on the existence of god
Can you identify the person referred to in this passage? Can you guess what book of the New Testament this passage comes from? Scroll to the far bottom for answers: 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces…
Religion should be abandoned because it motivates killing—argue atheists. But the first problem with this argument is that “religion” is a notoriously slippery term. It is therefore impossible to rationally categorize God-believing church attenders as “religious” and atheists as “non-religious.”
Secondly, the most prolific killers in all of human history were the Communists and Nazis. Communism is an officially atheist political philosophy, and the Nazis rationalized their killing with atheist philosophy.
Everything with a beginning requires a cause. This is the Law of Causation, without which, science would be impossible. Atheism has therefore relied on the premise that the universe is eternal (without beginning), and therefore does not require a creator….no origin, no Originator. But modern physics (including Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity) declare that the universe DID have a beginning.
Materialism (in which atheism is rooted) declares that only the material world is real, and that, therefore, human beings are nothing but physical bodies…which have no soul that survives bodily death. But the near-death experience (NDE) phenomenon poses a grave threat to this viewpoint. Therefore, atheist NDE skeptics have gone to great lengths to deny the reality of the NDE phenomenon, which, as NDE researcher Jeffrey Long M.D. states in his book Evidence for the Afterlife, often include a “reunion with deceased loved ones and with God, angels, Jesus.” Viewed in light of all of the evidence, one quickly begins to realize why materialist attempts to explain away the phenomenon fall flat.
Readers of the essay entitled Is There A God (What is the Chance the World is the Result of Chance?) may be interested in knowing some hard numbers with regard to the probability that the universe occurred randomly (i.e. no conscious creator involved). When one examines these numbers, one immediately understands why the Cambridge University astrophysicist Fred Hoyle was justified in saying, “A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.”
Disbelief in God is most frequently presented by atheists as a conclusion arrived at from logical reasoning. But the truth is that atheism is most often the result of psychological and moral causes.