For many, faith alone is too uncomfortable. They want something tangible that points to evidence of a creator.
I’ve had times of doubt. And in those times, one of the first Google searches I make is “proof God exists” or something similar. To be honest, those results don’t cut it for me. I want clear, logical evidence that either confirms or clearly points to there being a creator. Often times I find things that try to support God’s existence with a verse or a quote from a Christian philosopher. That doesn’t do it.
So I decided to compile a list that I thought might be helpful for people to come to in times of doubt. These reasons I’ve listed are simple to understand, and quite clearly point to there being a creator.
Order in the universe
One of the greatest pieces of evidence is the extraordinary order that is present in the universe. Philosophers often call this the “fine-tuning” that appears apparent throughout the universe.
We know from thermodynamics that everything tends toward disorder. So how then did the universe seem to so blatantly disobey that law of entropy? Well, thermodynamics tells us that everything tends to disorder except when acted upon by an external force. What was the external force that created so much order?
Why has the universe–to the best of our understanding–always followed the laws of mathematics. This sort of plays into the first reason I mentioned, order. Everything in the universe is so well ordered, and ruled by laws that remain constant. Even stranger, these laws are observable and understandable by us, little ole’ humans.
How did we get to where we can apply mathematics to the world? And it always works.
There was a beginning
Science has pretty well come to the conclusion that the universe began. They call it the Big Bang. But this, to me, is one of the most profound findings about our world.
You’re telling me that one “moment” space and time itself didn’t exist, and in a split second, that and everything else came into existence. That is crazy to believe unless you believe some external force caused it. Something outside of time and space. The universe’s cause actually has to be outside of time and space.
How did we get conscienceness
“The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility…The fact that it is comprehensible is a miracle.”
Einstein was certainly right when he made the above statement. It is a miracle that a creature brought about by a long process of random means eventually attains consciousness. The fact that we can go out and discover how the universe works is incredible.
There is a philosophical argument for consciousness that goes like this:
- We experience the universe as intelligible. This intelligibility means that the universe is graspable by intelligence
- Either this intelligible universe and the finite minds so well suited to grasp it are the products of intelligence, or both intelligibility and intelligence are the products of blind chance.
- Not blind chance.
- Therefore this intelligible universe and the finite minds so well suited to grasp it are the products of intelligence.
h/t: stange notions
Wrapping it up
So even if these reasons don’t convince you, I wanted to leave you with a famous wager. You may have heard of Pascal’s wager before, but it goes something like this:
If you believe in God and He doesn’t exist, you’ve lost nothing. But if you do believe and He is real, then you’ve got eternal life. The same thinking applies to those who don’t believe, except instead of eternal life, they get something a bit worse.