Clicking links on Twitter a couple days ago, I ran across a random blog post that got my mind whirring. Its intent was to create controversy, and it succeeded. The post began with a list of what sort of people are destined for hell, and ended in an argument in the Comments section between two readers. One commenter declared that there’s no heaven or hell because God doesn’t exist, and another tried to persuade him otherwise. An ancient discussion, with no new ground covered nor points scored on either side.
Particularly in matters such as this, it’s hard to change someone’s mind. Unless both parties are willing to honestly and openly consider the other’s view, and unless both agree the other’s fact source is reliable, the discussion will go nowhere.
Those who believe the Bible use it as the arbiter of truth. But for a person who considers it just an old book, no scriptural argument will be convincing. It would be like someone trying to prove something by saying he got his evidence from an email forward.
Bible believers can, however, go to the scriptures for guidance in dealing with these situations. For instance, God tells us that though many people turn a deaf ear to His written word, He still speaks to them – to everyone — through the created world.
God has made Himself readily apparent to mankind, but we have a long track record of obtusely turning a blind eye and deaf ear to His revelations.
So instead of thumping the Bible when dealing with those who reject its authority, let’s direct them to what some call “the real world.” That is, what we can see with our mortal eyes.
Because of the evolutionary brainwashing going on in academia, it’s difficult to point to the Creation as demonstrating God’s existence. Never mind that the physical evidence overwhelmingly supports the scriptural account of Creation and the flood of Noah’s day. The unenlightened person doesn’t see that, in order to embrace the explanations modern science insists upon, we must lay aside the scientific process, deny physical laws, narrow the focus to consider only the data that tends to support a set of preconceived ideas, and throw logic and mathematical probabilities to the winds.
The argument against God doesn’t seem to attack the generic, impersonal idea of the kind of Force who might be with us in our lofty imaginations. That, apparently, is harmless, because it requires nothing from us. What people find offensive is the God of the Bible: the immortal, invisible, only wise Jehovah, Who is holy, merciful, and righteous.
And if a person attempts to use reason to disprove the existence of this God, it’s usually on a basis similar to this: if God is so good, then why is there evil? If God is so powerful, why does evil prevail? If God is so loving, why doesn’t He do something about the suffering of innocents?
Good questions. But here’s mine: if God is God, what gives me the right to judge Him?
If He is God, His understanding is infinite; mine is not. Do I see all? And even within my extremely limited vision, do I understand every nuance of what I see? Have I ever been mistaken? Have I ever misunderstood something? Have I ever overlooked something? Have I ever been confused? How then can I, with limited perception and comprehension, be in a position to say what’s right? Do I honestly think I’m qualified to pass judgment on the One who is truly perfect?
The bottom line, of course, is what a person chooses to believe. We can disbelieve God exists if we want to; we can refuse to change our minds about that, even when reason argues against us. It all boils down to what we choose to accept.
But if your mind isn’t too tightly closed to let a little light in, let’s take another look at the world.
If the biblical concept of God is wrong, why do we place a high value on justice, or honesty, or graciousness? Why do we define “good” the way we do?
If the presence of evil disproves God’s existence, what does the presence of mercy prove?
If there is no God, why is there beauty in the world? If there is no infinite God, why is the universe beyond our reckoning? If there is no God of redemption, why do we continually look for hope? If man merely created god in his own image, what compels every culture to do so?
To say there is no God is as logical as saying there’s no such thing as oxygen because we can’t see it, hear it, taste, smell, or feel it.
To say there is no God is as reasonable as insisting there is no sun because half the world is always in darkness.
To say there is no God is the same as saying there is no order to the world, no organization of the elements, no infinite intricacies of genetic coding, no consistent natural processes or physical laws.
If you believe that oxygen is essential to human life – if you believe the sun will rise in the morning – if you believe in photosynthesis – if you believe that love exists – then you believe in the existence of God.
The real question: what will you do about it?