January 13, 2017
Last week I looked at the reason for this series of lessons. It is to give Christians the foundation upon which to stand when trials come in their lives. I want to start with a series on God. The first question we must ask is, Does God exist?
The Bible establishes that one witness is not enough to prove something, there must be two or three.
This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. (2 Corinthians 13:1)
I am going to look at three things today that prove the existence of God.
It may surprise you that I use science as the first witness to God. We are being told that science has proven that there is no God. The word science means knowledge, or that which is known. There is true science and false science.
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: (1 Timothy 6:20)
False science is profane and vain babblings. It is profane because it ignores anything sacred. The very basis of modern science is the assumption that there is no God. The whole error concerning evolution, which we will look at in later lessons, is based upon this assumption.
Dr. Richard Lewontin, Professor of Genetics at Harvard, said, I can’t give an exact quote, but here is the essence of it:
We take the side of evolutionary science, in spite of its absurdity in some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of it extravagant promises of health and life, because we cannot allow a divine foot in the door.
This statement shows that this kind of science isn’t about facts, it is about belief. If man came from evolution, then man decides truth. If God is Creator, then God will hold man accountable for how he lives in creation. It is an issue of accountability.
Listen to what the Bible has to say about what Professor Lewontin said:
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. (Romans 1:19-23)
God has made Himself manifest in His creation. Everything that can be known of God by the natural man is seen clearly in what He has created. Those who claim there is no God, have done so by choice, not because there is no evidence of His existence. There hearts have been darkened because they refuse to accept the light that is before them. As a result they have made fools of themselves.
Now that we understand the mentality of those who claim to be scientific, yet deny the existence of God, let’s look at some things from science that prove there is a God.
The most basic laws of science are the laws of thermodynamics. These laws, especially the second one, testify to the existence of God. The second law is the law if increasing entropy. Entropy means randomness or disorder. This law says that, without external intelligent input, everything left to itself becomes less ordered.
Evolution says that everything began several billion years ago when there was nothing, and that nothing, all of the sudden exploded. This thought in itself, proves that the Bible is right when it says they become fools. But if it were true, what scientific law would account for the order we see in the universe? When was the last time you saw an explosion result in the creation of anything but a mess?
If I told you that there was an explosion at a street conner with a glass factory, a metal works, and a leather shop, and that explosion created the watch I have on my arm, would you believe me? You would most likely say I was crazy. This is exactly what those who say there is no God want us to believe about all of the complex things we see in this world.
One of the greatest scientific proofs of God is the fact that you and I exist. Nothing as complex as a human-being could come from random chance.
The anti-God people tell us that the fossil record shows the evolution of life. In fact, it proves just the opposite. Every fossil, is a fossil of a fully developed creature. There are no transitional forms found in it. How many times has a “scientist” brought forth a discovery in the fossil record, only to find that he had doctored it to fit his theory.
I only have time for one example, so here it is. They found a tooth, I believe it was in Nebraska, and claimed that it was from one of our evolutionary ancestors. Further research showed that is was actually the tooth of an extinct variety of a pig. This shows how far they will go to get rid of God.
Why do you think they don’t want creation science or intelligent design taught in our schools? You would think, if they have all the proof they claim, that they would gladly allow it to be taught so their superior evidence would debunk the idea of creation. They don’t want it taught because, when the two are compared side by side, creation easily has much more and much better evidence to support its case that evolution does.
This brings us to the next witness for the existence of God. Based upon the evidence of true science, there are certain things that are reasonable. Remember, God told us to reason.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)
I realize that this is talking about our sin and salvation, but the idea of reasoning is found throughout the Bible. The witness of reason takes the facts of true science and reasons as to what they mean. An impartial interpretation of the facts testifies of a God who designed everything we see.
The world view that says there is no God, looks at the facts of the fossil record and takes a leap of faith. He doesn’t find any transitional forms, but his world view forces him to say they must have existed. An example of this kind of reasoning is seen in an announcement I read in a newspaper back around 1980, There was an international gathering of around 160 evolutionary scientists in Chicago. At the end of the meeting they made the following statement:
All present theories of evolution are scientifically impossible, but we know it happened, we just haven’t found the mechanism.
The first part of this statement is scientific, all present theories of evolution are impossible. The facts, that is true science, said the theories were impossible. The last part of the statement is religious. It says that although the facts don’t support our theories, we know that it happened. That is a statement of faith, not a scientific statement.
Those who believe in the God of the Bible, and in the Bible’s account of how we got here, see the same facts differently. The fossil record shows every life form complete when it is found in the record. There are no transitional forms. These two facts lead them to believe that the Bible is right when it tells us that God created each life form after its kind.
I challenge you, which of these two beliefs best fits the facts? The Bible says that each was created fully formed, and that is what we find in the fossil record. The other says that each evolved from a lower form, and their should be transitional form, which do not exist, except in their minds and in the trickery of some who are not honest.
There is a book titled “Darwin’s Black Box.” It was written by an evolutionist named Michael J. Behe. If I am not mistaken, at the end of the book, he still believes in evolution, but the book’s subtitle is “The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution.” This book is one of the things that started the intelligent design movement. The book goes into great detail showing how the cells that make up living things are far too complex to have evolved.
One thing we need to remember about evolution is that it is based upon the idea that there were small mutations in the creatures, and when those mutations proved beneficial, they were passed on to the next generation. When enough mutations happened, there was a new species. Mr. Behe shows very clearly that this is impossible. First of all, mutations are almost always detrimental, not beneficial. The only reason we say almost always, is because, although none have been observed so far, it is possible that a beneficial mutation may be found some time in the future.
The book shows that each individual cell is a very complex machine. Like most machines, some parts can be removed and it will still function. However, if you keep taking parts off, you will reach a point where the machine will no longer function. Once this point is reached, the machine becomes useless, and usually detrimental. When you start removing parts from the mechanisms within a cell, and you reach the point where it will no longer function, it is still amazingly complex.
Why did all the parts that are left evolve if they served no useful purpose? Again, we must remember that evolutionary theory says that for a mutation to be passed on in the evolutionary chain, it must be beneficial, and not detrimental.
Reason and common sense tell us that someone had to design the universe we live in. Remember that Dr. Lewontin, in the quote I gave above, said that they hold to evolution in spite of its absurdities and failures. They do so because they don’t want to accept the conclusions that come from the idea of creation, there is a God to whom they are accountable.
Those who believe in creation, and who have taken the time to look at the evidence, hold to their view, not because of the conclusions that come from them, but because creation best fits the facts. The fact is, you and I exist, and we are extremely complex creatures. Someone greater than us must have designed all of our parts and put them together to function perfectly together.
The use of similar mechanisms in different creatures does not mean that one evolved from another, or that both evolved from a common ancestor. It means that the designer (God) designed something that worked, and used it in the various creatures. A motorcycle and an automobile both have wheels. This does not mean that one evolved from the other, it means that the designer of each of them saw the benefit of the wheel, and used it to design their machine.
The final witness is the Bible. It both assumes God and teaches that there is a God. It assumes God in the first verse:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
The first two chapters of the Bible tell us how He created everything in six literal days, and rested on the seventh day. It offers no proof, it just states the facts. There are, however, may things in the Bible that prove there is a God.
Here is an often quoted statement concerning the Bible:
Man could not have written the Bible, and if he could, he would not have done so.
The Bible is full of things that man could not have known. We are seeing things happening today that were foretold in the Bible thousands of years ago. How did the writers know about them? They were revealed to them by God.
The Bible talks about many scientific subjects that we didn’t understand until modern times. How about the water cycle. The rivers flow into the sea, and the water in the sea evaporates, forming clouds. The clouds carry the water back to where the rivers start and dump it out as rain and snow.
The Bible talks about fountains in the sea, and today we have found them.
When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: (Proverbs 8:28)
The Bible says the Jehovah is God at least ten times. The God of the Bible challenges the other gods to prove that they are God.
Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come. Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together. (Isaiah 41:21-23)
The LORD (Jehovah) challenges the false gods to tell us why we should believe they are gods. He challenges them to predict the future, or even to get the facts of the past (former things) right. He challenges them do do anything, good or bad, to prove that they are gods.
God has done all of these things without error. The science of archeology started by men taking the Bible in their hands, and searching for the places mentioned therein. They found them just as the Bible had said. The Bible’s account of history has been proven to be accurate.
God has accurately predicted the future. Bible prophecy has been so accurate that those who don’t believe the Bible try to prove that the passages predicting things were written after the fact. These attempts have been proven false.
There are some prophecies that were written thousands of years ago, and we are seeing them being fulfilled today before our eyes. The return of Israel to the land, is one of the most obvious ones. There are those who try to tell us that this was not predicted, but they have to distort the Scriptures to do so.
It is not as obvious, but the rise of Islam is also predicted. Islam is not mentioned by name because it didn’t come into existence until hundreds of years after the completion of the Bible. However, the Islamic nations of our day correspond with the nations that will be against Israel in the last days.
I am out of time, so let me conclude by saying that there is no question that the Bible gives testimony to the existence of God. We will be looking at the Bible, and its reliability in later lessons.
True science gives testimony to the existence of God. Reason says there must be a God. The Bible, as would be expected, tells us of the existence of God. Only those who refuse to accept the facts can deny there is a God.
Next week we will start looking at who God is, and what He is like.
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