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Empirical Evidence for God

By rob - Posted on 28 January 2014

....for the scientific atheist

It's interesting that some atheists, who hold 'science' as the supreme fount of wisdom, demand that Christians give solid 'empirical evidence' for the existence of God. Now, by empirical evidence they mean 'knowledge acquired by means of observation or experimentation'. i.e. "science".

A good way to answer such a question is to ask the following:

1. What is the empirical evidence for atheism? (Please read on...)


Can you please explain, using only empirical evidence, how the first cell arose from non-living matter?

Atheist Michael Ruse tells us that life may have originated on the piggy-back of crystals. Is this your empirical evidence?

And please don't give the cop out line "that life is an unknown mystery - we will find out the answer in the future." Let's get real here please. Today, chemistry is well advanced. We know the whole human genome sequence. We can make designer molecules. To place your argument on some unknown hidden chemical reaction that's sitting in the wings, that can select and put together left-handed amino acids into a sequence then fold this structure into a functional protein, while at the same time rely on another unknown reaction, that can produce the RNA/DNA code for this protein beggars belief. What's your empirical evidence? Scientific naturalism seriously fails to answer this question.

So, the basis of your own atheism is NOT empirical evidence!


2. Do you live your life wholly based upon empirical evidence? 

Is the meaning and purpose of your own life based upon some scientific research paper? Do you decide your morality upon empirical evidence? E.g. that torturing babies for fun is wrong. The point I'm making is that you make decisions every day that are not based upon empirical evidence. Why then do you demand that the question of God's existence can only be settled by empirical evidence?

Purpose and meaning in life can only be subjective from an atheistic worldview. In other words, each individual must make up their own meaning.  There can be no real objective purpose – you start with rocks and end with cold lifeless rocks(ie. the final decay of the universe) and anything in between is make believe. 
Now the problem for the atheist is that they cannot say that one life in the end is more meaningful than another life. This results in the absurd view that the life of a psychotic killer is no different to a doctor who is dedicated to save lives. For in the end, we are all just dust. (At this point in time - what's the difference between you and a rock?)
We however, have been hardwired to think intuitively about the world we live in. If we are truly made in God’s image as I believe we are, then you will indeed sense that when all is dust, there 'really' is a final difference between the life of Adolf Hitler and Mother Teresa.

So, what's the evidence for God?

Two arguments for the existence of God are the 'Kalam argument' and the 'Fine-Tuning argument'. Both of these are supported by empirical evidence. 

The Kalam or Cosmological argument

The Fine Tuning or Design argument

The clearest evidence for the existence of God is found, however, in the person of Jesus Christ. 

Hebrews Chapter 1

1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

If Jesus truly is God, then he can indeed predict his own death and raise himself from the dead. This is based upon the historical evidence of the gospel writings (four testimonies - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). The early church was also founded upon the belief in the resurrection of Jesus.

In closing, let me ask you two questions.

1. Why don't you really believe in God?

2. What would it take to convince you of God? 

In light of that I encourage you to read the gospels and look at Jesus. 

If you are not at that stage yet, then at least look at the weakness of the new atheist arguments.





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