Friday, April 4, 2014

7 Things That Prove God Is Real?

J. Lee Grady wrote a piece for CharismaNews where he offers seven reasons he feels prove that God is real. But before he offers his list, he says a couple things that tell me this is probably going to be a biased and likely foolish list.
I’ve felt intense sadness for people who deny the existence of God. Explaining her beliefs, O’Hair once said, “There is no God. There’s no heaven. There’s no hell. There are no angels. When you die, you go in the ground; the worms eat you.” What a sad way to view life!
 Sad view of life? I get the chance to live just this once. I realize this and choose to revel in that fact. Make as much of this life as I can, rather than wasting it away wishing for another life. I feel that those that waste their life in preparation for a second life that they will never get is the sad life. So we don't get to live forever, but who really wants to? It's the fact that life is fleeting and temporary that makes it so profoundly special.
They have a constitutional right to view life negatively. But if I had a chance to give them my reasons for believing in God, I would list these:
 Wait, so the guy who believes in a religion that says that all are flawed, disgusting and deserving of no more than eternal torment is the one calling us the ones viewing life negatively? Wow, isn't that special... Personally, I've never met an atheist the views life negatively. Actually, we're often quite astounded by the natural world, and overwhelmingly appreciative of this one fragile life that we hold dear. But now... On to the list!

1. Babies
How can anyone deny the reality of God when they see a baby? The amount of information encrypted in one cell in the human body is equal to that of 1,000 books.
Mice have more genes than humans,
so does God love them more?
Yes, babies can be cute. And they can be even more special to their parents and family. Yes, DNA holds a lot of 'information'. While the DNA of a baby holds a lot of 'information', it's no different for an adult, a mentally or physically disabled person, a dog, cat, piglet, sewer rat, and even a mushroom. All contain tons of 'information', the only difference is what that 'coding' 'builds'. Interestingly enough, the Loblolly Pine tree has the largest genome yet sequenced. In fact, it's genome is more than seven times longer than the human genome. Does that make the Loblolly Pine seven times more important than humans, even baby ones?

Also, if the birth of a child is a miracle, why is it that about four babies are born every single second worldwide? That's a lot of newborns! Also, human birth isn't much different than that of other mammals. So is the birth of a Chimp a miracle as well? Birth and babies are common, and do not require divine intervention. Also, I find it funny that he commented on one of his children having 'his chin'. Um, ever hear of these little things called evolution and genetics?

2. Thunderstorms
I love to sit on my back porch in Florida and listen to the rumbling of thunder. It reminds me of God’s majesty and power.
I actually enjoy a good thunderstorm myself. But I think he has his gods mixed up, because thunderstorms are obviously proof of the mighty thunder god, Thor! But seriously, we know how thunder works. Lightning heats the air, which rushes quickly outward creating a sound wave. That sound it creates is the thunder we hear. This is basic stuff Grady, please try to keep up...
Just consider the fact that the earth is the perfect distance from the sun to support life. If we were any farther away from the sun, we would freeze; if we were even slightly closer to it, we would burn up. It’s obvious God created this home for us!
Actually it's not obvious. Is Grady aware that the Earth's distance from the Sun varies by about three million miles throughout the year? If we were to believe Grady about the Earth being in the only orbit that could support life, then we'd all freeze to death one half of the year, and burn up the other half. The truth is that the habitable zone is much wider than he makes it sound. The conservative habitable zone model shows Earth right in the middle, but Venus and Mars both, respectively, touch the inner and outermost edges of the rage at points in their orbits. Also consider that Mars more and more has shown it once held the conditions needed for life as we know it.

Also, the Sun will eventually swell and burn Mercury, Venus and Earth to cinders. Once that happens there will be an all new habitable zone. Also, life could exist on the moons Titan and Europa due to their massive host planet's gravity causing tidal forces that cause these moons to potentially heat up from within.

And don't put the cart before the horse. The Earth does not have the orbit it does because we are here. We are hear because Earth has the orbit that it does. Had Earth been warmer or colder, different life would have evolved in our place.

3. Flowers
Their job is to simply make the world beautiful. Did they just haphazardly evolve over time, or did a loving God create each individual shape and color scheme for our enjoyment? People who choose to deny God don’t spend enough time looking at tulips, snapdragons, orchids, lilies, lotuses or magnolias. This is why it’s really important to stop and smell the roses! 
Top: What we see.
Bottom: What a bee sees. Contrasts
the background better, and the
important bit is highlighted red.
Um, yes... Flowers did evolve over time. But it isn't haphazard as he claims. The utilitarian purpose of flowers is pollination. The plants build the flowers as a billboard to pollinators. Nectar, come get some free nectar! Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc. They come and get a 'free' and tasty drink, and in return just so happen to carry the pollen from that flower to the next, and the next, and the next... Plants can't just walk over to each other and have sex. So they have to rely on the wind (which isn't reliable), or pollinators visiting flower to flower to spread their 'seed'.

Further proof that flowers are evolved forms can be seen in that certain flowers are evolved specifically formed to 'fit' specific pollinators. And while flowers are beautiful, try looking at them through the eyes of an insect. They often see in much different wavelengths of light than you and I. Looking at many a flower as these insects would see them, you will find arrow shapes and brilliantly bright 'landing strip' patterns that are invisible to us, but are as plain as day to those that pollinate them.

I must say that Grady is rather presumptuous. First of all, I don't choose to deny God. I simply don't believe due to a lack of evidence. I can't simply choose to believe in God or not believe. Belief is involuntary. Also, tending to my backyard garden and planting new flowers and plants is one the things that I look forward to every Spring. So how am I not paying enough attention to the flowers?

4. The Bible
There is nothing like the Bible because it carries the same consistent message throughout all of its 66 different books. Atheists can laugh at this idea, but those who have read the Scriptures and experienced God through its pages know why it is the best-selling and most-translated book in all of history. 
The Bible is as much proof of the Christian God as much as a comic book is proof of Superman. Okay so the Bible has 66 books. The Amazing Spider-Man had 700 issues! 700 issues telling the story of Peter Parker through several authors over the years with at least as much consistency as the Bible. That's not even mentioning other titles like Spider-Man, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, The Sensational Spider-Man, The Superior Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man Team Up, various cameos, many graphic novels, an animated series, and the feature length films. Spider-Man is beloved by fans worldwide. So considering how published his story is, Spider-Man must be real, correct?

To a Muslim, the Qur'an is as much 'proof' to them, as the Bible is to a Christian. Adherents to any other religion may also point to their holy book. But none are proof of their religion being correct. The Bible is the very thing in question, so it can't be proof for itself. Anyone can write a book that says anything and then claim it as proof of the claims that book makes. It's circular logic. Flawed and lazy.

5. The global spread of Christianity
Yet today Christianity has more adherents than any religion, and numbers are growing in many parts of the world. Our faith is spreading because it is the truth—and history shows that when this truth is mocked and scorned, it actually spreads faster! 
If truth spreads fastest, I guess that's why non-belief is actually the fastest growing 'faith' group in the United States then. Guess he didn't think that one through. Okay, so Christianity is popular. But it's a relatively young religion. Before Christianity, different beliefs were the most popular in the world. Before that, another belief was most popular.

And since when does popularity make something correct. Once upon a time everyone thought the Earth was flat, or that the Sun orbited the Earth. Everyone believing these things didn't make them right. Evidence showed them to be flawed stances, and we all learned. Evidence also shows the Bible to be worthless as a history text. And common sense shows it to be anything but a moral text. Grady's just wasting time with an argumentum ad populum on this one.

6. Jesus
He loved us so much He was willing to send His Son to earth to save us from ourselves.
Yes, because when I think 'love', brutal human sacrifice is the first thing that jumps to mind...
His crucifixion is historical fact, and His resurrection was verified by hundreds of witnesses.
Except that it's not. There is absolutely zero evidence for Jesus' crucifixion, or even Jesus himself. And these supposed witnesses of Jesus are all from the Bible, and not external sources. That's as reliable as relying on It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown also prove that the Great Pumpkin really is real, and that Linus actually saw him in real life.

And since Grady likes thunderstorms so much, maybe he should say 'Because Thor' instead of 'Because Jesus'. 

7. My personal friendship with God
When I am asked to defend my faith, I don’t start an intellectual argument.
Well, that much is obvious from this list...
There are many reasons I am convinced God is real, but the best evidence is how He forgave me, changed me and put unexplainable joy in my heart. And I can prove that.
And a Buddhist will say that their beliefs have changed them and they they know their beliefs to be true. This is not proof that your beliefs are true. This is just proof that you like them, and that thinking they are real makes you feel better. Just because it makes you feel better doesn't mean that it's true. What if thinking that I'll get called in tomorrow for that job interview I wanted fills me with hope? No matter how much hope this belief gives me, I with either get the call, or I won't. But the simple fact of a belief making me feel good doesn't mean that the belief is true.

All in all, I must say that this is probably the weakest list of this kind that I've seen. And that sad part is that Mr. Grady somehow thinks his list is a compelling one. It boggles the mind...

-Brain Hulk

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