What is Our Scientific Reasons So We Believe God Exists?
1. Spontaneous explosion at the Big Bang requiring a beginning to the universe and creation of all matter and energy out of nothing. This requires a Creator who made it all!
2. Fine tuning of many universal laws and constants necessary for life, including a correlation between the requirements of habitability and scientific discovery.
3. Life-friendly fine tuning of earth’s location in the galaxy (within the galactic habitable zone), and its location in the solar system (within the circumstellar habitable zone).
4. Fine tuning of chemistry for life processes — especially human-like life.
5. High levels of language-based complex and specified information in DNA — i.e., fine-tuning of informational sequences — pointing to need for a source to infuse massive amounts of information in the first life.
6. Fine-tuning of amino acid sequences to yield functional protein folds and to perform necessary biological processes.
7. Presence of irreducibly complex molecular machines which contain parts and mechanical known from human technology – parts that are arranged in a purposeful hierarchical manner just as they are found in human designs.
8. Abrupt appearance of complex body plans in the Cambrian explosion (and other explosions in the history of life) showing the need for a source which can rapidly infuse massive amounts of information into animals to generate their body plans.
9. Reuse of similar genetic programs and physical parts in widely diverse organisms, pointing to common design.
10. Information and functionality pervades life, seen in massive functionality of noncoding “junk” DNA, newly discovered layers of multidimensional coding of genetic information (e.g., overlapping genes, functions for synonymous codons, histone code, splicing code), and newly discovered forms of epigenetic information in cells (e.g., sugar code, endogenous electrical fields).
If there is really God, why can’t I see him?
This is a frequent question of those who do not believe God.
We believe in lots of things we can’t see with our eyes. Why? Because we know how the world works and it points to those things existing.
So when we see a beautiful creation, we have to ask “Does beauty ever come from anything other than an Artist?”
And when we see an orderly universe governed by laws, we have to ask “Do laws ever come from anything other than a Lawgiver?”
And when we life is built upon a language-based code, we have to ask “Do language-based ever come from anything other than a Writer?”
So the world requires an Artist, a Lawgiver, and a Writer. You may not see God with your eyes but you see PLENTY of evidence that shows He is there.
Also, there’s plenty of evidence for God from the miracles that have happened in the Bible and also fulfilled biblical prophecies.
No scientist has ever perceived a sub-atomic particle.
Scientists scrutinize effects of these particles. From those effects, they deduce particles must exist even if they do not see them.
Physicists say there are over 30 “cosmological or physical parameters” that oversee the material universe. Each needs to be regulated with precision that baffles the mind for life to exist in the cosmos. This has never been seen!
If there is really God, why can’t he heal amputees?
Many miracles are not reported publicly and never catch the public’s eye. Why must we assume that God never heals amputees? After all, dearth of proof is not the evidence of absence. Atheists do not have PROOF that God has not healed an amputee. It is just a guess of their erroneous objection.
The question may assume that other “miracles” represent healings. Yet, they are natural events that can be described by ordinary forces. Limbs that grow back may be beyond accomplishment by natural forces. What are the natural explanations that atheists believe? There are many well-documented healings without any natural explanation.
1. Why won’t you acknowledge that Jesus healed an amputee in the Bible (when Peter amputated the priest’s ear, Jesus replaced it. See Luke 22:50-51.
2. There are many kinds of medically unexplainable miracles besides healing amputees. Why do you refuse to consider those?
3. You say “Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence” haven’t you have deliberately concocted an unreasonably high standard of proof that prevents proof or miracles from ever being considered? Why do you act so unreasonably? Is it because you DON’T want to believe in miracles?
4. What do you think of the hundreds of miracles that Craig Keener documents in his 2-part volume “Miracles”?
Religion demands perfect evidence from Science but no evidence from itself?
Science supports religion. Yet, science does not support atheism.
The graphics say religion “demands perfect evidence” from science. This is not true. Religion does not support science since it is science that supports religion.
Religion challenges atheism to show scientific support for atheism. In this case, doubters of evolution and religious people do not demand “perfect evidence.” We are asking for ANY good evidence to support atheism! One example is when people say things like this about the natural origin of life.
“The Origin of Life – This problem is one of the big ones in science. It begins to place life, and us, in the universe. Most chemists believe, as do I, that life emerged spontaneously from mixtures of molecules in the prebiotic Earth. How? I have no idea.” (George M. Whitesides, “Revolutions In Chemistry: Priestley Medalist George M. Whitesides’ Address,” Chemical and Engineering News, Vol. 85: 12-17 (March 26, 2007).)
“The origin of life is one of the hardest problems in all of science, but it is also one of the most important. Origin-of-life research has evolved into a lively, inter-disciplinary field, but other scientists often view it with skepticism and even derision. This attitude is understandable and, in a sense, perhaps justified, given the “dirty” rarely mentioned secret: Despite many interesting results to its credit, when judged by the straightforward criterion of reaching (or even approaching) the ultimate goal, the origin of life field is a failure – we still do not have even a plausible coherent model, let alone a validated scenario, for the emergence of life on Earth. Certainly, this is due not to a lack of experimental and theoretical effort, but to the extraordinary intrinsic difficulty and complexity of the problem. A succession of exceedingly unlikely steps is essential for the origin of life, from the synthesis and accumulation of nucleotides to the origin of translation; through the multiplication of probabilities, these make the final outcome seem almost like a miracle.” (Eugene V. Koonin, molecular biologist, The Logic of Chance: The Nature and Origin of Biological Evolution (Upper Saddle River, NJ: FT Press, 2011), 391.)
“[T]he study of life’s origins has failed to generate a coherent and persuasive framework that gives meaning to the growing heap of data and speculation; and this suggests that we may still be missing some essential insight.” (Franklin M. Harold, In Search of Cell History: The Evolution of Life’s Building Blocks (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), p. 164.)
Besides, there is PLENTY of scientific evidence for religion. Scientific evidence indicates that God exists.
- Modification of laws of nature requires a creator.
- Big bang of the universe calls for a creator.
- Complexities in life require a creator.
Evidence shows that Christianity is true:
- Prophecies of Jesus Christ were fulfilled proving the Bible is God’s word.
- Supernatural miracles reveal God exists.
- The disciples sacrificed their lives. They believed that Christ died and was raised from the dead.
What is Our Challenge to Those Who say God Does not Exist?
1. Why is there something rather than nothing?
2. How did the universe (or the chain of events which led to our universe) come into existence?
3. How do you explain the origin of all the language-based information we see in life?
4. What is the origin of human consciousness?
5. If life is just about survival and reproduction, why are humans so invested in higher activities like religion, art, mathematics, philosophy, science, literature, selfless caring for the poor, higher language, and so many other things?