Mankind has a long history of seeking God, but it now appears that human intellect is in a rush to eliminate Him. Supposed superstition, ignorance and fear is said to give way to intelligence in order that human civilization may be brought fully into being.
And no wonder. The gods of some nations have been carved by men’s hands out of wood, stone, or other existing material. The gods of some religions and individuals have been carved out of human imaginations and faulty human reasoning. Some have worshiped the sun, or other inanimate objects of nature. All these gods are merely the created—most of them formed and fashioned by man, therefore inferior to man.
But He who did the creating—He who brought everything that exists into existence, including all else falsely called God—He who created all matter, force and energy, who created all natural laws and set them in motion, who created life and endowed some of it with intelligence—He is God! He is superior to all else that is called “God.” He, alone, is God!
Creation is the proof of God.
During the past two centuries especially there has developed among God-rejecting men the mental disease of theophobia. Two hundred years ago it appeared under the popular catch-phrases “deism” and “rationalism.” Then it masqueraded itself under the appealing name “higher criticism.” This pseudo scholarship employed, as it progressed, such attractive titles as “progress,” “development,” and “evolution.” It has appealed to the intellectual vanity of a world groping in spiritual darkness in an era of widespread diffusion of knowledge.
The theory of evolution was therefore invented to provide the atheist’s explanation of a creation without a Creator.
But this misguided “rationalism” failed utterly to account for the origins of things and of life; and today the more candid among geologists and biologists confess that they do not know how the development from single-celled “amoeba” to man took place—Lamark’s theory of “use and disuse,” Darwin’s “natural selection,” and other theories have now fallen by the wayside, and “mutations” cannot be explained or proved.
Amazing New Knowledge of Science
Now suppose we confine ourselves to facts! What, then, has science actually determined?
The discovery of radioactivity has proved that there has been no past eternity of matter! Radioactivity is described as a process of disintegration. We know that radium, and other radioactive elements as we know now, are continually giving off radiations at an enormous rate. Under magnification, the tiny particles being emitted by the radium appear as a large, vast dark sky, with thousands of shooting stars.
Uranium is a radioactive element heavier than radium. It has an atomic weight of 238.5. In decomposing it gives off a helium atom, weight 4, repeated three times, and then the substance left is radium, atomic weight about 226.4. Radium, then, is simply the end product of uranium after it has lost three helium atoms. Then the disintegration continues in radium. And the final product of this process of radioactive disintegration is the element lead! Now of course this process requires great periods of time. The calculated “half-life” of radium is 2,500 years—uranium much longer.
Has Matter Always Existed?
We know, therefore, that there has been no past eternity of matter! The radioactive elements in existence today have not yet been in existence long enough to have run their course, and disintegrated into lead. To have always existed, without any definite time of starting in the past, this “life” period of radioactive elements long ago would have run its course. All radioactive elements would have long ago disintegrated into lead. Since these elements exist only for a definite span of years, and all the radium, thorium, helium, and other radio-active elements in the world today have not yet existed that many years, there was a time, prior to the duration of this span in the past, when these elements did not exist!
Here we have definite scientific proof that matter has not always existed. Here we have definite specific elements which once, in the long ago, did not yet exist. Then there was a time, later, when these elements came into existence.
Evolution postulates that all things have always come about gradually, through the slow-moving natural processes of the present. Try to imagine, if you can, something coming into existence out of nothing gradually! Can your mind entertain the idea? I think if you are rational you will have to accept the fact of a special and necessarily instantaneous creation. And some power or Someone had of necessity to do the creating. There is a cause for every effect. And in accepting that inevitable fact, proved by the findings of science, of the existence of that great first cause, you have accepted the fact of the existence and pre-existence of the Creator —God!
Where Did LIFE Come From?
But how about the presence of life? How did life get here? Science has learned some things about that, too.
The wisest of the ancients did not know what science makes available today. Thus it is demonstrated today that life comes only from life, and that each kind reproduces only after its kind (Gen. 1:25).
The works of Tyndall and Louis Pasteur, in the field of bacteria and protozoa, have finally demonstrated scientifically once and for all in these more minute fields what Redi first demonstrated with larger organisms.
All the advances of recent medical and surgical science in the treatment and prevention of germ diseases are based upon this great truth of the law of Biogenesis—that life can come only from pre-existing life.
No fact of science stands more conclusively proved today. Life cannot come from dead matter. here is not one shred of truth from science to account for the presence of life upon the earth by any means other than a special creation by the great original first cause – God who is life and the fountain source of all life! It is now absolutely certain, according to all that can be KNOWN from Science—according to all that is rational—that it required A real creation to produce life from the not-living—organic from inorganic matter.
One cannot rationally deny the existence of my God, unless he can account for the origin of life without a Creator who, Himself, is Life! The Creator, therefore, begins to be revealed, by science and by reason, as a living God —a God in whom is life, and who alone has imparted life to all that have it!
I could go further into what science has discovered about energy and its origin and the laws of conservation of energy, which also proves conclusively that “the works were finished from the foundation of the world” (Heb. 4:3), that the material Creation is a completed work, which is not now going on!
Next, then, let’s examine whether the Great first cause is a Being of intelligence, or merely some blind, dumb, unintelligent force.
Is Anything Superior to Your Mind?
Look about you. You admit that the transmission of knowledge to your mind is limited to the channels of your five senses.
So now I ask you, do you know of anything that is superior to your mind? Look at the planets coursing through the sky. Behold, in all its splendor, the entire cosmic universe, with its suns, its nebulae, and galaxies. Yet they are inanimate. They have no mind, no intelligence. They cannot do what you can do—think, reason, plan, and carry out plans according to private volition and will.
The human mind can know, think, reason, plan, and carry its plans to execution. It can invent and produce instruments by which it may acquire knowledge of the vast universe, or of the minutest particle. Man has now been able to send a signal to the moon and cause it to return, or send signals back from further planets via unmanned spacecraft. He can harness waterfalls and make them serve his needs, cause rivers to run backward, turn the forces of nature to serving human needs. He has also learned how to break down the atom, and utilize a power so vast man may be able at last to annihilate all life from off the earth!
But there remains one thing no man ever has been or ever will be able to do. He cannot build, make, produce, or create anything that is superior to himself!
A man can take existing materials and out of them build a house. But it requires intelligence and power superior to the house to produce the house. An automobile is almost a living thing, but the intelligence and powers required to invent and produce it are superior to the thing produced.
The Supreme Intelligence
To suggest to you, my doubting friend, that anything you could invent, make, build, or bring into being could be superior in intelligence and ability to you and your mind would certainly insult your intelligence!
Now let me ask you candidly, do you honestly believe that any power or force of less intelligence than your mind produced you?
If you do not believe in my God, then you have only the alternative of believing that something less than your intelligence produced you—that dumb, purposeless unintelligence brought into being your intelligence! The only rational possibility is to acknowledge that the very presence of the human mind is proof that the Great First Cause is also the supreme intelligence, infinitely superior to the abilities of mortal man!
Suppose YOU Were Creator?
Suppose that you could add to your powers of reasoning, planning, designing, the actual creative power, so that you could project your will anywhere to produce and bring into being whatever your mind should plan and desire. Then, suppose you undertake the designing, creating, fashioning, shaping, and setting in motion a limitless cosmic universe—with suns and nebulae and galaxies in all their splendor, each of these vast units being of such intricate and complex construction as the existing universe. On some of these planets you would plan and produce all the forms of life that exist on this planet—and I don’t mean re-produce, for there would be no present universe to copy. There would be worlds within a world, down to the minutest infinitesimal particles of matter and chemical action such as we know by the aid of microscopes have been produced in this earth.
Do you think your mind would be equal to the task?
Just stop and think. Is it rational, then, to believe that any power or force lacking even human intelligence could have planned, designed, created, formed, fashioned, shaped, put together and set in motion the awesome universe we behold?
The Great First Cause who created matter, then, stands revealed as the supreme intelligence and architect of the universe!
The Miracle of Living Food
No man with all his ingenuity and science and laboratory facilities can take plain inorganic matter and turn it into the living substance we call food. But some Power, Force, Intelligence, or Being did in some way, at some time, start the process going—a process far too wonderful for any man to devise or produce.
And so it is that out of the ground grows grass, and green leafy vegetables, and all other vegetables, and vines, and trees yielding fruits—each with its seed in itself, each through this seed reproducing after its kind—and it is very good!
But when a marvelous little grain of wheat is planted in the ground, a plant develops and sprouts above the ground, and in some manner too wonderful for any human mind to understand or imitate, the elements drunk in through the roots from the ground are utilized by the life germ in the seed of wheat, and new grains of wheat appear.
During this process, the inorganic iron and other elements dissolved in the ground, drunk into the roots and carried up into the new grain of wheat, have been actually converted into organic matter which can be assimilated as food.
And this same marvelous process takes place in the growth out of the ground of all grains, vegetables, fruits and foods. When we eat animal meat we are merely consuming, second-hand, the vegetation which the animal ate.
Man, with all his vaunted science, his technical laboratory facilities, with all his inventive genius, lacks the intelligence and the powers to produce a grain of wheat, or to convert inorganic matter into food. Then is it rational to say that forces or powers exist, of no intelligence, which have been able to produce this living miracle of food? Did not a far Greater Intelligence than man design, create, and supply man with all of this?
Whose Intelligence Is Higher?
All clocks on earth can be accurately corrected, if need be, by the master clock of the universe – by astronomers . It is always on time—never off a fraction of a second —the heavenly bodies coursing through the skies! It never makes a mistake—is never off a fraction of a second! it is the perfect watch by which we constantly set all our imperfect man-made watches.
Has all this just happened? Was there no Great Watchmaker? No Master mind thought out and planned that vast universe, brought it into being, set each star and planet in its own set place, and started the myriad heavenly bodies coursing through space, each in its prescribed orbit, in its orderly precision. Did all that just fashion itself, put itself together, wound itself up, and started itself running? There was no Intelligence —no planning—no creation—no God!”
If you can look about you, and observe how intelligently planned and executed is everything in nature, and in plant and animal life—everything we see except the bungling, botching, polluting of God’s beautiful handiwork by the clumsy hand of God-ignoring and rejecting man—and then say you doubt the existence of an all-wise, all-knowing, all-powerful Creator GOD, then I do not have much faith either in your rational processes or your sincerity as a seeker of the truth!