I am not a scientist. As is probably true with most people, I can read or hear about the latest discoveries in science, but I often don’t fully understand them. It would be ridiculous for me, with a limited knowledge of science, to deny these discoveries, but it does not necessarily follow that one must simply accept interpretations of the data without question.
There have always been those who doubted the existence of God, just as there has always been those who had no doubt. So, in these days when we have come so far in our understanding of how the world works, and how we are made, are we any closer to answering this question with certainty? Perhaps the one thing we can say with certainty is that science cannot prove whether or not there is a God.
Is there incontrovertible evidence that God does or does not exist? Probably not. A certain amount of faith is required whichever way one chooses to believe.
“Imagine such a world where the opportunity to make a free choice about belief was taken away by the certainty of the evidence” (The Language of God by Francis S. Collins).
However, there are unanswered questions where God is possibly the best answer. Some would say that inserting God where science has no explanation is a “God of the gaps” argument. But if one is genuinely considering all the options possible, then one cannot reject God as an explanation unless there is good reason to do so. Evolutionists have been just as guilty of inserting a “Darwin of the gaps”.
1. The Big Bang explains how the universe may have come into being, but it does not explain where the initial energy came from. There is a need for a cause that transcends energy, matter, space and time.
2. There are so many factors that had to be just right for the formation of a stable universe and so many more that had to be just right to make life possible on earth that the fact that we are here is “wildly improbable”.
3. There is no convincing explanation for how the first living cell came into being.
4. Human consciousness and the inborn sense of right and wrong cannot be explained.
5. The Bible claims that the Jews are God’s witnesses, and their history matches what the Bible predicted.
God IS a possible answer to all five of these issues. All five seem to indicate a need for something bigger than the universe, with a purpose in mind.
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