Evidence For The Existence Of God, Part 1 by Joel Hendon
Over the years, I've had numerous discussions with those who do not believe in the existence of God. They often claim things as evidence for naturalism which are, rather, evidence of God. I have heard others say, that it doesn't matter what evidence there is for God, those who have closed their minds will not accept any of it. I have determined that to be true. But nevertheless, I continue to feel compelled to present any evidence I can to try and persuade some. I was shown that it is possible to change some minds a few years ago when I spent several months discussing with an unbeliever.
The fellow was older than I was and he passed away about two years after he became convinced and was baptized into Christ. The only thing different about him was that he was willing to give thought and study to it. It is a shame that there are so very many who refuse to even discuss the subject, not realizing the extreme gravity of the matter. If they were to be correct, there is neither reward or punishment for them or for me. If I am correct, there is a certainty of eternal life. Where it will be spent is the question and the consequence of our rejecting or accepting the truths of the Holy Bible, God‘s inspired word.
The subject is complex and very extensive, so much so that it is impossible to cover it in one short article. But let us look at some very strong evidence in this writing;
The universe and our world are subjects which are as compelling as anything one can find, provided the ones you try to persuade are not already convinced that a "singularity" (a dot so small that it could not be seen, according to some...dime sized according to others, but a figment of their imagination regardless of size) became so densely compacted that it exploded and created this massive universe whose size is not yet fully known, but certainly billions of light years in width and depth. They have no explanation as to where this singularity came from, how it became so dense, or how it could have been so dense as to hold all of this imperceptibly huge amount of matter. And where did the space come from that now holds all of this? These answers can only be found in an all powerful spirit God whose ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts.
A few years ago, Guillermo Gonzalez and co-author Jay Richards published a book entitled, "The Privileged Planet". Both men have outstanding credentials and accomplishments. They brought out the many highly technical factors which this planet contains in precisely the correct measurements and availability.
"Gonzalez obtained a BS in 1987 in Physics & Astronomy from University of Arizona and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Washington in 1993 and has done post-doctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Washington. He has received fellowships, grants and awards from NASA, the University of Washington, Sigma Xi, and the National Science Foundation. He is a proponent of the Galactic Habitable Zone concept. He currently teaches at Grove City College, an evangelical Christian school, and was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University until May 2008" (Wikipedia)
"Jay Wesley Richards has a Ph.D.(honors) in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was formerly a Teaching Fellow. Currently he is a Research Fellow and Director of Media at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His masters thesis (Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary) treated philosopher of science Michael Polanyi. From 1996-1998, he was executive and associate editor of The Princeton Theological Review, and president of the Charles Hodge Society at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has published in academic journals such as Religious Studies, Christian Scholars' Review, The Heythrop Journal, Encounter, The Princeton Theological Review, Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith: The Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation; as well as editorial features in The Washington Post, Seattle Post-Intelligencer and IntellectualCapita l.com." (Discovery Institute)
These two great scientists were blackballed by the mainstream scientific community and Gonzalez was refused tenure at the University in Iowa, not because any of their facts were inaccurate, or any mention of God was made, but only because they dared infer that this planet was "privileged" over all others.
One of the most important factors of our planet is that it has an abundance of water, a factor absolutely necessary in order to sustain life. So far, they have discovered no other planet with water. It was announced in 2007 they have discovered water vapor in the atmosphere of one extrasolar planet. HD209458b, is outside our solar system is reported to be much closer to it's star than even Jupiter is to our sun and is exceedingly hot. They believe there is many such extrasolar stars which also have such. They are currently probing the moon to see if they find any evidence of it having contained ice under the surface.
Water is vital and almost all living things are made mostly of water. The human body is about two-thirds water. It allows our needed nutrients, chemicals and minerals to flow through our veins undamaged by it's chemically neutral composition. It allows our body to undergo considerable environmental temperature changes and yet our bodies hold a constant 98.6 degrees.
Also, the precise location of our planet is another essential factor which has not been found in any other spot in the universe. The size of our planet is of necessity, just right to support life. Because of it's size, it has a perfect gravitational pull to keep the precise amount of atmospheric chemicals in balance. Our air is comprised mainly of oxygen and nitrogen with a minute amount of others such as carbon dioxide. It also holds a considerable amount of water vapor molecules which hold and release heat within the atmosphere and into outer space. Any difference in size would cause critical variations in these balances.
This precise amount of gravity, plus the gravity of surrounding bodies gravitational pull, keeps us in the correct position from the sun. The earth's inhabitable areas extreme temperatures run somewhere around -40 degrees to +120 degrees Fahrenheit. If the earth was only a comparatively small distance further from the sun, all life would be frozen to death, yet if a little closer we would be burned to death.
And have you ever considered the value of our moon? Yes it does give us small amounts of light during most nights, but that is the most minor part of it's value. Did you ever wonder why the oceans do not become so stagnated as to be unfit to sustain marine life? Our moon's perfectly matched gravitational pull keeps the oceans moving back and forth which deters stagnation and yet the gravity is not so strong as to inundate the landmasses. Any significant size or distance from the earth would result in catastrophe.