byBert Thompson, Ph.D.
Introduction Either God exists or He doesn’t. There is no middle ground. Anyattempt to remain neutral in relation to God’s existence is automaticallysynonymous with unbelief. It is far from a “moot” question, for if Goddoes exist, then nothing else really matters; if He does not exist, thennothing really matters at all. If He does exist, then there is an eternalheaven to be gained (Hebrews 11:16) and an eternal Hell to be avoided(Revelation 21:8). The question for God’s existence is an extremelyimportant one.
One might wonder why it is necessary to present evidence for theexistence of God. As Edward Thomson so beautifully stated it: “…the doctrine of the one living and true God, Creator, Preserver, and Benefactor of the universe, as it solves so many problems, resolves so many doubts, banishes so many fears, inspires so many hopes, gives such sublimity to all things, and such spring to all noble powers, we might presume would, as soon as it was announced, be received by every healthy mind.
”Some, however, contrary to their higher interests, have refused to have Godin their knowledge and thus have become vain in their reasonings andfoolish in their philosophy (Romans 1:21,22,28). They do not see the folly(Psalm 14:1) of saying there is no God.
The Christian has not only the obligation to “give answer to every manthat asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you…” (I Peter3:15), but an obligation to carry the Gospel message to a lost and dyingworld (Mark 16:15-16, et al.).
There will be times when carrying the Gospel message to the world willentail setting forth the case for the existence of God. In addition, weneed to remember that Christians are not agnostics. The agnostic is theperson who says that God’s existence is unknowable. As difficult as it isto believe, some Christians take that same stance in regard to God’sexistence. They assert that they “believe” there is a God, but that theycannot know it. They state that God’s existence cannot be proved. ‘Thisis false!’ God’s existence is both ‘knowable’ and ‘provable.’ Acceptanceof God’s existence is not some “blind leap into the dark” as so many haveerroneously asserted. The Christian’s faith is not a purely emotional,subjective “leap,” but instead is a ‘firm conviction’ regarding facts basedupon reasonable evidence. God’s existence can be proved to any fair-mindedperson. Granted, we do not mean by the word “proved” that God’s existencecan be scientifically demonstrated to human senses as one might, forexample, prove that a sack of potatoes weighs ten pounds. But we need tobe reminded (especially in our day of scientific intimidation) thatempirical evidence (that based solely upon experiment and/or observation)is not the only basis for establishing a provable case. Legal authoritiesrecognize the validity of a ‘prima facie’ case. Such a case exists whenadequate evidence is available to establish the presumption of a factwhich, unless such can be refuted, ‘legally stands as a fact’. Inferentialproof (the culmination of many lines of evidence into only one possibleconclusion) is an invaluable part of a ‘prima facie’ case which simplycannot be refuted. But an important question which serves as a “preface”to the case for God’s existence is this: “From whence has come the idea ofGod in man’s mind?” The inclination to be religious is universally andpeculiarly a human trait. As one writer observed, even today the evidenceindicates that “no race or tribe of men, however degraded and apparentlyatheistic, lacks that spark of religious capacity which may be fanned andfed into a mighty flame.” If, therefore, man is incurably religious–andhas the idea of God in his mind–and if we assume that the world isrational, it is impossible that a phenomenon so universal as religion couldbe founded upon illusion.
The question is highly appropriate therefore: what is the source ofthis religious tendency within man?Alexander Campbell, in his celebrateddebate April 13-23, 1829 in Cincinnati, Ohio with Robert Owen, provided theanswer to this question in a very positive fashion. He asked Owen fromwhence the idea of God had come in man’s mind. Owen (and all skeptics) had(have) stated that the idea of God has not come from reason (skeptics hold,of course, that the concept is unreasonable), and that it has not come fromrevelation. Campbell pressed Owen to tell him from whence the idea of God’had’ come. Owen retorted, “by imagination.” Campbell then quoted bothJohn Locke and David Hume, two philosophers who are highly respected in thesecular community. Hume stated that the “creative power of the mindamounts to nothing more than the faculty of combining, transposing,augmenting and diminishing the materials afforded to us by sense andexperience.” The imagination, it turns out, has ‘no creative power’.
Neither reason nor imagination create. Reason, like a carpenter’syardstick, is a measure, not an originator. Imagination works only onthose items already in the mind; it does not “create” anything new.
Sigmund Freud, German psychoanalyst of the first part of the 20th century,attempted to explain God’s existence by stating that man had indeed formedthe “heavenly father” from the idea in his mind of his “earthly father.”But this idea will not suffice either. Is the God of the Bible the God manwould “invent” if asked to do so? Hardly. Look around at the “god” maninvents when left to his own devices–the “god” of hedonism, epicurianism,subjectivism, or the “god” of “if it feels good, do it.” The God of theBible is not the God man would invent, if left to his own devices. Freud’sattempt to explain the idea of God in man’s mind failed miserably.Campbell pointed out to Owen, in a very forceful way, that the idea of Godin man’s mind could only have come through revelation. There is no otherchoice. The concept of God, therefore, though greatly perverted in heathenhands, is ultimately traceable to an original communication between theCreator and the creature. There is no other alternative, all thedisclaimers of the atheist notwithstanding.
But suppose the unbeliever objects: “If the idea of God is basic tohuman nature, we would not be able to deny it; we do deny it, however;therefore it is not intuitive.” It is sufficient to observe in rebuttal tosuch a claim that man, under the enchantment of a deceptive philosophy, candeny the most obvious of things. Those deluded, for example, by “ChristianScience” religion deny the existence of matter and death. Some today denythat the earth is spherical or that man has ever been to the moon. But adenial of facts does not automatically negate the facts. Man’s attitudetoward Truth does not change Truth.
Can God’s existence be proven? Can we ‘know’ God exists? The answer isa resounding “YES!” The psalmist said, “Be still and ‘know’ that I am God”(Psalm 46:10) as he echoed the Creator’s sentiments to man. The allusionsto th e manifestations of Deity in the created world are profuse. Davidexclaimed, “O Jehovah, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all theearth, Who has set thy glory upon the heavens?” (Psalm 8:1). In the samepsalm, the inspired writer was constrained to say that the heavens are “thework of thy fingers” and the moon and stars “thou hast ordained” (Psalm8:3). Later David was to utter the beautiful words of Psalm 19:1–“Theheavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork.”Isaiah graphically portrayed the majesty and power of nature’s God when hewrote that God “hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, andmeted out heaven with a span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in ameasure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance”(40:12).
Dr. E.A. Maness once remarked, “If the word God were written upon everyblowing leaf, embossed on every passing cloud, engraved on every graniterock, the inductive evidence of God in the world would be no stronger thanit is.” John C. Monsma, in the text which he edited entitled, ‘The Evidenceof God in an Expanding Universe’ (which is a compilation of testimony fromforty outstanding American scientists), affirmed “that science canestablish, by the observed facts of Nature and intellectual argumentation,that a super-human power exists.” . Dr. A. Cressy Morrison, formerPresident of the New York Academy of Sciences, affirmed that “so manyessential conditions are necessary for life to exist on our earth that itis mathematically impossible that all of them could exist in properrelationship by chance on any one earth at one time.” Dr. Arthur H.
Compton, Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago and Nobellaureate, wrote: “It is not difficult for me to have this faith, for it isincontrovertible that where there is a plan there is intelligence–anorderly, unfolding universe testifies to the truth of the most majesticstatement ever uttered–‘In the beginning, God.'” .
Louis Agassiz, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard University (and a life-longopponent of Darwinian evolution), made these remarks:..
“Though I know those who hold it to be very unscientific to believe that thinking is not something inherent in matter, and that there is an essential difference between inorganic and living and thinking beings, I shall not be prevent ed by any such pretentions of a false philosophy from expressing my conviction that as long as it cannot be shown that matter or physical forces do actually reason, I shall consider any manifestation of physical thought as an evidence of the existence of a thinking being as the author of such thought, and shall look upon intelligent and intelligible connection between the facts of nature as direct proof of a thinking God….’ All these facts in their natural connection proclaim aloud the one God whom man may know, adore, and love, and natural history must in good time become the analysis of the thoughts of the Creator of the universe’ as manifested in the animal and vegetable kingdoms.”Lord Kelvin, the famed English thermodynamicist once said, “I cannot admit that, with regard to the origin of life, science neither affirms nor denies Creative Power. ‘Science positively affirms Creative Power’. It is not in dead matter that we live and move and have our being, but in the creating and directing Power which science compels us to accept as an article of belief…. There is nothing between absolute scientific belief in a Creative Power, and the acceptance of the theory of a fortuitous concourse of atoms…. Forty years ago I asked Liebig famed chemist Justus von Liebig–BT, walking some-where in the country, if he believed that the grass and flowers that we saw around us grew by mere chemical forces. He answered, ‘No, no more than I could believe that a book of botany describing them could grow by mere chemical forces’…. Do not be afraid of being free thinkers! ‘If you think strongly enough you will be forced by science to the belief in God’, which is the foundation all religion. ‘You will find science not antagonistic but helpful to religion.'” .
One cannot help but wonder what has caused many of the most prominentand brilliant minds of both days gone by and of our day to make suchstatements. No doubt, at least a partial explanation lies in the fact thatthey saw a few, or many, of the thousands of “signposts” or “ensigns”scattered throughout the natural world which point clearly to the unseenDesigner of nature. These “signposts” are multitudinous in our world, andplainly obvious to those whose minds have not been blinded by the “god ofthis world” (II Corinthians 4:4), “refusing to have God in their knowledge”(Romans 1:28). An examination of these “ensigns” makes for a profitableand edifying study.
NATURE’S HOME: THE UNIVERSE When the writer of Hebrews stated that, “…every house is builded bysomeone…” (Hebrews 3:4), he suggested the well-known principle of causeand effect. Today the Law of Causality is the fundamental law of science.
Every effect must have an adequate cause. Further indicated is the factthat no effect can be qualitatively superior to or quantitatively greaterthan the cause. The universe is here, and is a tremendous effect. Hence,it must be explained in terms of an adequate cause.
There are four possible explanations for the universe. (1) It is butan illusion, and does not really exist. This is hardly worthy ofconsideration. (2) It spontaneously arose out of nothing. This view isabsurd, and cannot be entertained scientifically. Dr. George E. Davis,prominent physicist, has declared:”No material thing can create itself.” .
(3) It has always existed. This theory, though held by many atheisticscientists of our day, is scientifically untenable. Many evidences (e.g.,the Second Law of Thermodynamics) reveal that the stars are burning up, thesun is cooling off, the earth is wearing out, etc. Such facts indicatethat the universe had a beginning; otherwise it would long ago have alreadyreached a state of deadness. Dr. Robert Jastrow, of NASA, states in hisbook, ‘God and the Astronomers : “I am fascinated by some strange developments going on in astronomy….
The essence of the strange developments is that the Universe had, in some sense, a beginning–that it began at a certain moment in time….
And concurrently there was a great deal of discussion about the fact that the second law of thermodynamics, applied to the Cosmos, indicates that the Universe is running down like a clock. If it is running down, there must have been a time when it was fully wound up….The astronomer comes to a time when the Universe contained nothing but hydrogen–no carbon, no oxygen, and none of the other elements out of which planets and life are made. This point in time must have marked the beginning of the Universe.”(4) It was created. This is the only remaining alternative and the onlyreasonable view of the origin of the universe. Since our finite, dependent(and contingent) universe (of matter/energy) did not cause itself, it wasobviously caused by an infinite, independent, eternal Mind.
God, speaking through Moses (Genesis 15:5) and Jeremiah (33:32),mentioned that “the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand ofthe sea measured ….” Little did we know how true those statements were.
Johann Bayer (1603) devised a system to indicate the brightness, ormagnitude, of the stars, using the Greek and Roman alphabets to denotetheir brightness. Remember Paul’s statement to the Corinthians (ICorinthians 15:41): “…for one star differeth from another star inglory.” Men before and after Bayer tried to count the stars. Hipparchusthe astronomer, in 128 B.C. counted the stars and said there were 1,026.
In 150 A.D., the famous astronomer Ptolemy counted the stars and arrived atthe number of 1,056. Years later, in 1575 A.D., the renowned Danishastronomer, Tyco Brah, counted the stars and said there were 777. In 1600A.D. the German astronomer Johannes Kepler counted the stars and gave thenumber 1,005. At last counting (and we are nowhere near finished yet) thenumber of stars stood at ’25 sextillion’. That’s a 25 with twenty-onezeroes after it! There are an estimated one billion galaxies,. and mostof them contain billions of stars (the Milky Way galaxy in which we live,for example, contains over ‘100 billion stars’). It is so large thattravelling at the speed of light (186,317.6 miles per second) it would takeyou 100,000 years to go across just the diameter of the galaxy. Lighttravels in one year approximately 5.87 x 1O.MDSU/12′ miles. In 100,000years, that would be 5.87 x 1O.MDSU/17′ miles, or 587+ quadrillion miles.
Our nearest neighboring galaxy is the Andromeda galaxy, which is anestimated 2,000,000 light years away. That’s so far that a radio wavewhich goes around the earth approximately 8.2 times in one second wouldrequire over 1 million years to get there, and a return message would takeanother 1+ million years. The observable universe has an estimateddiameter of 20 billion light years.
But it isn’t simply the size of the universe that is so marvelous. Thesize is important, of course, but so is the ‘design’. The earth, forexample, in orbiting the sun, departs from a straight line by onlyone-ninth of an inch every 18 miles–a very straight line in human terms.
If the orbit changed by one-tenth of an inch every 18 miles, our orbitwould be vastly larger and we would all freeze to death. If it changed byone-eighth of an inch, we would come so close to the sun w e would all beincinerated.. Are we to believe that such precision “just happened byaccident”? The sun is burning at approximately 20 million degrees Celsiusat its interior.. If we were to move the earth ‘away’ 10%, we would soonfreeze to death. If we were to move the earth ‘closer’ by 10%, we wouldonce again be incinerated. The sun is poised at 93 million miles fromearth, which happens to be just right–by accident?The moon is poised some 240,000 miles from the earth. Move it in justonefifth, and twice every day there would be 35-50 feet high tidal wavesover most of the earth’s surface. The distance of 240,000 miles happens tohe just right–by accident? And consider these facts: the earth isrotating at 1,000 miles per hour on its axis at the equator, and movingaround the sun at 70,000 miles per hour (approximately 19 miles persecond), while the sun with its solar system is moving through space at600,000 miles per hour in an orbit so large it would take over 220 millionyears to complete just one orbit. Remember the psalmist’s statement(Psalm 19:61) about the sun–“his circuit is from the ends of theheavens.” What would happen if the rotation rate of the earth around thesun were halved, or doubled? If it were halved, the seasons would bedoubled in length, which over most of the earth would cause such harshsummer heat and winter cold that not enough food could be grown to feed theworld’s population. If it were doubled, no single season would be longenough to grow the amount of food necessary to feed the world’s population.
Remember God’s words to Moses: (a) “Let there be lights in the firmamentof heaven to divide the day from the night: and let them be for ‘signs andfor seasons’, for days and for years” (Genesis 1:14, emp. added), and; (b)”While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, andsummer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).Then there is this matter: from where does our day come? It comes fromthe earth’s rotation once approximately every 24 hours on its axis. Fromwhere do we get our month? It comes from the moon circling the earth onceapproximately every 28 days. From where does our year come? It takes theearth approximately 365.26 days to go around the sun. ‘But where do we getour week?’ There is no purely natural explanation for the week. Theexplanation, instead, is found in Exodus 20:11 (cf., Exodus 31:17): “for insix days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is,and rested on the seventh day….” The week is an entirely universalphenomenon. Yet there is no purely natural explanation for it. Littlewonder Isaiah wrote (40:26): “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold whohath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number; hecalleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he isstrong in power; not one faileth.” The fundamental law of science, we repeat, is the Law of Causalitywhich states that every effect must have an adequate cause. There is noknown exception. The universe is admittedly a known effect. Note Dr.
Robert Jastrow’s statement in his book, ‘Until The Sun Dies’: “The Universeand everything that has happened in it since the beginning of time, are agrand effect ‘without a known cause’.” . The question is: ‘What is theadequate cause?’ The atheist/agnostic has no answer, as Dr. Jastrow has sowell explained. The Christian, of course, does. ‘God is the First Cause’,and has left the evidences of His existence so evident that they areincontrovertible.
NATURE’S HUMAN INHABITANT: MAN “Men go abroad to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge wavesof the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of theocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselveswithout wondering.” So stated Augustine many years ago. So many peoplefail to see one of the most powerful arguments possible for God’sexistence–their own selves! Consider, for example, the “earthlytabernacle” (II Corinthians 5:1) that we call the human body. It is composed of 30+ different kinds of cells, totalling over ‘100 trillion’ cellswhen all added together to make up the human adult.. These cells come inall different sizes and shapes, with different functions and lifeexpectancies. For example, some cells (e.g., male spermatozoa) are so smallthat 20,000 would fit inside a capital “O” from a standard typewriter, eachbeing only 1/20th mm long. Some cells, put end-to-end, would make only oneinch if 6,000 were assembled together. Yet all the cells of the humanbody, if set end- to-end, would encircle the earth over 200 times. Eventhe largest cell of the human body, the female ovum, is unbelievably small,being only 1/1OOth of an inch in diameter. Yet each cell is composed of alipo- protein membrane lining (lipids/proteins/lipids) which isapproximately 6/100-8/100 fm (4 atoms) thick. Yet it allows selectivetransport outside the cell of those things that ought to go out, andselective transport into the cell of those things that ought to go in.
Inside the cell’s three-dimensional cytoplasm there are over 20 differentchemical reactions going on at any one time, with each cell containing fivemajor systems: (1) communication; (2) waste disposal; (3) nutrition; (4)repair, and; (5) reproduction. The endoplasmic reticulum of the cellserves as a transport system. The ribosomes produce protein, which is thendistributed around the body as needed by the Golgi bodies. The mitochondria(over 1,000 per cell) are the “powerhouses” of the cell, producing theenergy needed by the body. The nucleus, of course, carries the genetic codein its DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Red blood cells (there areapproximately 30 trillion of them) live about 120 days; white blood cells(the blood’s defense system) live about 13 days; platelets (which helpblood to clot) live about 4 days; nerve cells may live over 100 years. Inany given 60-second period, approximately 3 billion cells die and arereplaced in the human body through the process we call ‘mitosis’, wherebythe standard chromosome number (in the human, 46) is faithfully reproduced.
A single cell contains a strip of DNA (placed in the nuc leus in aspiral-staircase configuration) which is about one yard long, and whichcontains ‘over 6 billion biochemical steps’. Every cell of the bodycontains such DNA–over a billion miles total in one human. How powerful isthe DNA? It provides, in coded form, ‘every physical characteristic ofevery living person’. How many people are there on the face of the earth?There are a few more than 5 billion. It took two cells (a malespermatozoan and a female ovum) to make each one of these people. If thereare roughly 5 billion people on the earth, and it took two cells to makeeach of them, that’s approximately 10 billion cells (remember: this is theDNA it took to give every living person every physical characteristic he orshe has), and that DNA would fit into no more than ‘1/8th of a cubic inch’!Does that tell you how powerful the DNA is? Are we to then understand thatthis kind of design came “by accident”? Hardly! The Hebrew writer wascorrect when he said, “For every house is builded by someone; but he thatbuilt all things is God”(3:4).
Consider the skin of the human. It is a nearly waterproof layer,enclosing the body’s contents, almost 60% of which is water. It preventsthe exit or entrance of too much moisture, and acts as a protector for therest of the body. At the same time it is both a radiator and retainer ofheat, helping to regulate the body’s temperature in conjunction with thetwo hypothalamus glands in the brain. Skin may be as thick as 5/16th of aninch (e.g., the eyelid). The skin contains over 2,000 sweat glands whichform one of the most ingenious air-conditioning systems ever known to man.
Skin acts as a barrier to protect the sensitive internal organs, and evenhas the power to regenerate itself.
Consider the skeletal system of the body. It is composed of 206 bones,more durable and longer lasting than man’s best steel. Each joint producesits own lubrication and the system as a whole is able to provide not onlystructure, but great protection (e.g., the 24 ribs guarding the internalviscera). There are 29 skull bones, 26 spinal vertebrae, 24 ribs, 2 girdlebones, and 120 other bones scattered over the body. The bones range insize, from the tiny pisiform bone in the hand, to the great femur (over 20inches long in the thigh of an average man). Yet in a man weighing 160pounds, the bones weigh only 29 pounds. Remember Paul’s comment about”all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every jointsupplieth, according to the working in due measure of each several part,making the increase of the body into the building up of itself…”(Ephesians 4:16). And consider, of course, the muscles. There are over600 of them in the human, with the function of contraction and release.
From the smile on the face of the newborn baby to the legs of the marathonrunner, the muscles are in charge. They are placed, however, into twosystems–the ‘voluntary system’ over which you have control (reach out andgrab a ball), and the ‘involuntary system’ over which you have little or nocontrol (try stopping a kidney). Are we to believe that the skeletal andmuscle systems, in all their complexity, “just happened”? No one couldever convince you that, for example, a Cadillac limousine “just happened.”Yet something infinitely greater in design and structure– the humanbody–we are asked to believe “just happened.” What kind of incongruouslogic is that, to reach such a conclusion? As G.K. Chesterton once said:”When men stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing. Theybelieve in ‘anything!'” How true. One does not get a poem without a poet,or a law without a lawgiver. One does not get a painting without apainter, or a musical score without a composer. And just as surely, ‘onedoes not get purposeful design without a designer!’ Consider, for example, the human ear and the human eye. The averagepiano can distinguish the sounds of 88 keys; the human ear can distinguishover 2,500 different key tones. In fact, the human ear can detect soundfrequencies that flutter the ear drums as faintly as one- billionth of acentimeter (a distance one-tenth the diameter of a hydrogen atom).. Theear is so sensitive that it could even hear, were the body placed in acompletely soundproof room, the blood coursing through the veins. Over100,000 hearing receptors in the ears are sending impulses to the brain tobe decoded and answered. The human eye is the most perfect camera everknown to man. So perfect is it that its very presence caused CharlesDarwin to say, “That the eye with all its inimitable contrivances…couldhave been formed by natural selection seems, I freely confess, absurd inthe highest degree.” Darwin also commented: “If it could be demonstratedthat any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formedby numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutelybreak down.” The eye, as it turns out, is such an organ, and Darwin’stheory, as such, has broken down. Each human eye is composed of over 107million cells with 7 million cones (allowing the eye to see in full, livingcolor) and 100 million rods (allowing the eye to see in blacks, whites, andgreys). The eyes are connected to the brain by over 300,000 nerves, andcan detect light as feeble as 1/100 trillionth of a watt. How is the eyesupposed to have “evolved”? What “intermediate state” between no eye and aperfect eye could nature have “selected” to be passed on to successivegenerations? As Mark Twain once c ommented, “It’s amazing what men willbelieve, so long as it’s not in the Bible!” There are so many systems in the human body that could be discussed,but since space precludes discussing them all, it is now to the brain thatwe turn our attention. The brain, of course, regulates the rest of thebody. It contains over 10 billion nerve cells, and 100 billion glia cells(which provide the biological “batteries” for brain activity). These cellsfloat in a jellied mass, sifting through information, storing memories,creating what we call consciousness, etc.. Over 120 trillion connectionstie these cells together. The brain sends out electrical impulses at aspeed of 393 feet per second (270 mph), and receives nerve impulses beingproduced at a rate of over 2,000/second. The brain receives signalscontinuously from 130,000 light receptors in the eyes, 100,000 hearingreceptors in the ears, 3,000 tastebuds, 30,000 heat spots on the skin,250,000 cold spots, and 500,000 touch spots. The brain does not move, yetconsumes 25% of the blood’s oxygen supply. It is constantly bathed inblood, its vessels receiving 20% of all the blood pumped from the heart.
If the blood flow is interrupted for 15-30 seconds, unconsciousnessresults. If blood is cut off to the brain for longer than 4 minutes, braindamage results. Four major arteries carry blood to the brain as a sort of”fail-safe” system. And, the brain is protected from damage by not one,but three major systems: (1) the outer skull bone; (2) the ‘dura mater'(Latin for “hard mother”–the protective lining around the brain), and; (3)the absorbing fluid, which keeps the brain from hitting the inner skull.
With the brain properly functioning, all the other body systems (hormones,circulatory, digestive, reproductive, etc.) can be overseen and controlled.
Are we, as Dr. George Gaylord Simpson of Harvard stated some years ago, “anaccident in a universe that did not have us in mind in the first place”?Or, are we created “in the image of God” (Genesis 1:26,27)? Sir Isaac Newton once said, “In the absence of any other proof, thethumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.”How much more, then,should the cells, the brain, the lungs, the heart, the reproductive system,etc., be shouting to us that ‘there is a God, and He is not silent.’ Asthe psalmist so well said, “I praise you because I am fearfully andwonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Or, as Imogene Fey has observed: “Thebirth of every new baby is God’s vote of confidence in the future of man.”Dr. Lewis Thomas, the renowned medical doctor and author of ‘The Medusa andthe Snail’, commented in that work about the “miracle” of how one spermcell forms with one egg cell to produce a single cell that will, ninemonths later, become a new human being. His conclusion: “The mere existence of that cell should be one of the greatest astonishments of the earth. People ought to be walking around all day, all through their waking hours, calling to each other in endless wonderment, talking of nothing except that cell…. If anyone does succeed in explaining it, within my lifetime, I will charter a skywriting airplane, maybe a whole fleet of them, and send them aloft to write one great exclamation point after another around the whole sky, until a ll my money runs out.”Yet we are told that such a “miracle” has “just happened.” Carl W. Milleronce stated: “To the reverent scientist…the simplest features of theworld about us are in themselves so awe-inspiring that there seems no needto seek new and greater miracles of God’s care.” In order to get a poem, one must have a poet. In order to have a law,one must have a lawgiver. In order to have a mathematical diagram, onemust have a mathematician. A deduction commonly made is that order,arrangement, or design in a system suggest intelligence and purpose on thepart of the originating cause. In the universe, from the vastness ofmultiplied solar systems to the tiny world of molecules, marvelous designand purposeful arrangement are evidenced. In the case of man, from theimposing skeletal system to the impressive genetic code in all of itsintricacy, that same design and purposeful arrangement are evidenced. Theonly conclusion that a reasonable, rational, unbiased mind can reach isthat the existing systems of our world, including all life, have beenpurposefully designed by an Intelligent Cause. We call that Cause “God.”Conclusion Alan Devoe significantly writes, “Some naturalists have becomeconvinced that there is an ‘unknown force’ at work–a force that guidescreatures by influences outside the entire sphere with which scienceordinarily works.”We would prayerfully urge those who speak of this’unknown force’ to turn to the “God that made the world and all thingstherein” (Acts 17:24), and ascribe honor and glory to Him. The revelationHe has left of Himself in nature simply could speak no louder of Hisexistence than it already does. Furthermore, this examination of argumentsfor God’s existence has not even touched upon the “historical” argumentswhich come to bear on the case. For example, the historical Christ, theresurrection, the Bible, the system of Christianity, and other sucharguments are equally as important. The arguments from historical fact areadditional proof that there is a God, and He is not silent. That Christexisted cannot he doubted by any rational person. His miracles and otherworks are documented, not only in biblical literature, but in profane,secular history as well. The empty tomb stands as a silent but powerfulwitness that God does exist (Acts 2:24; Romans 10:9) and that Christ is HisSon. The Bible exists; therefore, it must be explained. The men who wroteit were either deceivers, deluded, or telling the truth. What do theevidences say? The internal and external evidences are enough to tell thestory of God’s existence, and the fact that He has spoken to us from Hisinspired word. Additional evidences are available at every turn. Littlewonder Paul stated that “in him we live, and move, and have our being…”(Acts 17:28). Moses’ statement still stands as inspired testimony to thefact of the existence of God: “In the beginning, God created the heavensand the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
ENDNOTES1. Thomson, Edward. ‘Evidences of a Revealed Religion’. Hitchcock and Walden. Cincinnati. 1872. p 1.
2. Dummelow, J.R. (Editor). ‘The One-Volume Bible Commentary’.
MacMillan. New York. 1944. p vi.
3. Hume, David. Quoted in: ‘The Campbell-Owen Debate’. Gospel Advocate Co. Nashville Tennessee. 1957. p 124.
4. Monsma, John C. (Editor). ‘The Evidence of God in an Expanding Universe’. G.P.Putnam’s Sons. New York. 1958. p 12.
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6. Compton, Arthur H. ‘Chicago Daily News’. April 12, 1936.
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8. Kelvin, Lord. ‘Nineteenth Century and After’. June, 1903. LIII. pp 1068,1069.
9. Davis, George E. ‘IN: The Evidence of God in an Expanding Universe’. John C. Monsma, Editor. G.P. Putnam’s Sons. New York.
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10. Jastrow, Robert. ‘God and the Astronomers’. W.W. Norton & Co. NewYork. 1978. pp 11,48,110.
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12. ‘Ibid’. p 105.
13. ‘Ibid’. p 124.
14. ‘Ibid’. p 102.
15. Jastrow, Robert. ‘Until The Sun Dies’. W.W. Norton Co. New York.
1977. p 21.
16. ‘Science Digest’. Sept/Oct. 1980. p 49.
17. ‘Ibid’. p 52.
18. ‘Ibid’. p 118.
19. Brand, Paul and Philip Yancey. ‘Fearfully and Wonderfully Made’.
Zondervan. Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1980. pp 24,25.
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21. ‘Ibid’. p 170.
22. ‘Fearfully and Wonderfully Made’. pp 188,189.
23. Newton, Isaac. Quoted in: ‘Fearfully and Wonderfully Made’. p 16124. Thomas, Lewis. ‘The Medusa and the Snail’. Viking Press. New York.
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25. Miller, Carl Wallace. Quoted in: ‘The Encyclopedia of ReligiousQuotations’. Frank S. Mead, Editor. Revell. Westwood, New Jersey.
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26. Devoe, Alan. ‘IN: The Marvels and Mysteries of Our Animal World’.
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