Following The Evidence #19

David Attenborough’s Problem, is symptomatic of the genre of atheists who “worship and serve the creation rather than the creator” (Rom1:25.) He said once, “When Creationists talk about God creating every individual species as a separate act, they always instance hummingbirds, or orchids, sunflowers and beautiful things. But I tend to think instead of a parasitic worm that is boring through the eye of a boy sitting on the bank of a river in West Africa, [a worm] that’s going to make him blind. And I ask them, “Are you telling me that the God you believe in, who you also say is an all- merciful God, who cares for each one of us individually, are you saying that God created this worm that can live in no other way than in an innocent child’s eyeball? Because that doesn’t seem to me to coincide with a God who is full of mercy!”

Ironically this is a theological argument not a scientific argument. It is about what a god supposedly would or would not do rather than about the scientific evidence. It’s ironic that Attenborough claims that the Intelligent Design Movement is about theology while evolution is about science, yet his main anti-Intelligent Design argument is theological rather than scientific!
Attenborough ignores the fall, as do most such critics; God did NOT design things this way, but they became this way after sin entered the world. This is a planet in rebellion against God. (There are numerous other arguments about pathogens and predators that he could have used.) Romans 8:19-24 tells us the whole creation is groaning, waiting for redemption. Interestingly, Attenborough has openly declared that this planet is on life support and will be unlikely to make it through this century.

Thomas Paine once said, “To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity (and God) in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.”

In the end it is a matter of going where the evidence leads you – without prejudice. When we explore the creation vs evolution evidence, we will find some very interesting things. Most atheists, in my experience, have no good reasons for their disbelief.  Rather they’ve learned to simply repeat the slogan, “There’s no good evidence for God’s existence!”

In the case of a Christian who has no good reasons for what he believes, this slogan serves as an effective conversation-stopper. But if we have good reasons for our beliefs, then this slogan serves rather as a conversation-starter. I think there are quite a number of good arguments for God’s existence. Arguments that make it reasonable to believe that a transcendent creator and designer of the universe exists who is the focus and source of absolute moral values. Over the next several months I will document many reasons for you to believe there is a God. It’s not the work of five minutes, but the evidence in the end is insurmountable and life changing.

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