Cloyd B. Frock, Jr.
Everyone believes in God (or a form of god).
Did you know that it’s impossible for God not to exist? Even atheists, who claim there is no God, must invent “something” in order to explain all reality. Last month we observed that the “something” invented by atheists to explain all reality is called the “law of conservation of energy,” which states that “Energy can be transformed into another sort of energy [such as physical matter – cbf]. But it cannot be created AND it cannot be destroyed. Energy has always existed in one form or another.”1
Atheists, who aren’t willing to “punt the ball” of their religion down the road, must explain all reality according to this invented law (god?) of eternal energy/matter. Make no mistake about it: atheism IS a religion – one that requires “blind faith,” upon which conclusions must be reached absent of any evidence whatsoever, unlike Christianity, which requires a thorough examination of the evidence (1 Thess. 5:21). And so, this is what they hold to be the “creator” of all that has ever existed, presently exists, or ever will exist in our universe today – it’s their “form” of god.
What the Atheist’s “god” CANNOT explain.
Sadly, the god that atheism has invented cannot explain several key components of our present reality. Their “blind faith” forces them into a prison of absurdity, which includes a foundational theory known as “Spontaneous Generation,” but was later re-termed “Abiogenesis,” which I assume was intended to obscure the obvious contradictory nature of the original term. A dictionary definition best describes the theory as follows: Abiogenesis is “the supposed spontaneous origination of living organisms directly from lifeless matter.”2 In other words, the origin of all life began from that which had no life. Another way of putting it might be to say, “Things that are alive, today, were born from things that were dead, yesterday.” That’s the logical end of the atheist’s argument. Who can believe it?! And, as is normally the case when one builds upon the foundation of an absurd conclusion, a whole host of other absurd conclusions stem from that first one, including (but not limited to) the following:
Consciousness originated from that which was not conscious. One unique aspect of humanity is that we are conscious of our existence. For example, I know that I exist, and that I am typing this sentence as I am in the process of typing it. To my knowledge, neither rocks, nor lesser animals, share such a capacity.
Intelligence originated from that which had no intelligence. We live in an incredible age, in which computers have nearly become interwoven into our existence here on earth. Would you believe me were I to suggest that the intelligence behind the advent of the “computer” was nothing more than stupid chance – that such intelligence “spontaneously generated” by chance, over time? I am certain that nobody would grant me such an allowance of absurdity! Yet, we are to believe that human intelligence “spontaneously generated” by chance (from rocks and dirt), over time?
Moral values originated from that which had no moral value. The atheists with whom I have personally discussed this issue have universally agreed that human morality does, in fact, exist, but not as an “objective standard” applicable to all human beings. That’s an argument that I intend to tackle next month, but for the moment, let’s just ask the question, “From where might have the ‘factual existence’ of human morality originated?” Have you ever met a rock with a conscience? If humanity originated from dead, lifeless, matter, then it necessarily follows that human morality originated from dead, lifeless, matter. In other words, moral value “spontaneously generated” by chance, over time. Again, who can believe it?
What the God of the Bible CAN Explain.
Where the god of atheism cannot explain the origins of life, the God of our Bible certainly does. We read in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” 3 and in Acts 17:24 Paul said, “God…made the world and everything in it…” Of course, our atheist friends would simply scoff at this contention, because they insist that we have no proof concerning such assertions as these. Are they right? Let’s take a moment to consider just two characteristics about our God.
He is conscious (alive and aware). The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: ‘My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God’? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary” (Isa. 40:27-28), and the Psalmist wrote, “…the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish” (Ps. 1:6). If it’s impossible for that which is dead to create that which is alive (and, that is what we know to be scientifically true [observable and repeatable]), then we know that our own consciousness (knowing that we are alive and aware) could only have originated by one who was first conscious, and the God of the Bible fits that requirement.
He is intelligent (rational and creative). The prophet Isaiah again helps us to recognize this aspect of God when he wrote, “‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isa. 55:8-9); and, in his first epistle, the apostle John wrote, “…God is greater than our heart, and knows all things” (1 John 3:20). If it’s impossible for dead matter to produce something with intelligence (rationality and creativity, capable of inventing a “computer”), then we know that our own intelligence (rationality and creativity) could only have originated by one who was first intelligent, and the God of the Bible fits that requirement.
The god of atheism has left us with nothing but unanswered questions and logical absurdities, while the God of the Bible provides every necessary answer to those questions concerning life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3).
In our next installment, we will consider the question of morality as it pertains both to God, and to His beloved creation, mankind.
Cloyd B. Frock, Jr.