Thursday, December 16, 2010
We can’t Logically Deny God’s Existence
The vast majority of atheists acknowledge that science can’t disprove God, but they’ll add that science can’t prove God either. Theistic evolutionists also join in on this chorus. However, some atheists do believe that they can prove that the God of the Bible – all-good and omnipotent – can’t exist.
They reason like this: The creation is sub-substandard (characterized by evil and suffering), therefore its creator must also be sub-standard (weak or sadistic).
However, this argument suffers from a fatal logical flaw. In order to say that God has failed the test – that He hasn’t measured up to certain standards of creation – their standards have to be more than just a matter of feelings or chemical-electrical reactions. Instead, the standards must be objective, based upon certain higher and unchanging truths. However, such standards are only possible if there is a higher Being – transcendent, omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient.
In other words, the atheist uses the absolute God to disprove the absolute God. If such a God doesn’t exist, then we can’t make use of His “non-existent standard” to disprove Him! To use His standard is to acknowledge His existence!
Instead, the Bible insures us that we can know God through the things that He has made:
• The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:18-20)
There are also other things, like sub-atomic particles, that we can know based on their effects or “footprints.”