WE GIVE LITTLE THOUGHT
Carl Sagan, the American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, science pop ularizer, author and a self-confessed agnostic who defines atheism as being very stupid, once mused, “We go about our daily lives understanding almost nothing of the world we live in. We give little thought to the machinery that generates the sunlight that makes life possible, to the gravity that glues us to an earth that would otherwise send us spinning off into space, or to atoms of which we are made and on whose stability we fundamentally depend.”
So how does the evidence of a Divine Being’s existence measure up to the evi dence presented against it? Well, many people who believe in God’s existence feel compelled to defend their point-of-view sometimes in very irrational ways and hurt their cause by doing so. In like manner, many who believe there is no God refuse to give the evidence of His existence a fair hearing and thus suggests their ignorance. In either case, shallow prejudice is the real enemy and what really matters is the existence of a growing body of evidence.
FOR LIFE TO FLOURISH
Researchers in astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, physics, and other major disciplines debate over the complexity and orderliness they find at every level throughout the universe.
Paul Davies, who summarises the growing findings of scientists from all these many fields, has this to say: “A long list of additional ‘lucky accidents’ and ‘coin cidences’ has been compiled. Taken together, they provide impressive evidence that life as we know it depends very sensitively on the form of the law of physics, and on some seemingly fortuitous accidents in the actual values that nature has chosen. Suffice it to say that, if we could play God, and select values for these quantities at whim by twiddling a set of knobs, we would find that almost all knob settings would render the universe uninhabitable. In some cases it seems as if the different knobs have to be fine-tuned to enormous precision if the universe is to be such that life will flourish.”
MIND OF A DIVINE CREATOR
Astonishingly, we now accept that precise physical laws govern the universe. Everywhere we look we find evidence of a universe and of a world that gives the appearance of intricate design down to the minutest details. Yet, given all un deniable proofs science has discovered up to this day, many still are stubbornly rooted in an unsubstantiated belief that the incredible universe – including the world around us teeming with an intricate variety of life, is the result of blind, random chance. Undeniably, the intellectual beauty of order discovered by science is consistent with the physical world’s having behind it the mind of a Divine Creator. As such, it is difficult to draw a contrary conclusion.
The writers of the Bible recognised too in the story of creation much evidence of a great, all-wise Divine Being. Consider: whether we are moved by the power of the sea, the grandeur of a mountain range, the delicate beauty of the first flowers of Spring or the miracle of conception and birth, as we look around or above us we cannot but naturally conclude – this is the handiwork of something unimagin ably greater than us. And, if what the rest of the Bible tells us is also true then what this obviously reveals is that we all must be cognizant of our own actions and ideas and we as being merely transient and temporary travellers on this earth.
CONSEQUENCE OF OUR ACTIONS
Nothing has a more direct impact on our moral choices than whether we believe in God or not. If God exists, our lives have an eternal significance because then our hope is not in the finality of death, but continuity in an eternal life. If God truly exists, we then have a standard of absolute right and wrong and can freely choose to either do good or evil largely because this knowledge resides in the very fundamental nature of God Himself. This makes our moral choices, pro foundly significant.
The moral choices that we make determine the outcome of our lives, the so cieties we belong to and the world we live in. It is our attitude and conduct towards others that are determined largely by our belief (or lack of belief) in God. If our standards and choices are determined by what seems best for us, by what gives us personal satisfaction and pleasure only, then it provides no rational justification for living a whole, completely satisfying and morally-driv en life.
And yes, people can just as easily fathom some meaning in life if they define meaning as a sense of temporary happiness, enjoying life just for the moment. But that feeling of self-importance devalues the priceless privilege of becoming the only creation of this one Divine Being in the universe capable of bearing witness. It reduces our existence to being just one of the many species of animals that abound. Therefore, we can choose to live a meaningless life or a live one with purpose in this beautiful planet Earth which has been given to us to either conserve or despoil.
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IT WAS A MATTER OF CHOICE
Does the average person really understand what it means to be spiritual? If you believe instead in a faith which promises everything in death and nothing in life, then think again. Only by understanding and accepting the Almighty’s original design for mankind can one rediscover the path towards abundant life and bounteous blessings – the real reason why He created us in the first place. Yet, few grasp what it is and what it takes to restore a broken relationship that was established in the very beginning.
It is written that we were bestowed with intelligence during the very process of our making – “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness …” – one allowing us to formulate our own decisions. But Scripture also relates that because of this ‘free will’ Adam and Eve made a fateful decision to reject their Creator’s plan for life and rely on their own reason to determine what seemed best for them instead. It was a matter of choice. So when temptation came knock ing just once on that fateful day in Eden, they chose to do wrong and pursue the vanity of life on Earth – death.
Is not humankind’s own record in history littered with bloodshed, oppression, injustice, prejudice, discrimination, uncertainty, fear, domestic violence, mur der, shattered hopes, and a host of other conditions that afflict the fallen? Sadly, mankind’s experiments have failed to give us – Adam and Eve’s descendants all, what we search and yearn for – peace, justice, security and prosperity in all its forms for all time.
When considering the mysteries of life, the truth may simply be that the Creator of all things isn’t trying to restore this world to His way of life now. Rather, He is permitting the human experience to play itself out to its logical, inevitable conclusion.