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Thoughts from the Bible 01-25-17

Why I believe in God

The noted historian, Will Durant, once wrote, “The greatest question of our time is not communism vs. individualism; nor Europe vs. America; not even the East vs. the West. It is whether men can bear to live without God.” Yet modern man seems to be trying to throw off his belief in an Eternal Being!

Is it possible for modern man to really believe in God in this enlightened, scientific twenty-first century? Many have concluded that there is no God. Men have met in conferences and voted God “out of existence.” Though there are differing schools of infidels, skeptics, agnostics and atheists, they stand together in the general belief that the existence of a Supreme Being is a primitive thing of the past. They now actively seek followers and spread their literature which declares that there is no God, that God is dead! We are told that their movement is faster growing than that of churches in America.

I suggest to the reader for consideration, that among all the preponderance of evidence for His existence, one only has to look at the argument from the design of this universe to know beyond any doubt the necessity of a designer, a creator of supreme intelligence and purpose. An Arranger is needed to explain the reason for nature’s arrangements.

Consider: Ours is a world of law and order, not chaos. Our world functions in a logical way. Consider our numerals (0-9) or the 26 letters of the alphabet. Suppose I were to write you a letter, and later I explained how it came about. Suppose I told you the letters began to dance about on the paper before taking the form of words; and the words arranged themselves into phrases; and the phrases arranged themselves into sentences; and the sentences took the form of paragraphs. After all this uncaused shuffling about, and this chance self-arranging had been completed, I realized that this was the very thing I intended to write to you...so here is the letter. Can you imagine such having been the origin of the Gettysburg address, or of the dictionary! Who can believe it? Yet, it is just as reasonable as believing that this functioning universe caused and then arranged itself into a perfectly harmonious unit. Indeed, both scenarios are beyond all reason. Arrangement declares intelligence. Psalm 19:1 (KJV) “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”

Law and order also cry out to the existence of God. The planets, as well as the myriad stars in our system, move upon known orbits, and they are all mathematically adjusted. This earth rotates on its axis every 24 hours. At the same time it is moving around the Sun at the rate of 72,600 miles per hour, or 1,000 miles per minute. But it never significantly gains or loses time. If it did, our day and night would be thrown out of kilter and our seasons would become confused. Our universe functions in such orderly fashion that eclipses can be predicted down to the very second. There is mathematical precision in all we see.

And just think of the human body! 64 chemical elements are so arranged as to compose a skeletal system, a nerve system, a muscular system, a respiratory system, a circulatory system, a digestive system, a sensory system, a skin system, and a reproductive system . . .All coordinated! 200 bones, 500 muscles, and a thousand ligaments to bind them together. 10,000 nerves with an equal number of arteries and veins, and a 100,000 glands. There are 200 million pores in the skin. It’s a factory that completely rebuilds itself at intervals without a halt in its work. Are we to believe that all this came from nothing? Or, that this is the result of blind chance? Such defies human reasoning!

The design of the Designer cries out “There is God!”

 


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