- - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Christmas story of God, Creator of the universe, putting on a fleshly baby outfit and coming down to earth to be born in a dirty stable disguised as an infant, then eventually giving his life to save humanity, doesn’t make any sense to unbelievers. This frankly boggling account sometimes doesn’t even make sense to devoted Christians who pray, attend church and search the Bible to discover how and why God does what He does.

Atheists like to mock Christians, saying we worship an invisible sky fairy, the great flying raccoon deity, or whatever. They call themselves “brights” in contrast to Christians who they insist are ignorant rubes and dunderheaded Neanderthals who believe in fairy tales.

Human objections to Christ’s saving mission seem to multiply every Christmas. They range from lapsed Christians who think God is a child murderer to the New York-based Satanic Temple that sets up a hilariously amateurish mural in the Florida Capitol rotunda to compete with the traditional manger scene of the sweet baby Jesus and his parents. The primitive artwork shows the devil tumbling into a lake of fire under the friendly banner “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple.” That fiery lake sure makes for a compelling recruitment ploy, Satanists.

Atheists’ main objection to God (who is one with Christ) seems to echo that of Bertrand Russell, the iconic 19th-century mathematician, philosopher and atheist who complained that God hadn’t given him enough “evidence” to believe: Just fork over The Ring if you’re really God.

Physicist Albert Einstein, one of the brightest of the brights, was more humble. He said, “I want to know how God created this world. I want to know His thought, the rest are details.” Even as he said this, Einstein was smart enough to realize even his genius could glimpse a mere sliver of how God constructed the physical creation.

Still, modern atheists act like spoiled kids annoyed as if God is deliberately withholding information, like a dad forbidding them a favorite toy just to wield parental superiority. But God is too big for us to comprehend. If we knew His secrets, our heads would explode. We would be on His level; we would all be gods and goddesses. The obvious fact that God is supernatural and we’re not hasn’t occurred to the “brights.”

God answers insolent atheists as He answered Job: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know!” (Job 38: 4-5). Don’t you love God’s sarcastic side?

Most important, if God “proved” Himself in the scientific, indisputable “NCIS” way, leaving no doubt, there would be no room for faith. Everyone would believe on the “evidence.” But God wants belief based on faith, not evidence, though ample evidence there is.

It takes faith to accept that the omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent Creator of the heavens, the earth and the entire universe is so crazy about little us that He actually longs for a personal relationship with you and me. The only way to have that connection was to send His own Son to endure human pain so God can fully understand the hurting of humanity. He thought that certainly if His own Son (who is one with Him) died to bring us into reconciliation with Him, we would be convinced of His love.

And many do believe. After all, the daily headlines should convince everyone that we are quite a mess, fallen creatures in desperate need of God’s grace. There’s a reason Christianity is the most popular religion on the planet, with nearly 80 percent of Americans declaring themselves believers.

As for evidence, as academia learns more about the intricacies of the cosmos and the breathtaking biology of nature, more scientists are coming face to face with the only reasonable explanation: A supernatural intelligence must be behind the curtain.

Since the discovery of the Big Bang that exploded the cosmos into being, scientists have been having an inescapable run-in with the God of the Bible, specifically the Creator God of Genesis. Here are some of their observations:

“I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. God to me is a mystery, but is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing.” (Astronomer Allan Sandage, celebrated for his exacting measurements of the size and age of the universe)

“To me, the concept of God is a logical outcome of the study of the immense universe that lies around us. God exists as the Supreme Being who started this creation the evidence is all too pervasive for me to think otherwise” (Thomas C. Emmel, who received a doctorate in population biology from Stanford University)

“How such already quite complex structures may have come together, remains a mystery. The possibility of the existence of a Creator, of God, represents to me a satisfactory solution to this problem.” (Professor Werner Arber, Nobel Prize winner in physiology-medicine, on the vast complexity of molecular biology)

“The existence of the universe requires me to conclude that God exists.” (Robert A. Naumann, a professor of chemistry and physics at Princeton University)

“The best data we have are exactly what I would have predicted had I nothing to go on but the five books of Moses, the Psalms and the Bible as a whole.” (Arno Penzias, Nobel Prize winner in physics)

“It would be very difficult to explain why the universe would have begun in just this way except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us.” (Stephen Hawking, physicist and author of “A Brief History of Time,” and now an atheist, according to the film “The Theory of Everything”)

And my personal favorite:

“I think only an idiot can be an atheist.” (Professor Christian B. Anfinsen, who earned a doctorate in biochemistry from Harvard University and Nobel Prize for chemistry)

Joy Overbeck is a Colorado journalist and author.

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