Well, I guess it is time to finally give my answer to this question…Is God real? I think it is pretty obvious what my answer is, considering I have a Christian blog site. Just to clarify though, I do believe the God of Christianity is real. I have thought about how to explain it to believers and nonbelievers, but I think the only people who would relate would be believers. So, I am going to take a different angle to this question. Recently, I finished reading a book by C. S. Lewis called The Case For Christianity. If you don’t know who C. S. Lewis is, google him and read the wikipedia on him. He was an atheist who turned into a Christian. He was a very intelligent man and wrote many great books. (The Chronicles of Narnia being one) I want to mention some of the things he brought out in this book. I think it will be appealing to nonbelievers as well as believers.
Part one of the book is called “Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe.” In this section of the book he talks about The Law of Right and Wrong, The Moral Law, and The Rule of Decent Behavior, which are all basically the same. There are a few points he makes that I find rather interesting. He starts off talking about The Law of Right and Wrong, which originally was called The Law of Human Nature. Basically, this law states that every human instinctively knows right from wrong. He goes on to tell that there are a few morals various cultures differ in but there is a basis that everyone agrees on. An example he uses is “Men have differed as to whether you should have one wife or four. But they have always agreed that you mustn’t simply have any woman you want.” He also uses an example about seeing someone drowning. “At those moments when we are most conscious of the Moral Law, it usually seems to be telling us to side with the weaker of the two impulses. You probably want to be safe much more than you want to help the man who is drowning: but the Moral Law tells you to help him all the same.” For the sake of keeping this blog short, which is not going to happen, I am going to be limited on what all I can use from this book. But the point he is trying to make is the fact that we will choose the situation which is less natural just because it is the right thing to do. So where do the same basic morals for every human come from or what makes us choose the less intelligent decision, such as diving in a raging river to save someone from drowning? Would it not be a creator?
Now I want to talk about the universe. Let’s start out quoting from the book. “Ever since men were able to think they’ve been wondering what this universe really is and how it came to be here. And, very roughly, two views have been held. First, there is what is called the materialist view. People who take that view think that matter and space just happen to exist, and always have existed, nobody knows why; and that the matter, behaving in certain fixed ways has just happened, by a sort of fluke, to produce creatures like ourselves who are able to think. By one chance in a thousand something hit our sun and made it produce the planets; and by another thousandth chance the chemicals necessary for life, and the right temperature, arose on one of these planets, and so some of the matter on this earth came alive; and then, by a very long series of chances, the living creatures developed into things like us. The other view is the religious view. According to it, what is behind the universe is more like a mind than it’s like anything else we know. That is to say, it’s conscious, and has purposes, and prefers one thing to another. And on this view it made the universe, partly for purposes we don’t know, but partly, at any rate, in order to produce creatures like itself-I mean like itself to the extent of having minds.” (There are other views such as the Life-Force philosophy, Creative-Evolution, and Emergent Evolution. I am trying to keep this as short as possible so I won’t go into them.) He goes on to tell that neither view can be proven by science because science only works through experiments. But in the end I guess we just have to look at each view and decide which one best fits our thoughts.
So in this last section I want to quote some more from the book. This is a great point that he lays out about “thoughts.” “Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen for physical or chemical reasons to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a bye-product, the sensation I call thought. But if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I can’t believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve God.” Wow! I never thought of it like that before.
I know this blog really has been a lot of quotes from this book, but I think it is better to give an answer like this from the point of view of a converted atheist. I have been raised in the church and told about God my entire life, therefore that’s all I know. So I could never know what it is like to be on the outside looking in. But I do know what it is to not know how I am going to make it through the week emotionally, physically, or financially. Throughout my life there have been times in which I had nothing to depend on except God. He has provided for me in every need. In these times it was not by mere coincidence. It wasn’t possible for the outcome to turn out the way it did. Also, my question is, how does everything work together the way it does if there is no creator? (Birth, our bodies, walking, talking, seeing, intelligence, emotions) Is it really the way science explains it? And a lot of them science can thoroughly explain, but how did the things that make up the way we do these things come about to work together perfectly? I guess one day we will all know for sure what is the correct view.
In closing, I want to give one more short quote he says. He is talking about when Jesus comes back. “For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side. There’s no good (in) saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. That won’t be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover what side we really have chosen, whether we realised it before or not. Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.”
Philippians 2:9-11 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(I couldn’t talk about everything I wanted to from the C.S. Lewis book, so I urge everyone to read it. It is only about 50 pages long but full of awesome facts.)