ILLUMINATION
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ILLUMINATION

How the Most Popular Atheist Became a Believer

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Socrates once stated that:

“We should follow the argument wherever it leads” [1].

When we look at the most profound question of life: Does God exist? We should certainly follow his advice. When we do, we’ll find evidence that show us God is real. Let’s look at 5 Proofs that show God exist.

The universe must have a cause

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The most fundamental law of science is “The law of cause and effect”.

“Every single effect within our world has a cause, an original starting point” [2]

It states that for every material effect we see, there is a cause that came before it, or was simultaneous to it, and that is greater than it. The universe is a material effect, so what caused the universe? If you don’t believe in a creator, then you have to suggest something like “A Singularity” [3], that’s what is popular today that there was some type of singularity that exploded in something called The Big Bang [4].

When you try to get down to the bottom of what’s a Singularity? Well, here’s what we hear from the scientific community:

“…Black holes and singularities that give birth to new universes — in a manner similar to the singularity that physicists believe gave rise to the big bang” [5]

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You know that if there ever were a time when there was nothing, that’s exactly what we would have now. The idea that something popped into existence from nothing is simply not a scientific idea.

They are suggesting that that singularity is somehow natural, but it behaves super naturally. I said that singularity wouldn’t have followed the laws of nature. So, what are we left with? We are left with the fact that the universe had a beginning, and it was not a natural cause, it was something above nature, it was something “Supernature”, something Supernatural. Hence, when we see the material effect of the universe, we can know that there was a supernatural creator that caused the universe.

Design demands a Designer

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It is a truism that everybody recognizes that this universe looks designed. In fact, when we see the various aspects of nature, we see birds, squirrels, and trees, and we see all the things that they do so well. Many times, we, as humans, try to copy and mimic that design, but often we don’t do nearly as well as the design that we see in nature.

We look at the design of the human body, the human hand, the arm, the leg, and the brain… We see that those are some of the most advanced technologically savvy pieces of equipment ever put together, and when we try to mimic them and copy them, we can’t do it as well. Why? Because this universe exhibits design from the starry sky at night to the fingertips on your hand.

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The design is overwhelming, it’s everywhere, so the question that poses itself: Where does design originate? Well, you and I both know that when you see things that function and they are complex, that design comes from an intelligent designer. Big explosions just simply don’t bring about order, they don’t cause things that are functional and complex to come into existence. The design we see in the universe demands a supernatural intelligent designer.

Life demands a supernatural life-giver

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In the material world, we have come to understand that there is a law of biology called “The law of Biogenesis” [6]. It simply says that in this material, natural world, life comes from previously existing life of its own kind.

When we look at how people used to think about life, they said “Life can arise spontaneously from non-living chemicals”. Yet every single biological experiment has shown us that that simply is biologically impossible. Life doesn’t arise from non-living chemicals.

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“Complex living things come only from other living things…life does not spontaneously arise from non-living material” [6]

So, from where did life arise? If it doesn’t arise from non-living chemicals, then where did life originate? You see, the idea that there’s no God suggests to us that there had to be some singularity without a cause that exploded, and that explosion brought about design which we never ever seen happen, and then ultimately, somewhere, the non-living chemicals gave rise to life. But that’s biologically impossible. Hence, life demands a supernatural creator.

Moral law demands a moral lawgiver

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If we evolved from primordial slime over multiplied millions of years, at what point did objective moral values arise? We don’t look at a dog and say: that dog objectively morally violated some rule when he steals a bone from another dog. We don’t say “hey the dog violated an objective moral value” we don’t say that. But we do say that humans can perpetrate things that are objectively morally wrong, and that humans can be involved in things that are morally right. If that’s true, there must be a lawgiver.

If some things are objectively morally right, and other things are objectively morally wrong, then there must be a God.

Free will exists

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The Atheistic idea that there is no God is founded on the idea of Materialism [7]. The idea that this material world is all that there is, all that there was, and all that there ever will be. Because of that, Atheism has to suggest that you, as a person, don’t really have free will, that there is no being inside of your body or brain that is super matter, and what’s going on in your brain is just electrons bouncing around and you’re the product of those bounces, and you don’t really make decisions on your own, it’s just the physical laws and properties going on in your brain.

“All things, including mental states and consciousness, are results of material interactions. According to philosophical materialism, mind and consciousness are by-products or epiphenomena of material processes” [7]

However, if you are reading this article of your own volition, then the fact of the matter is there has to be a God that can account for that freewill that you, as a person, have. Hence, there has to be a God if there is freewill.

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Final Thoughts

Antony Flew [8], Atheist who wrote “Theology and Falsification”, the most popular atheistic paper for the last century. In 2006, he wrote a book titled “There is a God”- How the world’s most notorious atheist became a believer.

“We must follow the argument wherever it leads” [9] -Anthony Flew

“I now believe there is a God…I now think it [the evidence] does point to a creative Intelligence almost entirely because of the DNA investigations. What I think the DNA material has done is that it has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which which are needed to produce life, that intelligence must have been involved in getting these extraordinarily diverse elements to work together.” [10] ― Anthony Flew

He stated that his rule of life had always been to follow the evidence where it leads. He said he followed that evidence, and it led him to the conclusion that there is a supernatural intelligent God.

Let’s let the evidence lead us to that same conclusion.

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