More and more people are asking if God exists or not. But the question may be as old as creation itself. A believer like me would only say that even if Man is surrounded by not one but a thousand reasons that prove the existence of God, Man in his arrogance wants to think he is the creator and doer of everything.
Scientists and atheists proudly claim that the Big Bang Theory explains the Universe. Scientists are convinced that our universe began with one enormous explosion of energy and light, which we now call the Big Bang. This was the singular start to everything that exists: the beginning of the universe, the start of space, and even the initial start of time itself. Astrophysicist Robert Jastrow, a self-described agnostic, stated, "The seed of everything that has happened in the Universe was planted in that first instant; every star, every planet and every living creature in the Universe came into being as a result of events that were set in motion in the moment of the cosmic explosion...The Universe flashed into being, and we cannot find out what caused that to happen." Steven Weinberg, a Nobel laureate in Physics, said at the moment of this explosion, "the universe was about a hundred thousands million degrees Centigrade...and the universe was filled with light." But there seems to be no plausible answer to why that explosion happened, or who or what caused it to happen. Could it not have been an act of God?
Further, Physicist Stephen Hawking, accompanied by Leonard Mlodinow, claim in their book, Grand Design, "God did not create the Universe and the Big Bang was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics. Because of the law of gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist." But the law of gravity is a force and form of energy. Well, that certainly cannot exist on its own, in emptiness, can it? There has to be a source of power for that gravity to work as well. What caused the Universe to begin existing? Scientists know the Big Bang happened, but seem to have no explanation to why the sudden explosion of light and matter, happened.
As put forward by Anthony Kenny of Oxford University, "A proponent of the Big Bang theory, if he is an atheist, must believe that the universe came from nothing and by nothing." But surely that doesn't make sense! Out of nothing, nothing comes. So why does the universe exist instead of just nothing? Where did it come from? There must have been a cause which brought the universe into being."
If Big Bang happened, did it guarantee intelligent life? Of thinking humans, compassionate animals and perfectly synchronised bodies in which all organs function perfectly, and Nature, where sunrises and sunsets happen without a miss? Even scientists agree that the existence of intelligent life depends upon a complex and delicate balance of original conditions as given in the Big Bang.
So, for the sake of argument, just as whatever begins to exist has to have a cause, if the Universe began to exist because of Big Bang, there was a cause for it. The cause, whatever one may perceive it to be, has to be older than the Universe, and therefore, timeless or beyond time. Because it also created space, it must transcend space as well and therefore be an immaterial, not physical, being.
The very fact that Nature seems to operate under a systematic law - sunrises are followed by sunsets, tides rise and fall - is too much to be a mere coincidence, isn't it? As Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize winner in quantum electrodynamics, put it, "Why nature is mathematical is a mystery...the fact that there are rules at all is a kind of miracle."
The complexity of our planet points to a deliberate Designer who not only created our universe, but sustains it. The Earth is located at the right distance from the sun. If the Earth were any further away from the sun, we would all freeze. Any closer, and we would burn up. The human brain is another miracle - it processes an amazing amount of information. The eye is not far behind - it can distinguish among seven million colours.
It's hard to believe the DNA code, which connects us to our ancestors and descendents in amazing ways, just happened. Just as a computer programme is made up of ones and zeros (like 1100101010110000), telling the computer what to do, the DNA code in each of our cells is made up of four chemicals that scientists abbreviate as A, T, G and C. These are arranged in the human cell (CGTGTGACTCGCTCCTGAT) and there are three billion of these letters in every human cell, telling each cell in our body what to do. I find it hard to believe that mere biology is any answer. There has to be a Master Programmer.
It amazes me that God has surrounded us with so much of evidence about himself and has kept the question of his existence squarely before us, yet we refuse to acknowledge Him.
A major argument against God is that if God exists, then why so much misery? However, let me quote the Nyaya school of thought to say that it is our karma which make us experience happiness or unhappiness, wealth or poverty. This school believes that God is the one who dispenses the fruits of our actions.
According to William Lane Craig, whether one believes in God or does not believe in God, one cannot be indifferent to God. He says "Does God exist" is one of the most important questions a person can consider. Our belief in the existence of God has enormous implications on our views of life, humanity, morality and destiny.
Craig quotes British writer C S Lewis as saying that "God is not the sort of thing one can be moderately interested in. After all, if God does not exist, there's no reason to be interested in God at all. On the other hand, if God does exist, then this is of paramount interest, and our ultimate concern ought to be how to be properly related to this being upon whom we depend moment by moment for our very existence."
Craig outlines three reasons why God's existence makes a difference. The first, according to him, is: If God does not exist, life is ultimately meaningless. If your life is doomed to end in death, then ultimately it does not matter how you live. In the end, it makes no ultimate difference whether you existed or not. Sure, your life might have a relative significance in that you influenced others or affected the course of history. But ultimately, mankind is doomed to perish in the heat death of the universe. Ultimately, it makes no difference who you are or what you do. Your life is inconsequential. Thus, the contributions of the scientist to the advance of human knowledge; the research of the doctor to alleviate pain and suffering; the efforts of the diplomat to secure peace in the world; the sacrifices of good people everywhere to better the lot of the human race - ultimately all these come to nothing. Thus, if atheism is true, life is ultimately meaningless."
The second argument, he says that if God does not exist, then we must ultimately live without hope. "If there is no God, then there is ultimately no hope for deliverance from the shortcomings of our finite existence. For example, there is no hope for deliverance from evil. Although many people ask how God could create a world involving so much evil, by far most of the suffering in the world is due to man's own inhumanity to man. The horror of two world wars during the last century effectively destroyed the 19th century's naive optimism about human progress. If God does not exist, then we are locked without hope in a world filled with gratuitous and unredeemed suffering, and there is no hope for deliverance from evil. Or again, if there is no God, there is no hope of deliverance from aging, disease, and death. There is no afterlife beyond the grave. Atheism is thus a philosophy without hope."
Thirdly, he concludes, "On the other hand, if God does exist, then not only is there meaning and hope, but there is also the possibility of coming to know God and his love personally. Think of it! That the infinite God should love you and want to be your personal friend! This would be the highest status a human being could enjoy! Clearly, if God exists, it makes not only a tremendous difference for mankind in general, but it could make a life-changing difference for you as well."
Friedrich Nietzsche, the 19th century atheist who proclaimed the death of God, however, admitted that the death of God meant the destruction of all meaning and value in life. Without God, there is no absolute right and wrong which imposes itself on our conscience.
Jesus says, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4). “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1).
To believe that there is an intelligent person behind the Universe, seems to make much more sense than an atheistic view that the universe just happened by chance, doesn't it...
Consider the case of Professor Antony Flew, the renowned British philosopher belonging to the analytic school of thought, who - for more than half a century - was considered the world’s leading atheist. He advocated the need for believing that one should always presuppose the non-existence of God until empirical evidence proves otherwise. Then, in December 2004, Prof Flew, now aged 81, shocked his followers and the rest of the believing and unbelieving world by saying that he had changed his mind and now believed in God - more or less based on scientific evidence - because a super-intelligence was the only good explanation for the origin of life. And what was this evidence? In a publicly released video called "Has Science Discovered God?", Prof Flew specifically stated that biologists’ investigation of human DNA "has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce (life), that intelligence must have been involved."
In Leviticus, He is our High Priest;
In Numbers, He is the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night;
In Deuteronomy, He is the prophet like unto Moses;
In Joshua, He is the captain of our salvation;
In Judges, He is our judge and lawgiver;
In Ruth, He is our kinsmen redeemer;
In First and Second Samuel, He is our trusted prophet;
In Kings and Chronicles, He is our reigning king;
In Ezra, & Nehemiah He is the rebuilder of a broken wall of human lives;
In Esther, He is our Mordecai;
In Job, He is our ever living redeemer;
In Psalms, He is our shepherd;
In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, He is our wisdom;
In Song of Solomon, He is our loving bride groom;
In Isaiah, He is the Prince of Peace;
In Jeremiah, He is our Righteous Branch;
In Lamentations, He is our Weeping Prophet;
In Ezekiel, He is the wonderful for four-faced man;
In Daniel, He is the Fourth Man in the fiery furnace;
In Hosea, He is the Faithful Husband forever married to the backslider;
In Joel, He is the Baptizer with Holy Ghost and fire;
In Amos, He is our burden bearer;
In Obadiah, He is mighty to save;
In Jonah, He is our Great Foreign Missionary;
In Micah, He is the Messenger with beautiful feet;
In Nahum, He is our strength and shield;
In Habakkuk, He is God’s Evangelist crying “revive thy words in the midst of the years”;
In Zephaniah, He is our Savior;
In Haggai, He is the Restorer of God’s lost heritage
In Zachariah, He is the fountain opened up in the house of David for sin and uncleanliness;
In Malachi, He is the Son of righteousness rising with healing in his wings
In Matthew, He is the King of the Jews;
In Mark, He is the Servant;
In Luke, He is the Son of Man feeling what you feel;
In John, He is the Son of God;
In Acts, He is the Savior of the world;
In Romans, He is the righteousness of God;
In First Corinthians, He is the Rock, the father of Israel;
In Second Corinthians, He is the triumphant one giving victory;
In Galatians, He is your liberty, He set you free;
In Ephesians, He is the head of the church;
In Philippians, He is your joy;
In Colossians, He is your completeness;
In First and Second Thessalonians, He is your hope;
In First Timothy, He is your faith;
In Second Timothy, He is your stability;
In Titus, He is truth;
In Philemon, He is your benefactor;
In Hebrews, He is your perfection;
In James, He is the power behind your faith;
In First Peter, He is your example;
In Second Peter, He is your purity;
In First John, He is your life;
In Second John, He is your pattern,
In Third John, He is your motivation;
In Jude, He is the foundation of your faith;
And in Revelation, He is your coming king.
He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He is the keeper of creation and the creator of all, the architect of the universe and the manager of all time. He always was, He always will be, unmoved, unchanged, undefeated and never undone. He was bruised and brought healing. He was pierced and has paid. He was persecuted and brought freedom. He was dead and brought life. He is wisdom and brings power. He is raised and brings peace.
The world can’t understand Him. The armies can’t defeat Him. Schools can’t explain Him and the leaders can’t ignore Him. Herod couldn’t kill Him. The Pharisees can’t confuse Him. The people couldn’t hold Him. Nero couldn’t crush Him. Hitler couldn’t silence Him. The New Age can’t replace Him and Oprah can’t explain Him away.
HE IS MIGHT, LOVE, LONGEVITY AND LORD. HE IS GOODNESS, KINDNESS, GENTLENESS AND GOD. HE IS HOLY, RIGHTEOUS, MIGHTY, POWERFUL, AND PURE. HIS WAYS ARE RIGHT. HIS WORDS ETERNAL. HIS WILL IS UNCHANGING AND HIS MIND IS ON ME.
HE IS MY REDEEMER. HE IS MY SAVIOR. HE IS MY GOD. HE IS MY PEACE. HE IS MY JOY. HE IS MY COMFORT. HE IS MY LORD AND HE RULES MY LIFE.