Monday, September 15, 2014

Unanswerable Problems within Evolutionary Theory

Devoid of a Transcendent Intelligence Evolutionary Theory is Impossible


by Mike Robinson

The creation tale in Genesis is very impressive, even in modern terms (Atheist Isaac Asimov).

Natural selection is absurdly inadequate to explain the existence of conscious, reflecting, equation solving and poetry writing minds. [1]

The scientific method has no power to resolve disputes about value or teleology. Moreover, when it is trying to describe events in the remote past, such as the origin of life, or complex matters like human behavior, science has to rely on philosophical presuppositions. [2]

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Unguided evolution is just a theory. It is an ideology, and according to Darwinian Michael Ruse, it is a religion. It has never been and never will be a proven “fact.” Unguided evolution is a hoax, a philosophical swindle, and a wicked fallacy. This chimera has hoodwinked, cheated, and duped more people than any vain philosophy in history. Unguided evolution is false.[3] The universe could not have started by an unguided big bang. If you watch a grenade explode, you will notice that the pieces do not move or revolve in mathematical alignments or orbits. The pieces go in different, non-ordered directions. An explosion results in chaos, not order. One needs an unguided big bang to start the process of evolution. Evolution is the champion delusion, hoax, and fallacy. This swindle of the ages has conquered many fields of science, but it is not long for this world or any other. It is a theory that self-destructs under just surface level examination. The technological advances in all fields of science have become the evolutionist’s foe, not his comrade. Blind chance acting on matter cannot explain the machine like complexity and efficiency of one cell. It cannot explain how the cell is programmed, and where the information that is in the DNA code came from. 

A Code Requires a Code-giver

All living organisms have a DNA code. It is a code. A code requires information. Information requires a mind, and all living cells have information encoded in them. If I walked down the beach and in the sand I read: “I love George, now and forever,” I would know an intelligent source wrote that prose. Intelligence was needed to put the information on the sand, just as the DNA code requires an intelligence to encode it into every living cell. So it is blind faith that asserts that the information in a cell comes from blind chance. Chance producing life and information is one of the articles of faith within the evolutionary theory. Theists see design in nature, we say there is at least one designer; we see information, we know an intelligence put it there; we see machines running efficiently, and we say there was an intelligence that built that machine. This is what most would call: common sense. Most dictionaries define “stupid” as failing to utilize common sense. One, who asserts materialism or evolution in the face of all these “facts,” is not being intelligent. But the facts are not the thrust of our apologetics. The true and living God does live. It is impossible for anything else to be true without Him. We are not to trade a factual blow with a factual blow in our verbal exchange with the evolutionist. We should take the knife out of his hand, disarm him, and show him that the sword we hold, the Bible, is the precondition for the intelligibility of our world.

The conception of his (God’s) counsel as controlling all things in the universe is the only presupposition which can account for the uniformity of nature which the scientist needs. But the best and only possible proof for God is that his existence is required for the uniformity of nature and for the coherence of all things in the world.[4]

Evolution of the species is a metaphysical claim dissimulated by those who believe they are composed of just an assembly of atoms. How could a mere assembly of physical atoms produce a   metaphysical theory? This theory is religious, and it takes stone-blind faith to believe in it. Physical-only evolutionists are fundamentalists.

A Modern Fairy Tale

Lo, heaven and earth exist: they cry out that they have been created... self-evident is the voice with which these things speak. You therefore O Lord, you are beautiful, made these things. [5]

If you eliminate the idea of divine purpose, you have no other logical alternative than to believe that the universe we know has developed by accident. On this principle, all our thinking which traces events back to the intentions or purposes is invalidated. Ever since science began we have been wrong to ask “Why this?” And “Why that?” If “Why?” Seeks to uncover an intention, a purpose; for there is ultimately no intention, no purpose. [6]

People who hold to unguided evolution believe in a fairy tale. This little fairy tale began once upon a time, billions of years ago. One small primal germ fitted and engineered itself together. It liked what it saw in the mirror and “decided” to reproduce itself. From the primordial soup and this seminal spore all living organisms evolved. These archaic bacteria decided that they would like to move up the “ladder,” and grab life for all its gusto, and evolve into a mushroom. Then after a million years, the "it" found out that being a mushroom is not all that it is cracked up to be, being a spore is highly overrated. So it gathers all its resolve, and musters up all its determination, and with its own innate force, after millions and millions of years, it evolves into a tadpole. The tadpole gets bored, and marshals up enough resolve to morph into a fish. The fish decides, after a great period of time, because it gets sea sick, to develop into a reptile, so it can experience how sand feels between its toes. The fairy tale goes on to weave its tale, and the reptile evolves into a bird. Then the feathery creature develops a phobia of flying, so it grunts and groans, and after centuries and centuries, it develops into a mammal. The mammal evolves into an ape, and the ape decides it likes poetry, music, and football, so it decides to become a man. In this tall tale, instead of a princess kissing a frog and the frog becomes a prince, with evolution: a frog evolves into prince without even a kiss. It takes sightless faith to believe in such mythology. I know that in the beginning: God created the heavens and the earth. Without this as our assumed starting point, nothing makes sense, and we fall for delusions as silly as pixy-tales.

It is beyond difficult to believe that the universe produces everything from star dust to Da Vinchi, germs to Beethoven, tad poles to Shakespeare, and the primordial soup to Michael Jordan slam dunks. It is not just straining on credulity to believe that we are only turbocharged apes; it is impossible for this to be true. The problem with evolution is not just Spencer’s “unknowable mystery.” It is impossible to account for morality, reason, and mathematics when confined to the materialistic evolutionary worldview. Huxley ranted that we all came from a "murky pale of protoplasm." Not only is he stuck in the mire of mere assertion, his statement, as all others based on materialism, is self-stultifying and self-defeating. It is destroyed by “its own credentials.” If we are the result of a physical-only process of matter and motion, the person asserting evolution cannot justify the nonphysical logic he uses in forming his argument. If he is correct and there is nothing beyond the material realm, then his theory is the byproduct of a physical process alone and cannot be trusted. The material evolutionist cannot account for his use of reason. Thus employing reason to propagate the theory of evolution is self-refuting.

The universe is centered on neither the earth nor the sun. It is centered on God (Alfred Noyes).

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NOTES



1. Philip Johnson, Reasoning in the Balance (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1995),
p. 89.
2. Ibid., p. 200.
3. See my post http://goddoesexistallknowit.blogspot.com/2013/07/book-review-where-conflict-really-lies.html
4. Cornelius Van Til, The Defense of Faith (Philadelphia: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1955),
p. 103.
5. Saint Augustine, Confessions (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1960),
p. 280.
6. Harry Blaimires, On Christian Truth (Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Books, 1983),

p. 29.

Proof the the Living God Must Exist


 by Mike Robinson 

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The first century Church was in crisis at the very beginning. The Roman governor Pontius Pilate had ordered the execution of Jesus Christ, and many apostles had run away and hid from the authorities. Priests had turned Christ over to the pagan procurator and successfully urged him to crucify Christ. Evangelists and teachers had surrendered their ministry to be derided and disallowed in the city streets as well as anywhere near the temple. An air of distress and fear hung over the church. Some might have thought that God was dead.

But something powerful, even colossal, arose to restore the confidence and buoyancy of the New Testament congregation: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The task of the church, in the Christ’s vision, was to preach the good news of redemption to a fallen world as it seeks to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus sought to purge sin from His people’s record and reduce the amount of wickedness in every corner of the globe through the expanse of the church.


After Christ’s resurrection appearances, the church believed that, in all lands, the first job was to preach the gospel (the death and resurrection of Christ: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4) and then defend the faith (1Peter 3:15). Yes, it’s undeniable that Jesus was unlawfully arrested and sentenced to death. Yes, Jesus died. But on the third day Christ arose and this truth wouldn't be diluted by fright and anxiety. With this offensive posture, the apostolic church built a robust ark for all those who came to Christ. The resurrection changed everything. Clearly, God is not dead!

One of the problems with selected sects and cults, the church points, is that they are too static. They try to seal off an ark to ride out the tempest, but they end up shutting themselves in. They cut themselves off from others and the challenge of truth. In contrast, the church is on the move because God is alive.

Christ mounted the wings of resurrection power and His followers run with a risen Savior. Thus, the people of God go on the offense and swallow the ungodly domain as it transforms it by the word of God. In addition, the empowering truth of the resurrection is assured and is to always be defended (Jude 3).

They cannot defeat us. Christ has died. Christ has risen. We are alive in him. And in him there is no condemnation. We are forgiven.[1]

God is Not Dead: Evidence in the Bible

Often, the Bible uses evidential arguments. For example, when scripture states in Psalm 19 that the heavens declare the glory of God, it is denoting how God’s glory is manifested in the natural world. It is proven by nature itself. Evidence and proof are everywhere around us. If you offer an evidential assertion, you should have real evidence to posit such.

Equally, there is no amount of evidence that is adequate in and of itself to persuade a non-believer of the truth of Jesus Christ. Prayer must be undertaken and the gospel must be presented, but God’s grace is the ultimate means for salvation of a soul.

At night, atheists find themselves looking out at the starry hosts spangled against the dark canvass of the night and declare that it was all just an accident. They do not see design where design clearly resides. The mathematical precision necessary for the running of the planets to and fro was not designed. All the precision came from chaos and blind chance. They have blind faith in scientism as they suppress the truth in unrighteousness. In actuality, they know that God designed the cosmos, but they do not want to believe it.

Logically, there cannot be any true atheists. For one to propose that God does not exist, anywhere at any time, one would have to know all things, and be omnipresent, eternal, and infinite. That would make you God.

So, the only person in the universe who could possibly not believe in God, everywhere, and always, would be God. One would have to be God to be a true atheist and that is theoretically, logically, and rationally absurd.

No one has enough blind faith to believe that:

  1. Order came from disorder
  2. Uniformity came from the accidental
  3. Intelligence came from non-intelligence
  4. Design came from chaos
  5. Personality came from non-personality
  6. Love came from hard matter
  7. Something came from nothing

Aggressive Atheists and Skeptics

Richard Dawkins called upon fellow anti-theists to implement crass mocking as a tactic to use against religious people: “…mock them. Ridicule them. In public ... religion makes specific claims about the universe which need to be substantiated, and need to be challenged, and, if necessary, need to be ridiculed with contempt.”

Ever since I became a Christian in my early twenties, I have spoken with many hundreds of non-Christians who have told me that I was wrong to believe in God. The most bitter and rancorous of these rebukes have come from atheists. This behavior is consistent with men who lack an absolute moral standard and, therefore, they often sputter out caustic and biting reproofs against God and Christians. Once they understand that the believer has the intellectual upper hand, they get very defensive and, frequently, very angry. No other group with whom I have had dialogues seems to get enraged so often. These conversations have been at universities, coffeehouses, bookstores, homes, philosophy groups, and other forums. I ascribe this behavior to human nature and to the weak intellectual worldview that atheism provides.

Christians may behave rudely and unruly, but when they act this way they are in opposition to the teachings of Jesus Christ. They are acting in an inconsistent manner when they engage in troubling behavior. The atheist is consistent with Darwinian thought when he acts in a hostile and belligerent fashion.

Objective Moral Values Require a Living God
 
We hope to wake up people to the double standard. Keith Olbermann can have a position, and even say it on the air, and he’s OK, but I don’t have a right to biblical beliefs. What we can’t have in this country is a point where a corporation feels empowered to punish those who have a biblical belief. That’s the chilling effect of this moment in my life (sportscaster Craig James after Fox Sports fired him for holding biblical beliefs).
 
Our means of discerning what is good and right is found in the Bible. It is our authority and guide. Mankind is not the standard. Science cannot be the standard. The Bible alone provides a standard based on an all-knowing and unchanging God. The standard must be based on an unchanging source, otherwise ethics could change. If moral standards were changeable, this would mean that theft and murder may be considered bad on one day and good the next. This is manifestly wrong and is one more reason we must follow God’s word.

The Death and Resurrection of Christ: God is Not Dead

Today, I would say the claim concerning the resurrection is more impressive than any by the religious competition (former atheist Anthony Flew).

It’s worth noting that the apostles saw the risen Christ, touched the risen Christ, and died tortuous deaths while proclaiming the truth of the resurrection. They did this when all they had to do was deny it to avoid persecution and death. Sure, many people die for lies, but no collective, diverse group of people die for a lie when they have sure knowledge that it is a lie. Furthermore, all known ancient documents that refer to the subject report an empty tomb. Even though the manner in which one accepts or rejects the evidence is controlled by one’s presuppositions, the facts are mighty. The evidence is there and it is impressive.

Evidence is Delightful

The Christian worldview alone offers a confirmed resurrection of a Savior to demonstrate its authority. The Greek deities and other pseudo-resurrected gods were not historical figures. The only documents we have concerning the false gods/myths are the specific documents dated hundreds of years after Christianity arose.

Evidence is indeed wonderful. The Christian faith has an abundance of evidence to support its claims. In truth, there is nothing but evidence for the God of the Bible. Every star and every atom declares the majesty of God (Psalm 19:1).

We see evidence of God’s fingerprints in every known corner of the universe. Mankind discovers the proof and affirms many of the facts that the Bible records and announces. The greatest miracle is the resurrection of Jesus. The Lord Jesus is alive! He is the only religious leader to rise from the dead. He is the only one who promised a resurrection and duly kept His promise. You can visit the tombs of all the deceased religious leaders and find their remains still in the grave. However, Jesus is alive because God is not dead.

All Religious Originators Died and Remained Dead

Dovtastic shares his visit to Mohammad’s grave on YouTube: “During my trip this year on Hajj I had the great honor to visit our Prophet Mohammed’s … grave in the Ottoman front portion of the Masjid Al Nabawi. This beautiful masjid holds one million people in Medina and when the grave is open for visitation, 1000s of people are passing through every minute.” This man and millions of others have seen the occupied grave of Islam’s founder, proving that Mohammad simply remained dead.

You can visit the graves of leaders like Mary Baker Eddy, Joseph Smith, and Buddha from your home computer by watching a video of their gravesite on YouTube. They and all the others died and remained dead; their occupied tombs attest to it. Jesus, however, is alive. His grave is empty. When people visit His grave it’s vacant.

Jesus said, “All power on earth and heaven has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). No force could have kept Him down. The Romans killed Him, put Him in a cave tomb, and placed huge boulder at a downward angle in front of the cave. Additionally, the state attached Caesar’s seal on the crypt, and posted Roman guards to protect the tomb. They were only trying to prevent the inevitable. Jesus had the power to rise and nobody could stop Him.

God used Christ’s resurrection and His appearances before His disciples to win many of Christ’s enemies to salvation. The Bible tells us that “the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem; and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7). Scripture also records that some Pharisees converted to Christianity (Acts 15:5). It’s clear, God is not dead, He’s the living God.

The Bible is the Word of God
 
Often skeptics argue that the Bible was written many years after the events it records, thus it was corrupted over time. Abrasive atheist Sam Harris notified the world that “the gospels are ancient fiction.” But papyrus expert Peter Thiede has demonstrated that a copy of the Gospel of Luke, housed in a French museum, is dated approximately 50 AD.[2] Thiede has also determined that the Magdalyn Manuscript of the Book of Matthew is dated circa 40-50 AD. And finally, Thiede has dated a copy of the Gospel written by Mark to be from about 50 AD.[3]
 
The age of the gospels demonstrates that there was not enough time between the events and their transcription for the Bible to be tainted or altered in the manner the critics allege. Ramm acknowledged, “Divine inspiration of the Bible is the only adequate hypothesis to account for the Bible.”[4]
 
Predictions Fulfilled: Declaring the Things to Come

Let them bring forth and show us what will happen; let them show the former things, what they were… Or declare to us things to come. Show the things that are to come hereafter… Thus says the LORD … I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me, there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do? … I have declared the former things from the beginning; … Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass... Even from the beginning I have declared it to you; before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you... (Isaiah 41:22-23, 44:6-8, 48:3-20).

Another segment of “proof” for Christianity is the messianic prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The Old Testament foretold the coming of the Messiah in precise detail. The text was written centuries before the coming of Jesus and predicted more than three hundred prophecies about Him. No other founder of any religion can provide a similar prophetic record of their life written down centuries before their birth. Joseph Smith, Ellen G. White, David Berg, Mohammad, and Buddha did not supply a widely transmitted, pre-existing written record that accurately predicted the specific details of their lives.

But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ (Acts 9:22; italics mine).

The three hundred clear prophecies of the coming Messiah were predicted and predestined by God (Acts 2:23). The Bible foretold events and historical details about the coming of Jesus prior to His birth. All these predictions came true in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. No other spiritual leader or prophet had predictive material written about their lives recorded before they were born. Jesus Christ had more than three hundred predictions about His life that were fulfilled in exact detail. An agent on The X-Files once said: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” And only one with extreme power (God’s omnipotence qualifies) to perfectly arrange history could create a future where one man could fulfill hundreds of predictions—most of which were out of a normal man’s control to arrange.

Then He (Jesus) said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me” (Luke 24:44).

Christ’s virgin birth was predicted about seven hundred years before He was born in Isaiah chapter seven verse fourteen: “So the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel.” His place of birth was recorded in Micah 5:2, hundreds of years prior to the event: “And you, Bethlehem ... out of you He shall come forth to Me, to become Ruler in Israel, He whose goings forth have been ... from eternity.” The exact date of His entry in Jerusalem was predicted by Daniel in chapter nine. God prophesied the Palm Sunday event recorded in Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly … O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Christ’s death on the cross was foretold before that form of execution had even been invented by Persia. Psalm 22:1-16 announces the crucifixion hundreds of years before it happened: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me... But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All who see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, since He delights in him! I am poured out like water, and all my bones are spread apart; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels and You have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around me; the band of spoilers have hemmed me in, they have pierced my hands and my feet.”

Data is mute; one needs a theoretical framework to make sense of anything (chemist Roald Hoffman).

This evidence for Christian theism is overwhelming. Nevertheless, the truth is even more certain and compelling than compiling great blocks of evidence to prove the reality of Christianity. The argument for Christian theism is assured. Without God, one cannot provide the necessary truth conditions for knowledge—including knowledge derived from evidence and its analysis.

 For more see my new book God's Not Dead HERE
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NOTES


1.        John Piper, The Passion of Jesus Christ.
2.        Thiede, Rekindling the Word.
3.        Thiede, Eyewtinesses of Jesus.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A List of the Public Lies of Atheist Richard Dawkins

Selected Public Lies of Richard Dawkins

A liar will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish (Proverbs 19:9).
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Dawkins loathes religion so much that he often lies about it.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools (Romans 1:18-22).

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Dawkins lies outright about how the U.S. courts are protecting "hate speech" on the basis of "religious freedom," when the cases were judged not to be hate speech, nor even religious speech (Rich Deem on The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins).

1.      Richard Dawkins knows God exists yet claims that God in fact does not exist (see Romans 1).
2.      Dawkins stated that he refused to debate William Lane Craig due to William Lane Craig’s failure to meet Dawkin’s debate interlocutor criteria. Yet, Dawkins previously debated men who did not meet his criteria.
3.      Additionally, at times Dawkins says he is a strict atheist then later concedes he’s an agnostic. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9102740/Richard-Dawkins-I-cant-be-sure-God-does-not-exist.html
4.      Dawkins denied that he debated a Rabbi he did, in point of fact, debate. Rabbi Schuley Boteach wrote: “Dawkins attacked me on his website and denied that he and I had ever debated. My office quickly posted the full footage of a two hour debate which took place on October 23, 1996, a debate which Dawkins actually lost after a vote taken by the students as to which side, science or religion, caused more students to change their minds.” http://evolutionfairytale.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=2152
5.      Dawkins lied when he deceitfully posited an incorrect proof as a representation of Aquinas’ proof in his book The God Delusionhttp://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=506285
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"Lying The Case Against Dishonesty" Defeating the New Atheists


By Mike Robinson

Questions central to the philosophical discussion of lying to others and other-deception (or interpersonal deceiving) may be divided into two kinds. Questions of the first kind are definitional. They include the questions of how lying is to be defined, and how deceiving is to be defined, and whether lying is a form of intended deception. Questions of the second kind are moral. They include the questions of whether lying and deceiving are (defeasibly) morally wrong, and whether, if either lying or deception, or both, are defeasibly morally wrong, they are ever morally obligatory, and not just merely morally permissible (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).
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Is Lying is always wrong? If not, how does that fit within the context of moral absolutes?

If honesty is the best policy, why do we lie? Why do so many leaders who make public policy seem to be habitual liars? We all know the world would be better if people lied less often. In Lying: The Case Against Dishonesty, Mike Robinson defines and categorizes the many varieties of lies we tell—from mistaken individuals to perjury-filled politicians to lies that save the lives of innocent people, herein is a fascinating volume that will engage your mind and heart. Robinson contends that lying is wrong and we should aim to be more honest with ourselves and others.


This unique book on lying and dishonesty cannot be ignored by religious people or skeptics. It demonstrates, with an easy-flowing style, that all people lie and we deceive others too often—so lying must be faced head on. 

Yes, Lying: The Case Against Dishonesty provides precise arguments in a simple-to-understand way, as Robinson offers deep scriptural, apologetic, and philosophical truths concerning lying. If, as a Christian, you know that lying is wrong, but you don't know how to demonstrate this fact, then this book will help clear it up. “Lying” gives you simple step-by-step ways to understand and apply the deep-seated moral value of honesty.

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You will learn the reasons why lying is wrong while discovering numerous proofs for the existence of God—much of the material discusses lying within the context of objective moral values. The author affirms and works from an innovative approach that will equip you with the latest apologetic research; the book is path-breaking in its readability of difficult concepts.


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Proof for the Existence of God: part 1

 There's Evidence and Proof for God

by Mike Robinson

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Is there proof for the existence of God? Yes, there's overwhelming proof.
“I must confess to you that the majesty of the Scriptures astonishes me; the holiness of the evangelists speaks to my heart and has such striking characters of truth, and is, moreover, so perfectly inimitable, that if it had been the invention of men, the inventors would be greater than the greatest heroes” (Rousseau). 
“When you argue against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity).


Yes, the Bible reveals to humanity that the earth hangs on nothing (Job 26:7) and is a sphere (Isaiah 40:22). Scripture declared these facts thousands of years before telescopes and modern science discovered them. God’s word instructs His people how to wash their hands which would help ward off infections and disease (Leviticus 15:13). God’s word declared to humanity the proper function of the water cycle (Job 38:12-14), the existence of ocean currents (Psalms 8:8), the solar cycle, and the expansion of the universe (Isaiah 40:22) centuries before modern science discovered these truths. These facts are consistent with the authority of the Bible.

Facts and other evidence do not endow the Bible with authority; it is endowed with it because it is God’s word; furthermore science, testing, and examination presuppose biblical revelation. Testing utilizes a number of disciplines, such as the application of the laws of reason and induction. A pure materialistic worldview cannot justify the existence or the use of the laws of reason; these changeless norms are immaterial universals for they come from the nature of the changeless God. We have sure knowledge that the God of scripture lives. We do not think He probably exists; our faith is not just reasonable or plausible. It is impossible for the true and living God not to exist, because without Him, in principle, we can know nothing at all. He is the obligatory truth condition for all knowledge since he provides the pre-environment required for the laws of reason unavoidably utilized in all knowledge pursuits [for more see my book HERE]

God Is the Foundation of All Reality
It is open to the theist . . . to suppose that it is a divine intention that human cognitive abilities are disposed to modalize reliably in accordance with modal fact. In this way, there can be a tie between modal fact and human modal judgments that plausibly accords with the proper function of human cognition while preserving the integrity of the purely natural causal processes generating such judgments. Our typical naturalist will be scandalized at this Leibnizian solution, but can he do any better? (Timothy O’Connor).
Consider the following syllogism:
1. The God of scripture is the foundation of all reality or reality is unintelligible.
2. Reality is intelligible.
3. Therefore, God is the foundation of reality.

The consequence of asserting that God does not exist is that the world becomes unintelligible and unknowable; a non-theistic worldview lacks the explanatory power required for intelligibility because it fails to account for immutable universals required to explain anything.[1] But the proposition that the world is unintelligible is impossible because it is self-defeating. If the world is unintelligible and unknowable, then that statement itself would be unintelligible and unknowable, hence self-voiding and false. Moreover, since God is immutable with universal reach, He is the ground and foundation of knowledge forasmuch as he provides the epistemic environment necessary for universal immutables (laws of logic, moral absolutes, etc.) required for knowledge.

A Combative Anti-theist

Harry Blaimires points out that “No one can pretend [the Old and the New Testament are not] there. Everyone who is concerned with the meaning of life and the destiny of the human race will have to take [them] into account.” God’s word declares that life must revolve around Him. We must have no other gods before Him. All men have a destiny that will find its consummation at the judgment seat of Christ. Their life will end one day and they will give an account for it. This truth must constantly remain in front of our eyes. We should live and move before the face of God; that is our duty and our joy.
“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity).
Eminent atheist Michael Martin pontificates that “belief in the incarnation is clearly unjustified. Not only is the evidence for the incarnation lacking, but it is incoherent and conceptually problematic.” On the surface, his statement philosophically can raise problems for the Christian theist; yet his atheistic worldview that he reposes upon is more than problematic. Martin cannot even account for the reality of evidence or the discovery of apparent problems. He must stand on the Christian worldview to discuss evidence and problems. Christianity has a justified basis for the evaluation of evidence and the intelligent identification of problems; non-theism falls short. An atheism that is conjoined to materialism—the belief that all reality is composed only of physical material—lacks the ontic resource to account for knowledge. Consequently the avowal of materialism is not itself made of anything material. The atheist’s view cannot support or justify itself. Materialistic atheism is an immaterial system that teaches that the immaterial does not exist. Thus it pops its own philosophical balloon. By claiming to be a pure materialist, one is actually assenting to anti-materialism.

God Completes All That He Begins
We believe that the existence of God, and questions such as these relating to it, can be intelligently answered. The reason we know that God exists is because He has told us so, and has revealed Himself to us. It would be no help to us at all in our human predicament if God were silent, but happily this is not the case. God not only exists, but also He has communicated that fact to us. He has told us all about who He is, what He is like and what His plan is for planet earth. He has revealed these things to mankind through the Bible. The Bible has demonstrated itself to be more than a mere book; it is the actual Word of God. The evidence is more than convincing to anyone who will honestly consider its claims (Josh McDowell). 
Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the First and I am the Last; beside Me, there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me. … Let them show these to them. Do not fear, nor be afraid; have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? I have declared the former things from the beginning; They went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass. … Even from the beginning I have declared it to you; before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you. … You have heard; see all this. And will you not declare it? … Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit have sent Me. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD your God” (Isaiah 44:6-8; 48:3-20).
Another area of proof is the Messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The Tanakh (Old Testament) foretold the coming of the Messiah in exact detail. The text, written centuries before the coming of Jesus, prophesied over three hundred facts about Him. No other founder of any religion can provide a similar record of his life written centuries before his birth. Religious founders like Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, David Koresh, Muhammad, and Buddha cannot supply a widely transmitted, preexisting record that accurately prophesied the details of their lives. The three hundred clear prophecies of the coming Messiah were ordained by God. 

The Lord revealed historical facts about the coming of Jesus prior to His birth. All these prophecies came to pass in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Christ’s virgin birth was foretold about seven hundred years before He was born: “So, the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). His place of birth was foretold: “And you, Bethlehem…out of you He shall come forth to Me, to become Ruler in Israel, He whose goings forth have been…from eternity” (Micah 5:2). The exact date of His entry in Jerusalem was foretold in the book of Daniel. God revealed the coming of Palm Sunday: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).
He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked—but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When you make His soul an offering for sin…My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. … And He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors (Isaiah 53:3-12).
In addition, Christ’s death on the cross was foretold before that form of execution was even invented--Psalms 22:1-16 announced the crucifixion hundreds of years before it happened: “I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All who see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, since He delights in him! … I am poured out like water, and all my bones are spread apart; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels and you have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around me; the band of spoilers have hemmed me in, they pierced my hands and my feet.” This evidence is overwhelming. Moreover, the truth is even more definite and compelling than great blocks of evidence one might compile to prove the facts of Christianity. 

The argument for Jesus Christ is sure: Without God, one cannot provide the necessary a priori truth conditions for reason, facts, evidence, and the analysis thereof.

An unknown author tells the story of a secular psychologist, Jewish by race, who, on hearing the prophecy of Christ’s passion and death (Isaiah 52:13-53:12), answered: “What’s so impressive about that? Anyone standing at the foot of the cross could have written that.” He was amazed to learn that the passage had been written centuries before Jesus’ crucifixion. That was the beginning of the end of his secularism. Today that doctor is a Christian.

To learn more about proof for Christianity and the foundation (God) required to analyze any evidence see my Book God's Not Dead: Many Proofs for the Christian Faith HERE
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NOTES

1. Rational pre-commitments assist in directing one’s investigation and analysis of the data (as well as its interpretation and communication). This admission is often difficult to get from some atheistic inquirers to acknowledge. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for science, analysis and research? Christian theism can deliver the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in rational enquiry; in principle, materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground. What is obligatory to account for scientific analysis is a first principle that has the ontological endowment to not only ground it, but to account for it and its preconditions—all the universal operational features of knowledge. The loss of the immovable point of reference, in principle, leaves the ungodly bereft of a resource necessary to construct the analytical enterprise. Without God, one cannot hoist the necessary a priori operation features of the intellectual examination of evidence. The Christian worldview supplies the fixed ontic platform as the sufficient truth condition that can justify induction, immutable universals, attributes, identity, and the uniformity of the physical world. But materialistic atheism lacks such a fixed ontic platform. Consequently, it fails to provide the sufficient ground required to justify enquiry and research. When anyone attempts to escape the truth that God exists, he falls in a trap he cannot escape. This point is well made in Van Til’s illustration of a man made of water, who is trying to climb out of the watery ocean by means of a ladder made of water. He cannot get out of the water for he has nothing to stand on. Without God, one cannot make sense of anything. The atheist has nothing to stand on (an ontic Archimedean locus of reference) and he lacks a rational apparatus to scale an epistemic ladder that would allow him to view reality with clarity. God and His revealed word supply men their only possible ground with the explanatory clout needed to account for critical and analytical pursuits. The ontological barrenness of atheistic materialism is just one reason the Christian should never grant the natural man the right to determine the criteria for testing truth claims—atheistic naturalism lacks an ontology with a shard of explanatory power. Christianity rests upon God and His Revelation as the ontic Archimedean locus of reference for science.