In the Beginning Was…?

Atheists champion evolution as proof that God does not exist while creationists declare that the universe  and everything in it is simply too complex, too intricate to have happened through a series of ‘accidents.’ and, therefore, there  must be a God who’s the master designer. Whether you’re a creationist who believes in a six thousand or sixty-five billion year old universe, or an evolutionist trumpeting Darwin’s Theory and the scientific method, this debate ultimately comes down to one thing:  In the beginning was…

In the Beginning Was…Who? What?

Stephen Hawking, a physicist and, until October 2009, the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge (a position once held by Sir Isaac Newton), stated in his most recent book, The Grand Design, that a creator “is not necessary.” “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing…” Others believe that gases such as hydrogen and helium collided and through a series of ‘incidents’ over billions of years somehow ‘accidentally’ evolved into higher life forms.

Belief in Something Eternal

When I consider all the possible explanations for the origin of the universe, I’m struck by this one thing: Everyone, including the atheist, believes in someone or something eternal, some entity that has existed forever with no beginning or end. Whether it’s gases or an eternal ‘nothingness’ or an infinite  law of gravity or God, someone or something has always been.

Simple is Better

Noted atheist, Richard Dawkins, states that “explanations” built “on simple premises” are more reasonable than those built on “complex and statistically improbable beginnings.” Mind-boggling! What’s more statistically improbable than something coming from nothing? No scientist either living or dead has ever witnessed nothing turning into something in any type of setting and yet atheists hold this as a plausible and rationale possibility. And the evolutionist should not confuse the simple elements of gases and suggest this as the basis for a ‘simple premise.’

Evolution:  Complex Premise

On the contrary, evolution is a complex premise that asks us to believe something irrational such as the universe suddenly appearing out of nothing (that’s not a simple idea) or that simple elements through trillions of accidents over billions of years created life as we know it today in a haphazard fashion (not a simple idea either). And from this turbulent, chaotic, disorganized beginning came an organized rational plan (by accident) in the form of DNA, the master ‘blueprint’ for how things are made. Though still difficult for our minds to comprehend, the simplest premise for the intricacies and magnificence of creation is that an intelligent Creator spoke the worlds into existence in a manner consistent with the laws of science He created, laws intended to point man to Him.

How DNA Points to God

In this video, atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel speaks on how DNA points to a God who created the universe. The New York Times best selling author and former teaching pastor at Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, CA says, “When we look at DNA and see these written instructions for the assembly of proteins in our bodies, we are looking at some of the most powerful evidence that there must be intelligence behind life.”

DNA Proves Creation

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Militant Atheism

Atheist Ads on Buses and Billboards

Have you noticed a rise in the number of billboards and ads on the side of city buses advertising atheism? Chances are the United Coalition of Reason (UCR) is behind this as part of their national campaign to ‘evangelize’ America. Other groups. such as the American Atheists, are more militant toward Christianity. Recently on a billboard in Huntsville, Alabama, this group attacked churches with the following message: “You Know They’re all Scams.” In an interview on January 4, 2011 with Bill O’Reilly of The Factor, David Silverman, President of American Atheists stated that “everyone knows religion is a scam and a myth” and that churches are “deliberately misleading people.”

History of Militant Atheism

Over the past decade, we’ve observed the rise of a militant atheism bent on ridding our culture of all religions and, in particular, Christianity. Christopher Hitchens in his book, God is Not Great, wrote, “The real axis of evil is Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.” Believing that “organized religion is the main source of hatred in the world,” Hitchens debates religious leaders declaring God a dangerous myth and that scientific discovery should replace religion as the moral compass in our culture.  Two other advocates for this new atheism are Daniel C. Dennett (“What Should Replace Religions?”) and Sam Harris, founder of The Reason Project, whose mission is to fill the religious void with secularism and scientific thinking that embraces Darwin’s Evolution.

The ‘Four Horseman’ of the New Atheism

Though Hitchens, Dennett, and Harris work tirelessly for the removal of Christianity as an influential force in our culture, perhaps the most hostile and militant of the ‘Four Horseman’ is Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion).  Referred to as “Darwin’s Rottweiler,” Dawkins lays out his vision for the rise of atheism and it’s influence on our culture in a 2002 presentation at the TED Talks (seen below). Openly despising Christianity, Dawkins declares that “evolution is fundamentally hostile to religion” and calls for a militant atheism to rise up against such things as Intelligent Design, belief in the supernatural, and life beyond the grave. In a campaign similar to the Gay Rights Movement, he calls for all ‘closet’ atheists to ‘come out’ and join his movement to sway the educational, judicial, and political systems in this country away from God.

Richard Dawkins:  An Atheist’s Call to Arms

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A Call to Prayer

As I study these intelligent men and their determination to destroy Christianity, I’m reminded of a similar man who also gave his life to persecute the Church. As a result of the prayers of the saints and the willingness of some like Stephen to lay down their lives to the point of death, a radical transformation occurred in the life of Paul as we read about in Acts 9:4-5: “‘…Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you Lord?’ Saul asked.” Though we should give a reasonable defense of the Gospel, the course of history will never be changed by our rational arguments but only when we stand in prayer against the forces of darkness and lay down our lives in a ‘militant’ love for those who seek to destroy what God has created.

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