Does God really exist? Is it even possible to know God exists? Is it really important to know if he exists, and, if so, why? These are questions that have been debated through the ages. And because we as humans have inquiring minds, there have been some who have walked this earth in the fields of science who have helped us come to an understanding of what is going on in our universe.
If God exists, then that means what has happened and still is happening in the universe has importance and purpose, including our lives. It would also mean that it is highly likely that there are consequences beyond this life for what we do while in this life. On the other hand if God doesn’t exist, we are just here to make it through the best we can and there is probably no ultimate purpose to life, then we just end up dead and cease to exist after death.
Thanks to people like John Ankerberg and Frank Turek in partnership with Christian television stations, scientific proof is now being broadcast over the airwaves showing us how God’s existence is real and what the Bible says is very reasonable and accurate.
One scientific argument in favor of God’s existence is the Cosmological Argument. It states that the universe has a beginning, and since it has a beginning someone began it. This argument accepts the Big Bang Theory, or at least the part of the theory that says the universe and time exploded (or suddenly appeared) into existence out of nothing. The majority of unbelieving scientists hold to this theory, like Stephen Hawking who said, “Almost everyone now believes that the universe, and time itself, had a beginning at the Big Bang.” Another scientist, Russian cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin said, “With the proof now in place, cosmologists can no longer hide behind the possibility of a past-eternal universe. There is now no escape, they have to face the problem of a cosmic beginning.” And, of course, a cosmic beginning is only a problem because many scientists know that this idea leads them right to a supernatural Supreme Being who began the beginning.
Frank Turek points out that the simplest way to remember these proofs is to keep in mind the acronym SURGE which stands for:
- Second law of thermodynamics
- Universe is expanding
- Radiation afterglow
- Great galaxy seeds
- Einstein’s theory of general relativity
Second law of thermodynamics
This law says that the universe is running down and everything in the universe has a tendency to decay. Science has shown that the universe has only a finite amount of usable energy available to keep it going since it is not drawing energy from outside of it. The universe is like a battery-powered flashlight, according to Frank Turek. If you put fresh batteries in it to get it to work and leave it on all day, at the end of the day the light will not be as bright as it was and may even have dimmed completely because the usable energy in the batteries runs out. Since the usable energy in the universe is running out, but has not completely run out yet, we can deduce that the universe had a beginning because the sun and other stars are still operating. If the universe had eternal existence, the finite, usable energy in the universe would no longer be operational.
Universe is expanding
Edwin Hubble, the American astronomer, discovered in 1929 that the universe was expanding when he peered through the telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory near Pasadena, CA. He noticed that all of the galaxies were moving away from us because there was a red shift in the lights of the other galaxies, which was a sign that the universe was moving outward.
Because those lights were moving outward from our galaxy, he came to the logical scientific conclusion that if we could see the reverse of the outward motions of the universe, the universe would eventually move back to the point of being nothing. And if the universe was at one time nothing and had no motion, then there had to be a supernatural someone putting it into motion.
I will continue the remaining points in future posts. But if Christians are ever challenged by atheists or agnostics to prove God’s existence without using the Bible, this is an excellent way to scientifically prove how unscientific such people really are. If God shows us through reliable and reasonable science which backs up the Bible and they still don’t believe, this reveals the true nature of unbelievers in that they really don’t care about science as they claim. They are just interested in promoting their faulty philosophy and false religion.
Source: Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, NRB Broadcast, Monday, March 1, 2010, 8:00-9:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–