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    Faith Goes With Reason

    It’s often communicated that only less intelligent or ill-informed people embrace a belief in a personal, infinite God who has the power for the creation of the universe and mankind. 

    Today, I would like to address this issue. The simplest way to do so is to bring to the forefront the trend of well-known atheists turning into theists who now believe that there is a personal God who created the universe.

    Have you noticed how we have seen practically nothing about the fact that many former skeptics are changing their views about God?  

    Those who have studied and researched with integrity are changing their beliefs, but this news is rarely shared widely.

    There still remains an overwhelming percentage of people who believe in God (93%) or the afterlife (85%). I am personally intrigued by the large number of atheists who have come to believe in not only a God who created the universe but a personal, all-knowing, and all-powerful God who pursues mankind and desires to have a relationship with His creation.

    Today I would like to share examples of very intelligent, educated, respectable people who believe in God and the issues that move many from an atheistic to a theistic worldview.

    Since the Big Bang Theory found favor within the scientific community, many skeptics entered quite a dilemma as it relates to the existence of God. The emergence of the Fine Tune Theory—which is related to creation from the Big Bang Theory—the Big Bang Theory itself, and the unlocking of DNA, many skeptics have been challenged on their position of faith. Much of that is centered on credible evidence that "Design equals Designer."

    The Fine Tune Theory leads us into a spectacular arena of various laws, constants, and propositions that govern the world and are balanced on a razor’s edge in making the world work. The probability of this happening by chance is inconceivable when calculating the statistical probability of this being an accident.

    The problem with these findings is that they confront their supporters with the age-old question, “Why is there something rather than nothing?”

    Almost the entire scientific community agrees that “nothing comes from nothing” or “something cannot come from nothing.” This creates a huge problem as it pertains to the scientific theory and the need for the existence of God. There is now something, the cosmos, and it had to originate from something—or Someone.

    In light of this, how can the Big Bang be explained since it gave us our universe at a specific point in time? What caused the effect of our existing universe? 

    In his dissertation on the existence of God, Louis Markos states the following: 

    “Since nothing can come out of nothing, there must have been an eternal something, a First Cause that brought everything into being; otherwise, nothing would exist. Many moderns misunderstand this argument and ask ‘If God created us, then who created God?’ But that is a fallacious question, for what makes God God is that he is an uncreated and uncaused being who possesses life within himself. If he were not that, he would not be God.”

    Everything about our faith in the existence of God in contrast to the atheistic view that there is no God must go back to a simple question, “Is faith reasonable when I look at the existing evidence?”

    As another example, I would like to highlight one of the more famous atheists, Antony Flew, a famed British philosopher of Oxford University. In 2004, an announcement sent shock waves through the corridors of academia as he announced his belief in God. Three years later he published his book, "There Is A God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind."

    In Flew’s own words, he states that his lifelong goal as a philosopher and man of intellectual integrity is to live out Socrates’ exhortation to “follow the argument wherever it leads.” His book is the unveiling of just that as Flew renounced his earlier position and new belief in God’s existence.

    A huge factor that led him to convert from atheist to theist were the very issues I’ve brought up in regards to the Fine Tune Theory, Big Bang Theory, and DNA.

    I hope these examples serve as a reminder that your faith, though often unseen, is indeed logical. Our belief in an all-knowing, all-present, all-seeing, personal God checks out, even against the critics of our day.

    In light of that, go tell someone about Jesus and what He did for them and the world on the cross.

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    John Maisel

    John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.