From time to time, I post something on atheism on this blog. This week was a case to point. While few comment on my blog, I welcome comments and rarely censor them. I do read most of the comments and I did read this comment from anonymous. I do not consider myself a scholar nor a philosopher. I am just about an average man in thought and intelligence.
I am not going to argue against atheism, but rather my case (others could easily do a better job) for theism.
In my own life's journey I cannot recollect a time when I did not believe in God's existence. From a Biblical perspective I attribute this to "God ha[ving] put eternity into man's heart" (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
My case "for God" is as follows:
- The argument from design. I see intelligent design in the universe. When I see a watch, I understand there is a watchmaker.
- From the heavens
- To the micro-world
- In the kittens and puppies
- In the tiny hands of babies
- In morality: "all people recognize some moral code (that some things are right, and some things are wrong). Every time we argue over right and wrong, we appeal to a higher law that we assume everyone is aware of, holds to, and is not free to arbitrarily change. Right and wrong imply a higher standard or law, and law requires a lawgiver. Because the Moral Law transcends humanity, this universal law requires a universal lawgiver. This, it is argued, is God."
- That men "conceive God": "than which a greater cannot be imagined cannot be in the understanding alone. For if it is at least in the understanding alone, it can be imagined to be in reality too, which is greater. Therefore if that than which a greater cannot be imagined is in the understanding alone, that very thing than which a greater cannot be imagined is something than which a greater can be imagined. But certainly this cannot be. There exists, therefore, beyond doubt something than which a greater cannot be imagined, both in the understanding and in reality"
- Jesus (the argument of the man from heaven): John 1:18
Jesus is for me the trump card. C.S. Lewis called him "Either God or a bad man". If he indeed did rise from the grave, He is very God. And thus God exists.