Posts Tagged ‘creation’


The Question of God’s Existence- Why Does it Matter?

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Several years ago, I wrote the following words in the flyleaf of my Bible: “If there is no God, then nothing really matters.  If there is a God, nothing else matters.”  I don’t recall where I heard it, but as far as I’m concerned this one statement covers all the bases in very few words- it really is the bottom line.  Notice that the question is not whether one believes in God, but rather, is there really a God? Does He really exist? This is the ultimate question, isn’t it?  It has to be the ultimate question because absolutely everything about your life and mine depends upon the answer to that question, whether the answer is “yes” or “no.”  All of the important, relevant questions that we ask about our lives are ultimately grounded in that question.  Where did we come from?  How did we get here?  Are we here by the purposive act of a Creator Who made us, or are we simply the product of random, blind forces of nature?  What is the purpose and meaning of life?  IS there any purpose or meaning to life?  What is the basis for ethics and morality?  On what basis do we determine what is right or wrong?  What about truth?  Is truth relative, or is there absolute truth?  If so, is there any way that we can discover it?  What happens to us when we die?  Does life simply terminate at the grave or will we survive the grave?  If we survive the grave what will become of us?  Where will we go after we die?  As I said, the question of God’s existence is the ultimate question.

When it comes to this question, there are many today who would tell us that it’s rather pointless for us to even ask such a question since there’s no way that we can ever really know.  Others would insist that such a question is a complete waste of time since we cannot know anything about God.  But to say that we can’t know anything about God is not only a cop-out, it’s self-contradictory.  After all, the person who says that we can’t know anything about God is actually claiming to “know” a lot of things about God!

For instance, they may be assuming that God is some “impersonal force” that lacks the ability to communicate with us.  Either that, or they are assuming that even if God is a personal Being Who can communicate with us, He is either too distant to do so, or else He simply doesn’t care to do so.  They are assuming that  none of the world’s religions nor any of the religious texts within those religions could ever be seriously considered as the means by which God has attempted to communicate with us.  And finally, they are assuming that God has not taken the initiative to reveal Himself to us in any way through the physical, material world that He created.

As I said, the question of whether or not God really exists is, by far, the most important question that anyone could ever ask.  With so much at stake, we dare not brush it aside or ignore it on the assumption that we “cannot know”.  Not only can we know, I am convinced that the answer to that question has been clearly revealed to us and is available to anyone and everyone who is willing to approach the evidence with an open mind.

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Undermining the Basis for Science

Monday, May 17th, 2010

A few years ago, a close friend of mine invited me to join him in attending an afternoon lecture at ASU that was open to the general public. The speaker was a professor of zoology who also happened to be a staunch evolutionist.  His lecture that day was dealing with the topic of Intelligent Design.  For those who may not be familiar with the term, Intelligent Design (I.D.) is basically the scientific investigation of living systems that reveal striking examples of design, thus implying a designer behind it.  Proponents of I.D. do not make any claims as to who the designer is, only that evidence of an intelligent designer is clearly present.  As those attending the lecture were about to find out, not only was this professor absolutely closed-minded to the possibility of I.D., he was a cynical opponent to the very notion of a designer.

Throughout the entire lecture, in various ways, he continued to drive home the point that “no REAL scientist would ever allow for the possibility of a designer behind the design.”  His presentation included political cartoons that portrayed I.D. scientists as inept, ignorant, ‘pseudo-scientists’ not worthy of serious attention.  By the time he was finished, he had left the students with the impression that there are two distinct categories of people when it comes to the origins debate.   On one side, you have those who are bright, intelligent, educated people who are smart enough to know that evolution is a ‘fact’ and that there is nothing outside of the material world- especially God.  On the other hand, you have those who dare to question evolution, but they only do so because they are ignorant, uneducated, pitiful, superstitious types, most of whom are only pretending to be real scientists.  That was his overall message, but the scenario he had presented that day is a false dichotomy.

During the question and answer time, my friend and I pointed out to the professor that if we are expected to take his claims seriously, then what are we to make of someone such as the late Dr. A.E. Wilder-Smith, professor and lecturer, who held three doctorates and authored or co-authored over seventy scientific publications and thirty books that included such topics as the scientific problems with evolutionary theory and the scientific case in favor of a Creator.  Furthermore, what are we to make of the growing list of  scientists who have recently signed on to a document openly stating their dissent from Darwinism?

Had time allowed, there were many other things that we could have said that afternoon to point out that “the emperor has no clothes”, but the most telling thing of all occurred to me as we were leaving the building after his lecture.  As we stepped outside, I looked back and noticed that on the front of the very building that we had just exited, there were several names engraved across the top of the building for all to see.   The list included such notable names as Pasteur, Newton, and Kepler.  It is no accident that the architect intended for those names to appear on that building because those names represent some of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of science.  More importantly, those very same scientists all shared something in common- they all held the view that there IS a Creator behind the creation and that He has revealed Himself through that which He has made.  More than that, they also felt that through scientific investigation of His creation they would be able to understand  more about Him.

Maybe it’s a good thing that we didn’t get a chance to bring this to the attention of the professor.  Had we done so, he may very well have demanded that the university plaster over those names in an attempt to expunge their memory from science’s ‘Hall of Fame’.  But, try as he may, that professor will never be able to blot out the enormous contributions that they have made in laying the very foundation of modern science- the same science of which he has been a beneficiary as well.

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