Following The Evidence #11

The Clues. What caused the big bang that Atheists believe in by faith? Why is the universe so finely tuned by the abundance of laws? Why is the probability of life such a one in a trillion-trillion chance? Why is nature so regular? How did life become so incredibly complex – right down to the complexity of the multi-trillion cells within the human body that function as a unit? What about beauty and meaning? Are they the products of accidental forces? If we believe in God, then the big bang is not mysterious, nor the fine tuning of the universe, nor the regularities of nature. All the things we see make perfect sense. Also, if God exists our intuitions about the meaninglessness of beauty and love are to be expected. If you don’t believe in God these things are profoundly inexplicable. Moses replies: “And if you search for him (the Lord) with all your heart and soul, you will find him.” Deuteronomy 4:29.

In ‘The Hopeless Disharmony’ C.S.Lewis wrote, “The universe is a universe of nonsense, but since you are here, grab what you can. Unfortunately, however, there is, on these terms, so very little left to grab — only the coarsest sensual pleasures. You can’t except in the lowest animal sense, be in love with a girl if you know (and keep on remembering) that all the beauties both of her person and of her character are a momentary and accidental pattern produced by the collision of atoms, and that your own response to them is only a sort of psychic phosphorescence arising from the behaviour of your genes. You can’t go on getting any very serious pleasure from music if you know and remember that its air of significance is pure illusion, that you like it only because your nervous system is irrationally conditioned to like it. You may still, in the lowest sense, have a “good time”; but just in so far as it becomes very good, just in so far as it ever threatens to push you on from cold sensuality into real warmth and enthusiasm and joy, so afar you will be forced to feel the hopeless disharmony between your own emotions and the universe in which you really live.”

None of these clues proves God, however the cumulative effect helps us follow the evidence and the clues become provocative and potent. The theory that there is a God who made the world accounts for the evidence we see better than the theory that there is no God. Those who argue against the existence of God use knowledge and their cognitive faculties, all of which make far more sense in a universe in which God has created and supports all these ‘clues’ by His own power.

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