Proving God’s existence and universal supremacy is something that many Christians relegate to the realm of faith, and this becomes the basis on which many non-believers attack Christianity, or question which god is the real God.
Some outright say there is no God, and the bible aptly describes these ones as “fools”. If you look at the world, in fact the universe, there are two striking things about it. The first is that it is very highly extremely orderly (triple adjectives deliberate). From the sub-atomic level right through to molecules, compounds, solar systems, galaxies and the overall universe itself. Gravity, electricity, magnetism, space and time – all these things behave in an exact, consistent and predictable manner.
What is more, if they did not behave in exactly the manner that they did, the universe would either collapse in on itself, or expand out into nothingness. Galaxies, planets and life itself would be impossible if there was just a slight shift in any one of the multiple constants that govern the known universe. At its highest level, science (cosmology, nuclear physics) accedes to the fact that there are super-human and precise laws that govern the universe which if they changed by just a small amount, would make the whole universe an impossibility. In short, the universe simply would not exist, right from the atomic through to the galactic level.
The second is that all material things are in a state of decay. Something called entropy. In short, entropy dictates that things go from a higher state of existence to a lower one. Getting matter to a higher-level form requires an external active intervention, but once the force pushing it to that higher form is lost, it begins to degrade.
So the sun, for example, is expected to cool off over billions of years. A new car gets old and eventually rusts away. Even so-called non-biodegradable materials over time also break down. If you look at us as humans, the thing that keeps us alive and growing is the spirit. But over time the body degenerates. Eventually the spirit leaves and what follows is a cataclysmic degeneration into dust.
Nothing moves spontaneously from a lower level of order to a higher level on its own. Nothing. You do not throw away a calculator and then several year later – hey presto – it has become a desktop computer! If I told you that the Android system spontaneously came out of a smartphone, you would think there is something wrong with my head. And then I add: “Actually, the phone itself also spontaneously generated itself over billions of years of cosmic dust particles colliding with each other”. You would get me confined to a mental asylum.
That is what trying to say that we are here as a result of a series of cosmic accidents is like. Biological systems are more complex than the mechanical systems we have so far been able to make. Despite our so-called technological advancements, have you seen the clumsiness of so-called cutting-edge robots? We cannot, with our most intelligent technologies, design something that mimics the human or any other body so far. But the brain is something infinitely more complex.
The genetic code that creates biological systems is something we have only recently been able to map, never mind decipher. Genetic codes are to life what programming code is to software systems. In programming, just a comma in the wrong place will freeze a program with millions of lines of script. That is the same with genes. A single sequence out of place and a baby is born with cleft lip. Or missing heart. Or any other deformity. Then someone dares to say the genetic code put itself together by itself. In an ultra-orderly and complex universe that also put itself together randomly.
In short, saying there is no God is completely unscientific and defies the very nature of our existence. Advances in science are only proving that fact even more. Many scientists now lament the fact that the more they discover, the more they realise just how much they do not know! The one thing they do see, however, is just how arranged, how orderly and how far from random the laws governing the universe are.
What of the argument that we cannot see God, or test Him in a lab? The fact of the matter is that in the universe there are plenty of things we cannot see, yet that does not mean they do not exist. We cannot see or manipulate gravity, but we know it is there, and can predict how it operates.
Taking it to the cutting edge of science, cosmology has managed to reduce the universe and inter-galactic phenomenon into mathematical models which predict everything from how it began to where it is now. Funnily enough, they now have to factor in something referred to as “dark energy”, something which actually is not real or measurable, but something which has to exist – and has to make up as much as 73% of the universe – in order to explain the universe scientifically.
In short, every scientific model out there ends up by attesting not only to the complexity of the universe, but to the fact that it can only have arisen from an intelligence and power that is super-human. We cannot replicate even the simplest aspects of life and creation deliberately. What more the complexity demonstrated at both micro and macro levels?
Others then say “Yes there is a God, but is He the God of the bible, or any one of the other gods in the various other religions?” To that I would give a few answers.
First is that the numbers do speak a lot. Christianity is by far the biggest religion, and second to that is Islam, which essentially also believes in the same God. The next big religions, Hinduism and Buddhism do not actually attest to a God figure, but rather are concerned more about the harmony between man and nature. The high number of their followers is more tribal based, rather than based on the convincingness of the religions themselves.
Notably, these religions are quest-based, rather than authority-based. In other words they are about man seeking to understand nature (and perhaps, in the process, God), rather than being about a message from God. If we go back to my example of a man seeking road directions, these religions are like the person answering you who themselves have not been to, or know the destination to which they refer. They too are seeking answers.
Sikhism, which attests to an unknown God, is a popular young religion (founded in the 15th century CE) which attempts to do away with the whole issue of which god is the right one. But again, it is search-based and man-made. All other religions below these major ones seem to be based on or derived from the Christian religion, with widely varying doctrines and interpretations having come in as time passed.
Outside of these, there are many other ancient religions and gods such as Zeus, Baal, Thor and many thousands which no modern-day man seriously can say they believe in, much less worship. There are also many spiritistic practices which are either classified as dark magic, satanism or shamanism. These obviously go against the essence of goodness and I will not spend time delving into them.
What is interesting is that Christianity came not from a large and populous country like India or China, nor from the advanced civilisations of the West (Rome and Greece in ancient days, Europe and America now), but from a small and insignificant nation started by one man singled out by God. Its growth can only be attributable – outside of God – to the fact that it made, and makes sense. Major, powerful nations abandoned their own religions in its favour. Today we are doing the same.
I have heretofore been focussing more on the bigger picture, which is to say that science does indeed prove God, and history proves the real God. I will now delve into the intricacies of Christianity to demonstrate, from within the bible, why Christianity is science rather than religion.