I recently had an intriguing phone conversation with a member of our church about David Hume. Who is David Hume you might ask? Hume was a philosopher in the 18th century who has had an extreme influence on today’s world. It was Hume who is credited with the idea that only things that are scientifically provable are real. There are no miracles because miracles contradict nature. Many people today take this stance, but it was Hume who first gave the impression that people who believed otherwise were actually stupid. Atheist writers today often take this same approach. For example without actually explaining how nothing created everything, they merely offer some speculative argument and then basically boil things down to “I’m right because you are stupid”. Bill Nye the “science guy” has stated many times that “to believe in a creator is unhealthy and bad for you” (you can watch those on YouTube). Bill Nye is all over PBS and his teaching videos are in thousands of public schools in America. And yet Bill Nye offers no explanation of how the universe was ultimately formed. Just ask an atheist what happened 10 trillion years before the big bang and then what happened before that, on and on. You get the idea. In fact, science can never answer that question because it only puts off the ultimate truth, that something, not nothing, got things started and that that something had to be both hugely intelligent and outside of space and time. Instead of just admitting this, the pop-science atheists of today like Bill Nye and Richard Dawkins, boil it down to this: unless you can prove it to me, then you are stupid, and I am smart. I have always found those type of answers to be extremely weak. In fact, they are not answers at all. I recently asked an atheist if he thought there was enough science right now to sufficiently explain all of existence, where life came from, where the information in stars and cells came and if matter and energy are infinite. He said yes. His answer was not based on science at all but merely his complete faith and hope in the non-existence of God. I shook his hand and announced that I am also a man of faith. My faith however isn’t in the “big nothing” that created everything but in the intelligence that created everything. To me this is clearly the more rational view. Yes, I have faith in God but that faith isn’t just a blind hopefulness but is highly sensible. I am very encouraged by how amazingly complex and yet logical the universe appears to be. Science is always looking for explanations as to how things work and finding causes for the effects. Yet many atheists simply put their heads in the sand when it comes to finding the ultimate cause for all of the effects, as if there cannot be one. For me, the mere fact that there are any causes at all is a great reminder of the One who created the universe to run by principles and not just random acts.
Psalm 19 (KJV)
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.