In the words of Albert Einstein,
“We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books – a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.”
Some people suspect the “definite plan” to be an act of God and others believe it to be a work of chance. Both these views or assertions cannot be established by empirical proof. However, we can establish facts based on where the evidence leads. While proof is something that establishes an absolute fact, leaving no room for doubt, evidence refers to a fact or situation that suggests something might be true. So, while proof is about facts, evidence is expressed in terms of probability. When different facts seem to be consistent in support of an observation, we say there is evidence.
In centuries gone by scientists and the general public found it reasonable to believe that a supernatural being that transcends time and space created the universe. However, today we find ourselves in a world which is increasingly becoming agnostic and ridicules faith to be “a process of non-thinking” which requires believing things in the absence of evidence. But, as some serious agnostics have also observed, this assertion is more of straw man and caricaturing what should be a serious discussion; it should be well-known that serious believers have a word for the kind of belief that disregards evidence; it is called blind faith. True faith on the other hand is defined in the Bible as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). This faith does not flourish on ignorance but knowledge of evidence. Rather than believing for the sake of it, one has to have understanding before believing: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” – Hebrews 11:3.
There are three important things to note in Hebrews 11:3:
- True faith grows from understanding or knowledge, not ignorance! When Sir Isaac Newton understood the law of gravity and the precise motions of the heavenly bodies, he exclaimed that, “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.” Thus, the knowledge of science, instead of weakening his faith, strengthened it!
- The universe was framed by the Word of God: There has been a great puzzle in the world of science concerning the fine-tuned laws that govern the universe. What are these laws, and what gives them ‘life’ to operate accordingly? John wheeler exclaimed; “…I get down and write in one square my best set of equations for the universe, and you get down and write yours…we have our magic wand and give the command to those equations to put on wings and fly. None of them will fly. Yet there is some magic in this universe of ours, so that with the birds and the flowers and the trees and sky it flies. What compelling feature about the equations that are behind the universe is there that makes them put on wings and fly?” Well, believers in God don’t refer to the mysterious power to be magical; we believe it to be an act of God. Saint John was inspired to write that in the beginning was the LOGOS – the power, the knowledge, the mind, the information, the Word – that led to the formation of the universe and ‘breathed life’ into its laws.
- The things which appear (what we call matter) were made of things that do not appear. Precisely so. It has been convincingly demonstrated that galaxies in the universe are flying away from each other; the fabric of space is expanding in every direction. The implication of this is that rewinding the expansion process would bring all matter to a contracted (dense) state. Going back further in time would take us to a point where matter first popped into existence. At that point – called the singularity – space, time, matter and energy emanated from a transcending cause which is timeless, uncaused, non-material, intelligent and all knowing. Call that power gravity, a supercomputer, or whatever you reckon but believers call and worship it as God! Whatever the case, simple logic demands that the cause be itself timeless and uncaused and should have volition (will) for it to have been able to decide to bring something into existence with so finely-tuned laws. Yes, Saint Paul was precisely and logically correct to state that “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
I believe that there is a lot of evidence of God in this universe and especially on the planet earth where life exists. Three things particularly stand out to me:
- The logical (scientific) evidence
- The prophetic evidence, and
- The evidence of a personal experience with God.
There are many great thinkers and scientists who once were atheists but later converted to believing in the existence of a creator because of the above three pillars of evidence. Through this forum various aspects on these three lines of evidence will be presented. If you are a believer may your faith be strengthened through the articles being posted on the site. Also, may unbelievers (who would care to consider the facts being presented here) , through this site, have a chance to see that there is a real God besides the often caricatured one of the gaps:
“Take a Ford motor car” illustrates professor John Lennox of Oxford University; “It is conceivable that someone from a remote part of the world, who was seeing one for the first time and who knew nothing about modern engineering, might imagine that there is a god (Mr. Ford) inside the engine, making it go. He might further imagine that when the engine ran sweetly it was because Mr. Ford inside the engine liked him, and when it refused to go it was because Mr. Ford did not like him. Of course, if he were subsequently to study engineering and take the engine to pieces, he would discover that there is no Mr. Ford inside it….But if he then decided that his understanding of the principles of how the engine works made it impossible to believe in the existence of a Mr. Ford who designed the engine in the first place, this would be patently false…had there never been a Mr. Ford to design the mechanisms, none would exist for him to understand”.
It could not have been illustrated better.
Welcome to this site and may you get enlightened!
Andrew C. Phiri
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