I was pleased to see an e-mail from you when I booted up my computer this morning. I wasn’t sure you wanted to carry on a conversation via e-mail. I’ve heard of people playing chess over the internet, though I’ve always found that a little strange. But I suppose it gives each player plenty of time to think about the next possible move. Maybe the time delay between our responses can give us the same advantage: time to ponder which direction our thoughts should move.
I agree with you; having faith that God exists is a little different from having faith that your refrigerator is still working or that your car will start. At least you can see your refrigerator and your car! But you can’t see God, or experience Him with any of the other four senses.
Still, it’s possible to establish that something exists even though you never see it. We do it all the time. I remember visiting the Effigy Mounds on the eastern edge of Iowa overlooking the Mississippi River. The mounds are the burial sites of Native Americans who lived long ago. Historians (and tourists!) are absolutely convinced that Indians lived in that location centuries before any historian was alive to record their existence. Why? Because of the mounds and excavated artifacts they created. You know where I’m going with this, don’t you?
We see evidence all around us that makes belief in God a valid option. Creation could mean the existence of a creator. I know, I know; what about the theory of evolution? I realize that a great many people believe that the known universe came into being without any divine involvement, evolving on its own. Note that I used the word “believe,” for no one was there to see how things happened. It seems to me that evolutionists have to take some kind of leap of faith as much (and maybe more) as do those of us who believe God made things happen.
I think one of the best arguments for believing God created everything is the famous watch in the woods argument. It was proposed back in the 18th century by a guy named William Paley. It goes something like this: Imagine that you’re walking through the woods and you discover a watch lying on the ground ticking away. Would you believe that some different metals happened to be clustered reasonably close together and were hit by lightning that melted them into a watch with all of its gears in place and the spring wound tightly to make it run?
If you find a watch in the woods you know that somewhere at some time someone made that watch, and someone left it there. It shows complex design, and where there’s design there’s a designer.
Life’s just too complex to have simply come into existence by accident. I read somewhere that a mathematical astrophysicist named Sir Fred Hoyle argued that the chance of a single replicating molecule (some kind of basic building block of life) being formed has about the same odds of happening as a Boeing 747 jet being assembled by a tornado sweeping through a junkyard.
Evolutionary theory depends heavily on allowing lots of time for the dice of chance to be tossed often enough until something is created. But some scientists are convinced that there’s just not been enough time since the creation of the known universe for this to happen. In fact, they believe there could never be enough time, that the odds are not just slim but impossible. After all, how many tornadoes would have to go through how many junkyards before a 747 jet were created?
I think it makes a lot more sense to believe that all of creation was made by a Creator than to see it as a result of a mindless accident. I know the evolutionary process of creation is pretty much assumed in our schools all the way from the elementary grades through graduate school and is the working assumption on educational TV nature programs. But I also know you’re a thinking person. Just give it some thought.