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Rowe's Ramblings

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    “Can you prove that God exists without using the Bible?” When I read these words it challenged me to look outside of the Bible, without looking beyond the truth of the Bible, to prove, at least to myself, the existence of God.

    One comment I read said, “Using the Bible to prove the existence of God is like using ‘The Lord of the Rings’ to prove the existence of Hobbits.”

    Too often Christians fall for oversimplified means for arguing the existence of God. One of the most used is this, “You want me to prove the existence of God; OK, first prove that God doesn’t exist.”

    But for the honest seeker of truth that answer is foolishness.

    Ultimately, I understand, it comes back to faith. But, after considering the evidence, some of which is listed below, I choose to believe in God.

    Let’s look some ideas in science that prove God…

    In our time the study of genetics has completely changed the way science and medicine look at life, how it operates, and how that knowledge heals and prevents disease. Too, it’s given us a better idea of how the human body works.

    Within each of us there’s a 3-billion-letter code working inside our cells? “…It's a virtual library of instruction manuals for assembling and operating all the cells of the body.” (UCG.org)

    Former atheist, and physicist, Professor Anthony Flew came concluded God’s existence based on DNA evidence.

    Professor Flew wrote, “What I think the DNA material has done is that it has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce [life], that intelligence must have been involved in getting these extraordinarily diverse elements to work together... It's the enormous complexity of the number of elements and the enormous subtlety of the ways they work together. The meeting of these two parts at the right time by chance is simply minute. It is all a matter of the enormous complexity by which the results were achieved, which looked to me like the work of intelligence” (There Is a God, 2007, p. 75).

    In his book “The Case for a Creator,” former atheist Lee Strobel wrote, “The six-feet of DNA coiled inside every one of our body's one-hundred trillion cells contains a four-letter chemical alphabet that spells out precise assembly instructions for all the proteins from which our bodies are made. Cambridge-educated Stephen Meyer demonstrated that no hypothesis has come close to explaining how information got into biological matter by naturalistic [evolutionary] means” (2004, p. 282).

    In other words; life requires a designer; God.

    It’s hard to believe that DNA, and its complexity of chemicals and proteins, could simply fall together randomly, in just the right sequence, and cause life to be formed. (Just the slightest variation and life couldn’t exist.)

    It’s equally difficult to think that no one designed such a complex code – that it’s simply is the result of time, chance and mutation.

    As I’ve looked at the evidence of DNA – it points to God. It’s one more proof to me that God is real.

    Here are other examples that point to God…

The Earth is just right;

    The Diameter of the Earth is 7898 miles; any larger, its own ecosystem could not support life.

    The Earth is 93 million miles away from the Sun; any closer it would be too hot and any further away it would have been a frozen ball of water in space.

    The Earth has the correct tilt of 23.5 degrees allowing it to have four seasons.

Nature adheres to laws that govern it;

    Stephen Hawking, respected atheist and physicist said, “The universe and the laws of physics seem to have been specifically designed for us. If any of about 40 physical qualities had more than slightly different values, life as we know it could not exist: Either atoms would not be stable, or they wouldn't combine into molecules, or the stars wouldn't form the heavier elements, or the universe would collapse before life could develop, and so on” ( Austin American-Statesman, October 19, 1997).

    Even Stephen Hawking sees “design” in the universe and physics; though he fails to see God.

    For me it’s clear; all creation adheres to the rules – or it simply wouldn’t work.

    The question is, “Where, or from whom, do the laws of physics come if everything began as a jumbled accident?”

    “There is no intrinsic reason for the laws of nature to exist. In fact, these laws had to be created and in place when matter and energy appeared, or there would be total chaos. The laws of the universe require that a lawgiver calibrated them and set them into effect.” (UCG.org)

   

     These are only a few of the reasons I believe God exists. I didn’t use the Bible as my proof; even though I believe the Bible is the word of God.

    Let me challenge you to two activities; (1) Use your Bible to prove that God exists. (2) Prove that God exists without your Bible.

    I’m not sure a majority of Christians can do either. Prove me wrong; at the same time learn from the Bible and the world around you to defend your faith.

 

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