Tuesday, March 21, 2006

There Is A God

It baffles my mind how anyone can be an agnostic in this world...
I went through some hard times recently. These were times that might cause someone to wonder whether or not there really is a God watching over us that cares about us and loves us. But the harder I hurt the more I am reminded that there is a standard. There is an ultimate good to which I measure my pain against.
I also realized that every time I get done with a storm in my life the light on the other side is so bright and peaceful. The storm makes the light more beautiful to look at.

So I decided to post on why I believe in God. There are many more reasons than I could possibly expand on here. But I'll scratch the surface on a few points. I think I will break this one up into a series. (That what I always say!)

Ok I believe in God because...

* To me it's obvious. Some pick up a clod of dirt and see chance and remnants from some accidental blast billions of years ago in the lonely expansion of space. But I see order and organization. There is such beauty in nature and in life. I mean the complexity of existence itself is beyond the microscope of any scientist. They can look at the 'what', but they have yet to explain the 'why'. And when I look at nature I am convinced that there is a reason why. I think we all have a purpose and purpose would indicate a purpose giver. I believe in God because it is so blaringly obvious that there is a reason for existence.

* 'Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit' is a simple phrase. It means, Out of nothing, nothing comes. You cannot get something from nothing. I saw an article in one of the science magazines where an astronomer and physicist tried to explain how something can come from nothing. Basically his point was this garbled mess of assumptions and his conclusion was basically that nothing is actually something. I remember just laughing out loud thinking...Dude, you are right back at the problem you started with. Every cause has to have an effect. The only way to get something...is to have something to begin with. Granted, this is not proof of the Judeo-Christian God but it is proof of a being that holds the power of eternity within itself. I believe in God because I believe in logic and science. To assume something came from nothing is to toss out logic and science.

* Miracles. I believe that supernatural things occur in this life that are unexplainable by science and reason. This is not to say that water is being turned into wine on a daily basis or anything. But I hear stories of healings and people being saved from the brink of death without explanation. Also, I have heard many stories of people in the Muslim world coming to Christ after having visions and dreams of Him. To me, the number at which these visions are occurring make them hard to just explain away as coincidence. I believe in God because I believe in supernatural intervention, or miracles, that leave science and reason in the dust.

I think in my next part I will talk about how the life of Jesus makes the proof of God concrete.

I'd love to have some feedback.


Derek said...


Have you heard the "Great Debate" between the late Christian apologist Greg Bahnsen and the late atheist apologist Gordon Stein? It is the best defense of Christianity I have ever heard in a formal debate setting. Dr. Bahnsen was brilliant.

If you would like to borrow the tapes I would be glad to loan mine to you. The transcript can be found here: http://www.popchapel.com/Resources/Bahnsen/GreatDebate/


Peter said...

Perhaps you wouldn't be so baffled about some agnostics if you had true situations of human suffering before your eyes and were powerless to do anything about it. Talk about existential.

Those, like myself, who aren't sympathetic to the notion of a 'fallen' humanity are left clueless when others attempt to reconcile the presence of such overwhelming tragedy with divine benevolence. I wish very much that 'God' was that extra effort to get us through the storms in our lives (to use your expression), but my thoughts can't help but turn to those whose concept of existence is characterized consistently by disease, famine, and war. In light of their situations, our little storms seem, well, pretty little.

I think 'God' could be a massively inclusive and intellectually stimulating idea if it broadened its scope and decided to be something more than word games masquerading as some sort of ultimate 'truth.' 'Out of nothing, nothing comes' is unfortunately not damning evidence either way. The smartest among us is still grappling with the puzzles of the cosmos. And, whatever their findings, God will likely continue to remain outside the province of science.