Truth That Matters

"What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" - Jesus Christ

Relating to God requires faith, which I find unreasonable. Why should I believe something that is not proved?

We all believe in unproved things all the time. We use paper money because we have faith in the central bank of our country and the government. We eat at restaurants without proof that no dirt has been added into the food. We use elevators without doing our own structural tests on them. We venture out even though we do not understand everything about the universe (science). We do all these things because we have faith in people - faith with sufficient basis. This being so, faith in God's existence and identity is reasonable. In fact, it has been my strange experience that "math-style, rock solid" proof for God or the Bible is frequently demanded by those who are content to exercise blind faith in atheism or other religions.

The mathematician Kurt Godel proved that even a basic subject like the arithmetic of integers cannot be axiomatized - there will always be some propositions whose veracity or falsehood can never be proved. If this is the case with arithmetic, it is downright stupid for anyone to demand mathematical style proof for a profound proposition such as "There is a God who will hold you accountable". This is what a British atheist mathematician who loved "proof" said:-

"I thought certainty is more likely  to be found in mathematics than elsewhere. But I discovered that many mathematical demonstrations, which my teachers expected me to accept, were full of fallacies, and that, if certainty were indeed discoverable in mathematics, it would be in a new field of mathematics, with more solid foundations than those that had hitherto been thought secure. But as the work proceeded, I was continually reminded about the fable about the elephant and the tortoise. Having constructed an elephant upon which the mathematical world could rest, I found the elephant tottering, and proceeded to construct a tortoise to keep the elephant from falling. But the tortoise was no more secure than the elephant, and after some twenty years of very arduous toil, I came to the conclusion that there was nothing more that I could do in the way of making mathematical knowledge indubitable." - Russell, The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, 3:220.

Thus it is irrational to insist on self-evident "proof" for God's existence. 

Moreover, the faith that is required by the God of the Bible is not a blind leap in the dark - against everything we know to be true by experience, but a response to the Evidence for God

"There is enough light for those who desire to see, and enough obscurity for those of contrary disposition" [French Mathematician Blaise Pascal, in Pensees, Section VII, Morality and Doctrine] 

When you respond sincerely to the evidence and God's message to you in the Bible, He will reveal Himself to you personally, and this will give you certainty. It actually takes more faith to be an atheist than a believer in God, because the atheist has to rely on the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution to explain the origin of the universe and life. The articles linked to show how both theories are at variance with the observed facts.

Conclusion: Refusing to believe God or the Bible in the name of rationality is absurd.

Let me enjoy life now. I'll have enough time for God when I'm old. I don't need Him now.

Most people think that it is a good idea to enjoy life without any moral accountability till one becomes old, and then to spend the last few years of one's life doing business with "god". But this assumes that God is a moody old man upstairs who needs a little appeasement. The Bible shows us that reality is very different: God is our Creator who made us with a purpose in mind. This means that our life is a complete waste unless we are in a relationship with Him. True enjoyment lies in taking our appropriate place as His creatures - in submission to Him, and all enjoyment that deviates from His character will incur His punishment. So the earlier we surrender to Him, the better. More urgently, the Bible says that all those who die without Him will face eternal death (see Hebrews 9:27, Romans 6:23). Since you don't know when you will die, the wisest choice is to follow the advice of 2 Corinthians 6:2 and get right with God now. It is possible to have wealth, health and popularity without a relationship with God, but getting right with God is absolutely essential to meet your greatest need: eternal life instead of eternal death.

If God exists and made everything, who made God?

This question presupposes that God had a beginning. Something (or someone) needs to be “made” only if it had a starting point inside the realm of time. However, the Bible teaches that God is beyond time. The Bible begins by saying, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth”. Notice the concepts introduced:-

  • In the beginning: time
  • Heaven: space
  • Earth: matter

When God made the universe, time was one of the things he created! He is infinite: timeless and eternal. Thus, it does not make sense for someone to “create” God.

Can we comprehend God or the realm of His existence fully? No, for then He wouldn’t be God. Do atheists have an answer for where the cosmic egg that exploded in the supposed big bang came from? No, they don’t. So you can’t use your inability to figure out God completely as an excuse to be an atheist. Further discussion

You’re just using God as an emotional prop to cope with life.

No I’m not. Some people perhaps do so, but that does not prove the existence or non-existence of God. In my case, the  Evidence for God has forced me to consider the existence of God, and my encounter with Him has sealed my belief. Paul was an early follower of God in the Roman Empire. He was punished by being thrown to wild animals. This is what he says:-
“If like other men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what profit is it to me, if [God does not exist and] the dead are not raised? Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” 1 Corinthians 15: 32
Paul could have had a peaceful life if he was like others. Clearly, here is a guy who’s willingly paying the heavy price for believing in God. He’s certainly not believing in God because it feels good.

If you’re an atheist, here’s my question to you: Are you not refusing to believe in God because the non-existence of God feels good? If God exists, you can’t cheat your way to the top even when others are not looking, you can’t use dirty language, you can’t flirt, you can’t enjoy yourself gazing at porn (even the soft version that appears in regular newspapers and movies), you can’t sleep around, you can’t lie when it suits you, you can’t dump your sexual partner (whether you call him/her a spouse or not) for anyone else, you can’t drink and smoke, … the list goes on! God demands accountability for each word you say and how you spend all your time!

And you –love– these things. So you hope against hope that God does not exist. A better approach is to deal with reality. If you think the evidence points against the existence of God, stick around and refute what I say.

If God exists, let Him come down and show himself to me. Then I will believe him.

Actually, God came down (as a man) and showed himself to certain people. They demanded:
“What sign do You show then, that we may see and believe You? What do You work?” – John 6: 30
Guess what. He refused! He changed the subject. On another occasion, he said: “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah [a prophet in 800 BC that his audience was familiar with].”

When we deal with God, we need to get one thing really straight: God does not need us, we need Him. God tells His people (the nation of Israel)
“I will take no bull out of your house, nor goats out of your folds; for every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains; and the wild beasts of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is Mine, and the fullness of it.” - Psalm 50:9-12
The Bible also tells us:
“Guard your feet when you go to the house of God, and be more ready to hear than to give the sacrifice of fools [that is, brash talk]. For they do not know that they are doing evil. Do not be rash with your mouth, and do not let your heart be hasty to say a word before God. For God is in Heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few.” - Ecclesiastes 5:1-2
No, God is not unreasonable. He does not expect you to exercise blind faith in Him or “leave your mind out” when you come to Him. But if you come to Him, you do so on His terms, not yours. When God came to earth, he did perform many signs that authenticated him as God. There is a lot of other evidence that God gives us, that He is indeed God. The purpose of this website is to present Him along with the evidence that He has provided.

What about aliens?

Today, there is considerable excitement at the prospect of finding extraterrestrial life (ETL), whether it is traces of bacteria on Mars or intelligent beings that may be trying to contact us. Billions of (tax) dollars are being spent looking for ETL. Let's deal with some questions that come up:-

Why is there so much interest today in ETL?
Because of the evolutionary worldview of the scientific establishment. If life has evolved on earth, and there are trillions of stars and planets out there, it is reasonable to think that life may have evolved elsewhere as well. The catch in this argument is that there is no evidence that life evolved on earth. The evidence from nature points to the possibility that the universe, and life on earth has been designed by an intelligent Creator. However, many scientists accept only natural explanations, and so reject the notion of God a priori; for them, the very fact that we exist is sufficient grounds to believe that we have evolved, and thus that life may have evolved elsewhere as well.

What real evidence is there for ETL?
None

What does the Bible have to say about ETL?
The Bible does not explicitly say whether aliens exist or not. However, we can draw a conclusion looking at the overall tenor of scripture.

The Bible begins with God creating the universe, culminating in the creation of man.  Then we learn about man's fall, and God's supreme work of redemption. The church (part of God's people) is the bride of Christ, the Son of God. This raises some issues.
  • If God created aliens, Genesis 1 would have been the natural place to mention it.
  • In Revelation 21 and 22, we see the grand culmination of God's plans - the people of God be with Him for eternity - we don't read about alien children of God joining us earthling believers.
  • If there are classes of intelligent aliens who would also be brides of Christ, it would mean that Christ has more than one bride. If that were the case, God would have instituted polygamy, since human marriage is meant to mirror the relationship between Christ and the church (Eph 5:22-33), but He didn't.
  • The whole tenor of Genesis 1 and 2 shows that God made animals and plants for man. So there seems no reason for God to create non-intelligent alien life elsewhere.
  • If intelligent aliens existed with free will, it would be inevitable that they would sin sooner or later. Then Christ would have to suffer and die many times to redeem all of them (since human sin has to be paid for in human blood, alien sin in alien blood, etc). But we are told that Christ died once and for all (Heb 7:27, 9:26, 9:28, 10:10, 1 Pe 3:20).

Could God have created intelligent aliens without the provision of redemption? Well, we do know of one class of beings, not bound to the earth, without any provision for redemption (as far as we know): Angels. This brings us to the next question.

What do we make of reported alien sightings, etc?
Some reported alien sightings may be hallucination, secret military projects, etc. But there are others that need to be taken more seriously. From the Bible, there is one possible explanation for "genuine" encounters with aliens: Angels. According to the Bible, some of the angels rebelled against God, and ever since then, have been working against Him. So there is a real possibility that these angels are deceiving people by posing as aliens. Former MUFON member Joe Jordan mentions several cases where people reported that they were about to be abducted by aliens, but the abduction was prevented when they cried out to Jesus Christ. This strongly indicates the hand of rebellious angels in all "genuine" alien encounters. The objectives of bad angels in making these things up could be as follows:-
  • By distracting people, they mess up their worldview which is already muddled with Evolution Theory and/or beliefs in spirit guides, etc and thus make them less likely to search for the truth, and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ .
  • By making people used to the idea of alien abduction, Satan may enable the Antichrist and others to explain away the Rapture as a case of alien abduction, thus helping the Antichrist to gain control over people.

So what do we do about it?
Well, there's no need to get worked up. If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ: What did the Lord Jesus asked us to be doing? "Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." - Acts 1:8. So we should be witnesses - telling people to get right with God instead of play around with aliens, who really are demons. If you're not a disciple of Jesus Christ, decide whether you want to get to know certain powerful beings, or the All Powerful Creator, before whom you will one day bow down (Philippians 2:10) and give an account of your life to (Romans 14:10).
 
Conclusion: There are no aliens - at least the kind that atheists are fascinated with. There are angels, including sinister ones who want to delude man as part of their rebellion against the Creator. You should seek God, not them.
 

Could God be a force rather than a person?

The nature of our existence argues against an impersonal God. Human beings look for purpose in life, think analytically, write novels, and form strong relationships with other people. It is therefore far more reasonable to posit the existence of a personal, intelligent God who likes relationships and has a purpose, rather than a force. A mere force cannot create sentient beings with a sense of right and wrong, and it certainly cannot enforce right and wrong. A "force-god theism" is practically the same as atheism.

All the Evidence for God and the Testimonies of people who have met God suggest that God is a person, not a force. The idea of God as a force may seem appealing because a force cannot hold you morally accountable! Put differently, if you believe that valid ethics exists, this can be used to establish that God is not a force since only a personal God can set up a valid system of ethics.