Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Words of Comfort: 100% Certain.

“I am not 100% convinced He doesn't exist, and no, I am not 100% convinced that evolution is a fact. But this goes both ways. I am not omnipotent, and neither are Christians. They do not know everything either. So they can't say with absolute certainty that God exists either. However, there is EVIDENCE for evolution, and not evidence for God. Hence, I am an atheist.” Tyler Nelson

I suspect that Tyler has used a wrong word here. I think he means omniscience (all-knowing). No atheist can be 100 % certain that God doesn’t exist, because the professed atheist isn’t omniscient. He doesn’t know everything. Somewhere in the knowledge he hasn’t yet come across, there could be evidence that God exists. So all atheists are in truth “agnostics.” They don’t know if God exists. However, it doesn’t go “both ways.” To know that God exists we don’t need all knowledge. We simply need to have found the knowledge that proves He exists. That evidence is the order of Nature/creation. It is scientifically impossible for nature to have made itself or to have been eternal. The existence of Nature is the observable evidence for God—something that doesn’t need faith. If we want to approach Him to be forgiven, then we need to have faith (trust), but we don’t need faith to know He exists. All that is needed for that is a little common sense. Evolution has no observable evidence and so it necessitates faith. Hence, I am a Christian.

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