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God’s Existence

 

Atheism

God has clearly revealed his existence to men. Suppose a student were to write on a physics exam that he did not believe in atoms because he could not see them. Would not the professor be justified in failing him? The existence of atoms is clearly undeniable on the basis of their recognized effects. Everyone familiar with Hiroshima knows that atoms exist; they are known from their effect. Likewise, men are responsible to acknowledge God and his eternal power by the effects that are clearly revealed in the Creation. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Creation, Complexity of

Dr. Carl Sagan, a famous astronomer and author who professes to have no belief in God or the Bible, has nevertheless recognized the complexity of the design of creation. In his book ‘The Dragons of Eden’ he describes the complexity of a chromosome:

“A single human chromosome contains twenty billion bits of information. How much information is twenty billion bits? What would be its equivalent, if it were written down in an ordinary printed book in modern human language? Twenty billion bits are the equivalent of about three billion letters. If there are approximately six letters in an average word, the information content of a human chromosome corresponds to about five hundred million words. If there are about three hundred words on an ordinary page of printed type, this corresponds to about two million pages. If a typical book contains five hundred such pages, the information content of a single human chromosome corresponds to some four thousand volumes. It is clear, then, that the chromosome contains an enormous library of information. It is equally clear that so rich a library is required to specify as exquisitely constructed and intricately functioning an object as a human being.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Creation/creator

John Haldone, a scientist, once suggested to Monsignor Knox that in a universe containing millions of planets it was inevitable that life would appear by chance on one of them. “Sir,” said Knox, “if Scotland Yard found a body in your Saratoga trunk, would you tell them, ‘There are millions of trunks in the world-surely one of them must contain a body’? I think they still would want to know who put it there.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Creation/Creator

Robert Jastrow, a scientist who calls himself “agnostic” in religious matters, has written in ‘God and the Astronomers’ the following:

“A sound explanation may exist for the explosive birth of our Universe, but if it does, science cannot find out what that explanation is. The scientist’s pursuit of the past ends in the moment of creation. This is an exceedingly strange development, unexpected by all but the theologians. They have always accepted the word of the Bible, ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and earth.’ To which St. Augustine added, ‘Who can understand this mystery or explain it to others?’ The development is unexpected because science has had such extraordinary success in tracing the chain of cause and effect backward in time…Now we would like to pursue that inquiry farther back in time, but the barrier to further progress seems insurmountable. It is not a matter of another year, another decade of work, another measurement, or another theory; at this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Creation/Creator

The story is told of a science professor who constructed a planetarium, a precisely scaled model of the universe. A student came into his office and asked him who made it. The professor said, “No one.”

The student laughed and asked again, “Come on, who made this fantastic piece of precise work?” The professor replied, “No one. It just happened.”

The student became confused and angry, and the professor said, “Well, if you can go out of this class and look at nature around you and believe it just happened, you can also believe this precise piece of work just happened without a creator.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Creation/Creator

”Is it hard to paint a picture?” a woman asked Salvador Dali.

“No,” replied the artist. “It’s either easy or impossible.”

The same answer holds for the creation of the universe. For God, it was “easy”. For any other person, it is “impossible!” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching