Monday, August 30, 2010

God is REAL!

Today I am going to change things up a bit.  I am going to step back from a Biblical exposition today for more of a philosophical one.  Not that any philosophy in my mind has any superiority to Scripture.  In fact, anything in my own mind is grossly inferior to God's wisdom contained in His Word.  What I want to talk about today is the existence of God and my argument is that all believe in the existence of God and there is no real such thing as an atheist.

I have read books by Dan Barker, Sam Harris, and Richard Dawkins.  All are leading "atheists" and each takes a different approach to disprove the existence of God.  One thing they all have in common is the hatred they have for a God they say does not exist.  This is especially true of Barker.  The issue is, though, if they do not believe in God then why hate him?  They call him a tyrant, violent, murderous, sadistic, and a few other choice words.  They speak about him with such venom and anger that I am surprised steam does not come out of their ears.  Again, why such anger for a figment of our imaginations?  I do not believe vampires exists.  They are fictitious demonic beings becoming more and more popular through the Twilight movies.  Children are even starting to get involved with biting or becoming "vampires" etc.  They are having an effect on our culture.  I am concerned for what is going on, but I do not go off ranting about vampires.  That would be silly.  I don't believe they exist and so its just foolish to complain about them.  Atheists who speak hatred of God do not disbelieve in God, they just hate the idea of a god and so hate God.  They want to be the be all and end all of the universe.  They want their intellect to be the supreme intelligence.  They do not want to be accountable and accept things in faith.

There are 2 main arguments regarding the existence of God.  Those arguments are free will and morality.  They are very much related as morality is impossible without free will, but I will treat them separately in this posting.

First let's discuss free will.  Free will can not exist unless there exists a God.  I know this goes against the premise of the "Free Thinking" atheist movement, but there can be no "free though" unless there is a God.  Free will can not exist without God because "will" (free or not) can not exist without God.  "Will" is a spiritual thing.  It is your soul.  If the the "you" behind your thoughts and ideas.  It is what drives your mind.  The brain is an extremely sophisticated computer capable of doing amazing things.  It accepts inputs from all over your body  and uses those inputs to calculate heart rate, breathing, balance, muscle movement, vision, hearing, smell, taste, and more.  And all of that is automatic.  What I want to talk about are the parts that are not automatic.  That is our consciousness.  We can consciously take over control of our breathing (until we pass out then the automatic system kicks back in) and some have even learned to control heart rate.  We control our arms and legs and various other muscles.  We are even capable of liking or disliking things.  I do not like black olives.  Why?  I don't really know, but there is no biological reason.  It is just a matter of some often illogical part of ourselves where we decide what we like and dislike.  But there is that magic word for our will: "Choose."  What is it in us that chooses?  It is our "will". 

So what is "will?"  Why can't it exist without God.  For Will to exist, it must be apart from your brain.  It can not be part of your brain because it controls your brain.  Remember, the brain is just a computer and computers do not have the ability to perform "free choice." For computers, choice is a matter of programming where certain inputs go through certain algorithms to come up with a certain action.  If there is no God, that is the substance of our brain.  The fact that I am writing this blog is not the result of a decision I made but somehow through millions of years of evolution my brain was "programmed" in such a way to react to the stimuli in my life.  I am a Christian, because it was genetically predestined that I would choose such a faith.  There is no will because for will to exist it must exist separate from our brains.  This is a difficult concept to explain, except that the belief in free will is enough to prove it exists.  How can we have the concept of free will unless it exists?  How do you recognize your consciousness unless there is consciousness to recognize it?   True, this is basically the "I think therefore I am" argument, but it is a valid argument.  You can not deny your own existence because to deny it you must exist in the first place.  Anyway, your "will" is who you are.  It is beyond your brain, even beyond your personality.  How many times do we catch ourselves telling ourselves that we need to change parts of our personality?  If our personality (without Christ largely based on our experiences in life) is all we are then how can we decide we want to change it?  It is also intangible and immaterial.  It could not have evolved with us because it is not something based on our genetics.  It is not part of the brain because it controls the brain.  It can't be part of the brain otherwise it would not work contrary to the brain.  How often do we do something that we "know" is wrong or dangerous yet choose to it anyway?  We overrule our brains often.  How can a computer overrule itself?   The fact is that it does not and can not.  Our consciousness is separate and distinct.   Even science can not define it.  It can see its results and look at how it effects the brain, but they can not see what is behind it.  They can only theorize.  And being that it is not a "physical" thing it can not come to be through evolution. 

Even the atheists admit as much. They have a big debate amongst themselves regarding the concept of free will.  Some say we do not have it.  Some say we do have it.  Some say we have the illusion of free choice (which is logically impossible).  They are not sure what to do about the problem of the will.  Some have even made up evolutionary concepts for those many factors that make up who we are, but none of those explain how we try to change who we are.  And none are good models nor are any widely accepted.  It is a complete unknown to them.   The fact is that our "will" can not be explained without God.  Our "will" is our soul, plain and simple.   Either way, free will or not, without a soul behind who we are, all that we do are artifacts of evolution and being that free choice does not exist we have no choice in who we are.  If we have no choice in who we are, we are not accountable for what we do.

And that brings me to my next point regarding morality.  Morality can not exist without free choice because morality is choosing to do right.  If you have no choice in who you are or what you are then you have no choice in how you act.  If you lie, cheat, steal, and kill it is only because you are genetically programmed to do so.  Even if you act right, you did so because it is how you were programmed.  Even if who we are is based on stimuli as we grow older, it is still not any choice we made.  It is just the result of our "programming" as we grew older. Think of the automatic pilot on an airplane.  It is used for take offs, flying, and even landing.  If the computer is successful in landing the plane safely, can we call that computer moral?  Of course not, it was only doing as it was programmed to do.  It did not "choose" to land the plane safely.  Conversely, if the computer malfunctions and crash lands, should we try the computer for murder?  Of course not, because the computer did not "choose" to crash the plane.  It was merely a malfunction.  The same argument can be made about a brain with no soul behind it.  Without a soul, it is just a computer reacting to stimuli.  It can't be moral or immoral because morality is choosing to do right.  The brain would be amoral, not right not wrong, just reacting to stimuli. 

Furthermore, morality can not exist without a higher authority.  Even atheists, for the most part, acknowledge that there exists right and wrong.  I have head 2 arguments from atheists regarding morality.  One being that Christians and atheists, statistically speaking are of the same morality.  The other being that morality is simply choosing to do the least amount of harm.  Even if you accept the premise of the first argument (and I don't), it still does not explain what morality is.  The second fails in 2 ways: morality is oftentimes at odds with doing the least harm and it does not explain why it is even moral to do less harm (there still need to exist a higher power for harm to me morally wrong).  If morality was simply doing the least amount of harm, then it would be "moral" to allow your child to be raped to save the life of 2 others.  That was a shocking statement, but in the world of the morality of doing the least harm, it is a moral act. 

The larger question is the concept of morality itself.  Atheists should be more likely to argue that morality does not exist yet again they can not deny its existence.  Morality is that sense we all have of right and wrong.  We all know its wrong to lie, cheat, steal, and murder.  We all have a conscience that nags at us when we are doing wrong.  Even unredeemed man has a conscience.  They would argue that its an artifact of evolution to not hurt the species, but morality often does not parallel with is right for the species and even more often transcends any relation to survival of the species.  Plagiarism, even among the scientific atheists, is considered wrong.  But why?  Why is it wrong to steal the ideas of someone else and claim it as your own?   Why is rape wrong?  Rape has nothing to do with survival of the species, yet we all know it is wrong.  I dare say that in the long run, even murder has no bearing on the survival of humanity yet it is wrong. 

The fact is that we can not even claim the existence of morality without a Higher Authority.  If morality is something that we can subject others to, there must be a law that transcends humanity.  If there is no higher power, then man is the highest power. If man is the highest power, then each man defines what morality is for himself.   We then have no right to impose our morality on one another.  I can not say to someone else that it is wrong to steal from me because his sense of morality that it is right to steal is just as valid as mine.  And what will happen is that society will break down into the strong abusing the weak.  There has to be a higher law declaring that theft is wrong for me to hold him to that moral law.  For an atheist, there is no higher power so the concept of morality is moot to them, or at least it should be.  Again, they can not deny its existence.  In fact, they embrace it by making moral judgments against God and against Christians for spreading their faith. 

Atheists are a walking contradiction.  They spend so much time judging something they do not even believe exists.  They are filled with anger at our behavior and beliefs yet their own dogma teaches that we are not responsible for our behavior or beliefs.  They teach that there is no higher authority but yet claim a higher law in their judgments of us and God.  They embrace a self-defeating philosophy where they prove God's existence through their efforts to disprove Him.  They would be better to just argue that we were mere animals, or not argue at all.  There is no point in an atheistic worldview to argue anything.  Life and death are meaningless.  Everything is meaningless.  We are all just animals alive for a brief time then dead. 

They are not atheists, they are just arrogant.  They  can not accept that they are under His authority and they can not accept that they can not understand Him.  It is not that they do not believe in God.  They just want to be God and they hate God because they see Him as what is standing in their way of obtaining that height.  They are of the Spirit of Satan and do not even realize that they are the fulfillment of prophesy:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Romans 1:18-25 NKJV
This passage says it all.  God predicted their behavior about 2000 years before they came to be.  These so-called atheists ignore the glory of the Creator for the sake of the creation.  They speak of God as though He were a man.  They are arrogant regarding their so-called intelligence when really they are just petty fools before God.  A God they will stand before one day and give account for their rebellion.  God says it plainly, they are without excuse.  Unless they repent, they will be judged. 

Everyone is aware of the concept of free will, which is why freedom is so universally important.  Everyone is away of right and wrong and good vs. evil as it is written in all our hearts.  Everyone looks in wonder of the beauty of creation from the individuality of each snowflake to stars that decorate our sky.  The signature of God is written into everything within and outside ourselves.  Some, though, refuse to accept that and they do so to their own destruction.  What is ironic is that same God who is subject to their ridicule, rebellion, denial, insults, and judgments is the God who sent His son to die for their sins.  The greatest tragedy will be that in their arrogance they may never see that despite all they have they done, if they turn and accept Jesus they will be accepted into the arms of God as His children.  That is how awesome the grace of God is.  They think they are so smart, but in the end, they will tragically learn a truer saying has never been said:
THE fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."  Psalm 14:1a NKJV

1 comment:

  1. 1) Bummer about the black olives. They're delicious!

    2) This post reminded me of Mere Christianity. I like the philisophical posts.

    3) "I think therefore I am" makes my head spin like Star Trek episodes that go into the future to change things that can't be changed in the past. Somehow I get it, though.

    4) I'd love to see some creation vs. evolution posts and a post on the Young Earth theory. In your spare time :)