way to intelligent life on Earth is nothing
but a delusional tale unsupported by everything we know
from observation and experience. Neither nothing nor inorganic matter
ever produces intelligent creatures. So how did the first creatures come to inhabit
the universe that were intelligent? Just as the first life demands
a supernatural life giver, so the first intelligent beings
demand a self-existent, miracle-working creator
of intelligence. Atheism irrationally says that everything
in the physical universe came from nothing. It contends that random
chances produce precision and that life popped into existence
in nature from non-life. Atheism says that an explosion
caused exquisite order, that a well-designed universe
could come about without a designer. Atheism implies that intelligence
is ultimately the result of non-intelligence. Theism on the other hand is absolutely rational. Since matter demands a Maker,
life demands a Life Giver, design demands a Designer,
and intelligence demands an intelligent Creator. As former atheist Antony Flew
so eloquently said, “I must say again that the
journey to my discovery of the Divine has thus far been
a pilgrimage of reason. I have followed the argument where it has led me
and it has led me to accept the existence of a self-existent, immutable, immaterial,
omnipotent, and omniscient being.”

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