A youth group member gave me a challenge a while back. They said we have many people come through service and they do not know the Bible or trust it. Therefore, they asked if I could show God without using the Bible, and prove the Bible true. I would like to pass on what I found.
First, most people who say they do not believe in God say it is because they cannot see Him. The first question I ask them is do you believe in the wind? They will say well, of course. Then I would ask, “You could not see the wind, why do you believe in that?” They usually will come back that we can see its effects or we can measure it. Then I ask them, “If we can see the effects and measure God, will you believe?” and they will usually say yes.
The next thing I show is the second law of Thermodynamics which says the Entropy (randomness) will increase with time unless some form of energy is added. This is the exact opposite of what Darwinian evolution says. Darwinian evolution says the earth started as a primordial soup and that over millions and millions of years that atoms bumped into each other and formed amino acid and the amino acids bumped into each other and made a protein and the proteins bumped into each other and made a cell. This goes against the law of Thermodynamics. Therefore, there must be some unknown power or energy. We have all these things, so I say that the unknown power that put all of this together is God. This is the only true explanation of where enough power could come from to form a cell. They, scientists, claim it took billions of years, but their calculations show that even in that amount of time there is not enough energy, therefore we would be still a primordial soup. Last time I checked, that is not true.
Let me show you some more mathematical ways of showing this. In the 1950, two men James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the structure of the DNA Molecule. This is the most complex molecule known to man. This also has opened up the field of Biology to understand man. They were Co-Nobel prizewinners for their discovery. Crick, an Atheist and evolutionist decided he would figure out the probability of DNA arising spontaneously over the course of 4.6 billion years, the time the evolutionists say earth has existed. After several attempts, his conclusion was that it was a Zero percent probability. Because he was an atheist, he could not conclude that it was God who made this; he proposed what he called “directed panspermia.” Pan means all and spermia means sperm. Therefore, his theory is that an advanced race of being living in some far off world sent out space ships with their sperm aboard their ships and they seeded various other planets. This was published in the 1980s and people have even suggested that he watched too much “Star Wars.” In fact, because of this theory he is a laughing stock of science.
This led two Mathematicians from Cambridge University to look at the math of the possibility of a cell forming as I described earlier. Instead of 4.6 billion years that Crick used they used, they used 15 billion years. The answer was 10 to the 40,000 power. Accepted mathematical probability says anything greater than 10 to the 15th power is impossible. Therefore, the cell forming in 15 billion years is impossible except with God. To give you more perspective,
1,000,000,000,000,000 this is the 10 to the 15th power.
10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 this is the 10 to the 100th power. You would have to multiply this number by 400 to equal the 40,000. This shows mathematically that that evolution as they now try to explain it is impossible. The only way possible to explain how we got on earth is by God.
This has led many Scientists to the idea of intelligent design. Intelligent design says that some powerful being created the earth. They do not claim the God of the Bible. They just say that evolution cannot explain how the earth was started, but there is enough evidence to show that something with great intelligence has created the world. These scientists have met with great opposition to the point that they lost their jobs in the universities because they do not follow the establishment’s view of evolution. The evolution group will do anything to keep their religion that is right, religion alive.
I think I have proven that there is a God using the Scientists’ own work and with the rise of intelligent design you can see they are also starting to think that way. Now let us look at another major obstacle, Jesus. Some people claim that was no such person as Jesus, that he was a fairy tale. This is quite easy to prove otherwise, there was a contemporary of Jesus who was a historian for the Romans who had quite a bit to say about Jesus. This man’s name was Josephus. He was originally a Jewish general during the rebellion of the Jews in 69 and 70 A.D. He saw that he was losing, so he had his troops surrender and he helped the Romans during the rest of the war. After the war, he became a historian for the Romans and became very rich writing books for them. Before I give you a quote from his book, I want you to understand a couple of things. First, He was a highly regarded historian of his time and his books are still used today by historians. Second, He was disowned by the Jews for being a traitor in the war, so he had nothing to gain. Third, He was not a Christian and had nothing to gain in these aspects through his writings. Now the quote.
3.3 Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.
This is from Antiquities of the Jews 18.63-64, one of Josephus’ many books. In this quote Josephus insinuates that Jesus is God. Jesus was the Christ or, in Hebrew, the Messiah. That he died on the cross and rose again on the third day along with other miracles. Here in this one extra Biblical quote we have the gospel and could lead someone to Christ. The real point here is that Jesus was real, someone beside someone from the Bible believed he was God. We have extra Biblical proof that Jesus died on the cross and rose again. This is from a respected Historian of both that time and still today.
One more thing I have got to add since we were talking about Math earlier. The Bible makes over 200 prophices about Jesus from His birth to His death. Again a scholar has figured out that to just fullfill 8 of the prophices about Jesus it would be 1 in 10 to the 17th power. If you look earlier in this article, probablity experts say that 10 to the 15th power is impossible. 1 to the 17th power is like taking the State of Texas and stacking silver dollars two feet deep (about knee deep) all over the the State of Texas. Then take another silver dallor an place a black X on it and just throw it in the piles. The possiblity of someone picking the silver dallor with the black x the 1st time is the same as Jesus fullfilling just eight prophices.
Now let’s look at this quote from above. 1) Jesus is God. 2) He performed wonderful works. 3) He would draw people to Him. 4) He was the Christ. 5) He would die on the Cross. 6) He would raise from the dead. 7) He would raise on the 3rd day. 8) He was a teacher. We have 8 fullfilments of prophices from extra Biblical text. We have established this as impossible by natural means, therefore, the only conclusion is that Jesus is who He said he was.
The last thing is they asked me to prove is that the Bible was true. I think I have already proven that, but I have another way. Do any of you remember Alan Quartermain and King Soloman’s Mines. There have been several books and novies about them and some belive the Indiana Jones series idea came out of these stories. Well, recently these mines were found and made CNN news in Nov. of 2008. I want to quote the director of the expedition that found the mines.
Dr Levy said: "We have evidence complex societies were indeed active in the 10th and ninth centuries BC, and that brings us back to the debate about the historicity of the Bible narratives related to this period …… But this research represents a confluence between the archaeological and scientific data and the Bible."
In other words, archaeology and science prove the Bible.
We see Archaeology proving the Bible over and over again. When I was in Seminary the big dicovery was about Jericho. It was belived that the Joshua story was false because they could not find a wall that had been completely destroyed. That year, they found the whole wall had been knocked down in all but one small section and the house connected to the wall was also intact. This fits the Biblical account exactly, the only place the wall stayed intact was in front of Rehab’s house because the spies had promised her this if she would help them. Again, the Bible was proven right.
My Old Testament professor in Seminary was also on several digs in Israel. He said it did not matter if it was with religious or secular expeditions, that all digs in Israel use the Bible as a guidebook as to where to dig. That long ago archaeology has accepted the Bible as true.
I went through this whole excercise in hopes that some non-believer would take a second look at what he believes. I also hope it encourages believers and gives them strength in what they believe. Please anyone who has questions please send me an e-mail and I will try to help.