Once upon a time, close to 14 billion years ago, this massive ball of high-density material began to expand. With a flash of light, it got hot—like really hot. Then it cooled. This process, known as inflation, continued, and the ball left remnants we know today as the cosmos.
There you have it. That’s how our universe began. Thank you for reading.
Not so fast. That’s just the short version. We aren’t here to debate the Big Bang anyway. But the beginning is usually a good place to start, especially when many atheists claim that no scientific evidence exists to prove the existence of God.
Keep in mind that belief in the Big Bang is not reserved for atheists and that not all atheists believe in the theory. Some Christians even believe in the Big Bang.
What is generally accepted among nonbelievers is that measurable proof must exist to claim something as fact. “If you can’t show it, you don’t know it,” they say. Without anything demonstrable, the idea that some “supernatural being” who “magically spoke things into existence” is patently absurd.
Now, God is not a “supernatural being,” per se. But, let’s not digress yet.
For the sake of argument, let’s stick to the Big Bang. The Scribbler is not a physicist. But, it is clear that the theory transcends anything scientific. At the end of the day, it defies what physics can explain. Sure, there were black holes and this ball is believed to have formed from a singularity inside one of them. Still, there is no way to know what there was before the big ball, or the black hole for that matter, came into existence.
Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin.’… except when a somethin’ just appears out of nowhere for no apparent reason and without a catalyst.
“Oh, OK, here it comes, Scribbler. You are about to spew the argument that a painting must have a painter, a building an architect.”
Well, sort of, but not quite.
Again, stick to science for now. That’s what devout atheists (excuse the paradox) do when debating creationists. Science, after all, has determined the origin of thunderstorms and how cancer attacks healthy cells.
But, look out. This is where the debate hits a brick wall at 90 mph. It is a when a Christian finds himself scratching his head.
“Where do you think science came from?” “Who do you think gave doctors the ability to identify cancer?”
God, of course. There’s the dagger that pokes a giant hole in the atheistic argument, right? Wrong.
“Yeah, but the Bible says…”
Forget it. Save it. It doesn’t matter what the Bible says to a nonbeliever armed with assertions like, “You can’t use the Bible to prove the Bible,” or “There is no evidence to prove God gave us science.”
“So, we can’t use the Bible to prove the Bible?”
Of course we can. But, start with this: Atheists are right. We won’t find God at the end of a telescope, in an equation, under a microscope or in the hip pocket of our favorite blue jeans. Why? Because God can’t be measured. Thousands of scientific experiments have proven that. Yet Christians still bask in fallacy when debating atheists.
X must be true because you cannot prove X is false. In structured debate, this is called an argument from ignorance (ad ignorantium). It happens when one assumes a conclusion is fact based on the lack of contrasting evidence.
The existence of God—the true creator of the universe—can’t be proven using the same method that shows 6+6=12, or the reason frogs can breathe in and out of water. When science attempts to do so, it’s left with the conclusions and philosophical anecdotes that erroneously claim evolution is true, and that the universe sprung from some spontaneous, yet still fully unknown atomic phenomena. When Christians do it, they diminish who God is. It simply doesn’t work. It fails for two major reasons.
First, God transcends all that is. Secondly, he doesn’t answer to us. He certainly isn’t required to show himself to satisfy our egotistical demands.
Now, that’s not to say we can’t question God. We can. When Moses first encountered the Lord, he asked who he was. Exodus 3:14 tells us God’s response: “I am who I am,” or simply, “I AM.”
In John 8:58, Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth … before Abraham was born, I am!”
“Does that mean we are to simply accept God for who he is and just shut up?”
Well, God exists whether we believe in him or not. But, he’s not a dictator and certainly does not force himself on us. That said, looking for him is not the same as searching for our car keys or even another person.
For example, atheists love to claim that the Bible is likely false because there is next to nothing in the historical record about Moses, or the Ark of the Covenant is nowhere to be found.
We may never, this side of Heaven, find out what happened to the Ark. Further evidence of Moses’ life may or may not exist. That tells us nothing about whether God is real. Yet we, out of pride, often want proof and want it now.
We’ve all shaken our fists at the Lord. During times of trials, we have two options. We can wait on God to bring through for his glory, or demand he do what we want. The latter is a tricky one for many people, even Christians. The Scribbler can attest. Want to find out what it’s like to spend a good part of a decade mad at God and unwilling to go where he wants you? Send us an email and we’ll send you a firsthand account.
In short, God will make himself known on our terms if we make enough noise, although it’s not always pretty. It’s also pointless because it doesn’t change who he is. And we must always remember he gives true grace to the humble (James 4:6).
“What about slavery, murder, rape, disease? If God is real, wouldn’t he stop these things?”
In our human minds, it is easy to conclude that any moral God, if he loves us, would put a stop to the bad things we see every day. Yet, he allows them.
“How does that response answer the question?”
The Bible says it’s God’s will that will be done, not the will of man. Even atheists see that man has failed over and over. Just look at the state of the world’s economies and political systems. They’ve all been tainted by greed and corruption. And how do we respond? We elect politicians we’re certain will save us. But, none do. It’s a vicious cycle. We keep failing. And just like it was in ancient times, many of our problems are sparked by religion. Even people who claim to be Christians blow up abortion clinics, persecute homosexuals and abuse children.
“Are these problems due to God’s absence? If he exists, is he hiding from these horrors?”
No. Remember Doubting Thomas?
For a week leading up to Christ’s crucifixion, hundreds of thousands—many of whom were followers of Jesus—converged on Jerusalem for Passover. This created tremendous fear as Jesus was already a marked man. Tensions were ratcheted up even more after Jesus died and the disciples went into hiding.
Thomas had reason to question whether Jesus had risen. The rest of the disciples could have been tricked or turned against him. Just days before, Judas, one of their own, turned Jesus over to the Sanhedrin for 30 silver coins, or about $600. For all Thomas knew, the resurrection could have been a hoax or a government plot to kill the Twelve.
But, Thomas also had plenty of reason to believe the eyewitness accounts that Jesus was alive. He was in Jesus’ inner circle and witnessed the Lord’s miracles. And don’t forget that Jesus foretold his death and resurrection. Still, Thomas wanted proof.
Now, we could easily say that Thomas either never believed Jesus was the Messiah in the first place, or that he suddenly realized the others had gone completely mad. But, the Bible says none of that. No, it appears Thomas was just pragmatic and chose not to take his friends’ word about such a serious issue that could have cost them their lives.
“Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” (John 20:24-25).
Jesus obliges in the next three verses.
“And after eight days again His disciples were inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst, and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 27 Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach here your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.’ 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!'” (John 20:26-28).
This is an interesting story. Jesus was not obligated to prove anything to Thomas. But he did it anyway. He obviously knew Thomas’ heart and that he was scared and confused. Instead of questioning Jesus to further feed his own ego, Thomas kept his word in Verse 28.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say one must know all the facts before coming to God. And nowhere does it say one must start attending church to get right with the Lord. Throughout his ministry, Jesus saved many people who knew very little, other than their need for a savior. We see this during his exchange with the woman at the well (John 4), his encounter with a bleeding woman saved by touching his cloak (Luke 18), and during Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9).
For those who may have forgotten, Paul’s calling card was his persecution of Christians. He was a Pharisee and staunchly upheld Old Testament law. While he believed in God, Paul, also a philosopher, had very little time for the “radical” teachings of Jesus Christ and for good reason. Just about everything Jesus taught condemned the law. In fact, Christ did away with it. It was no surprise that Paul made it his mission to rid the land of such heresy.
But, God had other plans. Just as he reaches out to each of us—even atheists—he presented a pretty clear case for Paul. And like Thomas, Paul could have rejected Christ and continued ridiculing his followers. It was his choice.
“OK, you’ve used the Bible to prove the Bible. How do we know Paul even existed and why should I believe him if he did?”
As simple as it sounds, you must want to find God, even if you don’t agree with him. God does want to know us. But hey, if where you are at this moment, a glorious view of the Rocky Mountains, or the eyes of an innocent baby aren’t enough, God will show you more, even if you aren’t yet ready to accept Christ. Heck, he might even throw in one of those actual “spiritual experiences” Christians are always yackin’ about.
Are you like Thomas? Will you worship him if God does show you proof he exists? Or, will you continue to challenge him just to prove Christians are a bunch of wackos who rely on blind faith and words in an ancient book of myths?