Saturday, October 29, 2016

Scientifically Proving the Existence of God

A common occurrence for Christians and creationists is to have a smug atheist issue the demand, "Prove to me that God exists using science". These people who claim to believe in science and "reason" are arguing from their naturalistic presuppositions, but demonstrate not only their ignorance of the nature of God, but are also committing the formal logical fallacy known as the category error. That is, it's impossible to use man-made science philosophies and methods to "prove" the existence of God, who exists outside the confines of time, space, and matter. Then the owlhoots claim victory over the stupid Christian and proclaim that God does not exist, then try to prove evolution. However, there is abundant evidence for the existence of God, beginning from inside the questioner (Romans 1:18-23, Psalm 53:1 ESV).

Christians and creationists are often challenged by atheists to "scientifically prove the existence of God". Similarly, they ask, "Who made God?" Such approaches are irrational.
Image of God by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, painted in the 1500s,
modified by a graphic from Clker clipart
Similarly, another irrational question is asked, "Who made God?" It may seem reasonable on the surface, but people who claim to know logic and philosophy should know that this question requires infinite regression: who made God, and who is above that maker who made him, who made him, ad nauseam. There has to be an ultimate starting point somewhere.
This question is a major objection that atheists put forward to justify their disbelief. Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), a famous British philosopher, in his influential little essay, Why I am not a Christian, put this forward as his first objection.1 Today’s atheists repeat the objection, including Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and Australia’s own Philip Adams at the 2010 Global Atheists’ Congress in Melbourne Australia, who said,

“The great argument for God was that there had to be a Creation, a beginning. … But my objection was simple. If God was the beginning who began God?”

The universe had a beginning; almost no one disputes that, because the laws of thermodynamics demand it: the universe is running down and it cannot have been running down forever, or it would have already run down. No stars would be still churning out energy and we would not be here.
To read the rest of this excellent article, click on "Who created God? — It’s an illogical question". Wait, there's more! I also recommend reading "How Do We Know There Is a God?", and for those who want a challenge, click here for Dr. Greg Bahnsen's refutation of the Bertrand Russell essay.