Why I Believe God Exists: Part 4


The previous posts dealt mainly with personal topics. They were about me and my life, my issues, and my relationship with God.



We all have different aspects of our personality. There is usually a soft, emotional, sentimental side to us. Then there's the business side--the intellectual, analytic, calculated side. 

It yearns to be convinced by logic and reason.

God convinced me of his love and His ability satisfy my spiritual needs, but I also wanted to see if His information (the Bible) could stand up to scrutiny.

If God is really as powerful and wise as He says, He'd be able to inspire and preserve accurate information in His Bible. There should be no contradictions between what He says and what is clearly seen and understood.

Science!

I have always loved the study of science. As a child, I gobbled up science at school and wherever else I could find it. It excited me, and it still does. Science is cool.

While science is cool, it is not without controversy (yes, that was a double negative). People argue about what's true, what's provable, and whether the methods and logic were done properly. It's not a small task to establish a scientific fact. It can take decades, or even centuries. And even then, it might be wrong.

As a child, I was taught God created the universe because that's what the Bible says. I believed it--as a child.

I don't mock child-like faith, because Jesus said the kingdom of God is comprised of those who, like a child, recognize their inability to fully grasp everything about God, His plan, and His power. Children believe.

Matthew 19:13-14 Then were there brought unto him [Jesus] little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray. And the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, "Suffer [allow] little children, and forbid them not to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." [Emphasis and quotations added]

But as I've mentioned in my previous posts, I'm a skeptic. 

When people say things, I critique and question what is said. Sometimes I think people accurately communicate inaccurate information; while other times people purposefully communicate misinformation for selfish motives. Either way, they are sending inaccurate information into my brain, and I don't like it.

So when I began questioning the reality of God and His existence, I had to question whether He created the universe or whether it created itself (it really is that simple).

If a "god" of sorts (a being far more powerful and intelligent than humans) did not create the universe, then it must have created itself. 

Perhaps universes create themselves all the time, and I was just becoming aware of it.

I went searching to find out what people said. I read stuff. I watched stuff. I went to school and studied textbooks. I studied in high school, college, and then became a Science teacher. Then I went to graduate school to study more science!

Over the years, I have changed my thinking patterns and my knowledge base in response to what I've learned.

My head-first dive into the scientific world did nothing to weaken my faith in God. Quite the opposite, it opened my eyes to the absolutely staggering reality that the universe and it's must beautiful crown jewel--life--could not have been the result of randomness. It is statistically impossible.

"But Dan, there are people much smarter than you that believe otherwise. Maybe you just haven't studied enough."

Sure.

I'm not writing this post to convince you of anything. If you believe the universe created itself from randomness acting upon matter than also made itself, that's your business. I believe otherwise.

But my experience has taught me that what one believes about the origins of the universe (and life in it) has little to do with educational status or familiarity with scientific literature. It has everything to do with their predisposition to believe or not believe in God. It is about faith, not science.

Faith?

Yes, faith that God is not real. Like I said before, proving or disproving the existence of God is philosophically impossible. For that reason, faith that there is no god is just as fundamentally faith as faith in the God of the Bible.

People come to the Bible with a predisposition to accept or reject Genesis chapter 1. They either think it's nonsense or they believe it's an accurate description of what God did.

As a child, I came to Genesis 1 with child-like faith and believed it. But I would also have believed just about anything. I was a kid! Kids believe nonsense.

So I began comparing my home-grown Bible training to what I was learning in science. I found no contradictions.

What I found was a Bible full of situations in which the God that claimed to be the Creator could also bend or break the rules of His Creation to accomplish whatever He wanted in exactly the way that He chose. It was philosophically consistent. 

I am not saying miracles are scientifically valid. Of course they're not! That's why we call them miracles. 

But the idea of a Being powerful enough to halt the rotation of the earth around the sun (Joshua 10:12-14), to raise the dead, to send fire down from Heaven, or to instantly separate immense bodies of water is acceptable if you consider that Being was powerful enough to create it all in the first place. 

Wow! 

I Chronicles 16:24 Declare his glory among the heathen [nations]--his marvelous works among all nations.

Job 5:8-9 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause, [Who] does great things and unsearchable--marvelous [things] without number.

Psalm 9:1 I will praise Thee, O LORD, with my whole heart. I will show forth all Thy marvelous works.

I learned in my searching that I cannot prove God's power to anyone. I cannot convince people of His glory with logic, reason, and facts. Facts are established by science, and science is too small to contain a God capable of establishing a universe from nothing and maintaining absolute control over it. If people could be convinced by facts, then everyone who witnessed Jesus' miracles would have believed in God--but they didn't.

Science can only document the specifics of what God has already done. It gives us a small glimpse into the mind of the Creator. It allows us, in my opinion, to connect with Him on a greater level by observing His majesty as it manifests itself in the physical world.

Hebrews 11:3 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.

I learn about God through His Bible and through His Creation. They both point to Him--a Person that overwhelms my intellect, consumes my passion, infatuates my consciousness, and satisfies my humanity.

He frames the very atoms that comprise all matter in the universe--binding together the protons and neutrons with a force that physicists still cannot understand.

Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him were all things created--that are in heaven and that are in earth--visible and invisible; whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him. And He is before [supersedes] all things, and by Him all things consist.

He organizes the electrons of these atoms into levels to give every element the balanced charge required for its distinctive number of protons. Electrons can be shared among atoms to form chemical bonds that form the basis for larger molecules.

These elements connect together in seemingly endless combinations to produce every molecule known to man (and all those not known to man). Molecules structured from the backbone of the carbon element are distinctively used for the creation of life.

The information encoded in molecules is three-dimensional, meaning it's not merely a linear language--information is also stored in the shape of molecules. The same elements of the same proportion can be organized in different ways with different chemical bonds to produce entirely different molecules. If you're curious, look up "chirality."

Using these well-engineered, three-dimensional molecules, the Creator made life.

Life emanates from a code that was clearly programmed by an intelligence beyond our own. The discoverers of DNA, Watson and Crick, though ferociously in denial of any Creator God, argue that DNA could not have placed itself on this planet by chance. They have argued that it MUST have been seeded here. They choose to believe in aliens from outer space rather than God. (Though technically God is an alien.)

The DNA code itself is also organized in linear and three-dimensional patterns. The sequencing of the human genome has revealed a labyrinth of encoded information within a relatively small quantity of data. In other words, God wrote an epic novel in less than 1,000 words.

The ability to compact dense bodies of information into small compartments has always been recognized as a sign of intelligence. We are so proud of ourselves for making microprocessors that power our smart phones.

God built a life-specifying novelty called the nucleus of every living cell and made it roughly 6 micrometers (um, or microns). He wins.

When I sit here in front of my keyboard to write more, my mind races to every other idea that has caused me to stand in awe of His work. I become mentally paralyzed by the sheer volume and complexity of what He has done.

It will never be enough! What we know is immense, but it only scratches the surface. I only know a small subset of what we know, and that has been enough to saturate my mind with the exhilarating realization of a God that spans every power of ten, from galaxies and supernovas to quarks and neutrinos. 

He operates in all places, at all levels, spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and those beyond our current understanding. He is everywhere we ever can be. His power is riveting. His wisdom is breath-taking. His beauty is written in the sunsets of Earth, in the irises of human eyes, in the fur of majestic animals, in the snow-capped mountains, and in the deep, dark seas, filled with luminescent creatures.

This universe is not a cause of doubt for me. The deeper I dig, the more of Him I find.

If you stop listening to angry people and start looking for yourself, I think you'll find His eyes are staring you right in the face.

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