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Godless American Patriot

Why I Believe in God
By David Bivens   8/10/17

Why do I believe in God? Well, there is a theological answer to that question, it lies in the infinite power and pleasure of God. It involves his purpose and plans for His creation from eternity. It is all enveloped in an infinite number of means ordained and determined in the mind of God for the fulfilling of all things. (Isaiah 46:10)

But I think the question posed has within its context a more personal connotation. For a definition of the word "believe" as used in this regard, I would refer you to Websters 1828 dictionary. Let me also further define my belief to not just a god, but the God of the Bible. I believe the Bible is a true and accurate account of creation, the nature of man, and the revealed character of God himself. Therefore the Bible itself is a part of why I believe.  (Romans 10:17)   

First creation, I find the accounts of the beginning reasonable in my mind. The only competing explanation is evolution. I conclude that evolution as presented in its various forms an unreasonable explanation. The concept of first cause is an interesting one to ponder. But greater still in my mind is the fact anything exists at all. 

The universe is full of intricate design and mechanics, where did it come from? If it exists, then it or something connected to it must have always existed in eternity. That is a concept that leads me back to the Bible. If there was a time when something did not exist, then by definition nothing can exist now. To get something from nothing is simply beyond reason. If you have nothing, it matters not how much time you have; you still have nothing. But then time would not exist because you have nothing. Evolution belongs to time, but to have evolution you must have something, to have something, you must have always had something from eternity, or you would have nothing. It is a circle of which provides no answers and no solution.

Yes, I am told there is an infinite dot of matter that exploded in ages past; thus we have everything. Is that supposed to be a viable explanation of why I am here? Are you telling me that dot of matter was there from eternity? If it was not, then you are getting something from nothing again. Nothing I have ever read or heard, outside of the Biblical account of creation, answers my questions reasonably and logically. The forming of stars and planets are all   explained through evolutionary processes as if the science has been observed and proven. But science has never observed or examined the process of which it describes. It is not reasonable or logical to claim as science something that has never been observed or tested. You can test a boiled egg and determine what it was made of, that heat produced certain effects, and approximately how long and how much heat was applied. But you cannot tell me where it came from without a chicken. You must have something to have anything at all.      

Second, the nature of man. It is again the Bible that I find as the only reasonable and logical explanation for why I am the way I am. The Bible displays man for who he is, why he is the way he is. It answers those questions in a way that is most convincing to me, for I see myself within its pages. I discover my struggles, feel my weaknesses, and see my thoughts all being portrayed within its pages with exact precision. I may deceive others of my real desires and feelings; I may even deceive myself. But it is the Bible that pulls back the curtain and reveals even my deception and lets me see myself for what I am.     

Evolution tells me man is improving; psychology tells me I am what I am because of my experiences. I find both explanations falling far short of helping me understand who I am. A quick look at our current conflicts around the world should be adequate evidence that the nature of man is not improving. If experiences make me what I am, then changing my experiences would change what I am. This is proven over and over again to be very inconsistent.   

Some people have an overwhelming desire to steal, so we instill laws and punishments to deter one's desire. How do I know it is wrong to steal? If it is wrong, why do some want to do it? How is it I understand anxiety and its effect on my behavior? Where does anxiety come from and why is it there? Why do I feel regret when I have offended my conscience, and no one knows but me? Why am I not relieved because no one knows? 

The complexities of the human emotion and workings of the mind are mysterious to us. We have specialists who study our behavior to try and help us cope with and manage ourselves. Within the pages of the Bible, the human behavior is revealed in vivid detail. We are conscious, reasoning beings. We are told our ability to do this, and the range of it is chemical processes. The behavioral problems arise from imbalances of these    chemical processes. But why do these chemicals affect us? In all of human history is there anyone, who by chance, has been perfectly chemically balanced? If all this and its complexities could have evolved by natural processes, could not one accidentally evolve perfectly? No, not one it seems.     

You see, as I read the Bible, I discover even the slightest distress that is weighing upon my soul. I find its cause and its cure within its pages, and I find no  where else consistently and reasonably. Considering its effect upon my mind and emotion, working in me psychologically to bring me to a firm understanding of my condition, is convincing evidence that produces a belief in my mind.       

Now the nature of God. There are many religions and beliefs in the world. They all in varying degrees present some deity and something concerning its character. They range from the universe resting upon the back of a giant turtle to about as many other unreasonable descriptions. You have gods that are as bad and fickle as humans.  They just happen to be gods. You have gods that are criminal in their actions when even placed in a court of human judgment would be condemned. Of course, if there were such gods, we would be at their mercy, if they had any. After all, they are gods, right?  

Many attempt to place such judgments upon the God of the Bible. They view the atrocities of various events and judgments of the God of the Bible as something unreasonably cruel and unjust. One secular writer describes nature saying, "Nature seems cruel when viewed through a human lens, but when you realize that every creature is itself made of trillions of smaller life forms and the aggregate is coded to die and be transformed to other forms, you are able to reconcile with the system as it is. Pain and suffering are simply electric signals interpreted by some neural cells, pain itself being a tool of nature to propagate genes by aiding survival. Its existence is temporary, almost non-existent in the cosmic scale and its occurrence of no real concern in the game of life. The universe does not care whether a creature is happy or sad - they are all just chemicals being produced by organisms." 

Interesting, when pain and suffering are ascribed to God it is unjust and cruel. When it is attributed to man's explanation of origins, it is but a tool for survival. The Bible is not pleasant, it is a record of human history, and the history of mankind is not pretty. It is a revelation of who God is with what man is as a backdrop.         That is offensive to us; our response is to cry unjust! We judge a person's actions, and God judges his motives. He does not judge without love, but he does judge with blinding perfection. Taking the     nature of God in only one aspect, this blinding white justice set against the nature of man as a backdrop places us in infinite danger.      

An existence of One of such infinite perfection in justice has but one recourse for a creature with one imperfect thought. It is an endless crime demanding infinite judgment to maintain infinite justice. That is but one attribute revealed in scripture concerning the God of Bible. We judge as unjust men judge, and we have no concept of anything else.       

The Bible is about man's fall, his suffering, his pain, and his redemption. As I view and study the world around me, as I observe society, experience life, feel pain and suffer loss, as I see the struggles of my own family with their imperfections (sin), the only reasonable answers I find are in the pages of the Bible. Why should I not believe in the God of the Bible?