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Atheists mock Christians for worshiping a God who can’t be seen. He isn’t peeping out from behind the clouds, he isn’t sitting on the church roof, he’s never been to university and he doesn’t stop people stealing from little old ladies. August 2013 010

He isn’t hob-nobbing in the White House or even in the Vatican, and you can’t put a piece of him under a scanning electron microscope. He refuses to show up at the lab to be examined or interviewed. Therefore, according to the wisdom of man, God obviously does not exist.

While the world’s atheists tell us how clever they are and how moronic anyone who believes in an invisible Creator is, secular scientists tell us that most of the matter and energy in the universe is “dark”: it can’t be seen, felt, bottled or analyzed, and nobody knows what it’s made of. They “know” it’s there somewhere-they just haven’t seen it yet. According to NASA:

“It turns out that roughly 68% of the Universe is dark energy. Dark matter makes up about 27%. The rest – everything on Earth, everything ever observed with all of our instruments, all normal matter – adds up to less than 5% of the Universe.” (note 1).

While no one’s ever yet seen any dark matter, scientists believe it exists because of the behavior of visible objects in its vicinity.

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Similarly, the “singularity”-that initial blob of mass and energy which evolutionists believe brought our universe into being-was not observed or filmed by anyone at all, and you wouldn’t even be able to see it if you were there to…ah…not see it:

“It is impossible to see the singularity or the actual Big Bang itself, as time and space did not exist inside the singularity” (NOTE 2).

If time and space didn’t exist, exactly where did this object exist, and where did it come from?

Many things which are believed by secular scientists and by atheists-and I use that word “believe” intentionally-have not been observed by any of them. I recently reported on the theory that chloroplasts-vital for all life on earth-came into existence when a large molecule enslaved a “simple” bacterium. This event, confessed the scientist, has never been observed, and neither is there any fossil evidence of the transformation. It’s believed because the chloroplast had to come from somewhere, right?

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Similarly, a scientist I heard speaking about the origin of the sun, admitted that the generally accepted theory is “conjecture” because it was not observed, although they think they can surmise its beginnings from what they are convinced (not know) is going on in other parts of the universe now.

We draw valid conclusions about many properties of nature from their affects or just from reason alone. The problem for us is that atheists and evolutionists, with the help of nominal Christians, have led the majority of people to think that any scientifically sound fact disproves God. Science and “religion” are incompatible, they say. This view assumes that a universe-creator would not have any practical, scientific or mathematical mind-rather like saying that a world-class soccer player obviously doesn’t have any idea how to kick a ball.

Evolutionists and scientists draw conclusions about nature using observation driven by what they prefer to believe and what they’ve been taught to believe, and by their own set of pre-conceived notions, all of which intentionally exclude God. We who believe in an invisible creator do so and draw conclusions about him from what we prefer to believe, from our own world-view, and from what we see and experience in our tangible universe. To us the evidence for God is all around us, and in us. As Paul wrote:

…what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse (Romans 1:19-20 ESV).

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You can read some of my own observations in this regard in my “Acronyms” posts (note 3).

SEEING GOD

In the New Testament we read that John said, “No one has ever seen God” (1 John 4:12).

So if there’s a God, why is it that no one has seen him? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that:

“God is spirit” (John 4:24), and that

“…what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

One good reason no one has seen God is that we are physical, mortal, finite, three-dimensional beings (four counting time) in a fixed and very limited existence, whereas the God who created this physical universe is an immortal, eternal, infinite, multi-dimensional and pan-dimensional being. We cannot see him with our very finite and limited physical eyes, but we can see what he has made, and how amazingly intelligent and powerful he is.

More than that, we can “see” in our mind’s eye, or in our soul, what God is like from what he’s told us in his Word. We can see from Scripture that he is a loving and merciful God. We can see that he has incredible power and unfathomable aesthetic creativity. We can also see what his character is like when we think about Jesus. The apostle John said:

“No one has ever seen God, but God the one and only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known” (John 1:18).

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It’s clear who this “one and only” is that John spoke of, because the entire gospel is about Jesus, and John, in the same passage, said:

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Jesus Christ came to earth as a man to show the world what God is like. Paul said that Jesus Christ is:

“The image of the invisible God…” (Colossians 1:15).

When you look at Jesus, you see as much of God as any human can see.

We don’t have the privilege of seeing Jesus physically, yet. But we can “see” him in the scriptures, thanks to men like John and Paul who gave their lives to tell us about him. Philip, one of the twelve disciples, said to Jesus one evening:

“Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus’ answer also speaks to us, nineteen hundred years later. He said:

“Don’t you know me Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:8-9).

Not only can we see the witness of nature all around us, but when we read about Jesus-about his nature, his character and his attributes, we get a glimpse of God himself.

NOTES

1: http://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/focus-areas/what-is-dark-energy/

2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initial_singularity

3: https://nickyfisher.com/2015/05/25/a-spiritual-defense-strategy/

https://nickyfisher.com/2015/06/14/a-spiritual-defense-strategy-acronym-2/

https://nickyfisher.com/2015/07/06/a-spiritual-defense-strategy-66-jell-wast-mush/

 

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If you’re someone who has faith do you get those days when you almost feel like giving up on it, or that it’s almost gone anyway? I do. For such days I’ve prepared myself, over many years, a written reminder of the reasons why I had faith in the first place, and specifically, why I believe in the God of the Bible…

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This little collection of thoughts, observations and information has restored me to my rightful mind many times over, and I offer it here in the hope that it will inspire someone else. This is an edited version of an article I’ve published before, with a more seeker-friendly title. I realize that there are some times of doubt and testing when reason isn’t enough: please see my disclaimer at the end of the article*

I’ve organized my notes under a set of acronyms, or they may be called “initialisms”, depending on your point of view. The acronyms are pretty meaningless on their own, but they serve a purpose. I have four, so far.

ACRONYM 1: DIO APO HAELJASE-E

My first acronym concerns my belief in the existence of a creator. It also indirectly supports my faith in the God of the Bible, since it reflects the nature, character and power of the Biblical God. Consider first that there are three possibilities as to how we all got here. 1: We were created, 2: We evolved, 3: We aren’t really here, we just think we are (!) Other evolution-related concepts such as “Pan-Spermia” (life evolved somewhere else in the universe and was then seeded on earth) are not really alternatives, since all life, wherever it came from, either evolved or was created .

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D is for DESIGN.  I see incredible design in all of nature. Out of the thousands of examples I could give, one of my favorites is a moth I saw late one night near where I live, under a bright light. It was on the ground with its wings fully open and laying flat. It had a five-inch wingspan (12.5 cm), and on the back of each wing it had a large fake fearsome eye, so that you seem to be looking at a formidable, intimidating five-inch wide face, presumably to avoid being eaten. I asked myself how a moth would “evolve” those “eyes” for itself, even given millions of years. And why would it, if it could survive long enough to evolve them?

I is for INFORMATION. A strand of DNA, contained in each of the trillions of cells in our body, is packed with more information than a huge library. Where did that information come from? Information has never been observed to come from chaos. Researchers scan the skies for a radio message from space which, they are convinced, would confirm intelligent life out there, yet ignore the incredible message in plain view within life on earth, as seen in our DNA, in our brains, and in all of life.

O is for ORDER. The universe operates in a very orderly, lawful way, as does our own solar system and our own planet. The laws of nature hold all things together and allow us to exist and function. Sir Isaac Newton, whose laws of motion and gravity are still employable enough to land a man on the moon, attributed that orderliness to a Creator.

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A-P is for “ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE”. This principle, dismissed as mere coincidence by the evolutionist, demonstrates clearly that Earth is uniquely placed and equipped for life in our galaxy and in our solar system. It benefits from many hundreds of extremely fortuitous conditions. As an example, if earth were tilted any more or less in relation to the sun, its temperature ranges would be too extreme to support life. If we didn’t have the moon at just the right distance from us and at just the right relative size with just the right orbital pattern, we would have no tides to keep the oceans alive and fresh, and there would be no life on earth. Earth’s magnetic field protects us from the harmful power of the sun’s radiation. Water is unique in many of its properties, enabling life to exist and continue.

O is for ORIGINS.  Even famous evolutionists admit that they don’t know for sure how life evolved from non-life, and they’ve never seen it happen. Millions of people are convinced that life has been made, or almost made, in the laboratory: this is not the case. The Miller experiments made a few amino acids only. When the proverbial first living cell miraculously produced itself according to evolution theory, defying multitudes of natural obstacles, who did it mate with and what did it eat? I can much more easily believe in an intelligent creator than in a rock producing all the complexity we see.

There’s plenty of scientifically supportable reason to believe in the Biblical view of origins. Try http://www.icr.org for a start, or http://www.answersingenesis.org

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H is for man’s HUNGER for God. Man has an inbuilt hunger for the spiritual, which explains the existence of many religions throughout history and in every culture. Religion is not always a product of superstition: perhaps superstition is born of a longing for God, and the realization that there is something much greater than us.

A is for ATHEISM. The condition of atheistic societies to date has not been impressive or endearing.  Atheistic philosophy has been the cause of far more evil in our world than any religion has. Hitler, in his book “Mein Kampf” expressed the need to “cleanse” the human race for the sake of “Mother Nature” and healthy human evolution. Also refer to the regimes of such men as Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot). Please note I am not saying that every atheist is a “bad” person: they are usually no more evil than anyone else. Instead it demonstrates that having a God-less society is not the answer to our problems.

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Also consider the implications of atheistic philosophy. Think about it: if there is no God or creator who has rules and standards, there is no fixed universal, objective standard of right or wrong. No-one has the moral right to dictate to others what they should or should not do, particularly in a world where the survival of the fittest dictates what goes on. Hitler, then, was not “wrong” in his murder of millions of people, except in our eyes: we just happened to disagree with him. What one person or culture decides is good another may decide is evil, and who has the right to deem it otherwise?

Since life, according to evolution, evolves by means of mutation and natural selection-the survival of the fittest-death, war, murder and even the consumption of our competitors cannot be “wrong”. Our governments are oppressing us by deciding everything for us and by locking us into their system of thought, laws and regulations. Without God’s standards, government has become our Master. Who’s satisfied with the results of that?

In the strictest and most logical view of the evolutionary worldview, I am no more valuable than a worm: in God’s economy, each human life has great value.

E is for EMOTION. Most of our emotions would be superfluous and even detrimental if we were only here to contend with other life forms so as to emerge the winner (as we have, if we evolved). The God of the Bible made us in his image, and is himself a feeling, emotional being.

L is for LOVE. Real love, not sex-and-procreation-only love, produces commitment, caring, empathy, loyalty, faithfulness and truthfulness. Where does love come from if not from a loving, faithful designer? How could chemical reaction and interaction alone-born of rock-produce love? When your significant other asks if you love her or him, do you reply that yes, you are currently experiencing some chemical and hormonal interactions, and as long as they occur you will stick around and refrain from killing and eating him or her? Love in today’s popular definition is a reductionist ploy with the aim of reducing our relationships to temporary mutual use while the going is good. Godly love, as found in the Bible, is that which produces stable relationships, happy kids, and successful societies.

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J is for JUSTICE. Our sense of justice is evidence that we were made by a just, moral God. If we “evolved” a sense of justice, why do we still have crime, war and murder, at every level of every society, no matter how many new laws and regulations are created? And why would or should we care anyway? The fact is that we recognize naturally in our hearts that there is such a thing as evil at large in our world, and that it needs to be controlled. This recognition was given to us by a God of justice.

A is for “AESTHETIC SENSE”. We have an inbuilt appreciation for beauty and for all of creation, and not merely for our mate when we’re having sex, or for the food on our plate. We desire to be creative, to entertain, and to express ourselves, and we appreciate those who do so skillfully. We create and imagine-often without any practical reason. We philosophize and think very deeply (well some of us do anyway).

S and E are for SIN and EVIL. The Bible is right about human nature- just look around. You probably need look no further than the mirror, or your own family and friends.  Those who claim that people only abuse each other when they’re impoverished are often the same people who berate the ultra-rich for abusing the rest of us. If poverty were the cause of crime and terrorism, half of India and Africa would be in absolute turmoil. And if we evolved, why shouldn’t the rich abuse the rest of us, since life is all about the “survival of the fittest”?

E is for EXPERIENCE. In the years I’ve been a Christian I’ve experienced God in many ways. This includes an acute awareness of His presence, a feeling of indescribable completeness at times, an inner peace and joy, and answered prayers. It’s important for me to remember those experiences and continuous states of mind, and not to let them be dismissed as mere superstition, hormonal balance or positive thinking. I’ve seen the difference made by the Spirit of God in people’s lives, in homes, and in areas of society where God has been allowed or invited in.

Thanks for reading my first acronym! Further installments will follow…

*DISCLAIMER

My disclaimer is the acknowledgement that in those awful situations some people face-perhaps all of us at some time in our lives- reason and information are inadequate or even counter-productive.  Sometimes all we can tolerate is some loving, prayerful company, and our own personal brokenness. Many times our brokenness is what our God is looking for.

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Is it possible to believe in God without ignoring science and abandoning reason?

Evolutionists want you to be convinced, or to “believe” (as in “faith”) that their understanding of the origin of life and the universe is “settled science”, while anyone questioning that settled science is “ignorant” and “dangerous”. Is that a fair viewpoint?

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THE WAR AGAINST YOUR FAITH AND HOPE

Some evolutionists and atheists, with willing spokespersons in the media, are working harder to destroy all belief in a Creator. By the standards of this world they seem to have the upper hand, with evolutionism being taught as proven fact to all our kids, even in some “Christian” schools and colleges. In order to “go in for the kill”, that is, to eradicate any remaining hope you may have that the earth has any meaning or purpose, they want to make you and your children think that anyone believing that God created the world is ignorant and even dangerous. Richard Dawkins, a champion of atheists everywhere, famously worded it this way:

“It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that)” (1).

Bill Nye has acknowledged a war against any faith your children may have, reflecting the intentional work underway throughout the culture to break the chain of Christian parent-to-child influence:

“If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that is completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it, because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.” 2

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The war against faith begins in TV programming and books for small children, continues through school and university, and doesn’t stop there.

ABANDON HOPE?

Not content to destroy your faith, they want you to agree with them that there is no meaning to life besides procreation and death. In fact evolutionism is a culture of death. Prominent atheist professor of the history of biology at Cornell University, William Provine, put it this way:

“Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear. . . . There are no gods, no purposes, no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That’s the end for me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning to life, and no free will for humans, either.” 3

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Richard Dawkins concurs:

The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at bottom no design, no purpose, no evil and no good. Nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.” (4).

ARE CREATIONISTS REALLY “IGNORANT, STUPID OR INSANE”?

Evolutionists want you to think that anyone professing to be a scientist yet believing in a Creator must not be a real scientist. However, anyone with an open mind and who does a little research can find out that this is just a scare tactic of bullies, a below-the-belt attempt to stop you thinking outside their box: their idea of thinking critically is for you to consider only their side of the argument.

I recently read a bio of a scientist who has joined the Institute for Creation research as a research associate.  His credentials speak of anything but an ignorant moron. Check them out:

Dr. Vernon Cupps received his Ph. D in nuclear physics at Indiana University, after earning a B.S. and an M.S. in physics at the University of Columbia. At Indiana Uni. he worked in the Cyclotron facility. Later he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, before working as a radiation physicist at Fermi National Accelerator laboratory until 2011. At Fermi his primary job was to manage the operation of the Radioisotope Facility. Dr. Cupps has published 73 research papers, 18 of which are in referred journals (5).

Dr. Cupps is not unique as a creationist in the world of science. You can read about some other well-educated and experienced creationist scientists here:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/bios/

http://www.icr.org/research/team/

You can learn about a few of the prominent “Intelligent Design” scientists here:

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2007/05/scientists_who_support_intelli003594.html

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I was taught evolution as fact at school, and of course, it’s been pushed in the media, particularly television nature and science programming, and documentaries, for decades. It wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I was introduced to the world of creationism, when I acquired two books by Professor E. H. Andrews, titled, “God, Science and Evolution” and “Christ and the Cosmos” (6).

My eyes began to be opened to the fact that evolution-that is, life from non-life and macro-evolution turning ape-like creatures into humans and turning cows or goats or wolves into whales etc. isn’t “settled” science at all.  At the time Professor Andrews B.Sc., Ph.D., D. Sc., F. Inst. P., FIM., C. Phys., C. Eng., was Professor of Materials at the University of London, and was formerly Head of the Department of Materials and Dean of Engineering at Queen Mary College.

No, you do not have to abandon reason in order to believe in a Creator, because faith and true science can go hand in hand, despite all the protests of those who desperately want them not to. You can have faith, and you can have hope: don’t let any anti-God zealot-no matter how popular or how highly esteemed- persuade you otherwise.

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NOTES

1 From Richard Dawkins’ Review of “Blueprints: Solving the Mystery of Evolution”.

2 http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/12678-science-guy-attacks-parents-who-teach-children-creation-story

3 William Provine, Origins Research 16, no. 1/2 (1994): 9; quoted in Technical Journal 10, no. 1 (1996): 22.

4 Richard Dawkins, River out of Eden (New York, NY: Basic Books, 1995), 133.

5 http://www.icr.org/article/new-icr-research-associate-vernon-r/

6 Prof. E. H. Andrews, Christ and the Cosmos (Evangelical Press, Welwyn, England, copyright EP 1986)

DOES SUFFERING DISPROVE GOD?

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Someone very close to me lost his faith in Jesus a number of years ago. He puts it down to a series of unhappy events and setbacks in his life: a good Christian man he knew died suddenly at a young age; his wife and first love left him for another man; his business failed; a close friend was involved in a road accident which left him brain damaged. Now this person angrily refuses to hear any talk about God.

I used to love watching David Attenborough’s television series on nature: as an ardent evolutionist, he unwittingly helped me to reject the notion of evolution.  I saw David being interviewed in a short video, and speaking about why he had decided for himself that there is no God. Instead of laying out the “evidence” for evolution, he related how he had seen someone in India suffering with a worm which had burrowed into her brain and which made her blind. This, said David, was enough to tell him that there is no God.

These views reflect common reasons given for rejecting the existence of God: some complain that a loving God would not have allowed them to suffer personally, and others complain that a loving God would not allow the suffering they see in the world around them.

However, this view has a serious flaw, and it’s this: the God of the Bible never said that we would not suffer. On the contrary, he gave numerous warnings that mankind is to expect suffering of all kinds in this world. Examples:

“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life”…”by the sweat of your brow you will eat your food., until you return to the ground…” (God to Adam, Genesis 3:17-19);

“In this world you will have trouble…” (Jesus Christ, John 16:33).

In a series of posts I wrote on suffering I discussed its main causes – the causes we are warned of in the Bible, the same Bible which tells us of the very God who people say has failed in his duties. They are:

The Curse. All of nature is decaying, not onward and upward as in the theory of evolution (Romans 8:20-21);

The consequences of our own intentional sin or poor decisions: actions which affect us personally, such as sexual sin, drug or alcohol abuse, or actions or decisions which lead to accidents;

The consequences of intentional human sin: the actions of others, like hatred, theft, conspiracy, violence;

Deception, coercion, attacks from angels who have sided against God and his followers;

The consequences of rejecting God’s ways, which are designed for our wellbeing and happiness, as individuals or as a society;

Negligence , including failure to love, or give, or care, or share;

Irresponsibility or bad judgment, for example, dangerous driving;

Being tested by God;

Being Disciplined by God;

Being punished by God;

Humbling by God.

THE REAL PROBLEM

So where does the notion that God has failed come from?

The answer is that mankind creates or imagines his own view of what God should be like. Man dethrones God and sets himself up as the conceiver, the creator, and the judge of God, when in fact it’s the other way around. Man ignores the message of God-the Bible- totally, and then has the nerve to reject that Biblical God entirely on the grounds that He has failed miserably in his duties.  Man remakes God in his image. “If there really were a God, we say to ourselves, he would fix all our problems, he would stop all bad things from happening, except perhaps to people like Adolph Hitler, and he would do everything in his power to make sure that I-the great and mighty I-can go about my own business and live a happy, trouble free and fulfilling life.

Not excusing myself-indeed including myself in the ranks of the guilty, I can see that our view is simplistic, narcissistic, selfish, self-righteous and arrogant. It’s the same attitude that got us into this mess in the first place, as summarized in Genesis chapter 3-the attitude that says “God is wrong, he’s holding something back from us, he lied to us, he’s not a loving God at all, he doesn’t want us to enjoy ourselves, he’s failed us”.

THE ALTERNATIVE TO GOD

What amuses me is that many people who think that God obviously cannot exist because he has failed them, are angry with him. How can you be angry with someone who doesn’t exist? If there is no God, there’s no-one to get angry with. There’s no such thing as “evil” (but only an “illusion”, to borrow a popular contemporary term among evolutionists). There is no such thing as “good” or “bad”, “right” or “wrong”, except what we see or decide individually or as a society in our own subjective, relativistic notions of such things. In this case these terms evolve with us: they are not fixed.

If we evolved out of nothing, the “good” in life’s existence is competition, survival, death, extinction. It’s the strong overcoming the weak, the rich overcoming the poor, the achievers overcoming the failures, the healthy overcoming the sick, the slick overcoming the slow. Life is all about the survival of the fittest. Suffering is a natural part of the evolution of life. It’s for our own good: we should applaud it –worship it. Suffering is only “bad” because it feels unpleasant when it happens to us personally. Emotion over suffering is just a useless feeling, a weakness caused by chemical reactions which we should hurry up and evolve away.

However, if there is a God, a God who has created us with a sense of right and wrong, and who has fixed standards, and who has instilled within us concepts of love, happiness and perfection, then we will naturally be reviled by suffering, evil and injustice.

THE ANSWER

Our world is deep in trouble. Human nature is “desperately wicked” by God’s standards, and totally at variance with Him. All of nature is under a curse because of that human nature. But there’s an answer, a remedy. While God is not planning to run around patching this world up piece by piece, while mankind continues in open rebellion against him and his ways, he has given the promise of a new world, and has provided a way for us all to go there. This is God’s answer to suffering:

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes on him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Those of us who claim to have faith need to steel ourselves.  Many Christians over the centuries have kept or even exponentially grown their faith through suffering  We need to prepare for what could come in our lifetime. If we are serious about our faith, we should build it up, and learn to lean on our God, no matter what. We need to so familiarize ourselves with what He has really said that we are not like rocky ground which received the seed, but which did not last when trouble arose (Matthew 13:20-21).

There are some people around who would rather not know if God exists, even if there was evidence. I first realized this when I had been a Christian for a year, and I read two books: “God, Science and Evolution”, and “Christ and the Cosmos”, both by Prof. E.H. Andrews. Andrews was the Professor of Materials at the University of London, and formerly the Dean of Engineering at Queen Mary’s college. He had a long list of credentials. One day I was having a discussion with a friend of mine who challenged me to show him proof that God existed. I offered him my favorite answer “You’re looking at it right now!” That wasn’t good enough for him (although in God’s economy, it is enough). He insisted that all scientists believe in evolution. So I offered him one of Prof. Andrews’ books, telling my friend that Andrews was well qualified and a fascinating read. “No thanks”, he replied with a sneer.

Since that time, of course, more and more brilliant people who believe in God have been screened out of the educational system and the public eye in general. Why?

Years later I had a little debate with a Geology/ Geography school teacher along similar lines.  At that time I had in my personal library a book by Dr. A J Wilder-Smith, an English man with three earned science doctorates from Oxford. I offered to lend her my book which covered many subjects taught in school as “evidence” for evolution. I wanted to let her know that Creationism wasn’t just for semi – insane fundamentalist American preachers (which was her view). “No thank you”, she replied firmly, and declared that she didn’t want her world changed.

As time went on my book, video and then DVD collection grew. Not wanting to hoard the uplifting insights I had benefited from, I”ve offered them to family members, teachers, tutors, friends and strangers, who almost without exception have not been interested. One book, called “In Six Days”, containing the comments of fifty scientists all with Ph Ds and so on, and who believe in Biblical Creation, was rejected by one young man on the grounds that Richard Dawkins said that evolution was a proven fact, and that anyone who questioned it was ignorant. (Is Mr. Dawkins a god now? If he is the purveyor of all knowledge and absolute truth on life, the universe and everything, doesn’t that make him a god? Hasn’t he just disproved his own assertion that there is no god?)

It’s virtually law now that scientists are not to consider God in their studies, since “that’s religion”. Once the Eternal One is reduced to a dispensible object, He can be conveniently pushed into a box which is then slid under the shelves in the basement and forgotten. As scientists study the intricacies of our world and universe, constantly amazed and astounded by what they find, it doesn’t occur to most of them that they are looking at the very evidence for God’s existence, character and power that they have claimed is nowhere to be found. Oh, and by the way, He’s not in the box after all. Even”the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him” (1 Kings 8:27).

So what does this say about human nature? The most perplexing, soul-searching questions that people could and should ask themselves are not being asked or answered. When they are asked they are not being given the benefit of a two-sided inquiry or argument. Why?

Scripture sheds light on this. Peter, in his characteristically direct and no nonsense fashion, hits the proverbial nail right on the head. He said that they are “willingly ignorant” of God’s work of creation, and the subsequent world-wide judgment by a cataclysmic flood (2 Peter 3: 5-6 KJV). The NIV translates it “they deliberately forget”.

Paul puts this willing ignorance down to “the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1: 18 – 20). Paul’s contention is that it is man’s preference for sin that drives him to ignore the true God (verses 18 to 32).

Jesus Christ explained it this way:

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light and will not come into it for fear that his deeds will be exposed” (John3: 19– 20).

Ironically, the Bible says that it is the atheist who is the ignorant one:

“The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God’” (Psalm 14:1).

The problem is not one of lack of evidence. It’s a characteristic of the heart of man. At best we could say that the majority ignore God because they are convinced and persuaded that “all scientists” believe in evolution, so it must be true. But what about the fact that some of us come to the light despite all that’s pushed on us in the form of evolutionary brainwashing? People not only fail to search for God because they do not want to: they actively turn their backs on any light there is, in order not to have their worlds changed. An atheist can’t find God for the same reason that a thief can’t find a policeman.

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