Prove it by faith or logic — either way, God does exist
According to an April 24 letter writer, God does not exist because he or anyone he knows has not seen God or touched God. It seems that to believe, the writer has to have a logical, precise answer.
I contend there is no logical, precise answer, but I still believe in God. I don't have to touch him and I don't have to see him, just as I can't see or touch the air I breathe or touch or see the feelings I have about things.
Just as man has been given certain limitations physically, he was given limitations to logical and precise answers. Where is air, what does it look like or why can't I touch my feelings?
Richard L. Spencer
A recent letter writer wanted a "logical answer to a precise question" about where God is and whether God exists. Here it is.
Some 14 billion to 15 billion years ago, the universe came into existence in what is called the "big bang." This is where all the matter came from that created the stars, planets, etc.
So I ask you, how can you have anything created without a creator?
The letter writer began with a simple question containing profound implications: "Where is God?"
Unfortunately, the writer's own answer is a series of refusals to consider any evidence from creation, books or individual experiences. This leaves him with the conclusion that "Having found no evidence for God, God simply does not exist."
I was reminded of an atheist who once confronted John Wesley (the founder of Methodist movement) at a revival and criticized Wesley's faith.
The great evangelist's response was simple. "If you are right, and I am wrong, then I have lost nothing. But if I am right, and you are wrong, you have lost everything."
The letter is symptomatic of our age. Rather than looking at the evidence with an open mind, the writer begins with multiple refusals to even consider the evidence.
I began in college as a scientist and ended as a theologian. Over more than 40 years, I have come to know this biblical truth: "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Sadly, the writer may never know the joy of hope for the future and peace in this world. God exists, and I know him personally and intimately. I pray the writer will also.
The only logical alternative without God is a sterile and meaningless waiting for life to end.
The questioner must realize this word, "God," was taught to him by way of tradition, through family, friends, church and so forth. Biblical scriptures express the experiences of those who have discovered what they call "God" within themselves.
Yet the questioner demands to be shown God's presence through the world around him. Why look outside when the answer expressed by others is to look inside?
To put it another way, the questioner is saying that "I have lost my keys inside my house, but the electrical power has gone out so I will look for my keys in my driveway, under the lamp post which is giving off light."
All our problems exist within our minds. Therefore, the solution also lies within the mind. The problem with today's world, as it has been for centuries, is that we have never learned how we think. We have always been taught what to think. And, in the simplest of terms, that just might be why the world today is psychologically and spiritually unable to live in peace.
Where is the person who wrote the letter about God? Please answer logically and precisely.
Don't tell me he's built a house and lives in a certain town. Don't show me documents — birth certificate, driver's license, school diploma, etc. — which can be forged.
Don't introduce me to family members and friends. I won't accept phone calls or e-mail or text messages claiming to be from him. I won't accept any commonly used methods of verification.
Where is the letter writer? The answer is he simply does not exist. He may be a figment of the imagination of the Herald-Leader editorial board — maybe an imaginary voice in their heads.
He is the "straw man" of people wanting to appear intellectually honest while rejecting any evidence normally used to establish reality or historicity.
Where did everything come from? There are two choices. One, everything came from nothing — there is no creative force or purpose to the universe — which is a logically indefensible position.
Two, there is a creator. By definition, the creator is greater than the creation and not obligated to satisfy that creation's demands, especially when every effort to do so is met with an unreasoning attitude.
Using the writer's own logic, he does not exist. But that doesn't make that assumption correct, merely foolish.
April 24 was the first day I read the editorial page. The first headline that caught my eye was "God exists? Prove it." I read that letter and saw that it said. "Could someone please answer my question with a logical, precise answer?"
The logical answer is that no one knows if God is real for sure, but if you want to believe that he is real, you have to have faith.
My recommendation is that the writer should accept God and be saved. God will really change your life for the better.
If the writer honestly believes that thousands of churches are open two or more times a week for no reason, he must be crazy. Churches only make money from offerings. Offerings are put back into the church for building and expansion of the church and to open new churches. Millions of people would not spread the word and make stuff up just to fool everyone. They have faith that God exists.
If the writer doesn't actually take time to sit down and read the Bible, then he'll never know the truth and his theory will be based on ignorance.
Just because you cannot see air doesn't mean you don't breathe. Just because you can't see God doesn't mean you don't believe.
In response to the letter writer who wanted proof of the existence of God: I thought I had the answer, but then the writer went on to outlaw my use of the Bible and personal testimony.
So I am left with the following rebuttal: Where is gravity? No, I do not want to hear about gravity being seen when someone fell off a ladder. No, I don't want to read about gravity in some book. No, I do not want to hear a scientist's report about gravity.
I do not want to hear anything about gravity unless I can hear, see and smell it as I can with rain, clouds or even snow. Since I can't see gravity, then it simply does not exist. The idea of gravity is only used as a crutch to explain why clumsy people fall. I could go on, but I can't keep a straight face.
I may not see the wind, love or even gravity, but I can see the effects each has on my life. I look at my family and sense love. I walk outside and the wind brings relief on a muggy day. I cheer when gravity takes hold of a Kentucky basketball three-point shot and it rips through that net.
And yes, I marvel that although I may not see God, he reveals himself to me in all the ways he affects my life. So just because you can't see God is not proof that he does not exist.
The writer of one recent letter, "Bin Laden solution," suggested that we "corner" Osama bin Laden and have President Barack Obama "talk him to death."
Well, if that is the solution, we all know why former President George W. Bush couldn't catch bin Laden because Bush couldn't finish a sentence without stumbling over every other word. Bush obviously missed Basic Public Speaking 101 in college. There are more "Bushism" quotes or videos on the Internet than my lush lawn has grass. Bottom line: Bush failed.
The writer of a second letter, "God Exists? Prove It," obviously has disdain for all religion or is going through a very tough time. Well, I'm not a very religious person, and for that matter I agree with the writer's premise. I'm 50 years old and have been around the block and then some, but I have never seen a so-called "miracle." When people say that birth of a new baby is a miracle, I want to laugh. If animals can do it in the wild, then humans should be able to do the same, considering they have the help of doctors and nurses.
James D. Morrison