The Universe Exists as Empirical Evidence For God

COPYRIGHT WARNING

The Universe exists for the purpose of revealing the power and wisdom of God. It was by design that He made a great array of countless galaxies, stars, and planets. His intention was to draw attention to Himself and quell all doubts about His existence. It is ironic that the very purpose of the Universe, has today, become a point of contention for those who do not see the vastness of the Cosmos as proof for God–but evidence of a great cosmic accident.

Who God is and what He does, is a mystery to those who do not know Him. It is not possible to know God apart from the revelation of Himself that He has made through the pages of the Bible. This compilation of 66 books, written by 40 authors over a period of more than 1,500 years, is intended as a user’s manual for people who endeavor to know Him.

Those who believe that God can be known by their wisdom are mistaken. It was by the foolishness of the cross that God would confound the wise and destroy the wisdom of men. Isaiah wrote: “who has believed our report?” That God would die for sinful men, impossible. That One man could remove the sins of all other men, incomprehensible. That a man could obtain eternal life by doing nothing more that turning from his old sins and receiving Jesus as his Savior—Incredible, but true.

How could a transient being, understand a transcendent being? Can a mere man, whose life is but a vapor, comprehend the Creator who is eternal? Paul wrote in the book of Hebrews that God has is the past, spoken to the world—through the prophets, but in these last days, He is speaking to us one final time—through His Son.[2]

We are from earth; He is from heaven. We began our existence when He created us; He has no beginning and is eternal.

The mistake that many people make in seeking to explain who God is, or to deny that He exists, is that He has made certain that no one could know Him or how He operates the universe, by their intellect. To proclaim that God does not exist is utter foolishness. The fact that the universe exists, and you and I are living on a tiny planet–in a remote area of the universe, is conclusive proof that God exists. No one has ever been able to prove categorically that the universe came into existence on its own.

The latest theory that is being put forth by theoretical physicists is that the universe began on its own from nothing. The fact is that nothing that we have observed so far in the universe—has come into existence without a cause. Whatever we can perceive or discover, has a beginning. Nothing exists without an intelligent being causing that particular thing to come into existence. Do you believe that your car just suddenly appeared out of nothing, or do you understand that a being with intelligence made the components of your car and then assembled them so that they became a useful machine? The Universe is infinitely more complex than you car; it does not exist apart from design, engineering, and precision.

The fact that we see a mechanism of immense complexity, called the universe, demands that some intelligence assembled the components and formulated laws which order the universe.

Sir Isaac Newton’s work on the physics of time and space are considered the foundation for all scientific knowledge today. On July 5, 1687, Newton published three books that have been referred to as the “Principia,” a Latin term that describes his “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy.”[3]

Newton wrote in his Principia, that the order and design which we observe in time and space are inseparable from the existence of God. In Newton’s view of the evidence presented by the universe through science, mathematics, and astronomy, this “most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”[4]

“The true God is a living, intelligent, and powerful being. His duration reaches from eternity to eternity; His presence from infinity to infinity.…He governs all things and knows all things that are or can be done. He is not eternity and infinity, but eternal and infinite; he is not duration or space, but he endures and is present. He endures forever, and is everywhere present; and, by existing always and everywhere, he constitutes duration and space.  This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.…He is omnipresent not virtually only, but also substantially; for virtue cannot subsist without substance. In him are all things contained and moved.”[5]

Isaac Newton viewed the evidence for God’s existence as self-evident by the presence of the universe itself. In his observance of all the scientific and mathematical absolutes of the Cosmos, “the Creator cannot be denied in the presence of such a magnificent creation.” Newton found it preposterous that any intelligent person could imagine the universe came into being, without an unlimited intelligence as its first cause. Newton came to these conclusions based on the evidence of science, mathematics, and astronomy.[6]

Isaac Newton observed comets and planets moving in concentric orbits from many different positions, and concluded that this would be impossible apart from the design and engineering of an intelligence. A transcendent being of immense power created gravity to act on these planets and cause them to follow the same centerpoint, ordered by the laws of physics.[7]

Albert Einstein demonstrated that gravity occurs as a result of space-time bending, which in the final conclusion of his theories, confirms Newton’s judgment that orbits follow geodesic trajectories. In other words, both of these great men of science concluded that the universe has a design and a purpose.

Newton determined that without intervention from the Creator of the universe, the stars would collide with each other on a more frequent basis. By apparent design, God has limited the amount of motion that occurs in the universe from decay due to viscosity and friction.[8] In many of Newton’s writings, he implies that the force of Gravity was influenced by something immaterial—an intelligence.

“It is inconceivable that inanimate brute matter should, without the mediation of something else which is not material, operate upon and effect matter without mutual contact.”[9]

It was the conclusions of Sir Isaac Newton, that God was the force that kept the planets in orbit—as they could not sustain such motion by themselves.

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being. …This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont to be called ‘Lord God’ παντοκρατωρ [pantokratōr], or ‘Universal Ruler.’ … The Supreme God is a Being eternal, infinite, [and] absolutely perfect.”[10]

When we examine the writing of Isaac Newton, we find that he also believed in a supernatural design which is observable in the area of Biblical Prophecy. He believed that it is impossible that more than 300 prophecies which describe one person, who is described as the Messiah, could ever be fulfilled by any one person.

“Newton understood the words of God in prophecy as a reflection of the design in God’s creation.”[11]

In order for God to exist, He would have to be before and above all other things; otherwise, He would just be “a god” in a long series of Gods. This is concept of God that is presented to us in the Bible. The God of the Bible is unique and singular.

1. He is eternal, with no beginning and no end.
2. He knows all things.
3. All things were made by Him.
4. All things belong to Him.
5. All beings are subject to Him.
6. All true laws originate from Him.
7. All Judgement belongs to Him.

The universe, the earth, and all human beings are evidence for God. The fact that these three exist in such an advanced form and are so beautifully and elegantly designed, proves that there is a Master Designer as their source.

If God exists in the universe, then He must be singular; He must be perfect.

If a perfect, all powerful, all wise being created the universe, then His creation would have to be flawless. It is not possible that such a Being could create anything that was less than perfect. If an imperfection should occur in creation, it would have to come from one of the beings which God created with the ability to make choices that are morally right or wrong.

Imperfection became possible at the moment the Lord decided to give man the right to chose. No one knows exactly why Adam determined, of his own free will, to disobey God. The Lord knew ahead of time what the consequences of granting Adam this power would be. Adam had the ability to name all of the animals that existed on the earth at the time God created them, so he was certainly very intelligent. Perhaps, Adam did not really understand the reality of death because he had never seen anything die. Whatever temptation that Adam felt, the desire to heed this temptation was stronger than his desire to obey the Lord.

Adam’s choice

What we discover that is most amazing about Adam’s sin is that God knew it would happen before He created him. The Lord understood that Adam’s disobedience would cause all of his descendants to also become sinners and have no possibility of fellowship with God. The Lord always acts—based on what He knows about the future. Since He knew that Adam would fail, what possible benefit could there be for God to create Adam with the ability to chose, when the terrible results of that choice were known to God beforehand?

In other words: Why would God do something, knowing that it was doomed to fail? This is an interesting riddle that has incredible implications.

The only logical conclusion is that God could see what the entire course of all these events would lead to. The Son of God would die for the world. He would be abused, beaten, betrayed, and buried. On the third day, He would rise, never to die again. He would ascend back to heaven, and return to earth in about 2,000 years. First, to take His church back to heaven, then seven years later, return a second time with His church, to rule the earth and the universe for eternity. This must be the result intended by the Lord which caused Him to create man in the first place.

Paul described the reason that Jesus endured the agony and the shame of the cross–as for the Glory that was ahead.

Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

God saw far into the distant future of the world, when all evil and rebellion would finally be put down. He saw those who would receive Jesus as redeemed in heaven with Him. He saw satan and all those who worship him, cast into the Lake of Fire—forever. He saw a new heaven, a new earth and a kingdom in which complete righteousness dwells.

It was for this future Glory that Jesus endured the events spoken of by the prophecies of the Old Testament. It was because the Lord had already seen us perfect, and whole, living forever without the presence of sin and its effects upon human life, that He gave Adam the power of choice. It was for this purpose that Jesus came and died and fulfilled all of the prophecies contained in this book.

God has left us with conclusive proof of His existence. He created a universe with laws that define and demand a master designer and engineer as its source.


NOTES:
[1] Exodus 12
[2] Hebrews chapter 1
[3] Among versions of the Principia online
[4] Principia, Book III; cited in; Newton’s Philosophy of Nature: Selections from his writings, p. 42, ed. H.S. Thayer, Hafner Library of Classics, NY, 1953.
[5] Flynn, David (2008-09-08). Temple At The Center Of Time: Newton’s Bible Codex Finally Deciphered and the Year 2012 (Kindle Locations 331-336). Defender Publishing LLC. Kindle Edition
[6] Webb, R.K. ed. Knud Haakonssen. “The emergence of Rational Dissent.” Enlightenment and Religion: Rational Dissent in eighteenth-century Britain. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 1996. p19.
[7] Newton, 1706 Opticks (2nd Edition), quoted in H. G. Alexander 1956 (ed): The Leibniz-Clarke correspondence, University of Manchester Press
[8] H.W. Alexander 1956, p. xvii
[9] Newton to Bentley, 25 Feb 1693
[10] Principia, Book III; cited in; Newton’s Philosophy of Nature: Selections from his writings, p. 42, ed. H.S. Thayer, Hafner Library of Classics, NY, 1953.
[11] David Flynn, “Temple at the Center of Time”, Location 384, Kindle Version

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