Oh man, I haven’t done one of these in a while. So, it seems that one of the many butthurt Christian types decided to compile a list of the seven things that they are certain prove God’s existence. The list is riddled with confirmation bias, a lack of scientific understanding. I am going to go for this, point by point. Easy enough, since this person was nice enough to group their points together into a list. Here is a link to the original piece, now let’s take apart some stupidity.
1. Babies. I watched my wife give birth to our four daughters, and last month I visited my new grandson. I’ve stared at little Hananiah’s cute face and tiny fingers—and the cleft in his chin that resembles mine. How can anyone deny the reality of God when they see a baby? The amount of information encrypted in one cell in the human body is equal to that of 1,000 books. The total amount of information stored in your DNA is 40 times more than that of the largest set of encyclopedias in the world. King David felt this sense of awe when he wrote, “You wove me in my mother’s womb. … I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:13, 14, NASB). Life is truly a miracle!
So, you obviously are from a first-world country. Is life a miracle for the babies who get obliterated in nations filled with civil war? Were all the babies of Sodom and Gomorrah miracles? I mean, God went out of his way to kill them all there. Or how about the babies that he drowned in the flood during the stories of Noah’s Ark? Or how about the babies he commanded his army to kill, often after their mothers were taken as slaves, during the sacking of cities like Jericho? What did those babies do? In fact, if you look at how much genocide God has personally done, babies don’t seem to interest him in the slightest.
Next, you talk about how much information there is in DNA. I vaguely remember talking about something like this. I won’t go too far into this, other than to say that if you think that the genetic information that is in each DNA strand is proof of God, you don’t know the first thing about science. For real, you’re scientifically illiterate. Though, what can I expect. Your first bit of corroborating evidence for your point was the child that you had. Confirmation bias is all over that one.
2. Thunderstorms. I love to sit on my back porch in Florida and listen to the rumbling of thunder. It reminds me of God’s majesty and power. The apostle Paul said creation was the best evidence of God’s existence. He wrote, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen” (Rom. 1:20). Nature is actually full of quantifiable miracles. Just consider the fact that the earth is the perfect distance from the sun to support life. If we were any farther away from the sun, we would freeze; if we were even slightly closer to it, we would burn up. It’s obvious God created this home for us!
This is just sad. This person clearly doesn’t know anything about science and is trying to feebly attach meaning to what they perceive. I mean, “Nature is actually full of quantifiable miracles”? Seriously?! And your evidence is thunderstorms? Here is a link to an article written by people 1000X smarter than you that details how thunderstorms work. There’s no miracle in it! For real, for something to be miraculous, it would have to be outside of what is possible. As you can clearly see, thunderstorms are not miraculous. Neither are any of the other things that the Bible declared supernatural, such as diseases, mental illness (which they thought was demonic possession), earthquakes and floods.
Then, you make the argument that the world is perfectly made for us. You have no idea how crazy it is that life exists on this planet, do you? With all the cosmic forces that could wipe us out at any minute, the idea that life is just so perfect on this world for us, with life being just this tiny little film on the surface of it, is just hubris. Not to mention – if this planet were truly made for us, then resources wouldn’t be finite. But they are, and we’re overusing them. Your argument is dumb.
3. Flowers. There are more than 400,000 species of flowers in the world, and most of them are not edible. Their job is to simply make the world beautiful. Did they just haphazardly evolve over time, or did a loving God create each individual shape and color scheme for our enjoyment? People who choose to deny God don’t spend enough time looking at tulips, snapdragons, orchids, lilies, lotuses or magnolias. This is why it’s really important to stop and smell the roses!
Not much to even say, here. You clearly are from a part of the world where you have no real troubles and everything is all buttercups and rainbows from God. You don’t know anything about what an amazing force evolution and natural selection are. It is more profound, if you think about it, to realize that all this was because of forces in this universe over unimaginable periods of time than to think that a psychotic patriarch did it.
4. The Bible. Paul wrote that “all Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tim. 3:16). The Bible itself is proof of God’s existence because He used 40 unrelated people over a period of 2,000 years to write His unique love letter to us. There is nothing like the Bible because it carries the same consistent message throughout all of its 66 different books. Atheists can laugh at this idea, but those who have read the Scriptures and experienced God through its pages know why it is the best-selling and most-translated book in all of history. (Fact: 100 million copies of the Bible are sold every year. Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion has sold 2 million.)
There is a great rule when it comes to arguing for your religion – never argue for the Bible with the Bible. It’s a flawed book, riddled with contradictions, such as how there are two completely different creation stories and stories about the creation of people. Or how the two Gospels that talk about the birth of Jesus have contradicting stories. Or the fact that God, who is supposed to be all-good has a bad habit of murdering so many people. Or the idea that he has a plan and knows the outcome of every situation, yet says we have free will.
But the biggest proof that the Bible is bullshit – there is no knowledge outside of what the people of that time period knew. I like the bit that Eddie Izzard said in a stand-up bit where he said, “if there was a god, then the first words in the Bible should have been ‘it’s round! Looks flat, but it’s round.'” A Bronze Age book that has absolutely no factual basis, because the acts of God stopped being around once people started keeping accurate records. Funny how that is, huh?
5. The global spread of Christianity. Over the centuries, the gospel message has been vilified and ridiculed. Roman rulers threw first-century Christians to the lions, and 20th-century dictators sent believers to prison camps. It is estimated that 70 million Christians have been martyred since the church began—and 40 million of those were in the 20th century. Yet today Christianity has more adherents than any religion, and numbers are growing in many parts of the world. Our faith is spreading because it is the truth—and history shows that when this truth is mocked and scorned, it actually spreads faster!
They fail to mention that the number of religious people is dive-bombing in first-world countries. Again, doing research or citing a source would have been too hard for this author. But what about Islam. It’s growing pretty damn fast in parts of the world, too. There are over 1 billion people who believe in it. Although, I suppose I shouldn’t follow this logic train too far. After all, Islam and Christianity are the same religion.
Science and the Internet are killing religion, because when you post stupid shit like this, people like me, who actually have facts, can come in and show how you are full of shit. There are not five words of truth in this whole post, and you are saying that it is our side with the weak argument. I guess that’s true, if all you see is how awesome Jesus is. Speaking of…
6. Jesus. The most amazing thing about God is not that He exists, but that He loved us so much He was willing to send His Son to earth to save us from ourselves. Jesus was with the Father from the time of creation, and His arrival was predicted numerous times in Old Testament prophecy. Finally He interrupted history and came to live among us. His crucifixion is historical fact, and His resurrection was verified by hundreds of witnesses. The man who perhaps knew Jesus best—the apostle John—saw the risen Christ and touched His nail-pierced hands. He wrote, “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you” (1 John 1:3). Jesus is not an illusive fairy tale. He is the living, breathing, touchable Son of God.
Touchable? Really? You’ve touched Jesus? You’ve actually gone and touched him, in person? They make pills for whatever you have, you know. You talk about evidence of his crucifixion and resurrection, but you fail to address the fact that there were DOZENS of stories like his floating around the Mediterranean, some made before the time of Jesus Christ. We can’t be sure that Jesus was even a real person. I mean, there were a lot of Gospels that were written, some during his time, that were rejected by a committee from being entered into the Bible that you so avidly flaunt. I mean, really? A committee can just up and decide to not add stories written about Jesus. Did they, perchance, not go with the party line about this guy? Just sayin’. Though it is all meaningless, since you can only use the Bible to back up your claims. You’re not helping yourself, here.
7. My personal friendship with God. Atheists may not be convinced that God exists after listening to a storm, smelling a hibiscus or reading the Bible. When I am asked to defend my faith, I don’t start an intellectual argument. I have to go back to the words of Paul in 2 Timothy 1:12: “I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed.”
Wow, it’s like this person is admitting that they are full of shit. This was a pointless waste of time and it didn’t prove jack-shit. Thanks for wasting my time.
Until next time, a quote,
“And I firmly believe, looking at these results, that if there is a God, it has to be a man. No woman could or would fuck things up like this!” -George Carlin