“There is no God.”
“Science has made religion obsolete.”
Science and religion explore
reality from different perspectives. Science studies how things work, but
religion seeks also their origin and meaning. While science allows us to learn
about God’s creation, it can’t answer the questions, “Why is the universe
here?”, “Why do we exist?”, and “What is our destiny?” These issues are beyond
the scope of science, but are answered by religion.
“Science without religion is lame;
religion without science is blind.” – Albert Einstein
“We came about by chance.”
If our mind were just an
accidental result of chemical reactions, then it would be no more significant
than a clod of dirt. Could we then rely on any of our observations, our
thoughts, or our feelings? If we are nothing more than randomly moving
molecules, then what is the value of life?
We use the word “chance” to
describe an event when we can’t see an obvious pattern. But we shouldn’t rule
out the possibility that someday we may discover a pattern. Applying the label
“chance” to something certainly doesn’t deny a divine cause or purpose. Rather,
it’s actually an indication that we can’t figure out everything by ourselves.
“Can God make a rock so big that he can’t lift it?”
Does this prove that an
all-powerful God can’t possibly exist? It’s easy to brush off God with a
logical puzzle, but then, with our limited knowledge, many concepts—not to
mention the magnitude of God’s absolute power—don’t always make sense to us.
Try to imagine “infinity.” We use
the symbol “∞” to represent the notion, which works pretty well in math
equations. On paper, we can add two infinities together or show that one infinity is larger than another. But how much of this
can we really grasp? It’s simply beyond our everyday sensibilities.
Likewise, God is beyond human
logic. We should strive to find the answers to the deeper questions about God,
such as, “Why did God create me?” or “What does God have to do with my life?”
and not be so quick to reject him by making up a logical puzzle.
“Prove to me that God exists.”
Can you use a ruler to measure
light? No. Not because the ruler is useless, but because it isn’t designed to
Can you use a microscope to prove
that “justice” exists? No. Not because the microscope is useless, but because
it isn’t designed to do that.
Science teaches us much, but it is
designed only to deal with the physical world. As creatures with limited senses
using limited instruments, we cannot prove or disprove the existence of an
infinite God. We believe in God not because we can scientifically verify his
existence, but because he reveals himself to us.
“Why doesn't God show himself?”
If God merely appeared in the sky,
that wouldn't do us much good; even if “seeing is believing,”
we’d still have no reason to obey him.
But God does reveal himself in
more meaningful ways. He reveals his greatness in nature, from the tiny atoms
to the gigantic galaxies. He reveals his character in Jesus Christ, who lived
and taught among human beings. He reveals his wisdom in the Bible, teaching us
how to live a full life by relying on him. He reveals his love to us in prayer,
comforting our sorrows and helping us through our troubles. He reveals his
life-transforming power by having his Holy Spirit live in us.
God persuades powerfully, but he
doesn't force you to believe. Ultimately, it is your choice. If you can give
God the benefit of the doubt by following his teachings, you will experience
for yourself that God is indeed real.
The question of God's existence is
more than a philosophical debate. God's existence is fundamental to your daily
actions, goals, and final destiny. While science opens your eyes to the world
around you, faith in God opens your eyes to greater truth, purpose, and hope.
To believe in God isn't to accept
him blindly, but to be determined to learn about him. Consider letting God into
your life. Then you will discover what so many have already found: God really