“On our total evidence theism is more probable than not.”
Some questions carry more weight than others. Such is the case with the question, “Does God exist?” People will often contend that God does exist (theism), or He may exist (agnosticism), or He doesn’t exist (atheism). And if it can be shown that He does exist, then the latter two options are rendered irrelevant.
Think about it. God can’t exist and not exist, right? He either is or He isn’t. Even the agnostic would concede that God either exists or He doesn’t. The agnostic doesn’t refute that point. Rather the agnostic pleads the fifth when it comes to knowing how to settle the answer to the question, “Does God exist?” What can we say by means of support for theism?
It’s as if the Scriptures knew God’s existence would be brought into question. Therefore, from the very first verse of the Bible the rumor is dispelled as it opens with the phrase, “In the beginning, God” (Genesis 1:1a, emphasis added).
When we fast-forward to the New Testament we learn that God’s not hiding out. No. He’s not playing hide-and-seek. Rather, He has made Himself known. In Romans 1:19-20 we read, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (emphasis added). Paul stresses that the evidence for God’s existence is plain. Clear. Obvious. It’s as if he’s saying, “No one can play curious in the midst of the obvious.” Creation shouts, “We’re not here by accident!” Even atheists will concede, “Yes, it looks as if the universe is designed, but it’s not.” What are they doing? Rejecting the obvious. Rejecting God’s existence.
So confident is David in the obviousness of God’s existence that he quips, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). And yet, note the irony. Today, the mantra has been flipped. Ours is a culture that says, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is a God.’” Well, is there? And if He does exist, are there any hints out there? Indeed. This leads to our final point.
You might be thinking to yourself, What evidence, Bobby? For starters, think about the fact that the universe had a beginning. And the evidence for such a claim is robust. With Einstein’s universally embraced theory of general relativity and its claim that space, time, and matter all had a starting point, the argument for a beginning is powerfully complemented with scientific evidence. Subsequent to Einstein’s discovery, astronomer Edwin Hubble enabled us to see that the universe we live in is expanding, and if the process of expansion could be witnessed in reverse, the universe would be brought back to a beginning point.
So what does all this mean? It means the universe and everything in it had a cause, including you and including me. Something can’t come from nothing, right? But you say, “According to your logic, wouldn’t God need a cause too?” Nope. And that’s because God didn’t begin to exist. He is self-existent. He’s a necessary being, the uncreated Creator of all things. He’s in a league of His own. He is…the great I AM. The self-existent One.
Next, consider the intricate design all around us. So much so that, as I said, even the skeptics concede that the universe looks like someone’s been tinkering with it. Or better yet, has tailored it. Then there’s DNA, a code so information rich that it’s hard to imagine how such intelligence could surface from nonintelligence.
Finally, consider our innate sense of right and wrong. Where does that come from? As humans, we come into this world with God’s moral code branded on our hearts. According to Scripture, God’s moral law has been inscribed on each of our hearts (Romans 2:14-15). A moral law requires a moral lawgiver and that giver is God. Sure, some contend that there’s no such thing as wrong. But wrong him and he will be the first to say, “Hey, what’s up with that? That wasn’t right!”
Wrapping all this up, while some maintain that God doesn’t exist, they cannot with integrity claim that to believe in God is a mere fantasy that is without warrant. The warrant is everywhere.
Thought to Ponder
Isn’t it ironic that so many people who pride themselves on being mindful believe that the universe is the product of mindlessness?
“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God”’ (Psalm 14:1).
Question to Consider
With all of this evidence at a believers disposal, why do atheists still insist that believers are so naïve and ignorant for their so-called illusory belief in God?