How do we know that air exists? While we cannot see air, there is much evidence that demonstrates the existence of air. For example, we can smell things that are far away from us, we can see the way the leaves of trees rustle, and we can feel the gentle breeze on our skin. Similarly, while we cannot physically see God, there is much evidence that points to the existence of God.
If you are familiar with the basics of physics, you will be familiar with the term constants. Some examples of constants are gravitational force, electromagnetic force, and the speed of light. These values are fixed, and nature is governed by them. For example, if you drop a rock from a height, it will, without a doubt, fall to the ground at a certain speed. The interesting thing about these values is that scientists have discovered that if these values differed by even a small margin, it would not be possible for life to exist on Earth or in the universe.
Paul Davies, a well-known physicist, made this comment: “There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all … it seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the universe. The impression of design is overwhelming.”
However, one might refute: “Perhaps, it’s all by chance?” Think about the number of possible permutations of values and quantities that the laws of nature boast (it is a very, very large number!). Out of all these permutations, only a very small number allow life to exist and grow. All other possibilities inhibit life. Rationally, it is more likely that it is not by chance that the universe is what it is. The mathematics show it!
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 people are without excuse (Rom 1:20).
If you aren’t familiar with physics, we can consider the biology of your eyeball instead. Do a quick search online for a cross-section image of an eyeball. It is intricate, isn’t it! And you don’t just have one, you have two! The universe is so vast and our bodies are so intricate, it’s hard to conclude that there is no designer behind it all — a Designer that exists outside of time, who has the blueprints to create beautiful, sustainable life.
Critics of design might ask: “Then who designed the designer?” Think about it this way: if you see paw marks on the beach, you would logically conclude that an animal like a cat or a dog had been there. You wouldn’t need to explain where the animal came from to conclude that there definitely was one at the beach! According to the famed apologist William Lane Craig, you don’t need to have an explanation of the explanation. If we did, nothing could ever be explained and everything would remain hypothetical. To say that the universe appears to be designed does not require us to explain where or how the Designer came to be. That question is a separate topic.
In conclusion, we answered the question “Does God exist?” by looking at the argument that God’s existence is the most likely explanation for how the universe and everything in it is intricate and intelligently designed. Philosophers call this the teleological argument. Fascinating, isn’t it? There are more arguments for the existence of God that we hope to cover in future issues of Kallos. It is so interesting to see how God is evident in the world that He created!
The next question might be: “Okay, now I am convinced that God does exist. But how do you know that Jesus is God?” In the next issue, we will look at the person of Jesus and His radical claim to be a deity — the Son of God. We will start by asking the question: Did Jesus Really Exist? Read about it in the next issue!
In the next issue, we will look at the person of Jesus and His radical claim to be a deity — the Son of God. We will start by asking the question: Did Jesus Really Exist? Read about it in the next issue!