I follow a substantial number of Christian Apologetic blogs that expound upon every conceivable rationale imaginable, which point to the reality of God and the fact that Jesus Christ was and is the Son of God and yet there are millions of people, from all walks of life, in every corner of our planet, who disregard it all, assuming that what they see is all there is and who subsequently endeavour, all the while, to just make the most of it.
And for every argument of logic or evidence presented that supports the reality of God you will find opposing arguments denying it, likewise with arguments for who Jesus is and what He did, you will find those who endeavour to whitewash it all, relegating the information presented, as being in the same category as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In other words, no seriously thinking intelligent person would actually entertain believing in God and more specifically, Jesus Christ.
And yet they would be wrong.
According to a study done by Baruch A. Shalev, 100 Years of Nobel Prizes (2003), between 1901 and 2000, reveals that 654 Laureates belong to 28 different religion. Most 65.4% have identified Christianity in its various forms as their religious preference. Overall, Christians have won a total of 78.3% of all the Nobel Prizes in Peace, 72.5% in Chemistry, 65.3% in Physics, 62% in Medicine, 54% in Economics and 49.5% of all Literature awards. (Source).
There are many Nobel laureates of physics and astronomy who have expressed a public belief in a God including Francis Collins, who was the project director of the human genome. Or Fabiola Giannoti, general director of CERN. Carlo Rubia, (who won a Nobel prize). Other respected scientists Allan Sandage, Owen Gingerich, Don Page, John Polkinghorne, etc, etc. (Source) Consequently, as one can plainly see, it is totally compatible to be a physicist, scientist in the highest positions, or with a Nobel Prize and to believe in God.
So where does all the negative and misinformation come from? And why is it that there are so many within our society that want to paint a picture that faith in God belongs to the uneducated or ill informed? I think the answer is relatively simple, because it suits or correlates with their world view or purpose. In other words, if you adhere to materialism, the worldview you hold will see everything that you encounter from a materialistic perspective, because you basically want to see it that way.
A few months ago I had an interesting discussion with one of my co-workers. After we had discussed some of the evidence for the existence of God he stopped me and stated, “Oh don’t get me wrong, I believe there is a God, I just don’t want to look into it any further because of what God might want me to do.” In other words, by keeping the concept of God at bay, he, the individual I was speaking to, remained in the driver’s seat.
The concept of God and the study of His revelation to humanity, as expressed within the Christian Bible, introduces the distinct possibility of accountability. And, if there is no God, one need not worry about accountability or morality for that matter. The worldview that we hold, be it materialistic, or theism (polytheism), determines the evidence and logic utilized to support your decision of choice.
So it’s not that there isn’t evidence or logic available to support the opposing perspectives, it’s your decision of choice at the onset that determines how that evidence and what particular evidence, is honestly investigated and applied. And I think the key word there is “honestly”. If one is willing to “honestly” investigate the evidence, which in and of itself means looking at both opposing perspectives and then making a decision, as opposed to looking only at one perspective and ignoring the evidence of the opposing perspective, I think that “honestly” looking at the evidence, in more cases than not, produces a decision in favour of belief in God.
I find it interesting that the author of Hebrews in the NT states that the prerequisite of coming to know God is to believe that He exists.
Hebrews 11:6 NIV “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
And I also believe that if we honestly look at what is all around us, we know within us, that God exists.
Romans 1:20 NIV “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
Consider the following:
DNA Molecules and the Odds Against Evolution
Within each cell there is an area called the nucleus which contains the all-important chromosomes. Chromosomes are microscopically small, rod-shaped structures which carry the genes. Within the chromosomes is an even smaller structure called DNA. This is one of the most important chemical substances in the human body — or in any other living thing. Increasing scientific understanding of DNA molecules has revealed enormous problems for materialism.
DNA is a super-molecule which stores coded hereditary information. It consists of two long “chains” of chemical “building blocks” paired together. In humans, the strands of DNA are almost 2 yards long, yet less than a trillionth of an inch thick.
In function, DNA is somewhat like a computer program on a floppy disk. It stores and transfers encoded information and instructions. It is said that the DNA of a human stores enough information code to fill 1,000 books — each with 500 pages of very small, closely-printed type. The DNA code produces a product far more sophisticated than that of any computer. Amazingly, this enormous set of instructions fits with ease within a single cell and routinely directs the formation of entire adult humans, starting with just a single fertilized egg. Even the DNA of a bacterium is highly complex, containing at least 3 million units, all aligned in a very precise, meaningful sequence.
DNA and the molecules that surround it form a truly superb mechanism — a miniaturized marvel. the information is so compactly stored that the amount of DNA necessary to code all the people living on our planet might fit into a space no larger than an aspirin tablet!
Many scientists are convinced that cells containing such a complex code and such intricate chemistry could never have come into being by pure, undirected chemistry. No matter how chemicals are mixed, they do not create DNA spirals or any intelligent code whatsoever. Only DNA reproduces DNA.
Two well known scientists calculated the odds of life forming by natural processes. They estimated that there is less than 1 chance in 10 to the 40,000power that life could have originated by random trials. 10 to the 40,000power is a 1 with 40,000 zeros after it!
– “…life cannot have had a random beginning…The trouble is that there are about two thousand enzymes, and the chance of obtaining them all in a random trial is only one part in 10 to the 40,000power, an outrageously small probability that could not be faced even if the whole universe consisted of organic soup. If one is not prejudiced either by social beliefs or by a scientific training into the conviction that life originated on the Earth, this simple calculation wipes the idea entirely out of court….The enormous information content of even the simplest living systems…cannot in our view be generated by what are often called “natural” processes…For life to have originated on the Earth it would be necessary that quite explicit instruction should have been provided for its assembly…There is no way in which we can expect to avoid the need for information, no way in which we can simply get by with a bigger and better organic soup, as we ourselves hoped might be possible a year or two ago.”
Fred Hoyle and N. Chandra Wickramasinghe,
Evolution from Space [Aldine House, 33 Welbeck Street, London W1M 8LX:
J.M. Dent & Sons, 1981), p. 148, 24,150,30,31).
It is important to note that the information written on DNA molecules is not produced by any known natural interaction of matter. Matter and molecules have no innate intelligence, allowing self organization into codes. There are no known physical laws which give molecules a natural tendency to arrange themselves into such coded structures.
Like a computer disk, DNA has no intelligence. The complex, purposeful codes of this “master program” could have only originated outside itself. In the case of a computer program, the original codes were put there by an intelligent being, a programmer. Likewise, for DNA, it seems clear that intelligence must have come first, before the existence of DNA. Statistically, the odds are enormously in favour of that theory. DNA bears the marks of intelligent manufacture.
So, from my perspective, the problem is not with the evidence, the above being just one example of many, there’s tons of evidence for the existence of God and in particular, that Jesus was and is the Son of God, the problem is the presupposition that is in play at the onset.
And what does changing your presupposition from outright rejection to honestly examining the evidence do? It makes you stop and think and consider another perspective, different from your own, and when you consider what Jesus had to say, doing that can literally change everything.
John 1:14 NIV “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.“
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!