There Probably Isn’t a God

I’ve been interested to see the unfolding story of the poster campaign which is currently being run on buses around the country. The poster reads: ‘There probably isn’t a God, so stop worrying and enjoy your life.’ I’ve just had a look at the website which is linked to this campaign; www.thereprobablyisnt.com and have read a few of the supporters’ contributions. All the usual things are there, along with the old favourite – ‘how can otherwise intelligent people believe in God?’ – blah blah. I’m sure you too will have heard it all before.

But I would turn the above question around and ask: ‘How can otherwise intelligent people believe that everything came from nothing?’ Because this is what’s being said by atheism. Rather than ex nihilo, nihil fit (out of nothing, nothing comes) they are saying precisely the opposite: Out of nothing comes everything.

Now I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent person, though not, of course, in the league of Pascal, Newton, Faraday, and the many other great scientific minds, past and present who have been firm believers in God (and therefore to be dismissed by modern atheists as being low on intelligence, presumably?). I don’t have any problem looking out at all that exists and coming to the conclusion that it didn’t just appear out of nothing. Indeed, I would say that this is the only common sense conclusion open to us. But there are a growing number of militant atheists out there, led by their mentor, Prof. Dawkins, who would no doubt shake their heads at me and pity my foolishness. Still, I’m quite happy to be a fool for my God, and for his Son who gave himself for me.

  1. How can otherwise intelligent people believe that God came out of nothing?

    And please – Pascal, Newton, and Faraday? All of them lived hundreds of years ago, back when everyone believed in God.

  2. The thing that makes me smile is the actual slogan itself … There ‘probably’ isn’t a God. They don’t seem to be very sure of their own position.

    Contrast with the Christian view, There IS a God …

    If you had to make a life changing decision, would an intelligent person put there faith in someone who is ‘probably’ correct?

  3. Amtiskaw
    I respect your view and used to hold a similar one.

    Answer to point 1. I don’t believe God came out of nothing. God simply is. He does not exist, or begin like a material object. He is the ground and foundation of all that exists. The fact that you don’t believe this means that you must either believe that something else always existed (e.g. some kind of quantum particles??) or that at one time there was absolutely nothing. If you truly believe that before the universe came into being there was absolutely nothing, then you need to explain how anything at all can exist (or in other words, what anything evolved from)

    Point 2. I simply mentioned those names as they are famous, due to their places in history. People tend not to be as well known whilst they’re around. If you type ‘scientists who believe in God’ into a search engine, you will find that many scientists today do believe (even when you remove the ones you may disapprove of who espouse creationism etc). Even in earlier times, many scientists and philosophers did not believe in God. The truth or otherwise of such a proposition for an very intelligent mind does not merely depend on popular opinion.

    Kind regards

    Chris

  4. As in the words of Dr David Roseveare,

    “There are two theories to the origin of the universe… the secular scientific one… and the religious one… The religious one says ‘in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’… the secular scientific one says ‘in the beginning there was nothing, which became unstable and exploded into everything.’ FACT conference 2002.

    Faraday actually fought against Darwinism. Faraday was an evangelist who used public presentations of experiments to share the Gospel. Not many scientists did that. It shows me that had he been alive today, he would probably be writing articles for Answers in Genesis.

  5. Hi Msindis
    Actually, I don’t agree that there are two explanations; religious and scientific. I think there’s only ever been the one explanation, that is both ‘religious’ and scientific. I don’t think there’s a discrepancy between being a Christian and being ready to listen to what science has to tell us. I don’t believe there’s
    a real distinction between ‘religious’ and secular for that matter. God is working in everything and it’s just we humans who get things wrong.

    I’m not sure Faraday would have worked on Answers in Genesis as youn suggest. Personally, I doubt it. But of course, we’ve no way of knowing about that!

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