Is There a God?

Mankind has been inclined to say “There is no god” for a long time, in fact the con­cept pre­dates Christ­­ian­ity.  (Psalm 14:1-3 ) There are many rea­sons why we do this.  Here are a few of them. 

We think there is no God because that is what we have been taught to think.  Many Scien­tists are devot­ing them­selves to try­ing to prove life as we know it could have devel­oped from chem­ical reac­tions. 
“Every­one who is seri­ously inter­ested in the pur­suit of sci­ence becomes con­vinced that a spirit is mani­fest in the laws of the Uni­verse -- a spirit vastly super­ior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our mod­est powers must feel hum­ble.”   -- Albert Einstein
Maybe it can be done, but I under­stand that, out­side the labor­a­tory, the exact­ing con­di­tions needed to create and organ­ize the mater­ials of life into a form that can repro­duce itself, bring it to life, and sus­tain it are highly unlikely, even with a few bill­ion years and whole plan­ets to work with.  Probe Min­is­tries covers things like this bet­ter than I could. 

Even so, creator-less evo­lu­tion is still being taught as fact, with no men­tion of the dif­fi­cult­ies.  By the way, I don’t blame Darwin; sci­ence at the time had only begun to fathom the intri­ca­cies we now know of in a sin­gle cell, much less what we will learn in the future.  Besides, he only claimed it as a theory, and hoped in time, sci­en­tists would dis­cover the “miss­ing links” that should exist if it is true.

We think there is no God because we can­not see Him, can­not touch Him, and can­not meas­ure Him.  Did radio waves exist before man­kind learned to detect them?  Can we see, touch or mea­sure love? 

So, how can we know He’s real?  Well, have you ever tried ask­ing Him?  No, don’t ask Him to spell out your name in clouds.  That would only con­fuse all the peo­ple in the same neigh­bor­hood who have the same name as you, assuming they didn’t ask too.  Think of some­thing quiet and pri­vate, just between you and Him. 

Keep in mind He’s not a genie from a lamp or some sort of cos­mic vend­ing machine, obli­gated to do what­ever you ask if only you use the right magic words.  But if you’re sin­cerely seek­ing Him, He will make him­self known to you. 

We hope there is no God, because then there’s no one to whom we are ulti­mately account­able.  If there is no God, we think, then per­haps there is no such thing as “good” and “evil.”  Lack of account­a­bil­ity opens the door to doing whatever one thinks one can get away with.  Sounds like fun, but only if most of the rest of the pop­ula­tion keeps on doing the “right thing” with­out the author­ities looking over their shoul­der.  Other­wise, the whole sys­tem begins to fall apart.  Ask the Rus­sians.

The Ten Com­mand­ments ( Exodus 20 ) ( Deuteronomy 5:6-21 ) are not a set of rules intended to ruin our fun.  They are God’s way of setting up a cul­ture diff­er­ent from the cul­tures that develop with­out these rules.  Would you like to live in a cul­ture in which peo­ple feel free to mur­der any­one who annoys them, lie, cheat, steal, or aban­don their spouse when­ever they think they have found one that’s bet­ter?  Hmmm.  Maybe we already do. 

We doubt there is a God because things happen that are incon­sis­tent with our con­cept of what a god should do.  Let’s not for­get that an eter­nal God who can create a uni­verse, who knows the end from the begin­ning, who designed us and created us, has got to have a bet­ter view of things than we humans of limited intel­lect and experi­ence, who are stuck in three dimen­sions and subject to the pass­ing of time. ( Romans 11:33-36 )  It stands to rea­son that He may very well do things that don’t make “sense” to us. ( Isaiah 55:8-9 )