Is there a God?
Reliable information for those asking life's big questions
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24 December, 2013 at 4:11 pm
I like this website.Yes jesus is alive .I too saw his beautiful and tender hands in my vision.
24 December, 2013 at 8:35 pm
23 April, 2014 at 3:53 pm
Good article. My problem is how to match the big bang theory with what is said in the Bible about creation. It’s possible that someone gets confused and thinks that genesis books are all a fairy tale.
24 April, 2014 at 1:44 am
Hi Bonasi, thanks. What do you think Genesis 1-3 should be seen as?
David H. Winer says
21 August, 2014 at 8:08 pm
I am a Messianic rabbi, and I would love to hear from you on this also! Is there a proof of God? Yes. Nobody has ever proved the Bible wrong. Please write to me if you have an issue with the Word of God and you think there is an errant fact. My proof that there is God is simple. As a Jew, who believes in Jesus our Messiah, Lord, and God, the Bible prophecies, in over 360 prophecies, that our Messiah, God in the flesh, was to come exactly when, where, why, and how He came 2014 years ago. He came as God said (Isaiah 9:6, Daniel 9:24-27, Isaiah 7:14, and Micah 5:2 in particular). He said that He was God and proved it. In John 1, the Bible says that Jesus is the Word and that all things were created through him and by him. Jesus proved that He was God by bringing people back from the dead, healing them, curing them of blindness and many other diseases. He said that He would come back from the dead in three days, and He did. He lived for another 40 days on earth and then ascended into the sky before over 500 people, saying that He would come back as He left, from clouds of Heaven. The Big Bang theory is a contradiction to thermodynamics which says that matter cannot spontaneously generate itself. In other words, matter cannot not create itself, from nothing. Only God can do that. God is eternal. He always was. The Bible starts off by saying, “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth.” God, in the form of a man, Jesus, came to live with us on earth, showing Himself to us and showing us how to live and to love. Please write to me so we can further talk if you are interested. There is so much proof of God and none of the Big Bang without God. How can perfect order and life come from a big explosion that came from nothing? Impossible. The only reasons we have the “THEORIES” of the Big Bang and Evolution, is because people do not want to admit that there is a God. They do not want to believe in God simply because they do not want to follow his rules, called commandments. The word for law in Hebrew is תורה or Torah, which simply means teaching. God came to teach us how to live, so we could be at peace with each other. When we violate this teaching on how to live with each other, just look at the news today and see where a “godless” world is leading us. Be blessed. May the love and peace of Jesus/Yeshua be with you always and forever.
22 August, 2014 at 3:15 am
Hi David, welcome! It is wonderful to meet a Messianic Rabbi! I have visited your website, and there were some good things there.
I agree with many of the things you have written here, and I don’t really want to get into an argument with you about the things where we don’t agree. So I will just be brief.
There are many people who think they have proved the Bible wrong at some point. Whether they are right, or you are, is a matter of debate. I don’t think there is anywhere in the Bible where the Word of God is specifically equated with the Bible, and many places where it clearly isn’t. Again, we may debate what that means.
I don’t think the big bang explanation entails creation out of nothing. I think it starts with an enormous amount of energy, some of which becomes matter in time. Science cannot explain how that initial energy got there out of nothing, and I agree with you that God is the best explanation – probably the only explanation. Perhaps some people believe in the big bang to escape believing in God, but I don’t think that would be logical, and many people (such as me) accept the big bang even though we believe in God, because it seems to be the best explanation of the facts.
Best wishes, and thanks for visiting.
Shahidur Rahman Sikder says
28 February, 2016 at 10:54 pm
Discovery of the God, Big Bang & Evolution:
Science very exciting for a religion & a nation- is there a no conflict between science and religious through that physical nature of the Universe.
See into- about 5 years ago comments- Shahidur Rahman Sikder at http://science.jrank.org/pages/840/Big-Bang-Theory-evolution-Universe.html
The Big Bang and evolution ARE real but they were carried out by God, says the Pope as he embraces modern science
Pope: The most important news- about the God, Big Bang & Evolution at https://plus.google.com/104669722445739033329/posts/MQ9wQejCRLQ
See- God or Dark Energy, Big Bang, Evolution and Early Universe, My DEMO Final https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYcnbwUKUEM New Discovery of the Universe: can be found at http://lnkd.in/Sn6wPK the Universe creation or creator or religious- can be found at http://t.co/OQDPbAg
John Lee says
24 June, 2016 at 2:51 pm
What created God? Why is God always thought of as “HE”? If it is ever proved that there is a God it is more likely to be an “IT”.
25 June, 2016 at 2:44 am
Hi John, thanks for reading and commenting. I’d be interested to hear your answers to these questions. Here are mine ….
1. No-one. God has always existed. Or more accurately, God is timeless.
2. Personal pronouns are tricky. We only have male (he), female (she) and non-personal (it). We don’t have one for non-gender specific but personal, which is what I think God is. So he is often used because most societies have traditionally been patriarchal. But I think God is personal but not gendered, for which we have no pronoun.
3. Does that mean you think God is non-personal?
26 July, 2016 at 6:57 pm
A mysterious new form of energy seems to make up most of the universe. Where did the universe come from? Did the Universe Come from Nothing?
Answering of the question:
Modern Big Bang Theory: On reflection of Big Bang theory such as; “Beginning of the creation a part of the power of the nature/God became divisible as a result of the big bang”. At the time of the beginning of the creation or from the absolute zero of time or from the big black hole or from the Nature or From the God, part of the power of the Nature/God became divisible as a result of the big bang. The part of energy had been divided in the beginning of creation from the large field of energy, which is below 50% of total energy. In the most of natural power reserved in Nature or big black hole or the God from which, the world of gravitation become influenced. See at https://shahidurrahmansikder.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/big-bang/
26 July, 2016 at 11:37 pm
Hi thanks for visiting and commenting, but do you mind if I ask you a question?
In answering questions like this, do you think we should have reasons and evidence before we offer an answer? or do you think we can just say whatever we think?
Richard Krause says
15 August, 2016 at 6:36 pm
I really appreciated your article and thoughts, especially “I believe that creation by God is more
reasonable than either of the other options”. I TOTALLY agree with you.
Please permit me to give you some back ground about myself. I was born and raised in a Lutheran environment. I am still a member of a Lutheran church however because of health issues (and others) I no longer attend.
I believe there is a God who created the Universe. I believe that more from my observations while working as a chemist in a research laboratory, and after retirement from my online research. Several years ago I started to do research into the origin of the Universe and life. It has been a most interesting “ride”. The more I read, the more I became convinced, as you have, that there are many holes in many of the scientific theories. Especially the “inflation theory”. Most cosmologists seem to go to great lengths to avoid accepting God as the creator. They admit that the Universe cannot be as “flat” as it is solely by chance (and the list goes on and on). And they certainly don’t explain how atomic particles can be made (at least not to my satisfaction.)
UnkleE, I fear I have taken up too much of your time. Thanks again for starting this “forum”.
I would be most pleased to hear your thoughts and continue this communication.
16 August, 2016 at 10:23 pm
I’m glad you found the page(s) you read interesting. Thanks for commenting. You certainly haven’t taken up too much time – I too am retired from full time work and enjoy the opportunity to discuss.
I think it is natural that scientists try to find explanations apart from God – that is after all the role of science. We no longer consider things like thunder or eclipses to be supernatural, so it is good to test the boundaries of the natural. My disagreement is when science has no explanation and it seems it principle that it cannot – then we should reasonably accept the possibility of a supernatural explanation.
People say this is “God of the gaps”, but I have no problem with that. We go with the best explanation we have until a better one is found. But inevitably, when we find a natural explanation for something we previously thought was supernatural, that just pushes back the boundary one step.
So I think, as you know, that the existence and design of the universe both reveal truth that points to God.
17 August, 2016 at 6:42 pm
I much appreciate your response to my post.
Regarding the role of science – It seems we agree for the most part, however, there may be some slight differences. To me science is a field of human endeavor to search for an understanding of all biological, chemical, and physical things that interests homo sapiens. And an essential part of science is to verify the purported findings of knowledge. The knowledge that science has provided to us is mind-boggling. Along the way theories are tested and retested. The difficulty (especially with theoretical physics) is that some (many) theories are accepted as “near” fact without adequate verification. One such theory in my opinion is the “inflation theory”. There are just too many questions. Enough, I could go on about this theory for some time. I currently do not accept it.
There are SOOOooo many things we still do not know. And frankly, there are many questions that scientists throw under the table and ignore. I suspect that is done in part because those questions would raise many questions about “how” and “why” which then raises the question about a creator. Discussions about a creator is a no no for atheists.
Oh yes – “God of the gaps”. Atheists try to lay that onto theists. Not to say that isn’t true for some cases, but not all. I don’t feel I am “using” the “God of the gaps” every time science does not have a answer. In fact, it is from what I KNOW that convinces me there is a God. That showed itself numerous times in the lab.
To quote your excellent thought – “So I think, as you know, that the existence and design of the universe both reveal truth that points to God.” I say YES!!!! In my opinion, not only points to there being a God but all the cosmological evidence proves it.
Have a GREAT Day!
25 August, 2016 at 7:01 am
John Luke Rainwater says
28 August, 2016 at 5:11 pm
“Our eyes are the mirror of God – he created us to see himself.”
1 September, 2016 at 6:44 am
Thanks John, I like that.
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2 November, 2016 at 10:00 am
Hi Festus, I don’t suppose there are many scientists likely to read this blog. If you want a scientific opinion, you may be better trying a science blog.
Alex J says
14 December, 2016 at 5:43 am
As a new christian, this has become one of my favorite sites from the first visit. Fantastic information, would love to see a book on all this out of you!
14 December, 2016 at 11:59 am
Hi Alex, thanks again for your encouragement. It is nice to meet a new christian. I have thought about turning it all into a book, even just an ebook that could be downloaded for free. I have done a few trials of using software to do that, but I haven’t got around to making it happen. One day perhaps! 🙂
Maybelle Aquino says
14 June, 2017 at 4:13 pm
A satisfying and comforting read.
I did not know research goes dark before the single cell. A mysterious blueprint much too complex to come naturally where natural selection cannot apply – I, as uneducated in the matter as I may be, will still push that there must be a large gap of natural occurrences leading to cell division. But even in this day and age, the complex blueprints within us have me consider the idea of a designer nonetheless. This is why I found myself to this website, searching what it means to have discovered DNA – Information storing and transferring not commonly liken to organic processes by people who do not study and learn biology.
The Christian religion is based on selfishness and elimination of opposing ideas. Any evidence of a designer I will not address as the Christian god, or a god at all. A designer of that complexity implies that we cannot begin to fathom the truth.
The Psychedelic “drug” DMT expanded my mind on the matter as well. As it is naturally occurring, I don’t classify it along side recreational drugs such as marijuana or alcohol since the experience is a complete transportation of self, with the mind completely intact.
When the initial trip is over, you are left in what is a complex skeletal design of the room you’re in. It’s as if everything is being synthesized back to normal.
I don’t believe that we can understand the truth behind our current existence. The religions we know represent only what we can perceive without extensive scientific research. At least, I have not discovered yet any religion that does integrate current scientific discoveries into it’s belief system. Perhaps it would not be called a religion, and is just belief in science.
There are some metaphysical beliefs I feel strongly about, though I believe it might actually only apply to our current world in it’s state.
15 June, 2017 at 3:55 am
Hi Maybelle, thanks for reading, and letting me know some of your ideas. I agree that DNA is fascinating and complex. I have been studying it a little because it is relevant to family history as well as questions about the human race and God.
I feel the christian religion has often been very unfaithful to the teachings of Jesus, as you say, but I do believe Jesus teaches us truth. I agree with you that we can’t understand God much by ourselves, but I believe Jesus gives us information about God that we couldn’t get any other way.
Some modern day christians and churches have integrated science and religion, even though others haven’t, and there are websites and organisations devoted to bringing the two together. You might be interested in these: BioLogos and Science and Belief.
Thanks again for reading and commenting.
16 June, 2017 at 2:59 am
Oh no, don’t agree with me. Whatever is out there that we can’t understand – it’s not god. Whatever it is, we may never fathom it but there is something much bigger than we are and I don’t believe it’s someone determining our fates by our deeds, etc.
It may start to go beyond what we may call science, but I truly believe it is not divine. Those beliefs were created to comfort those who feel alone & need some divine parent to make them feel loved. So many people have this need to believe, to hope in something great and beautiful although the world itself already is.
17 June, 2017 at 3:48 am
Hi Maybelle, it’s not common to find someone asking me not to agree with them! 🙂
But I have to agree with you that what is out there we can’t understand, but then disagree because I think it IS God. Maybe it is true that some people need a divine parent to feel loved, but that doesn’t mean the divine parent isn’t there. It may be that just as our hunger points us to food, so our need points us to God.
17 June, 2017 at 8:25 am
You have a lovely site & it is nice to speak with you. Thank you for the website recommendations.
21 June, 2017 at 12:20 pm
Thank you Maybelle, and best wishes to you.
4 September, 2017 at 7:22 pm
Very interesting question, possibly the most important question for our species. On the scientific approach to understanding consciousness, I see it like this. Science is a great tool, and has helped us in so many ways. But when it comes to consciousness I think science is out of it’s depth. It like you have a leaky tap in the back yard, the solution is to put a bucket underneath it and it catches the water, problem solved, by science. However, if a storm suddenly arrives, with heavy downpours, and intense winds scattering the water everywhere, and some lightning adding danger to the situation. Is the bucket of any use any more to catch the water? Obviously not, the science of the bucket is no longer of any use. The storm to the bucket is like consciousness to science, it is overwhelmed and cannot resolve the issue. It (science) is dealing with something outside of it’s control (consciousness). Try as you might (with the bucket) you will not catch the water from the storm, it is too complex a situation. But scientists, keep trying if you wish. The person who said, there is a fundamental problem with how we are trying to resolve the consciousness issue has he correct view.
Tom Giacobbe says
20 September, 2017 at 7:40 pm
Hello, this is Tom. I was born and raised christian but in the past year have been seeking answers
to the “does god exist” question. I have listened to hours of debates between theists and atheists,
including christian apologist, William Lane Craig and atheist- scientist, Lawrence Krauss.
Although the arguments on both sides make sense, I am still not convinced one way or the other.
Dr. Craig, after putting forth his 5 or 6 logical arguments for God’s existence concludes that the
more “reasonable world view” is theism, not atheism.
Professor Krauss, on the other hand, maintains that just because science has not yet provided an
explanation for a particular phenomenon or event, that to say, god is responsible, is unreasonable. He further goes on to argue that there are some things that science may never be able to explain, and he’s ok with that.Does it trouble him that he may take his last breath not having ever received the answers to some of life’s major questions? Absolutely.
Aside from making intelligent and logical arguments for the existence of a “god”, and despite the
“reasonableness” of the arguments, can we ever know “for sure ” that a god or gods exist?
I maintain that we cannot, and that we will not know until we pass from this life.
If this makes any sense, then my question is, do you think a position of agnosticism is reasonable? If it turns out that a god or gods exist and that there is an after life, will it be held against me for being honest with myself and taking the agnostic position?
Should I be penalized for not having faith in a god who I honestly “could not know” whether or not he exists?
21 September, 2017 at 12:41 am
Hi Tom, thanks for writing. I appreciate your questions and your dilemma. Obviously I am not God and so cannot tell you “for sure” what he thinks, but I can offer you my perspective as someone who has grappled with these questions for more than 50 years.
“Aside from making intelligent and logical arguments for the existence of a “god”, and despite the “reasonableness” of the arguments, can we ever know “for sure ” that a god or gods exist?”
I agree that we can never know “for sure”, but then, there is very little we can have certainty about. This might all be a dream of a computer simulation, we can’t know “for sure”, but none of us really believes that. So I think it is reasonable to say we should look for logical probability, and then live with that practical belief.
And I think logical probability about God can come from the cumulative strength of the following:
1. The philosophical arguments (there are about 4 that I find convincing).
2. Our understanding of what it feels like to be human – rational, ethical, freely choosing, conscious, loving people.
3. The life of Jesus, his teachings, his apparent miracles, and the impact he made on his followers.
4. People’s apparent experience of God through guidance, comfort, visions and miraculous healings.
I have summarised these reasons briefly in Why believe?, and more fully in Is there a God?, and I think they show that it is much more likely that God exists than that he doesn’t.
Put simply, atheism, naturalism, whatever we want to call it, cannot explain many of these things I have mentioned. From what you say, Lawrence Krauss doesn’t have an explanation, he’s just not happy with WL Craig’s explanation. (I attended a live debate between the two in Sydney, and it seemed there that Lawrence didn’t have any good arguments, and so he tried to take the debate out of evidence and into emotion and assertion.) But the test of a hypothesis is what it can explain, so atheism fails as a hypothesis, in my opinion, compared to theism.
“do you think a position of agnosticism is reasonable? “
We each can only go with the evidence as we see it, so if you think that agnosticism is the best or only option, then you should go with it. But I regard it as an unsatisfactory option in the long term. GK Chesterton once said: “The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”
So I think agnosticism is an honest and right position for as long as we can hold no other view, but I personally wouldn’t be happy to stay there forever. It is a little like refusing to vote in an election because we don’t like either of the candidates. But surely, one candidate is not as bad as the other, and therefore we should vote for the lesser of two evils?
Likewise, I think that eventually it is better to choose one of the competing worldviews than to stay uncommitted – better psychologically, and in the end more likely to lead to truth. After all, something must be true, so choosing theism or atheism has at least some probability of being true, whereas agnosticism doesn’t even attempt to be true.
So like I said at before, I think you should go where you think honesty compels, but I would hope you would keep looking for a worldview that has the best probability of being true.
“If it turns out that a god or gods exist and that there is an after life, will it be held against me for being honest with myself and taking the agnostic position?
Should I be penalized for not having faith in a god who I honestly “could not know” whether or not he exists?”
This is the question I can only offer an uncertain opinion on. I believe God judges us according to the light we have been given, and according to the integrity of our motives. There are places where the Bible suggests that, and it seems reasonable.
But Jesus said if we want to find the truth, we must “keep on seeking”, so I think part of the right attitude God is looking for is someone who keeps on seeking. So again, I hope you don’t stop where you are now – and I don’t think you are, otherwise why would you write this comment?
My suggestion is to read a good book by a historian about Jesus that breaks some of the christian wrong ideas you may have grown up with – I suggest Richard Bauckham’s Jesus: a very short introduction – it is short, easy to read, very good, and easy to order online. Then I suggest reading the gospel of Luke, with the new understandings you get from Bauckham, asking yourself, could I follow this man even if he wasn’t the son of God? If you could, then you have a start, and perhaps in time you will come to believe he was the son of God too. And if you couldn’t give any credence or loyalty to him as a human being, then he is never going to be son of God to you, and you can start looking elsewhere for truth.
If you do this, you will be continuing to search, and if God exists as I believe, he will maybe show you more clearly.
Please feel free to discuss, either here on the blog comments, or by email – there is a link in the menu bar. I hope this all helps.
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