So why have a God? What evidence is there of him?
I remain skeptical about Jesus being God, and the myth that has grown up about him (much like the myths around Buddha, IMO), but there is an underlying problem. Your religion suggests an approach to reality which is out of kilter with what we know of the world. Science tells us that natural processes produced the universe and all life. There is no need for a God to explain anything beyond this. So why have a God? What evidence is there of him?
Who is believing in myth? The birth, death and resurrection of Jesus are historical fact recorded in the New Testament documents and attested by over 24,000 manuscripts, the earliest dated from 60-70 years after the events. They have more of a basis in history than Caesar’s Gallic Wars (10 manuscripts a 1000 years later) or many of the ancient documents scholars rely on to debunk the truth of the Bible. Since all scholars of history accept as generally trustworthy the writings of the ancient classics, they must logically accept the reliability of the New Testament. FF Bruce, a renowned Christian historian, writes with credibility that “There is no body of ancient literature in the world that enjoys such a wealth of good textual attestation as the New Testament.
If the NT is reliable and it gives an account of a man rising from the dead after 3 days in a tomb, what more evidence do we need that God exists. Jesus claimed to be God and showed that he was able to do things that people cannot. Things that reverse the normal processes of nature. Only one who has power over nature and controls nature could do such a thing. People do not just rise. Nor do they heal others who are dead or walk on water. If Jesus is no God, then he is something amazing.
From another angle, one of the questions scientists cannot ignore, and cannot get to the bottom of, is that while the universe and life may have been created by natural processes that are identifiable (eg. Evolution) , where is the point of origin of those natural processes. There is no satisfactory answers. Interestingly, recent advancements in biochemistry by people such as Professor Behe have shown that current assumptions about science, evolution and these natural processes may all be flawed. You will of course never hear about such things in the newspaper. Nor will you hear that there are gaping wholes both logically, in evidence and in the form of assumptions in all theories advocating ‘natural processes’. The physical and biochemical gaps in the evolution chain from monkeys to us are enormous. Even the most hardened scientists leave room for the possibility of the existence of something beyond us. Paul Davies, a doctor of physics with special interest in gravitation, cosmology, black holes and the big bang finishes his book (The Mind of God) by saying that
“I cannot believe that our existence in this universe is a mere quirk of fate, and accident of history, an incidental blip in the great cosmic drama. Our involvement is too intimate. … We are truly meant to be here”. He does not argue for a Christian God but that there must be a God there.”
I would say to you, keep searching the Bible for answers and do not let science get away with easy assumption filled arguments that rely on unsubstantiated presuppositions.
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