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How Can You Know That God Exists?

This is the most important decade of all history! Never has it been more urgently necessary to answer the question, "Does God Exist?" Atheists, scientists and historical geologists assume He does not! Church-goers and some Christians assume He does! It's time to quit assuming! Its time you see the proof for yourself.

There is a delusion gripping the minds of more people today, it holds them in its sway, deluding and deceiving them, making them veritable slaves! It is the concept of "no God."

The grandson of Sir Julian Huxley once stated: "There is no longer either need nor room for supernatural beings capable of affecting the course of events in the evolutionary pattern of thought. The earth was not created, it evolved. So did all the animals and plants that inhabit it, including our human selves."

Is there "no longer any need for a concept of God"? Is the Bible merely a collection of Hebrew fables, or is it the dynamic living word of an intelligent, all-wise Creator Being?

Don't you think that these questions demand an answer? Our very life, the lives of our loved ones, and the future of this world hangs in the balance.

Is the Bible totally out of harmony with all science? Do these modern-day discoveries in the sciences render a Christian helpless to reconcile his belief with the "enlightened age" in which we live?

In this article you will read of seven proofs that God does indeed exist. This first positive proof of the existence of God is so broad, so all encompassing, so diverse in its many ramifications that it is possible only to barely scratch the surface in this article.

There can be no clearer way to substantiate this proof than to quote from a typical college textbook which discards the Bible record. In the foreword material, the authors offer various explanations as to the origin of the earth: "Our own galaxy, when we remember is but a tiny part of the universe, has probably existed a million, million years. "But some progress has been made in the attempting to explain how and when the sun and its planets came into being. The study of the solar system gives us at least a clue to the origin of that part of the universe most important to us, the earth.

By the 1900s T. C. Chamberlain and F.R. Moulton of the University of Chicago formulated a theory called the Hypothesis Dynamic Encounter. In brief it suggests that our solar system had its birth when the sun was approached by another huge star. The latter, through the operation of the law of gravitation, detached from the sun great masses of flaming gas. The orphan masses from the parent sun gradually cooled and crystallized to become the planets today. These continued to revolve around the sun, held in their orbits by the gravitational pull of the parent body. The evolution of the earth to its present state was very gradual. (Civilization Past and Present, Vol. I, Page 31, Wallbank and Taylor.)

Now notice some of the words that these men used, words like "probably, some progress has been made, attempting to explain; at least a clue; explanation commonly accepted; Hypothesis; and it suggests."

What a collections of words! As you can see these men have numerous "attempts" to explain, "some progress" being made, at least a "clue," and the " suggestion" of an "hypothesis" the word itself means "WE GUESS"!

But let's analyze further. Let's get to the very trunk of the tree of this very vital first proof of the existence of God! In the very beginning the writers, even though beginning with many at- tempts to explain, clues and guesses, admit the existence of our solar system, a "sun," another "huge star," the "operation of the law of gravitation," great " masses of flaming gas," and admit that these gases "gradually cooled!"

Now they also mention how these gases " crystallized" and then continued to " revolve around the sun, held in their orbits by the gravitational pull of the parent body! "

What an imagination! Here is a whole solar system, a huge sun, the operation of certain definite, immutable, unchangeable LAWS, here is a supposed collision between gigantic huge astral bodies resulting in the supposed formation of our present solar system. Think of it! All of these myriad laws, of heat, light, energy, motion, the rotation of astral bodies the laws of gravity, the principle of isostasy, which demands that every orbital body must gradually assume and maintain a near round shape, and myriad other laws, entirely too numerous to mention, are admitted to exist.

Now there are other theories, such as the " Steady-state theory (the universe has always existed ), then there is the "Oscillating- universe theory, (It incorporates major aspects of both the big-bang and steady-state theories.)

Now back to the trunk of the tree. Where is the place to begin? Is it an attempt to explain the existence of our present solar system? Decidedly not! Scientists and astronomers tell us that our solar system is only one of many such systems in our great galaxy call the "Milky Way." However, even our galaxy is only one of myriad galaxies, which form only a part of the vast, limitless expanse of the universe

Now, you begin to comprehend? By what LAW did one star approach another? By what LAW did heat gradually cool? By what LAW was there a " gravitational pull?" By what LAW was there the existence of the "operation of the law of gravitation"?

In dissecting and looking carefully into the statements of some of the preposterous hypotheses which have been advanced, you begin to see that in every case the writers have begun with an orderly, LAW-ABIDING, universe, governed by irrefutable laws.

The existence of LAW, unchangeable, immutable, irrevocable, unseen and yet active, absolutely DEMANDS the existence of a GREAT LAWGIVER! " There is one LAWGIVER who is able to save and to destroy" (James 4:12). That lawgiver is GOD! That is proof Number One.

PROOF NUMBER TWO

Before seeing this next amazing, irrefutable proof, it is first necessary to state, in the simplest terms, the meaning of the word "evolution." Of course, there are many processes called "evolution." The process of development of music from simple to complex is, in a sense, an "evolutionary " process. This, as is true in all technological inventions, has perhaps led many to assume such a development is also true in organic, living material. Evolution is the gradual development from the simple, unorganized condition of primal matter to the complex structure of the physical universe; and in like manner, from the beginning of organic life on this earth, a gradual unfolding and branching out into all the various form s of beings which constitute the animal and plant kingdoms.

Did you notice that evolution theories from the beginning of organic life, already having LIFE with which to begin! It does not now show, nor has it ever shown, nor will it ever be able to show how life came into existence. The theory of evolution states simply, that all life forms that we know today, including mankind all plant and animal life in all of its myriad species, have gradually evolved from the most simple life forms to the complex, intricate, interdependent species we see about us today, each having its own peculiar cyclical life character, each reproducing according to its own kind.

Evolution states that this life evolved in a "gradual process," by "resident forces" into the complexity of life today.

Evolutionists, geneticists, biologists, and scientists in any field whatsoever have never been able to demonstrate, nor to offer the slightest proof that the living can come into existence from the non-living. It is true that certain laboratory experiments have taken place in which supposed "dead cells" are said to have been "revived" and brought back to life by the means of certain chemical compounds! This, however, is a far cry from " spontaneous generation."

There is a broad, gaping, yawning chasm of separation between life and death. The great gap between the not-living and the living is so broad, so insurmountable, so unfathomable by man, that the evolutionist can only "suppose " and "guess," offering vague, ethereal, nebulous "theories" as to how life might have begun.

However, on the other hand, there is an absolute, demonstrable law of science which comprises the second major proof of the existence of a life-giving God! That is the law of " Biogenesis!

"Bio" means life! "Genesis" means beginning. This law, then, is a law concerning the beginning of life! This law, simple stated, is the absolute law that life comes only from life. That the non-living can never give rise to, give birth to, or produce the living. There is perhaps no law known to science that can be any more firmly and easily demonstrated than the law of biogenesis. The very existence of LIFE demands a LIFEGIVER!

God states dogmatically, "And the Eternal God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living creature" (Gen. 2:7).

Almighty God, the Life Self-Existent, the One who has life, who IS LIFE, who was before all things, imparted life to the first man, and set within man, the animals, and all plants, the cyclical character of life which enables them to reproduce according to certain set laws! God is the Great Life Giver!

PROOF NUMBER THREE

Now many of these amazing proofs of the existence of an Almighty God "Overlap." That is, each is, to a degree, interrelated with the other. The third major proof of God can be stated quite simply from the quotation you saw under proof number one.

You will notice that evolutionists, in trying to substantiate their theory, always begin with an orderly universe, and the existence of matter. Now notice the so-called theory of evolution begins with matter, laws, and simple life!

Just what is matter? Matter occupies space and has weight. It is not always necessarily seen, since certain gases, and even the air which you and I breathe, are also classified as matter. Until recently, scientists talked of the law of the "conservation of matter." However, with the discoveries in nuclear physics, and following Madame Curie's experiments with radium, scientists have now found there is a certain amount of disintegration in matter.

This deterioration of matter is a scientific fact! Uranium (U 238) gradually disintegrates through many intermediate stages into lead, (Pb 206). Uranium, as you may know, is radioactive and gives off energy in the form of radiation. Gradually over a period of seemingly limitless years, this radioactive material disintegrates into lead! There is no new uranium coming into existence today.

What does this mean? Simply stated, science has proved that this earth is gradually running down. The earth and the whole universe, is like a great, giant clock, which at one time was wound up. It has been gradually "running down" ever since, and is not by any process known or observed or measured being "wound up" again.

It is as if man has arrived on the scene in the midst of an orderly universe which is gradually running down. Observe even the fields, mountains, valleys, and various topographical features about you.

Science has firmly established, then, there has been no past eternity of matter.

Matter must have at one time come into existence. Since matter by its very nature has had no past eternity, it had to have been, at one time, brought into existence.

Creation, then, the very existence of things, demands and requires a Creator! That which is made requires a Maker. That which is produced requires a Producer. Matter, it has been firmly established, has been made, it did not just happen and has no past eternity. Therefore, the third great proof is that the creation requires a great Creator.

PROOF NUMBER FOUR

The One who is quoted in the first person as being God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind, and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after their kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepth upon the earth after his kind, and God saw that it was good" (Gen 1: 24-25).

Scientists have attempted to show the evolutionary pattern by "Comparative embryology," by a study of selective breeding, genetics, and various other aspects of biology. However, without taking the tremendous amount of space necessary to even faintly scratch the surface of such a broad subject, suffice it to say there is an absolute, irrefutable, immutable, unchangeable LAW, which absolutely prohibits a jump from one kind to another kind. DNA will not allow for cells to mutate.

There are hundreds of different varieties within certain species, and while there may be small, tiny dogs, such as the Mexican Chihuahua and also great huge dogs such as the St. Bernard and the Great Dane, they are still dogs. They are not fish, cats, horses, nor are they even beginning to show a gradual trend toward developing into another species. They are all of the same kind.

Now comparative embryology tries to point out that the beginning embryos of fish, polliwogs, and humans look very much alike. This is true. But it proves absolutely nothing for the case of evolution, but does offer a stronger proof of the existence of God. Scientists are defied to attempt to make the embryo of a fish turn out to be a polliwog, a man, or anything other than a fish from the exact same kind of fish which laid the egg in the first place.

Scientists have attempted to prove their evolutionary theories by "selective breeding " and the studies in "mutations." Again the DNA Code in cells will not allow for mutations.

These do not prove evolution! They prove, rather, the existence of absolute, unchangeable LAWS governing the reproduction of all animal and plant life, and that those laws function within certain limited bounds that cannot be transcended or broken!

While we are able to breed and cultivate today new varieties within a great kind, they are still of the same KIND and not a new species of life. This absolutely proves, not only the existence of a Law Giver, but that there is, alive, acting right now, a Great Sustainer of all that is. These laws are upheld, sustained, kept in action. How? By the Sustainer, who is God.

PROOF NUMBER FIVE

Now look about you! You live in a highly complex, intricate and interdependent world! It is a world of Great Design. Haveyou ever seen an ugly sunset? You have ever seen an ugly scene in the desert, in the mountains, at sea, or anywhere on the surface of this entire earth, unless it were a scene made ugly by man. All is in harmony.

Life, as we know it, is entirely interdependent upon other forms of life. Nothing lives or dies to itself. The question to the evolutionist is: Which "evolved first, the corn or the bee? Did the bee evolve slowly for thousands, millions or billions of years independent of the corn stalks, the flowers and the pollens from growing things which are his life source?

Did the flowers, grasses, trees, and grains all "evolve" slowly and gradually over a period of million or billions of years independent of the little bee, upon whom they must rely for their very continuation of life?

This total interdependency of all life forms, the tremendous design within this universe shows a common Beginner, one main Architect, one great Designer with an over-all framework of a plan of creation into which all life forms fit. Nothing lives or dies to itself. Each living thing, whether plant or animal, when it dies, supplies further life for other living things.

This great universe, and the complex, intricate earth on which you live and draw breath, is a world of great design. It is a world of such complex and intricate design so as to take the very breath in beginning to investigate even the minutest part.

The cleavage properties of minerals, the wings of a bird or a fly, the beauty of a sunset, the facets of a quartz crystal, and above all, the marvelous, tremendous masterpiece of all design, the human body, all point out that for such intricate design, there had to be an Eternal Designer. Design in the universe proves the existence of a DESIGNER!

PROOF NUMBER SIX

This sixth proof of the existence of an Almighty God is perhaps the most astounding of all. It is fulfilled prophecy!

About one third of the Bible is prophecy, and while most of that one third pertains to our present day, there are many, many prophecies which have already been fulfilled, and which are presently being fulfilled.

The Great God sent His prophets hundreds of years ago to such major cities as Babylon, Elkron, Ashdod, Sidon. These prophets, simple human beings who had been commissioned with a message, foretold the decay, fall and particular type of fate which was to befall each of these ancient cities! And without fail, in every single instance, exactly at the time prescribed, all these things happened.

The very fact that God is able to foretell the future, and bring it to pass, is a great proof of His existence.

PROOF NUMBER SEVEN

This last proof is perhaps the greatest proof of all to Christians. It is the proof of answered prayer. However, since the skeptics, atheists and doubters have never prayed, and hence have never had prayers answered, they will continue to doubt.

Real answered prayer is not the mere "working out of events" as a result of concentration. Many people today seem to assume prayer is merely an accomplishment as a result of positive thinking or a psychological adjustment. This is a gross error!

Real answered prayer is a direct, divine, supernatural intervention, a completely miraculous intervention and direct answer from Almighty God! It is the result of being obedient to God's laws, asking according to His will, and then believing, in faith until the answer comes.

These seven, irrefutable, unchangeable proofs of the existence of God, represent only the minutest beginning of the subject. They are, nevertheless, proofs! It's about time people quit assuming. It's about time they begin to really prove all things!

It's about time YOU should say, with Job, "For I know that MY redeemer LIVETH, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth " (Job 19:25).

 
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