World famous Atheist Richard Dawkins wrote that “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of . . . the lack of evidence.”
This statement completely misses the point of what faith is. Faith is not belief instead of thinking; it is belief because of thinking. We have great reasons to believe that Christianity is true and that God exists, and it is our responsibility, as Christians, to know and be able to defend those reasons.
This past Wednesday night, Pastor Jason discussed the question, “Does God exist?” In our short time together, he gave three arguments for the existence of God: the Cosmological Argument, the Teleological Argument and the Biblical Argument. Here is quick, simplified summary of each:
1. The Cosmological Argument
This can be summarized in a three statement syllogism
1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause
2. The Universe began to exist
3. Therefore, the Universe has a cause
At one point in time, there was nothing. Nothing existed at all. Then, something came into existence. How did we get from Nothing to Something? This step would require a timeless, spaceless, immaterial mind to create something out of nothing and form the material Universe.
2. Teleological Argument
If you were walking on a beach and saw a watch in the sand, you would not imagine that it had formed over millions of years from sand particles. You would assume that someone designed and created it. It is the same thing with our Universe. The Universe displays a tremendous amount of complexity that can only be explained by the existence of a divine designer. Some examples of this can be found in what are called Anthropic Constants. These are fine details that are essential for life to exist on earth. If any of these 122 Anthropic Constants were changed at all, life could not exist.
1. The Oxygen levels on earth are at 21%, which is perfectly tuned for life to exist. If they were to be any lower, we would suffocate; if they were to be any higher, we would be highly combustable.
2. The gravitational force, or the law of universal gravitation, is finely tuned for the Universe to exist. Scientists have found that if it were altered by 0.0000000000000000000000001, the Universe could not survive.
There are a hundred more, and each of them demonstrates that this world was not a product of chance, but it was designed by God.
3. Biblical Argument
God has made himself known through Creation, Conscience and Christ. Creation reveals that there is a creator. Our conscience reveals that there is a moral law giver—a God who has written his law on our hearts. Christ reveals that God intervenes in our world and has shown his power by the resurrection. Our beliefs should be based on evidence, and a belief in God has a substantial amount of evidence. Christianity is not just wishful thinking or an ignorant “faith,” but it is based on clear evidence and a search for truth.
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Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norman Geisler
Article: Five Arguments for the Existence of God
Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science by Michael Licona and William A. Dembski