Let’s get back into the swing of things by responding to an article that mentions agnosticism.
Have you noticed we are living in a global society that increasingly denies the existence of God? Barna surveys, among others, reveal that there is an increase in the number of people per capita who consider themselves atheist or agnostic.
An atheist is someone who says he or she does not believe God exists — and nothing can convince them otherwise. An agnostic, on the other hand, does not deny the existence of God, but rather holds that one cannot know for certain if He exists or not.
Furthermore, the agnostic does not believe there can be proof of God’s existence.
That is an incomplete definition that implies an agnostic thinks there might be the Abrahamic definition of God and we just lack the proof to fully believe. I would put the odds that humanity has properly defined God in their bible as pretty much so close to nil that I’m willing to say the religions of the world are very probably false. An agnostic does not deny the possibility that the universe was somehow created by someone or something. This is because we really have no clue about exactly how or why the universe exists.
The Bible tells us that, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.” (Psalm 53:1). It can be rather difficult to understand how someone could witness and experience a sunset, a rainbow, gaze into a starry night or even into the face of a baby, or a blossoming flower, and not believe in an intelligent creator.
Have you ever stopped to realize that we breathe near-perfect oxygen content, or that the Earth is filled with all the resources needed for sustaining life? Did all this just happen in a big bang?
For those who believe all came into existence by a big bang, have you ever considered how perfect order can come out of an explosion? What if you wanted to bake a cake? You have all the ingredients, yet followed no recipe.
Instead, you put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, and then place a firecracker right in the middle of the mix. What do you suppose will become of the ingredients once the fuse is lit and the explosion occurs? Do you suppose the result would be a perfectly rounded cake with a delicious frosting smoothed over? I suppose not. You will probably agree that all you will get is a big mess on your kitchen walls.
For you see, intelligence leads us to follow the instructions that result in a well-baked cake. And even if there was a big bang in the universe, then I suppose that God is the only one who could create perfect order even from a bang.
We’re back to what I talked about in my previous post. A perfect God that is uncreated while being intelligent and powerful enough to create this universe makes much less sense than an imperfect and uncreated universe. If such a god can exist without creation then why can’t the universe itself possess that trait?
Another thing, of course we seem perfectly suitable for our environment. It is because if our organism had not grown and adapted to this environment we would have not survived. If we didn’t make good use of the oxygen and resources that were here then we would be the wrong kind of life to exist here and would have become extinct.
Yes, the universe and our existence is a wonderful and amazing mystery. Do you really think we’re smart enough to know how and why it exists? If there is a creator as a being or thing that we would classify as a supernatural god, do you really think we’d understand such a thing? Why would you think we’re so important to the universe that a creator would even concern itself with us? Why do most gods we define all have human emotions and characteristics? Do you really believe we could know or understand something capable of creating the universe if such a thing exists?
The only thing I am certain of is that humanity has no clue about such things. We’re primative and ignorant. What did more primitive thinking believe about how the sun works? It took science to show us exactly what the sun was and that it wasn’t being dragged across the sky. We have a long way to go to understand if the big bang was the real starting point and why the heck would such a thing happen. We may have glimpsed a possible starting point of the universe but it still answers nothing about why it happened.
Not long ago, I had the opportunity to engage in a conversation with a person who considered himself an agnostic. He exclaimed, “If you can present God right here in this room for me to see, then I will believe he exists.” I simply responded with a question.
“Do you believe that Abraham Lincoln existed?”
“Of course he did,” he answered.
So, I asked if he could present Abraham Lincoln right before our eyes to prove he existed. Of course, Lincoln did not appear.
My next question was, “Then how do you know he existed? Have you ever seen him?”
To this question he answered “No, I’ve never seen him, but we have books that tell us Abraham Lincoln existed.”
Precisely. There also is a book called the Bible that tells us about the identity and existence of God.
Yes, there are books with King Arthur, Beowulf, the Greek gods, Norse gods, etc. Books can even reference real places and real people but it doesn’t make the one fictional character in the book any more real. Do you really think our more primitive ancestors knew their god, talked to him, and really got the truth right in the books they wrote? If I wrote here about how God came to me and told me the Bible was completely false, would you believe my written word?
Interestingly, someone once said, “I rather believe God exists and maybe find out at death that he doesn’t, rather than not believe only to find out at death that he does.”
Perhaps Billy Graham put it best in a response to a question concerning the certainty of God’s existence. His reply, “The reason I believe God exists is because I spoke with him this morning.”
Which God? There are how many religions humanity has defined? Let’s also count the ancient beliefs. Can you fully disprove all mythologies? What if the Native Americans really have it right? Something as important as eternity shouldn’t be left to just accepting the religion of your parents. You should really make sure if you have the exactly right belief if your belief in this world is so important. What if the Buddhists are really the ones that are speaking to our creator and Billy Graham is insane? Billy Graham does seem kind of kooky so I don’t think I’d take his word for it. I used to try to talk to the Christian God and eventually to any creator that would interact with me and I never heard or seen anything. The only thing I found was the charlatan tricks of my fellow humans trying to put human emotion and character to random events in life.
There is an old hymn that reads “You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart.” For you see, when you trust Jesus (who is God) by faith, you will experience the living God coming into your very existence.
He will forgive all your sins, while giving you the assurance of eternal salvation. From then on, he will give you a consciousness to know he is in you, and will never leave you, accompanied with the assurance that one day you’ll see him face to face.
You ask me how I know He doesn’t live? I feel it in my heart as well. I see the fingerprints of our primitive ancestors all over the “good word” with slavery and second-class women. I see the angry and jealous god with HIS petty emotions and views. I see prophets and a supposed son of god that are just men trying to write a good story. I see churches that know they can try to lead the morality of humans through blind faith and a fear of a vengeful god or the fear of a bad eternity.
I see these same holy people with the same human failings that must be punished by society. We don’t leave the pedophiles to God to deal with. If eternal damnation is real you’d really think we’d never have a pedophile priest since they’re so close to God and the truth. All sins should not be forgiven. The real sins are crimes against your fellow human and our society. You will be punished or at a minimum removed from society so you can sin against us no more. Religion has done little to stop or correct bad behavior other than their idle threats of sinful living. It takes society with our laws that determine what a “sin” is and our ability to punish and correct each other to truly deal with such problems.