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December 31, 2012

Letters to the Editor - Jan. 1, 2013

Is there really a God?

Dear Editor,

Some ancient Philosophers have argued that the fact mankind can imagine there being a God is a proof that there must be one. While this argument does have some merit, it mainly has limitations. Taken to its natural application this means anything that can be imagined must exist. Based on the nightmares I had as a 3- and 4-year-old boy, I really hope this theory isn’t true or I’m not going to sleep well tonight!

Some people feel that acceptance of God is entirely a matter of faith. But the Scriptures actually claim that it is the truth which is the basis for this faith (Rom. 10:17). Truth is only truth if it is objective truth – that is, it is true for everyone regardless of time or circumstances. Thus, God is either true, and there can be objective proofs to support this, or He is not true and only subjective truth can be offered for proof.

On the other hand, beliefs and truth are sometimes not entirely related. Tertullian once bragged that the main reason he so readily accepted Christianity was that it was fundamentally absurd. Perhaps he was alluding to 1Corinthians 1-2 which talks about human wisdom and divine wisdom being incompatible. Some people are so committed to their beliefs that despite the evidence of truth they refuse to change their beliefs. In this way we observe that what some atheists claim is their scientific basis for unbelief is nothing more than belief in opinions rather than evidence. Thus despite the mass of evidence to the contrary, many atheists refuse to accept that origin of life is best explained by appears to be obvious, a designer/creator.

In 2004 it was announced that renowned British professor and philosopher Andrew Flew, regarded by many as the world’s most acclaimed atheist, had renounced his atheism in favor of theism. One of the reasons cited by Flew was the evidence. He admitted that for a long time the growing problem of Evolution’s inability to explain how life began, or for that matter how anything began, led him to the inevitable conclusion that it was an inadequate answer in the face of the evidence.

Then when the DNA genome code was unraveled the evidence for design became undeniable. These two pieces of evidence: the existence of life demanding a Life-Source; and the scientific evidence of an extremely complex code in the makeup of that life, were enough for Prof. Flew to renounce atheism.

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