50 reasons to believe in God

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11. What created God? What came first, the chicken or the egg? I am not going to deny the existence of the chicken or the egg, merely because I don't understand or know what came first. I don't care - they both exist!
 
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12. Improbability is not the same as impossibility. You only have to look at life itself for that backup of proof.
 
12. Improbability is not the same as impossibility. You only have to look at life itself for that backup of proof.

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50 reasons to believe in God is an email that has recently made the rounds of atheist bloggers.

Response to the text of the message

1. Whilst agreeing that random patterns occur naturally by chance, DNA however, consists of code, which requires a designer.

Response: This is the argument from design.

2. How do you explain the paranormal, such as people witnessing positive or negative sightings, like ghosts or angels? I saw a ghost with a friend of mine - I am not a liar, an attention seeker. Neither was I overtired when this happened.

Response: Your response here!

3. Try praying. What good is it when a mind is set to coincidence & disbelief regarding the positive outcome?

4. The law of cause & effect - in order to have an effect, there has to be a cause. Everything is caused by something.

5. Mindless nothing cannot be responsible for complex something.

6. Science can only be the detector of certain things. You cannot scientifically detect emotion, memory, thoughts etc., though scientifically we must.. These things which do not consist of matter are beyond the detection of science.

7. Evolution has never been proved, which is why we call it the 'theory of evolution'. It's a fairy tale for grown ups!

8. Atheism is a faith in that which has not been proved. The disbelievers have not witnessed anything to not believe in, whereas the believers believe because they have witnessed. There is no 'good news' to preach in atheism.

Response: Variation on the atheism is a religion argument.

9. How much of the atheist's faith relies on anger with God as opposed to genuine disbelief in God?

10. Why do many atheists shake their fists & spend so much time ranting & raving about something they don't believe in? If they are no more than a fizzled out battery at the end of the day, then why don't they spend their lives partying, or getting a hobby?! Why don't they leave this 'God nonsense' alone?

11. What created God? What came first, the chicken or the egg? I am not going to deny the existence of the chicken or the egg, merely because I don't understand or know what came first. I don't care - they both exist!

Response: argumentum ad ignorantiam leading to post hoc ergo propter hoc.

12. Improbability is not the same as impossibility. You only have to look at life itself for that backup of proof.

13. How could the complexity of human life possibly evolve on its own accord out of mindless cells?

14. How could the complexity of the human mind possibly evolve on its own accord out of mindless cells? Where does our consciousness come from?

15. What/who knew that our hunger & thirst had to be catered for by the food & drink which we're supplied with?

16. Most of us are born with the five senses to detect our surroundings, which we're provided with.

17. What/who knew that had Earth been set nearer to the sun, we would burn up?

18. What/who knew that had Earth been set any further from the sun, we would freeze up?

19. What/who knew that had Earth been built larger or smaller, its atmosphere would be one where it would not be possible for us to breathe?

20. What/who knew that we require the oxygen of plants, just as plants require the carbon dioxide of us?

21. The concept that life came about through sheer chance is as absurd & improbable as a tornado blowing through a junk yard, consequently assembling a Boeing 747!

22. We are willing to believe in physically unseen waves that exist through the air, operating physical forces & appliances to work, yet not supernatural God forces being responsible for the same.

23. Matter cannot organise itself. An uneaten tomato will not progress on its own accord to form a perfect pineapple. It will transform into mould, into disorganisation. The laws of evolution fall flat.

24. Our 'inventor' of evolution, Mr. Charles Darwin had this to say to Lady Hope when he was almost bedridden for 3 months before he died; "I was a young man with unfathomed ideas. I threw out queries, suggestions. wondering all the time over everything, and to my astonishment the ideas took like wildfire - people made a religion of them." Darwin then asked Lady Hope to speak to neighbours the next day. "What shall I speak about?" She asked. He replied; "Christ Jesus and his salvation. Is that not the best theme?"

Response: Urban myth. See Deathbed conversion.

25. Where do our moral values held within our conscience come from? If the atheist is right, why then would we care about what we did?! If there is no God, then we've no-one to be accountable to.

26. If man has evolved from an animal, why doesn't he behave like an animal? Yet man is civilised.

27. 'Chance' isn't the cause of something. It just describes what we can't find a reason for.

28. Science & logic do not hold all the answers - many people are aware of forces at work which we have no understanding of & no control over.

29. Look at the date/year on our calender - 2000 years ago since what? Our historical records (other than the Bible) record evidence of Jesus' existence.

30. Many people have died for their faith. Would they be prepared to do this for a lie?!

31. Much of the Bible deals with eyewitness accounts, written only 40 years after Jesus died. When the books in the New Testament were first around, there would have been confusion & anger if the books were not true. 32. From as early as 2000 BC, there is archaological evidence to confirm many details we're provided with in the Bible.

33. Not one single Biblical prediction can be shown as false, and the Bible contains hundreds.

34. The evidence from liturature & historical studies claim that Biblical statements are reliable details of genuine events.

35. From the birth of science through to today, there is no evidence to claim that Christianity & science are in opposition. Many first scientists were Christians; Francis Bacon, Issaac Newton, Robert Boyle, to name a few, along with the many who stand by their work & faith today.

36. Science can explain 'how' something works, but not 'why' something works.

37. Science is constantly recorrecting its findings. Past theories contradict certain beliefs which are held today. Our present 'discoveries' may change again in the future to rediscover how we originally came into existence.

38. Evolution describes the way life possibly started, yet doesn't explain what made life start & why. Scientific questions fail to do that. Even if evolution were proved, it would still not disprove God.

39. The two people who discovered Jesus' empty tomb were women. Women were so low on the social scale in first century Palestine, so in order to make the story fit, it would have made far more sense to claim that it were male disciples who had entered the tomb. But it wasn't - we're left with the historical & Biblical truth.

40. Think about Near Death Experiences. It's naive to believe that they all are induced by chemicals or drugs. How do we account for a blind person having this experience, coming back to describe what they had never before seen, a person telling the Doctor that there is a blue paperclip on top of the high cabinet, which they couldn't have otherwise known, an african man being dead in his coffin for 3 days, coming back to life to tell of much the same events which took place as those of many others? We never hear of the witnesses describing "a dream". We're not silly - we know the difference between even the most vivid of dreams to that of reality.

41. There are many skeptics who didn't believe in Jesus before his crucifixion, and who were opposed to Christianity, yet turned to the Christian faith after the death of Jesus. Just as the many who continue to do so today.

42. Albert Einstein said; "A legitimate conflict between science & religion cannot exist. Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind".

43. A speaker in Hyde Park who was attacking belief in God, claimed that the world just happened. As he spoke, a soft tomato was thrown at him. "Who threw that?" He said angrily. A cockney from the back of the crowd replied; "No-one threw it - it threw itself!"

44. It is easier to believe that God created something out of nothing than it is to believe that nothing created something out of nothing.

45. Stephen Hawkins has admitted; "Science may solve the problem of how the universe began, but it cannot answer the question: why does the universe bother to exist?"

46. We cannot confuse God with man. With God in the equation, all things, including miracles are possible. If God is God, he is Creator of all, inclusive of scientific law. He is Creator of matter & spirit.

47. If we are the product of evolution - by sheer accident, chance, then we are still evolving. Does it just so happen that we exist here today with everything so finely tuned for our living. as we now have it?

48. Could it possibly be that the missing link does not exist?!

49. God has proved himself to us in numerous ways, all around us. The atheist needs to put his glasses on. What more can God possibly do if man has shut his eyes to him?

50. Jesus Christ is either who he says he is, or he is the biggest con man history has ever known.

Response: Or he was insane, never actually existed, or did not say all of the things attributed to him. See also trilemma.

YOU DECIDE!!!

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