Hey there! Welcome to my blog. Today, I’d like to share one of my final papers with you all. This paper was for my rhetoric writing class, and the topic I chose was to argue for the existence of God. One thing to be aware of: this is a formal school paper, and not a blog post, so it’s not going to be the same sort of writing you usually see.
With that being said, here’s my paper, which is titled “Facts & Feelings: How They Point to a Creator.”
Does life just seem pointless sometimes? From an early age, science classes tell students that humans evolved from animals, essentially saying, ‘Our human race is nothing but something that came from monkeys.’ Then, as they get older, the student hears other theories: the creation of the universe was just a coincidence, there is no truth, even if you think something is wrong doesn’t mean it isn’t right for someone else. People are told that they are animals, a coincidence, nothing is true, and there is almost no right or wrong. There has to be something else that gives people more purpose, doesn’t there?
There is, and today I’d like to show you what is actually true and how we do have a purpose in life because there is a Creator, there is a God. After clarifying a few things, I will show you how it is clear that God exists because of the scientific precision of creation and the moral convictions humans have in this world.
To clarify some things first: I understand that there are many religions and many different beliefs. Some people believe there is no god, others say there are many gods, and then there are those who believe there is one God but they have different ideas about this God. However, I cannot address every perspective in this paper. I will only be trying to prove to you that there is a God. This means I’ll mainly be refuting the atheist perspective: the ones who believe there is no God at all. Hopefully, even if you aren’t an atheist, this paper will still help point you towards the truth.
First of all, how complex is the universe really? Every high school student knows how challenging a science class can be. This is because science classes attempt to explain extremely complex information. Frank Turek and Norman L.Geisler, both experts in apologetics, explain how perfect the universe is in their book, I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, using the story of Apollo 13 and how a small problem could have killed the astronauts. They write, “… A slight change in any one of a number of factors– in either the universe or in the earth itself– could fatally alter the narrowly defined environmental conditions we need to survive” (Geisler and Turek 96). See, several parts of the world, from the amount of oxygen in the air we breathe to the amount of gravitational force that exists, even if altered just slightly, could kill us.
Let’s look at a few more examples. How about the expansion rate of the universe? The expansion rate is how fast the universe is expanding, and is tracked by measuring light wavelengths in space (“How Do Astronomers Know…”). The constant in that equation, if changed, could be disastrous: “A change in its value by a mere 1 part in its 10 to the 120th parts would cause the universe to expand too rapidly or too slowly” (“The Fine-Tuning of the Universe”). Either way, life wouldn’t be able to exist. The same is true for the mass and energy distribution of the universe. If the number wasn’t exactly right, down to the smallest number, life couldn’t exist.
Where did this precision come from? It’s unlikely it would come from chance. It’s nearly impossible to get such precise equations and numbers for the perfect conditions of life by chance. Physicist Paul Davies said, “There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all… it seems as if someone has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the universe. The impression of design is overwhelming” (qtd. in “The Fine-Tuning of the Universe”). It only makes sense that there is a Designer behind the perfectly designed, that there is a God who created it all.
A common argument atheists have against this is the Multiple Universe Theory. In this theory, there are many different universes in existence and we just happen to be in the right one. However, there is a major problem with this theory: there is no evidence for it. Turek and Geisler write, “… This multiple universe idea is no more than a metaphysical concoction– a fairy tale built on blind faith…” (Geisler and Turek 107). Another hole in this theory is that even if there were multiple universes, that doesn’t eliminate the need for them to have a beginning and a creator. Thus, atheists just can’t answer the question.
After hearing all of that, you may still not be completely convinced, so here’s another reason with which to wrestle. Imagine you had a friend over for dinner. After he’s gone, you realize that some things are missing. Some pieces of fine silverware, that expensive decorative piece that went on your dining room table, and some money you left on the counter. You know that all of those things were there beforehand, and that only your friend could have done it. How do you respond? Any normal person would at least be annoyed, if not furious. You invited your friend to your own home, and he stole from you!
Let’s take this a bit farther. Say you call your friend the next day and ask about it. You give him the perfect opportunity to confess, but he lies to you. How would that make you feel? Not only did your friend steal from you, but now he’s lying. That would be pretty upsetting.
Several days pass, and finally your friend calls you back and says these words:
“What’s right for me doesn’t necessarily have to be right for you. I’m okay with stealing. Maybe you’re not, but I am, so it’s fine.”
Obviously, at this point, you may go to the police if you really wanted to, because the law does exist, even if your friend doesn’t feel like abiding by it. See, this is an example of morality. Everyone, deep down, knows what’s right and wrong. Sometimes people may hide behind lies and denial, but if the same thing was done to them, they’d be pretty upset too. But where does this knowledge come from? Why do we automatically think stealing is wrong?
Some may object that we don’t automatically think these things are wrong, and rather these ideas are ingrained into our brains through thousands of years of following the same laws. However, where did those laws come from? Why did the first rulers think these things were wrong? Yes, there is inconsistency in some of the earliest laws, and yes, some of them weren’t exactly good or right, but we should ask why people thought laws and standards were necessary. If the law didn’t exist and everyone could steal whatever from whomever they wanted, would you think that’s right? That it would be okay?
People have these moral convictions because of God. God wrote His law on our hearts. These feelings cannot come from scientific reactions and evolution– chemicals do not feel emotions like people do. They can only come from God. Without God, there is no standard, and everyone just has their own opinion. For example, you could like oatmeal raisin cookies better than chocolate chip. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just your opinion. However, what if someone went outside and shouted, “I love murder!” When questioned, he could say it’s just his opinion, but everybody knows it’s wrong. That’s because God gives us objective moral values.
You may question, however, how God can give us objective moral values. Isn’t there some subjectivity in that because He made them up Himself? See, these values aren’t just random rules God came up with because He wanted things to be difficult– they’re part of His nature. He is good. He is faithful. He is loving. Thus, things that go against His nature are objectively bad. Since God created the world, He created us. Since He created us, and the Bible says we are made in His image, we have convictions against those things because of His nature.
From these two ideas then, the fact that the universe must have been designed and that we all have objective moral values, it can be concluded that there is more out there. There is a purpose in life. We are not animals, not a coincidence, there is truth, and there is a right and wrong. What you do with this information is up to you. Will you continue to seek the truth about this God who created the world? Or will you disregard it as a myth and continue living as you always have? The choice is yours.
Geisler, Norman L. and Turek, Frank. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. Crossway Books, 2004.
“How Do Astronomers Know the Universe Is Expanding?” Australian Academy of Science, www.science.org.au/curious/space-time/how-do-astronomers-know-universe-expanding. Accessed 7 May 2021.
Kunkle, Brett. “Does God Exist?” Stand to Reason, www.str.org/w/does-god-exist-?inheritRedirect=true. Accessed 3 May 2021.
Koukl, Greg. “What Are the Most Powerful Arguments For the Existence of God?” Stand to Reason, www.str.org/w/what-are-the-most-powerful-arguments-for-the-existence-of-god-?inheritRedirect=true. Accessed 3 May 2021.
“The Fine-Tuning of the Universe.” Youtube, uploaded by drcraigvideos, 8 June 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE76nwimuT0.
“The Moral Argument.” Youtube, uploaded by drcraigvideos, 21 Jan. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxiAikEk2vU&t=0s.
“#349 The Moral Argument for God.” Reasonable Faith, www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/the-moral-argument-for-god/. Accessed 11 May 2021.
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