Chapter Eight


How could nonconscious matter have produced conscious beings? How could irrational matter have produced beings capable of rational thought? How can you trust your thinking, if you are only the result of nonconscious, irrational, material causes? How could you be responsible for your decisions and actions if you are only the result of irresponsible material causes? How could amoral matter have created man with a moral sense of right and wrong? Obviously, man must be more than the result of nonconscious, irrational, amoral, material causes.

Do you believe that your brain and mind came from nonliving matter by chance evolution? If this is so, then you cannot trust your thinking. There is no reason for you to be rational. There is no reason for your thinking to be real or logical. Now you may argue with me, but there is no reason to believe that your arguments are logical or true. If atheism is true, then the mind of man was not designed for rational, logical thinking. If atheism is true, the human brain and mind are the results of nonconscious, irrational, unintelligent, illogical, material causes. If atheism is true, you cannot possibly trust your mind to be rational and logical. If atheism is true, you cannot trust your thinking and the thinking of other people. If atheism is true, you cannot believe the arguments made by atheists for atheism.

However, you do argue with other people. This shows that you really believe that you are conscious and rational. You know that you can think. Then you must admit that man's brain and mind were designed for thinking. This shows that man must be the result of a conscious, rational, intelligent Creator. Either you must deny that you can think and reason, or you must admit that man is the work of an intelligent Creator, GOD! Mathematician Rene Descarte gave the axiom:
I think, therefore, I am a person. And I must have been brought into existence by a being at least as perfect as I am, for the fountain cannot rise higher than the source.
(Monser, An Encyclopedia on the Evidences, p. 35.)

You are able to choose and to decide. You are not just a determined machine. You have a free will. You can even decide what you want to think about. This shows that you are more than a programmed electrical brain.

Think about your behavior. You argue with other people about what is right and wrong. However, by arguing, you show that you accept the fact that there is real right and wrong. It is true that we are ignorant; that is why you argue with the other person in order to convince him of what is really right and wrong. You even condemn others for their evil. You could not do this unless there is objective, absolute evil and good, which shows moral law in the cosmos. If there is not real moral law, it would be foolish to argue with others and to condemn them. It would be foolish to have police and judges. People argue about which system of morality is better, which shows that there is the best, absolute right and wrong.

We need to ask some questions. If everything is only material and the result of material causes, how could there be real right and wrong? How could dumb material produce a moral realm? How could your moral sense have come from dumb material? If man is only material, how could you say that it is wrong to move a little material, such as to put a hole through your head? Obviously, there is more than only matter and material causes. Your moral sense and the moral law that you argue about, show a Moral Law Giver, God.

Have you ever done something that you believed was wrong and within you this deed was judged to be wrong? Yes, you have a conscience that condemns you. Your conscience is a witness against you. You are guilty of sin and know it. Where did your conscience come from? Certainly not from dumb material. Moral conscience could only have come from a moral Creator, Holy God.

The Bible teaches about the people who did not have the Law that was given to Israel:
For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of a Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, . . . Romans 2:14-16.

You know that you are more than just material. You know and have experienced justice, mercy, pity, compassion, love, trust, kindness and faith. These are beyond the material cosmos. You have a spiritual nature, and you experience it. Men have the ability to worship. While men are often ignorant, still they do worship. They worship idols, the material creation, other men, or some philosophy. Where did this spiritual ability to worship and have faith come from? Surely it did not come from material. God created man. Why is it that men ask the question, does God exist? Even atheists have considered God since they deny him. Where did men get this ability to believe in God and to worship him? Surely this spiritual ability did not come from animals or material. There must be a Creator who created man with this spiritual ability and the need to worship.

. . . He has also set eternity in their heart, . . .
Ecclesiastes 3:11.

. . . and He made from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, `For we also are His offspring.' "Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead." Acts 17:26-31.

You have now read seven evidences of God. Each one stands alone but together they give you seven pillars for your decision to believe in God.

Yes, you can come to know God and believe in Him. Your eternal destiny depends on this.

You know that you are going to die. Maybe you do not believe that you are going to die; however, you will die. It is better for you to get to know God now, rather than after it is too late.
And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. Hebrews 9:27.

Germaine Lockwood

Copyright ©1996 by Germaine Charles Lockwood. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Scripture quotations in this work, unless otherwise indicated, are from The New American Standard Bible, Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Scripture quotations from The New King James Bible (NKJB), Copyright ©1979,1980,1982, Thomas Nelson Inc., Nashville, TN. Used by permission.

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