Vol. 1 - No. 5 

May, 1982

The Existence of God:

Reasonable Thinking

by Lloyd Clark

Those of us who believe in God have no difficulty finding evidence to support our belief in not only God's word, the Bible, but also in nature. Yet there are those who deny the existence of God, and must deal only with the realm of human experience to explain the origin of man and the universe. Since infidels reject all notions of the existence of God, they also reject the Bible as being His inspired word delivered to us. If we are ever to convince these of the reality of God, we must fight them on their own ground-human learning-because they will listen to nothing else. So, setting our Bibles aside for the moment, let us appeal to the realm of human experience for the answers to three dilemmas concerning the existence of physical life as we know it. In each case, we must decide what is most reasonable to believe, based only on the facts gained from human experience.

First of all we must decide: Either (1) Something exists, or (2) Nothing exists. As far as I know, these are our only two alternatives. To make your decision, choose any object at hand-a book, pencil, car, etc.-and ask "Does this exist?". We certainly have no difficulty in determining that, indeed, something surely exists! If asked about the matter, we can now say with confidence that something does exist. Thus, we rule out option #2 as being too unreasonable to believe. We now move on to a slightly more difficult alternative.

Since something does exist, then either: (1) Something came from nothing, or (2) Something has always existed. As far as I know, no one can prove that something has always existed. I can not, at any rate. But since there are only two alternatives, and since never in all of human experience has anything ever been observed to come from nothing, the second alternative must be accepted as being most reasonable! Scientists themselves agree with this. The fact that no object has ever been observed to come from nothing is so consistently true that it has been written as scientific law in two different ways:

1. The First Law of Thermodynamics: The total amount of all matter & energy can not be increased or decreased, even though it may be changed in form.

Water is a good example of this scientific law. Though one gallon of water may "swell" or increase in size when frozen, you still have but one gallon of water. The same applies if extreme heat is applied and the water vaporizes, forming a cloud. Though but a mist and barely visible, if the entire cloud could be re-captured and condensed, you would still have one gallon of water.

2. The Law of Biogenesis: Living things come only from other living things like themselves.

The law of Biogenesis is evident in every living creature. Two elephants have yet to mate and produce a giraffe. Never will two mosquitoes have birth to an ostrich. Nor will two gorillas ever be "mom & dad" to a human baby. Elephants reproduce elephants, mosquitoes give us other mosquitoes, and so on. This is "nature's way." And in NO CASE has an elephant, or anything else, ever just "popped" into existence. They came from other elephants. When asked "Which came first the chicken or the egg?", we give the most reasonable answer-the chicken. This fits into the laws of science. Thus, the most reasonable choice to our second dilemma is that something has always existed. We use the word "eternal" to describe things which have always existed. This brings us to our third and final problem.

Since something has always existed, then either: (1) That something is physical, or (2) That something is not physical (spiritual). There is no evidence or information in existence that would oppose the idea of some spiritual existence being eternal, but there is much evidence-scientific evidence-which tells us physical things can not be eternal. The fact that physical matter decays and breaks down, that physical motion slows, that order becomes disorder, and that entropy surely increases is so consistently observed to be true without exception that it, too, has been written as scientific law-The Second Law of Thermodynamics. Infidel, pseudo-scientists quickly point out that this law only applies in a closed system, where no outside source of energy is allowed to contribute. But we should note that the physical universe is, by definition, a closed system. Could our physical, running down universe have existed eternally? Could it run down eternally? Sir Isaac Newton said: "I have observed that, without exception (emphasis mine, LC) hot objects warm cold objects until their temperatures become equal. In the universe I see some very hot objects and some very cold objects. Therefore, I conclude that the universe can not be very old." It certainly is not eternal!

Scientists tell us our sun converts 200,000,000 tons of hydrogen into helium each second, and that 4,500,000 million tons of its mass is lost each second in the process! Could our physical sun have been burning eternally? Of course not.

We see then that physical things, without exception, cannot be eternal. This being so, we must conclude, as the most reasonable alternative, that that which has always existed is "not physical," which we call "spiritual."

This spiritual, eternal being, whom we call God, has extreme power, demonstrated by the things He has made. Consider the size of the earth, the size of the sun, and the size and workings of the entire universe. Have you ever wondered how all those stars and planets are able to float around in space, constantly moving at thousands of miles per hour, yet never colliding with each other? Have you ever taken the time to marvel at the fact that our ordinary calendars and clocks are patterned after and kept pace with the revolutions of the planets around our sun, and the rotation of our earth? This entire universe is one big clock with a day/date calendar to boot! Observe the two lists below.

1. Life

Robots?

2. Eyes

Camera

3. Lungs

Scuba Tanks,

Exhaust Systems?

4. Blood & Circulatory System

Hydraulic Systems?

5. Brain

Computer?

6. Universe

Watch?

7. Skin

Plastic Covers?

The list on the left shows some of God's creations. The list on the right shows man's inventions, built by men who observed God's creations and imitated some of them in a crude way. These crude copies proclaim man's intelligence and engineering abilities, and everyone recognizes that these crude efforts show evidence of designers and builders. Yet some, while dumbfounded and awestruck by these simple, gross imitations, simply write off God's complex, non-duplicatable, original creations as mere accidents products of chance! We have not the space to discuss the great complexities of these, God's creations, and then compare them with man's crude copies. Yet, after contemplating the facts, it is reasonable to insist that these are only accidents???

When we deal strictly with the facts we find that: (1) Something Exists, (2) Something has always existed, (3) That something which has always existed is not physical, but spiritual... (4) A Being we call God. You, dear reader, must make your decision. Our hope is that you will continue to look only at the facts-not speculation, and believe that which is most reasonable.