Psalm 8:3-4 (NKJV)- When I consider Your Heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
I normally do not debate with atheists because most are determined to remain set on their belief in atheism, regardless of any rationalizations. In fact, atheists claim that if one cannot show them “empirical evidence” that they will not believe that God exists.
So what is empirical evidence? According to www.Livescience.com, empirical evidence is information acquired by observation or experimentation. The collected data is recorded and analyzed by scientists and is a central process as part of the scientific method.
In other words, if one cannot accommodate certain propositions to be scrutinized by means of the scientific method, then said propositions must not be de facto, true.
Based on this notion, one could say that most things in life do not exist, since one cannot directly and repeatedly observe them de facto under a microscope.
Since the scientific method is allegedly the only venue through which one can prove things to be true, then the feelings of a cow for her calf must not exist. In fact, one could say that based on the scientific method, one’s feelings and intellectual musings do not exist either.
And yet, we all know this to not be true, even without the so-called scientific method.
The scientific method is a good tool that helps us study the intricacies of creation…but philosophies, opinions, rational deductions…and yes, even personal agendas are necessary in order to draw true conclusions.
The scientific method is exactly that… a method through which data is measured, scrutinized and interpreted. Nothing more…nothing less.
According to scientists, the fact that theories change over time is accepted as a necessary benefit, since ultimate truth is more important than our conditioned interpretive lenses and ambition-driven agendas. In other words, in order to evolve intellectually, one must be engaged in dialogue. Getting caught up in vitriolic denunciations against those we do not agree with is not dialogue.
For instance, Richard Dawkins’ demagoguery against people of Faith can be said to be simply a tactic of aggression based on the fear of being proven wrong. Intellectual arrogance and condescension towards others who think differently is not a mark of intelligence. Unfortunately, many today believe that by adopting such vitriolic attitudes against people of Faith automatically makes them more intelligent than others who believe and experientially know that God exists.
Religion is also a scientific method. In fact…one could say that religion is the most ancient scientific method of human history…and as such, it should at least be respected
Unlike the general opinion of many atheists, the ancient religions of humankind (known as natural religions) are compilations of experiences, spiritual experimentation, philosophies and ethics through which observable data is also interpreted.
Like the scientific theories that inspire atheists to believe that there is no Creator, religions also evolve (and at times even supplanted by other religions) when new data (or new experiences) are observed. Like in the case of scientists, religionists hold on to their theories until other theories seem more plausible… A true religionist (as a true scientist) will keep an open mind and adjust his or her theories in accordance to experimentation and verifiable data.
Since religion is a type of philosophical/spiritual science, it also evolves and grows in accordance to time, place, culture and needs. The fact that religion is a sort of theory that evolves with time, does not mean that ultimate Truth does not empirically exist!
Ultimate Truth is there…always to be sought after and found by those who desire it. And anyone who contributes towards the search for ultimate Truth must necessarily be respected and valued…even if one does not agree with all of their theories and/or conclusions.
The theories and experiential data that make up our religious systems must necessarily evolve, if one’s interest is to reach the ultimate realization of the one Truth that exists beyond our theories and/or opinions.
Darwin would agree with this, since his own theories have endlessly evolved and will continue to evolve until ultimate Truth is truly found.
Recently an atheist wrote to me saying:
“No reason for devotion if there ain’t no God. til (sic) I see him, no way I’ll believe.”
This is what I responded:
Thank you for sharing. Certainly there must be no God for you. You are an insignificant point of demarcation between eons of dark unconsciousness. In fact, from that perspective one could say you do not exist either. And yet, lo and behold, I am communicating with you even though you are nothing in comparison to the eons of space and time. In fact, since you are nothing, it is a total waste of time for you to argue against something that in your opinion does not exist…since in the grand scheme of things- you are absolutely nothing. You never mattered…you never will matter… So enjoy the little consciousness that you have accidentally been given- an illusory pseudo-consciousness since in the grand scheme of the universe, you still remain to be….NOTHING. (Job 10:18-22)
I know God exists. I am an open-minded, religious man. I cherish an attitude of respect for the ancient religions that preceded my own, since the Faith I am a part of is built upon the spiritual and philosophical theories and experiences of those before us. (Acts 17:26-28)
Just as it is foolish to discount the experiences and wisdom of past scientists for the sake of new theories, it is also foolish for atheists to completely discount the experiences and knowledge that support the theories that point to the existence of a Creator.
Most atheists are not fools simply because they do not believe in God (Psalm 14:1). Sometimes religionists have a hard time believing in God, especially when circumstances do not align with our particular theories. Atheists are fools because they discount as rubbish the existential experiences and scientific data that led millions (perhaps billions) of people before them to believe in the necessity of a Creator.
In fact, it is foolish to accuse people who believe in God to be delusional, when they know de facto that God exists.
1 John 1:1-3 (NKJV)- That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.