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 "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." Acts 17:11

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

Answer to an Atheist

Jeannie

Ok, I am happy to discuss scientific evidence for creation, but first I would like to point out something.  You seem to indicate that you have great confidence in science, which, the last time I checked, means that which you can actually see, touch, experiment on, etc..  Yet you state: "I don't believe in God and yet I still exist don't I?"
 
What scientific evidence do you have that God does not exist?  You apparently have come to a firm belief that you cannot begin to substantiate from science.
 
You can say, perhaps, "I see no evidence that He exists," or "I cannot understand how, if He exists, things are in the condition that they are."  But short of going everywhere in the universe and being sure that you know of everything that exists in the universe, how can you say that God does not exist?
 
I was once an agnostic.  At least, I could defend that logically.  I could say that I, personally, did not know that He exists.  But how can you defend, from either a logical or scientific point of view, the position that He does not exist?
 
When a person says that which I know cannot be proven scientifically, it tells me that something more is going on than merely scientific scepticism.  The person has a reason or motive for not wanting God to exist.  Perhaps what he means is that he doesn't like or understand the God of the Bible, and thinks that he has clear scientific reason to reject the reliability of that record, so he has come to the conclusion that the God of the Bible does not exist.  But even assuming that the Bible is not literally true, that would hardly prove that God does not exist.
 
I know that when I was an agnostic, I believed that it was for scientific reasons.  Later, looking back, I realized that it was not scientific reasons which were the primary reasons for my skepticism.  I became a skeptic because I WANTED to be, because I had been taught that God required certain things of me that I did not wish to do (or not do).  Therefore skepticism appealed to me, and I found "good" reasons for doubting.
 
When someone made Christianity attractive to me, it was not hard for me to believe.  I still needed some answers.  But now I could see many very convincing evidences for the existence of God which I completely could not see before.
 
From my own experience, and from observing many others, I have come to the conclusion that very few--if any--people are objective on this subject, even if they think they are.  We are able to see and understand the evidences for the point of view that we subconsciously want to see.
 
To me, the greatest of all objective evidences that God exists is that I exist.  I live in a tremendously complex body and mind that even the wisest person cannot understand.  For me to conclude that there is no mind greater than man--that such a wonderful design came about by accident--is not logic at all, but willful blindness.  If, knowing about that incredible design, I refuse to acknowledge that some mind designed it, it is because I do not wish to see that.
 
Certainly nothing in our observable experience would lead to the conclusion that complex, working machinery could come about without a mind to design it.  Computers don't just happen.  Yet my mind will do many things that even the best computer will not do.  The basic question is: Which came first, matter or mind?  Did matter make mind, or did mind make matter?
 
I believe that most people who become athiests, or skeptics of one kind or another, do so for one of about three reasons:
1. Believers that they have known have so misrepresented God to them that they don't want to believe in Him.
2.  They want to live in ways that they, deep down, do not believe that God would approve.  They would rather disbelieve in God than to change their ways.
3. Someone has convinced them that brilliant people are all skeptics and it is stupid to believe.  They don't want to be stupid, and they do want to be brilliant, so they won't believe.
 
When a person has these kinds of motives for not wanting to believe, there is little use giving him scientific evidence. He isn't going to see and accept it anyhow.  But when, on the other hand, he begins to sense his deep-down need for someone or something greater than himself, and to reach out for this, then there is so much scientific evidence that he ends up wondering how he could have been so stupid as to not believe.
 
This can happen from a study of such evidences as we have on the website.  But often it happens from his simply looking around at the universe and realizing that it is illogical to believe that such order and system came about without wise planning and design.  And a person who is willing to believe has another kind of evidence that a skeptic knows nothing about, and would merely scoff at if he did.  It is subjective evidence.
 
If I saw and talked with a ghost regularly, that, to me, would be excellent evidence that one existed.  It would be no evidence to you, as you would merely decide that I was crazy and hallucinating.  My subjective evidence would not convince anyone but me unless they knew me well and had confidence in my word.  That would be subjective evidence, for me, for the existence of ghosts,
 
But every true Christian has subjective evidence for the existence of God.  I know, for instance, that when I gave up skepticism for Christianity, I found an inner peace and happiness that I certainly did not have before.  I know that my life changed very much for the better.  I watched the same change happen in my husband's life, and in the lives of my children.
 
I know that, where before I had been constantly lonely, even in a crowd, now I was never lonely.  I had a sense of God's presence with me, of companionship, of a friend so real that I could reach out and touch him mentally, if not physically--a sense of safety and peace and love that I had never known before.  You can say it is all a delusion.  You have every right to say that.  But to me, it is very good evidence.
 
When you have that kind of evidence, the scientific evidence for the reliablility of scripture is great--but not the primary reason for believing.  To a real Christian, God's existence is so obvious that believing His word is not difficult, although learning to understand it can be a challenge sometimes.
 
If you want your skepticism, you are welcome to it.  You can sneer and go away feeling superior to the "ignorant" Christian.  But it is yourself that you are cheating.
 
If, on the other hand, you would really like to know if there is a God or not, it is easy to talk to Him.  Just ask Him to reveal Himself to you, and help you to know for certain.  If you are sincere, He will do that.  And then you will know.  Then come back and ask me about the scientific evidences, and you will see them all over the place.
 
Jeannie

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