Do you think it’s possible for something to come from nothing? Seriously. Can a car come from nothing? Can a book come from nothing? Can a complex rocket propulsion system come from nothing? Of course not! We know these things are the products of intelligent minds. Would you believe there are people who think the vast complexity of life came into existence from nothing? If you’ve been through the public school system, you know these kind of assertions are taught as fact. I posed the following question to myself several years ago: Is it reasonable to hold to the belief that life came from nothing? I want to tell you why I asked myself this but first let us examine the meaning of nothing.
Webster’s dictionary defines nothing as “not anything, no thing.” Aristotle provided a pithy definition. He said, “Nothing is what rocks dream about.” We know the universe had a beginning. Many secular scientists believe the Big Bang was caused by nothing. In my estimation, that’s an absurd notion living inside the mind of a simpleton. Other secular scientists believe the universe was caused by natural forces. Natural forces certainly aren’t nothing, they are something. This requires the question of how did the “natural forces” originate?
About eight years ago I was asked by an atheist why I believed the Biblical account of life’s origins. I am embarrassed to admit that I did not respond well. I replied that I believed it because the bible said it and that settles it. This person began to pick apart my worldview with scientific explanations in which I had very weak responses. After getting literally beat down, I had to ask myself why I believed what I believed. I had a personal revelation of God and I knew him personally but it bothered me that I didn’t have sufficient responses to a person who could seemingly rip my belief in God to shreds, so I began to dig. I dug deep and I read a lot.
I wasn’t searching to discover if God exists. I personally know him. He is as real to me as the keyboard I’m using to type this. Rather, I was looking for ways to respond to arguments that I knew ran contrary to the truth. I wanted to know what evidence existed to defend my worldview and I wanted to present the evidence in a logical and intelligent manner.
I’m a child of the 1980’s. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, reverence for the Bible was widespread. Most people in western society accepted God’s existence and would respect biblical teachings even if they were not practicing Christians. Things are different today. The Bible is viewed as an ancient Bronze Age piece of literature that is no longer relevant to the modern (or post-modern) culture.
Great Christian nations of the past, such as Great Britain, are now extreme agnostic or atheistic in their views of the world. Craig J. Hazen wrote a revealing piece about why this happened. He says that for years, “theist, agnostic, skeptical and pluralistic professors at all the great British universities had been hammering on the faith for years… — and there were very few defenders in their midst” (emphasis added).
The Bible teaches Christians in 1 Peter 3:14,15 to not be afraid of those who come against you. It says to worship Jesus as your Lord and if someone asks you about the hope that is in you, always be ready to make a defense or give them an answer. That was my problem. When posed with the question about my beliefs, I could not present a sufficient defense. Jesus said in Matthew 22:37 that “you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is very important. It’s essential to know God spiritually, but it’s also important to train your mind in the ways of God and be able to do what 1 Peter 3:15 says and give a defense for truth.
Jesus and Peter are not saying that we should involve ourselves in foolish arguments and quarrels. Instead we should use patience and intelligence to gently instruct those who oppose truth. See 2 Timothy 2:23-26. Arguments about science and faith have probably led few people to Jesus. The real work of people coming to Jesus is through the power of the Holy Spirit. But in an age of skepticism, the Holy Spirit can use logical reasoning to remove barriers of unbelief in people’s hearts and minds. Paul did these very things in Ephesus, and many other places. See Acts 19:8-10.
For several years I have felt an urging within my spirit to pursue loving God with all my mind in order to help people find meaningful answers in an ever-increasing skeptical culture. I have suppressed it for a long time mainly because of confidence issues and fear that the urging is simply a “feeling.” But God has dealt with me strongly since January 2014 and I will be obedient. In order to solidify my qualifications to minister to people in this area, I have enrolled in a program at Biola University. I do not feel I am called to be a full-time minister or that I will do this for pay. I am already where God has called me to be in my career. I’m simply called to be a person who can help people understand why belief in God and his creation is far more reasonable than what this world tries to posit into their minds. And to be honest, I love to further my education!
The point of the new blog site is that I may write about some of the things I’m learning along the way. It helps me to learn and absorb if I write out my thoughts, so why not share my thoughts with others? I don’t necessarily expect to offer any new revelations or conclusions, but maybe there is a chance I may say something in a way people haven’t yet heard. So, look for writings on truth, evolution, intelligent design, morality, historicity of the Bible, miracles, Jesus’ resurrection, biblical inerrancy, etc.
So, did we come from nothing? No, we didn’t. Stay tuned to this page and I’ll address bits and pieces of why this is true as time moves forward.
Until next time…