Why the Atheist World View is Illogical: Empirical Evidence Over Logic & Reason

It seems as though the atheist world view is continuing to grow stronger and more prevalent. Contribute this to what you’d like, but there is no doubt this movement is growing, especially in the Western world. Much of this could be attributed to the seemingly staunch support from the scientific community. However if you read my last article, “Famous Quotes About Science and God”, you will find that historically, this just isn’t the case.

But does this perspective have as much merit as it is perceived? Could the momentum of this movement perhaps stem from disinterest and disgust (rightfully so) in organized religion? Do atheists have a leg to stand on?

The atheist obsession with evidence, data, and science

When talking with atheists, the problem I usually come across is their insatiable desire for empirical evidence. These conversations inevitably hit the same brick wall every time – “You have no proof that God exists”.

And to the atheist’s credit, they are absolutely right. We do not have hard scientific evidence that God exists. There are no scientific studies, numbers or any other quantifiable data to prove the existence of a creator.

But does this imply there is no creator? Could the lack of evidence be because such a divine and supreme being is not subject to our physical laws? Perhaps such a being can not be measured by our remedial tests which we value so highly in our society.

For example, when an author writes a story there is no actual proof of the author in book (unless it is an autobiography). There is a setting, with characters and events, but there is no direct reference to the author of the book. This is because the author is beyond or outside of the book. The author is not present in the story because he is the creator, not the creation. He is not subject to the rules, story lines, and events of the book.

The same principle applies to an artist and his or her painting. Can we find specific proof of the artist (unless they include their signature) within the painting? Or do we have to deduce that because there is a piece of artwork with specific rules and guidelines that it must have had a designer. Something like this could not have come into existence from nothing.

And how much more complex is our universe than these two examples!

The atheist world view makes no sense. Evidence trumps logic?

The modern atheist has an obsession with data and evidence. So much so that they are willing to overlook compelling affirmations of a creator from the creation.

Atheism completely overlooks compelling evidence of things like the fine tuning of the universe, complexity of DNA, a multitude of symbiotic relationships, etc. The atheist is so infatuated with hard evidence that they abandon a key tool which they value so highy – logic.

Rather than observing the characteristics of our universe and forming inferences based on compelling evidence, like complexity for example, the modern atheist abandons all of this and demands hard data. But what happened to logic?

There are times when a detective doesn’t have “hard” proof on a criminal, like DNA or other forensic data, but the implications of evidence inculpates the person. The detective is then forced to use logic and reasoning to determine who the guilty party is.

The video below perfectly encapsulates this idea between evidence and intelligent design:

Atheism is built on logic and reasoning, and yet they completely throw it out the window when it comes to intelligent design! It is hard to ignore the hypocrisy of this!

Do you think atheism doesn’t make sense? Let me know in the comments.

Famous Quotes About Science and God

Many people believe the false notion that science and God are at odds with one another. A popular sentiment from the secular community is you can’t have both science and God – it’s either one or the other. They claim that the two concepts are mutually exclusive. However people from the other school of thought argue that there is a synergy between the two ideas. That these concepts are not separate but in fact intertwined.

Quotes from famous scientists about God

 

Charles Darwin

“The question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed.”

Albert Einstein

“The more I study science, the more I believe in God.”

“I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know his thoughts; the rest are details.”

“The fanatical atheists are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who – in their grudge against traditional religion as the ‘opium of the masses’ – cannot hear the music of the spheres.”

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

“As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene . . . . No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-mongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot.”

Joseph H. Taylor, Jr.

“A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.”

Robert Boyle

“God [is] the author of the universe, and the free establisher of the laws of motion.”

Louis Pasteur

“A bit of science distances one from God, but much science nears one to Him… The more I study nature, the more O stand amazed at the work of the Creator.”

“Science brings one nearer to God.”

Ernest Walton

“One way to learn the mind of the Creator is to study His creation. We must pay God the compliment of studying His work of art and this should apply to all realms of human thought. A refusal to use our intelligence honestly is an act of contempt for Him who gave us that intelligence.”

Paul Davies

“It may seem bizarre, but in my opinion science offers a surer path to God than religion.”

Lord William Kelvin

“I believe that the more thoroughly science is studied, the further does it take us from anything comparable to atheism.”

“If you study science deep enough and long enough, it will force you to believe in God.”

Sir Isaac Newton

“God created everything by number, weight and measure.”

“In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.”

“I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily.”

Max Planck

“There can never be any real opposition between religion and science; for the one is the complement of the other. Every serious and reflective person realizes, I think, that the religious element in his nature must be recognized and cultivated if all the powers of the human soul are to act together in perfect balance and harmony. And indeed it was not by accident that the greatest thinkers of all ages were deeply religious souls.”

Michio Kaku

“I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence. Believe me, everything that we call chance today won’t make sense anymore. To me it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.”

Nikola Tesla

“The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power.”

Arthur Compton

“For myself, faith begins with a realization that a supreme intelligence brought the universe into being and created man. It is not difficult for me to have this faith, for it is incontrovertible that where there is a plan there is intelligence—an orderly, unfolding universe testifies to the truth of the most majestic statement ever uttered—-‘In the beginning God.’”

“Science can have no quarrel with a religion which postulates a God to whom men are His children.”

Does God exist? Why Atheism doesn’t make sense.

It seems that atheism has become one of the more predominant voices in the West. I hear this a lot from people on all sides of the spectrum. Normally from people who identify as atheists, but even from agnostics and Christians who are having times of doubt. I think everyone has asked whether God exists at one point in their lives.

But can we ever know the truth? Can we find evidence to lead us to a conclusion?

The purpose of this article will not be to prove a specific religion’s God, but more so to determine whether or not there is an intelligent creator behind this universe.

Let’s take a look at the atheistic world view and compare it with observations from our world.

Atheism: “There is no God and we all evolved over billions of years from star dust.”

In Western culture, science is king. The West has replaced priests with scientists, and churches & cathedrals with higher education institutions. It is no wonder why skepticism and doubt run rampant. Our society is built on testing and retesting theories until they are empirically proven false.

The common atheistic view is that there is no divine creator, and that we all are simply a product of billions of years of evolution.
And it is totally understandable why people hold this view, because it is taught in most schools across the Western world. Of course this will be a popular perspective when it is taught to children at an early age.

To begin, we must remember that the theory of evolution is just that – a theory. While most institutions take it as fact, the truth is that evolution is only a theory explaining the origins of the universe. It is not proven to be fact. In actuality, there is no evidence which supports inter-specie evolution.

Darwin’s experiments and observations only showed “micro-evolution”. An example of micro-evolution is when Darwin observed that over time certain birds grew longer beaks so they could eat hard-to-reach bugs. However, in all of Darwin’s experiments, in fact in all of human history, no one has ever observed inter-specie evolution. That is, one specie evolving into another.

What does the evidence suggest? Let’s take a look at our universe and see if we can deduce anything truth from it.

Fine tuning argument:

One thing we see with our universe is that it is very “finely tuned”. There are certain “constants” or fixed values of variables which make up our universe. We find that these values are calibrated at highly specific levels. So much so, that if these values were changed by just a fraction of a fraction, the universe would not be able to sustain life. Atheism chooses to ignore these highly specific calibrations, and writes them off as just how creation played out.

Here are the fine tuning parameters thanks to godandscience.org:

  1. strong nuclear force constant
  2. weak nuclear force constant
  3. gravitational force constant
  4. electromagnetic force constant
  5. the ratio of electromagnetic force constant to gravitational force constant
  6. specific ratio of electron to proton mass
  7. ratio of number of protons to number of electrons
  8. expansion rate of the universe
  9. entropy level of the universe
  10. mass density of the universe
  11. initial uniformity of radiation
  12. density of galaxy cluster
  13. fine structure constant (describing the fine-structure splitting of spectral lines) if larger: all stars would be at least 30% less massive than the sun
  14. decay rate of protons
  15. 12C to 16O nuclear energy level ratio
  16. ground state energy level for 4He
  17. decay rate of 8Be
  18. ratio of neutron mass to proton mass
  19. initial excess of nucleons over anti-nucleons
  20. polarity of the water molecule
  21. supernovae eruptions
  22. white dwarf binaries
  23. ratio of exotic matter mass to ordinary matter mass
  24. number of effective dimensions in the early universe
  25. number of effective dimensions in the present universe
  26. mass of the neutrino
  27. big bang ripples
  28. size of the relativistic dilation factor
  29. uncertainty magnitude in the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
  30. cosmological constant

For example, if the gravitational force constant were a microscopic bit larger, then stars would be too hot and would burn too rapidly and too unevenly for life chemistry. If the constant was a fraction of a fraction of a fraction (etc.) smaller then stars would be too cool to ignite nuclear fusion; thus, many of the elements needed for life chemistry would never form.

If the universe expansion rate was the slightest bit larger, no galaxies would be able to form. If the value was a fraction of a hair smaller, the universe would have imploded on itself before the stars were even formed!

These are just two examples illustrating if ANY of the above constants were altered in the slightest bit, the universe would be inhabitable!

Here is a good video explaining some of the ideas above:

 

DNA complexity argument:

Another strong argument for the case against atheism and for intelligent design is DNA. DNA is essentially a programming language. You can look at it as the very source code that tells us how we will develop and grow.

DNA is THE most complex programming language in the universe. If you take Google’s most complex algorithm and compare it to DNA, it would be no contest. Google’s best & brightest couldn’t even come close to developing such code.

And yet, atheism contends that this extremely sophisticated and complex code was developed through billions of years of random accidents. It is hard to conceive this to be the case.

Take the common “Watchmaker” argument. Let’s say you were on an island walking along the beach and you happen to stumble upon a wrist watch. Would you assume that watch was a result of random processes? Or would you know that someone designed and built that watch? Using this example, how much more complex is DNA than a simple watch!

Leading figure in field of atheism suggests intelligent design is not so preposterous?

Even the world’s leading atheist Richard Dawkins admits the evidence for intelligent design is compelling:

Well, it could come about in the following way: it could be that at some earlier time, somewhere in the universe, a civilization evolved by probably some kind of Darwinian means to a very, very high level of technology, and designed a form of life that they seeded onto, perhaps, this planet. Now that is a possibility, and an intriguing possibility. And I suppose it’s possible that you might find evidence for that if you look at the details of our chemistry, molecular biology, you might find a signature of some sort of designer, and that designer could well be a higher intelligence from elsewhere in the universe. But that higher intelligence would itself have had to have come about by some explicable, or ultimately explicable, process. It couldn’t have just jumped into existence spontaneously. That’s the point.

  • Richard Dawkins

 

To read about why I am a Christian, check out this article!

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

Pope Francis Controversy: Wants to Change the Lord’s Prayer

Pope Francis stirring up more controversy this past week suggesting to change the Lord’s Prayer

Pope Francis is making headlines again this week. Controversial, border-line heretical statements are nothing out of the ordinary for The Pope. And he has now stated that he would like to make an amendment to the Lord’s Prayer.

It seems as though the Bible is all over the news as of late. Just last week was the announcement from President Trump declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Now this week the Bible is making more headlines.

In an interview with an Italian TV show, Francis says the Lord’s Prayer includes a bad translation. He states that the line, “And lead us not into temptation” was “not a good translation” from the ancient Biblical texts.

Pope Francis suggests to update the verse as “Do not let us fall into temptation”. He claims that God does not lead people into temptation,
Satan does.

For those of you who do not know what the Lord’s Prayer is, you can find it in Matthew 6:9-13:

 

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

 

But what does the Bible say about this?

Even if The Pope is right, does he have Biblical precedence to make such a decision? Does the Bible give man authority to change or amend verses? What Pope Francis is suggesting is not only forbidden in the Bible but also condemned. We read in Proverbs 30:5-6:

 

5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

 

Proverbs clearly states that adding to the scriptures is strictly forbidden. We also read the same in Revelation 22:18:

 

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

 

As we can see, Pope Francis’ suggestion has no Biblical support. Not only that, but the repercussions of doing so are extremely dangerous according to these verses.

The more we hear from The Pope, the more we wonder who is allegiance really is to. Pope Francis will no doubt be making more headlines like this in the future.

Trump Fulfilling Bible Prophecy for Third Temple in Jerusalem

The POTUS Donald Trump confirmed a very controversial decision on Wednesday. The President declared that the US will officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This decision has actually been a long time in the making, with promises from the Obama and Bush administration prior to Trump’s presidency. This decision not only carries great political weight, but also Biblical prophecy as well.

Additionally, Trump announced that he is planning on relocating the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. For those of you who missed the news, here is President Trump’s official speech announcing his plans for Israel:

 

What is so significant about this announcement?

This announcement is significant for many different reasons. First of all, this is an extremely risky and volatile decision, that will no doubt increase tensions within the Middle East between the Palestinian and Jewish people.

Israel seized West Jerusalem in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, displacing over 750,000 Palestinians from historic Palestine. With this news, Palestinians are now up in arms for fear they will lose East Jerusalem as well. Violent protests are already underway in countries throughout the Middle East and even Europe:

What are the religious implications? Does this fulfill prophecy?

While it is obvious this decision has immense political repercussions, many people have missed it’s Biblical and prophetic implications. For Jews and Christians around the world, this is an announcement of Biblical proportions. These rising conflicts among Israel and her neighbors are also spoken of in the Bible. This conflict among Israel and the surrounding nations was spoken of in Zechariah 12:2-3:

2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

This also sets the stage for the highly anticipated re-construction of the “Third Temple”.

Currently the holy site of the Temple Mount or “Dome of the Rock” is home to the Muslim mosque they call Haram esh-Sharif. Trump’s decision is one step closer to giving Israel control over this holy ground, enabling them to eventually reconstruct their prophetic Third Temple.

The prophecy of the Third Temple of the Bible?

In fact, prominent Jewish leaders and rabbis have already began to discuss the rebuilding of the new temple immediately after Trump’s announcement:

“What he did last night was an enormous step in bringing the Temple,”Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality, told Breaking Israel News. “There have been amazing advances towards bringing the Temple this year. It was clear that Trump was part of that process, guided by Hashem (God),”

Even prior to Trump’s declaration on Wednesday, Jewish leaders were already discussing the possibility of constructing the Third Temple:

“President Trump can choose to be a part of a process to bring the Messiah,” Rabbi Hillel Weiss told Breaking Israel News, a religious website in Israel.

Ushering in the Antichrist

This is the Third Temple that the Jews believe will bring their long awaited Messiah. However Christians know that this Third Temple will actually usher in the Antichrist according to Bible prophecy (Read more about why Christianity is different from all other religions):

“Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

This verse is of course in reference to the Antichrist entering the Third Temple (because the Jews’ Second Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.) and declaring himself to be the “messiah”.

We are living in unprecedented times as Christians. Trump’s declaration should be both sobering and exciting. It very well seems that we may be entering into the final days. As Christians, we must continue to pray and study the Bible to remain vigilant and ready for what may lay ahead.

 

 

Have I Committed the Unforgivable or Unpardonable Sin?

Did I commit the unforgivable or unpardonable sin in my past before I was saved?

Many new and even older Christians have worried they have committed the unforgivable sin. I myself went through a rough week where I thought I may have done this in my past. The horror and fear I felt was unlike I had ever experienced before. I experienced absolute dread and was engulfed in fear and anxiety that I may be destined for eternal damnation. I cried out to God asking him for forgiveness and mercy for something I was unsure if I had done.

What is the unforgivable / unpardonable sin exactly?

Jesus speaks of the unforgivable sin in Matthew 12:22-32 and Mark 3:22-30 of the New Testament. If we turn to Mark chapter 3, we see a confrontation happening between the Pharisees and Jesus:

22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.

28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.” – Mark 3:22-30

After witnessing the miracles that Jesus was performing first hand, the Pharisees were accusing him of being possessed by Beelzebul or Satan. They claimed that Jesus’s supernatural powers were coming from Satan, rather than from God. Rather than acknowledge these powers of the Holy Spirit were from God, the Pharisees attributed them to dark forces. Jesus comes back with a brilliant statement exposing the illogical heresy of their accusations. “How can Satan cast out Satan?”, Jesus asks them. Why would Satan seek to cast one of his own demons out of someone?

In this example, the Pharisees blatantly blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Knowing full well that Jesus’s miracles were from God, not the devil, they still made the accusations in order to maintain the power structure they had in those days. Affirming Jesus’s deity would undermine the authority they had as religious leaders. So to protect their authority, they blasphemed the Holy Spirit’s power that was working through Jesus.

So have I blasphemed the Holy Spirit?

In general, if you are wondering if you have blasphemed the Holy Spirit it is probably a good sign. John MacArthur addresses the topic of the unforgivable sin in a sermon he did. Many people have confronted him with this question during his years of ministry. So much so that he dedicated an entire sermon on the subject. I would encourage everyone struggling with this question to watch the sermon below, as it helped me greatly during my time of uncertainty.

“It is in one sense a passage that ought to frighten the comfortable and comfort the frightened. Because on the one hand there are people that have no idea that they have committed the unforgivable sin. They’re comfortable, and they ought to be frightened. There are other people, who think they’ve committed the unforgivable sin and haven’t, and need to be comforted.” – John MacArthur