Can atheists think logically?

Napoleon_Bonaparte_Lithografie_von_Louis_Kramp_ca1825, user Direktor, talk 1 contribsLawrence Krauss claims that there are at least a thousand gods (debate with William Lane Craig). Besides the God of the Bible, he mentioned Zeus, Perseus, Dionysius, Krishna, Romulus, Osiris, and others. Likewise Guy Harrison in his book, ’50 Simple Questions for Every Christian,’ asks how many gods there are? He says he is perhaps more qualified than others to answer because of his degrees in history and anthropology. His answer, ‘It’s definitely many, many millions; more likely, it’s in the billions, if not trillions.’ 1

Why would one believe in God, the Father of Jesus Christ,  if there are many other gods? What evidence is there that only the God of the Bible is the true God? The answer is easy. How do we know that Julius Caesar or Napoleon Bonaparte lived?

Julius Caesar wrote books about his wars, like the various books on his Gallic Wars.  He gave first hand observations about the Celtic tribes he was waging war on, like the Druids. Suetonius, Cicero and others also verified in their writings that he was a real Roman person. 2   We know about Julius Caesar because of reliable eye witness documents.

Historical documents also testify that Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a victorious French general and emperor. He fought many successful wars, but failed completely in the invasion of Russia (1812), like the Germans in the Second World War. He was defeated at Leipzig and sent to Elba. From there he escaped and returned to power. He was finally defeated at Waterloo (June 1815) and  was confined to the island of St. Helena, where he died. Reliable documents assure us he was real.

How do we know that God is real? Through the reliable historical documents by various writers.

Logic demands that we do the following:

  • If we deny the one, we should deny all three.
  • If we except the one, we should accept all three.

Nobody living today has seen Caesar, Napoleon or God.

They are all known by historical documents.

  • Julius Caesar lived in Italy, a country we still know today, with Rome as its headquarters.
  • Napoleon lived in France, a country we still know today, with Paris as its headquarters.
  • God did most of His acts in Israel, a country we still know today, with Jerusalem the capital (Tel Aviv is the financial centre).

All three have eyewitness accounts and countries where people lived and events took place.

The original question was whether atheists can think logically about the many gods in existence? It all revolves around history and documentary evidence. If we don’t have that, how can we be sure that they are real? The same applies to Zeus, Dionysius and all the other thousands of gods. Historically reliable and verifiable documents about people and events in a specific country, should testify to their divinity. Where is Zeus’s wonderful book with his exploits in Greece? There isn’t one. Dionysius is silent. Why?

Besides His Book, the God of the Bible has a worldwide Church that preaches about Him and His Son, Jesus. So we should have a world wide ‘church’ of Zeus, Horus, et cetera. We don’t.

References

  1. Guy Harrison, 50 Simple Questions for Christians, Prometheus Books, 2012, Kindle Edition.
  2. The Works of Julius Caesar, wikipedia.org, Google.
  3. Napoleon, wikipedia.org, Google.

The Baffling battle about beginnings

The baffling battle about beginnings.
The baffling battle about beginnings.

Why does a modern, scientific society fight against an ancient book? Anybody who looks carefully at society, can see there is a propaganda war against the Bible. Why is it singled out? It is because of the first sentence, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.1

This must be the most profound sentence ever written, if you judge by its effects. There are hundreds of scientists who do research to prove that God is not the Creator, because nature created itself through evolution. These able scientists work in laboratories or in the field, in subjects like biology, palaeontology, geology, astronomy, zoology, botany and biochemistry to try to prove evolution is true. Precious intelligence and resources are used on the idea of evolution, instead of on doing real science.

What is evolution? Evolution is the ‘molecules to man’ idea. It means, in the beginning there was nothing and after millions of years, the universe, the earth and all life on it was there without the help of God.

What are the benefits of a universe that created itself? We are told that a self-created planet is scientific and therefore it is the basis of electricity, communication, modern transport, et cetera. Is that true? Does evolution lead to new scientific findings? Have evolutionary principles improved technology? Did anyone ever receive a Nobel prize for evolutionary discoveries? Has evolution improved new strains of grain or given higher milk production in cows? No! The study of nature has given society television, cellphones and computers, not evolution.

Did Darwin prove evolution (Charles Darwin is regarded as the father of evolution, although the Greeks around 600-500 BC already proposed it)?2 In his book, On the Origin of Species (published in 1859) Darwin did not prove evolution.3 Yet the idea that he did, has led to the most extensive indoctrination campaign of all time.

Darwin proposed that natural selection caused evolution. Natural selection happens all over the earth and it is easy to see. Nobody denies natural selection. It means that organisms that survive are best suited for their environment and will have the most offspring. For example,

  • A thick furred wolf will thrive in a cold region and breed well, so there will be many wolves. A small, smooth-haired Chihuahua will suffer and die under naturally cold conditions, so there will be very few or no Chihuahua’s there.
  • The finches in the Galapagos also show natural selection. After a severe drought many of the birds died. Most of the finches that survived had longer, stronger beaks to crack open the harder seeds. When normal rains returned, the birds with shorter, smaller beaks increased again.

These are not examples of evolution. They show that natural conditions affect the survival of life forms. There was merely a shuffling of genes to adapt to environmental factors. The idea that Darwin proved that new species can come about through natural selection must be one of the best hoaxes of all time.

Why is there such an effort to disprove that God created the heavens and the earth? It is because the creator of something is the owner. It is as simple as that. There is somebody who does not want people to know that God is the Creator of the Universe, and therefore the Owner who can do as He plans and pleases (He is going to establish an eternal Kingdom of peace and happiness, and people will be part of it only through His Son, Jesus).

The Bible must also be discredited because it tells us that God has an enemy who will never share that new, coming Kingdom. That somebody is the created angel, the devil, Satan, the rebel who attempted to usurp God’s authority and depose the Creator.

The brilliant plan of God is vehemently opposed by the devil. He uses evolution and other strategies to teach people that they are just glorified apes and they cannot trust the Bible or God’s plan.  He can do it because he is the ruler of this sinful world, ‘…the whole world is under the control of the evil one.’4

This explains the baffling battle about beginnings in the Bible. The devil has grasped the importance of creation, and he opposes it.

References

  1. Genesis 1:1
  2. C H Osborn, From the Greeks to Darwin, p ix, cited by H Morris, The Long War against God, Master Books, 2000, p 216.
  3. J Wells, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, Regnery Publishing Inc, 2006, p 49-59.
  4. 1 John 5:19b

 

The Bible as investment brochure

The new heavens and earth Everyone cares about their individual wealth and many people spend most of their lives trying to accumulate wealth through gainful employment,activities, savings and investments.1 We often read sentences like that in financial magazines. It is true that we have a duty to work and provide for old age. However, while we are exhorted to invest, to analyse stock, to study the markets, few people give attention to the Bible as an investment brochure. The Bible is not unlike an invitation to invest in a security village with guaranteed health and retirement benefits. Think about it, that ‘Security Village’ (the renewed heaven and earth) will have no thieves or murderers, no water, electricity or internet problems, no funeral providers, doctors, hospitals, or old age homes, no insurance companies, no income tax, no weather problems which could influence food production, et cetera.

It is right to exert ourselves, to invest in the world to ensure that we have enough money, and not to let go of our dream to live like a gentleman. But it is not profitable to do it like the rich man in Luke 12:15-21.2 He had such a bumper crop, that he decided to build bigger barns to store his grain and retire happily. He made just one crucial mistake: he forgot to invest in eternal life, because he did not think it was necessary. Maybe he believed what evolution teaches, that he is just another animal that dies and that is the end. Maybe he believed the stories of the skeptics that eternal life is just a pie in the sky. Maybe he was just lazy and couldn’t be bothered with religious stuff. Maybe he once belonged to a ‘church’ so he thought that was enough. He was tragically wrong and the devil heartily applauded.

As we have said, the Bible is  a type of investment brochure. It invites people to invest in God’s coming eternal Kingdom. You can decide to invest, or not to invest. An investment takes time, thought and energy. That is why Jesus said, Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.3

Jesus doesn’t give any indication in the Bible that you can just ‘accept Him and go to heaven.’  He said it is not the smooth talkers, but those who do the will of His Father that will be in heaven.4 It is about doing something, not just hoping for the best.

Normally we understand: no pain (sweat), no gain; nothing in, nothing out. So why do some people think that is not true when it comes to the Kingdom of God? If it was fiction, it would not matter, but the Bible is about reality. That should convince us to invest in God’s Kingdom.

Reference

 
  1. K Lings, Glob al Wealth Reaches Another Record High in 2013, Stand Point, Focused Investment by Stanlib, Volume 01, 2014, p 09
  2. “Then [Jesus] said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’ And he told them this parable: ‘The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to Himself, “What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.… This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ But God said to Him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich towards God.”
  3. Luke 13:24
  4. Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me,  ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”