Thinking Cap# 29 - Why I Believe in God

Ps 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."

Is there a God? This question eclipses all other questions that mankind might ask. More consequences for thought and action follow the affirmation or denial of God than the answering of any other basic question. The whole tenor of human life is affected by whether men regard themselves as the supreme being in the universe, or acknowledge a superhuman being whom they conceive of as an object of fear or love and a force to be defied or a Lord to be obeyed.

1. The Biblical Argument. While the Bible is not a science book, it does deal with science. It is interesting to note that thousands of years before so-called modern science "discovered" certain aspects of our world, the Bible already spoke clearly of them. Things such as:

That would be more than enough to convince me that the Bible is a divinely inspired book that should be read and followed. But, this thinking cap isn't designed to see what the Bible says about God. I would like to use the logic of the atheist and that of the agnostic to show them the truth of the existence of God. This is the judo method, using their own arguments and science to show them the truth.

One of the most commonly held opinions of modern sophisticated Americans is that somehow science has disproved God or, as Julian Huxley said, they have reduced him "to simply the disappearing smile of the Cheshire cat." Has science disproved God? Consider the facts regarding the astronomical, the cosmological and the teleological arguments for God.

2. The Astronomical Argument. Astronomy looks at the largest portion of God's handiwork. The Bible says, "The Heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork." It also states, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen." 90% of all astronomers believe in God. The 1st law of Thermodynamics, the 2nd law, Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, Edwin Hubbles plots of the velocity and distance of galaxies and the residual microwave energy in the universe all point to a creation event and a creator. Those who have most thoroughly examined his handiwork believe in God. Concluding his paper on the General Theory of Relativity, Einstein wrote not only of the necessity for a beginning, but of his desire "to know how God created this world... I want to know His thought."

3. There is the cosmological argument. Cosmos - order, structure, beauty - we get cosmetics from this Greek word. Quantum physics has demonstrated that at the level of subatomic particles, there is an irresistible urge of electrons toward symmetry and that there is an amazing cosmetic or orderly aspect to the universe. Consider some of the order in the universe:

Mark Twain once said, "The same Nature which delights in periodic repetition in the skies is the Nature which orders the affairs of earth. Let us not underrate the value of that hint."

Although the exact mechanisms relating sunspots and meteorological cycles, lunar and geological cycles, climate and crop, flora and fauna cycles are not fully understood, the coincidences of similar cycles are too pervasive to be explained by mere chance. The cosmological argument screams out "There is a God who designed and cares for His creation."

4. There is the teleological argument. Telos - the end... the view which sees that in the universe things are designed for a purpose, for an end. Atheists and evolutionists (sorry for the redundancy) detest the words purpose or teleology because they believe that the world has no purpose. It is all one gigantic accident, simply the concatenation of atoms that happened to come together in a chance fashion. It is hard for the human mind to disregard the fantastic number of evidences that Someone has been providing for our well-being.

Stephen Hawking (A Brief History of Time, from the Big Bang to Black Holes), perhaps the world's most brilliant astrophysist in discussing the Big Bang theory stated, "It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us."

We are designed for a purpose. We live in a universe prepared and designed for us.

A couple of years ago, I read a Time Magazine article titled, "God is Dead." In that article, there was a picture of a wall in Europe. Upon it was written in big letters, "God is Dead. signed Nietzsche." Under it, some enlightened soul had penned the words, "Nietzsche is dead. ... signed God."

5. In conclusion, people who reject or ignore God do so, not because science or reason requires them to, but purely and simply because they want to! But the open-mined, logical and reasonable person will believe there is a God.

But, it's not enough to "believe" there is a God. You must "believe" in God. "Believe" (pisteuo) implies an action on your part. The man in Acts 16:30 had this on his mind when he asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" (sodzo) - delivered from a black foreverness; a time of eternal torment; a time of excruciating pain and punishment for my sins; a total separation from the God who loved me and offered a way out. Paul's response was, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." There's that word again: "believe." It means: to be persuaded of, to place confidence in, reliance upon, not mere credence, to believe and receive.

Humans have the freedom to choose who their master will be, but they do not have the freedom to choose no master.

Pleasant Thinking,

Dr. Kent Haralson - "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean
Berean Baptist / GMAU - not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways
West Palm Beach, FL USA - acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths."


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