Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Does God exist? (Part 1)

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The question of God's existence is one that always seems to come up now-days. With the theory of evolution most people believe that He doesn't exist, and as a result when you're talking to these people they're likely to argue that we can't prove God's existence. They're wrong - God does exist and he has proved it in marvellous ways in the world. The question is, will we accept them as proof, or try to explain them away?

I am a Christian, and I'm starting with the basis of God's existence. I know it is true. Regardless of that I know some of my readers may not be Christians and may not believe God exists at all. If that's you, then just read and consider these things. We may both be absolutely certain that we're right, but someone's got to be wrong, so take a read!

I know that God exists because he has proved it throughout his creation and history. Evolution can claim neither of those things.
  • Creation
Romans 1:18-20
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
God's existence is clearly seen through creation. There are countless examples, but here are a few:
  1. Earth itself is the perfect size. Any bigger and it would apparently have free hydrogens in the atmosphere, and if it were smaller there would have no atmosphere. As it is we have a perfect atmosphere of mostly nitrogen and oxygen - exactly what we need to live (what a coincidence! - note the sarcasm). It is also stationed the right distance from the sun to provide enough warmth for life, but without burning us all up. The ozone layer in the atmosphere protects us from most high and medium UV light. Likewise the axis that the earth spins on allows the whole earth to get light daily.
  2. The moon is the perfect size and distance away to allow tides (preventing the water from becoming stagnant and disgusting), but not enough that the water spills over all the land (except in the case of tsunamis and floods of course)
  3. Water, due to hydrogen bonding has a number of significant properties. If these were not in it, we would all die. It's surface tension apparently allows it to travel up the stems of plants and nourish the plant while it's high boiling point and freezing point keep it mostly in liquid form so we can drink it. It is also a polar molecule, allowing it to dissolve a wide range of substances. This means it can transport needed minerals and nutrients throughout our bodies. One other thing is that water freezes on the top and floats, allowing fish to swim around under it. If it sunk then it would just keep freezing and never be able to truly thaw out - that would be disastrous.
  4. The eye can apparently distinguish between 3 million different colours, handling 1.5 million messages simultaneously. It is also able to focus wherever our brains direct it to, without us having to think about it.
  5. The brain takes in all colours and objects we see, everything we feel, smell, taste and hear, while also keeping our bodies working properly and sustaining our lives. More then that, we can think. We can actually think - isn't that awesome? How does thinking even work? Why should it work if we are just mutated pond scum that came from two atoms bumping together? Why can we have emotion, why can we make plans, why can we decide on action?
  6. DNA is basically our genetic instruction manual. It determines all of our physical characteristics out of 4 different letters (which stand for different nucleobases): G, C, T and A. 4 letters, make up everything we are. There are apparently 3 million in each cell, and there are on average about 100 000 000 000 000 to 1 000 000 000 000 000 cells in the body. As far as I know text books and instruction manuals don't write themselves. Is it logical then to conclude that our bodies do via a slow process of evolution? Maybe I'm making a stawman argument because I don't understand it properly, but what else is evolution?
Those were 6 amazing examples of simply incredible things in our world. What do they tell us? Well the chances of all of it happening just perfectly for no reason at all are about 0 aren't they? Even that the right atoms would bond the right way in the first place (or even that they would form in the first place) to create our bodies and cells and our world. The perfect positioning of the world from the sun - I don't know how much room there could be for our world to move before things change and we all die, but regardless if evolution is true then our world just happened to swing into a perfect orbit around the sun, at a perfect distance, on the perfect angle, when there are millions of other suns it could spin around and so much more space it could sit in. 

Regardless of all the minute chances of it actually being possible, the Theory of Evolution and the Big Bang theory (they are separate) cannot explain the origins of life. The universe didn't just explode from nothing - and if there was a singularity how did that get there? How do we change from being atoms stuck together in molecules to being life? Even plant life shouldn't exist. Don't even mention animals who have some ability to process information. But Humans? We think, we reason, we rationalise, we decide, we dream, we have emotions. Those things aren't just accidental. In fact, I'd think that the ability to have emotions and morals would be a step down in the evolutionary process - they sometimes prevent us from acting in certain ways that would benefit us physically. Life couldn't and didn't just begin out of nothing for no reason - God made it and set it in order. 

There has to be a God, and he is the God revealed in the bible. Creation shows us that there is a designer, and infinitely wise and knowledgable creator, scientist and artist who is all powerful and who has to be eternal - because no one created him.

I've got some other points and ideas about this to share, and I'll hopefully explore more of why God has to be the God of the bible in later posts on the topic.

God Bless!
Nat.

P.s. Part 2 is here and Part 3 is here

P.p.s. Click here for a great video on the topic.


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