For someone to say there is no God that person must know all things in order to be able to say that. None of us can claim to know everything.
Now let’s change that to be someone saying that they believe that God does not exist. Okay, my next question would be, what evidence are you basing that belief on?
IF God is real… THEN what?
THEN that means we are accountable to an authority beyond ourselves. That is quite the statement isn’t it?
The evidence that God exists and is real is overwhelming, tremendous, and literally all around us in every aspect of our life.
I pray that my words in this blog will bring you a bit of hope that there is something to look forward to in this life. That in it, no matter what, in the amazing times and in the challenging and painful times, we in our situations can be given the ability to see beyond the situation to what is underneath and above it. Along with that goes the promise that there is a future that goes beyond anything we truly know or can fully conceive of.
To those who don’t believe, I pray that my words will bring you comfort no matter where you are at. That a seed might be planted and you begin to hunger to know more.
So back to the IF God is real part. Here are 10 interesting items that are great pondering points on that topic.
1) The Earth is a perfect size. It’s size and gravity holds a thin mix of a layer of mainly nitrogen and oxygen gases, extending approximately 50 miles above the Earth’s surface. If Earth were smaller, an atmosphere would be impossible, like the planet Mercury. If Earth were larger, its atmosphere would contain free hydrogen, like the planet Jupiter.
2) The Earth is located the perfect distance from the sun. If the Earth were any further away, we would freeze. Any closer and we would burn up. Even a fractional variance in the Earth’s position to the sun would make life on Earth impossible. Even beyond that, the Earth maintains this perfect distance from the sun while it rotates around the sun at a speed of nearly 67,000 mph, while at the same time, rotating on its axis, allowing warming and cooling of the entire surface of the Earth, every day, in a way that sustains life.
3) The moon is the perfect size and distance from the Earth for the gravitational pool. The moon creates ocean tides so the ocean does not either stagnate, or spill over across the continents.
4) Water is essential for our survival and has interesting, unique, and life sustaining qualities. Plants, animals, and people consist mostly of water (we are approximately 2/3 water). This colorless, odorless, tasteless liquid has a uniquely high boiling point and freezing point. Water allows us to be alive in an environment that temperatures range, meanwhile our body remains at a steady approximate 98.6 degrees. Water is a universal solvent, which carries minerals and nutrients through our bodies and into the smallest blood vessels. Water is also chemically neutral which means that it enables food, medicine, minerals to be absorbed and used by the body, without affecting them. Water has a unique surface tension. Water in plants can therefore flow upward against gravity, bringing life giving water and nutrients to the top of even the tallest trees. Water freezes from the top down and floats, so fish can live in the winter.
5) 97% of the Earth’s water is in the oceans however, there is a natural system of purification and distribution in place. On Earth, to distribute the water throughout the planet, evaporation takes the ocean waters, leaving the salt, and forms clouds, which the wind easily moves to disperse water over the land, for vegetation, animals, and people. A natural system of purification and supply sustains life on this planet.
6) The human brain processes an incredible amount of information. It takes in all that you see, hear, feel, taste; holds and processes emotions, thoughts, memories; keeps you breathing, opens and closes your eyelids to blink to protect your eyes, controls hunger and thirst, moves your muscles… all of this simultaneously. The human brain processes more than a million messages a second, weighing the importance of all the data, and filtering out what is not relevant for the moment. The human brain is different from all other human organs. There is intelligence, ability to learn, remember, reason, to produce feelings, to plan, take action, and relate to others.
7) The eye is able to distinguish between 7 million colors; it has automatic focusing and handles over a million messages received by it, simultaneously.
8) Every cell in our bodies has a very detailed instruction code, DNA. DNA is a three-billion-lettered “computer” program if you will, telling the cell to act in a certain way. It is a full instruction manual that in a very detailed, specific way, tells the body how it should develop. It is so intricate that it leaves huge questions as to how this information came to be, without a Divine someone intentionally constructing it.
9) The universe operates by uniform laws of nature. How is it that we can identify laws of nature that never change? Why is the universe so orderly, so reliable?
10) The universe had a start, so what caused it? The “big bang” theory states that billions of years ago, all of the matter in the known universe was tightly packed into a microscopic cosmic “egg” and our universe began with one enormous explosion of energy and light. This, the singular start to everything that exists.
Where did this “egg” come from? Some claim it possibly resulted from an earlier universe that collapsed upon itself. Well, then where did that universe come from? This assumes that matter is eternal, something that is refuted by the second law of thermodynamics in physics.
Where did this enormous explosion of energy and light come from? Something does not come from nothing.
Where did the first something come from? Matter of fact, where did the very first life come from? Scientifically it has been proven that life cannot be created from something that does not have life.
The intricacy of our planet, and of our bodies, points to a deliberate designer who created it, and who sustains it. All these things point to a Divine creator, God.
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The Good Book = The Bible
Well then, what is THE Bible? The Bible is inspired by God and is the account of God’s action in the world and His purpose with all creation. The writing of the Bible took place over sixteen centuries and is the work of over forty human authors. It is an amazing collection of 66 books with very different styles all containing the message God desired us to have.
One of the greatest miracles of the Bible is its unity. The 66 books of the Bible were written over an estimated 1,500 years on three continents in three languages by about 40 different people who, in most cases, had never met. Their education and background varied greatly. Yet the 66 books maintain an amazing consistency and harmony with each other.
Why is the Bible is true and not a bunch of fables? Another astounding reality is the accuracy of scientific statements made in the Bible, even before scientists had “discovered” these things. Just a few examples: the roundness of the earth is mentioned in Isaiah 40:22, atmospheric circulation in Ecclesiastes 1:6, the hydrologic cycle in Ecclesiastes 1:7, the law of increasing entropy in Psalm 102:25-27, the importance of blood in life processes in Leviticus 17:11, gravitational field in Job 26:7.
Some interesting additional reading is this outside source “The Universe Confirms the Bible.”
There is also incredible historical accuracy found in the Bible. Archaeology has shown the events, places, and people are consistent with history. Archaeological evidence demonstrates the historical and cultural accuracy of the Bible. Archaeological findings demonstrate that the Biblical prophets accurately predicted events hundreds of years before they occurred, something that lies beyond the capability of people. The Dead Sea Scrolls have also provided impressive evidence for both the integrity of the Old Testament (Tanakh) and the authenticity of the books themselves. Archaeology has also shown events, places, and people of the New Testament are consistent with history.
The reliability and accuracy of the New Testament is often contested by critics. However, if the critics want to disregard the New Testament, then they must also disregard other ancient writings by Plato, Aristotle, and Homer. The New Testament documents are better preserved and more numerous than any other ancient writings. Because of this, they can be cross checked for accuracy, and they are very consistent. From Collier’s Encyclopedia, 1976, Volume 17, pages 465-467: “Next to the New Testament, there are more extant [currently existing] manuscripts of the Iliad (643) than any other book…The New Testament has about 20,000 lines…the Iliad about 15,600. Only 40 lines (or 400 words) of the New Testament are in doubt, where as 764 lines of the Iliad are questioned. This 5% textual corruption compares with 1/2 of 1%…in the New Testament. Over 96% of these variants are without material significance in ascertaining the meaning of the text.”
Now to address the concerns that the New Testament is for everyone else except for Jewish people.