By Tim Wildmon
I’ve got a friend who wrote a book titled, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.” I don’t either.
My dad tells the story of watching a special on public television 30 years ago which took at look at where life on planet Earth came from. After a couple of hours of working backwards using Darwinian evolution as the basis for understanding where we came from, the scientist came down to the most basic form of life. The cell.
According to Wikipedia, the cell is the basic structural and functional unit of all known living organisms. It is the smallest unit of life that is classified as a living thing, and is often called the building block of life.
Even if you bought into the theory of evolution presented, there was still one major problem with how the program ended: It failed to say where that one living cell came from.
Whether someone believes in the God of the Holy Bible is one thing. And perhaps agnosticism is understandable. I can have respect for someone who genuinely says, “I don’t know if God exists, but I am willing to consider the possibility and look at the evidence.” But for someone to just be an outright atheist, that is to arrogantly declare with certainty that there is no God, is not intellectually plausible. In fact, the Bible is Psalm 53 is more direct. It reads: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
The father of evolution Charles Darwin is best known for his work titled “The Origin of the Species.” In chapter six of the book he goes into great detail about the human eye. He writes: “To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of the spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection (evolution), seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.”
Darwin then goes on to basically say: But it could happen. That is, the eye coming by evolution.
Renowned scientist Albert Einstein, named Person of the Century by TIME magazine in 1999, was an agnostic. He did not believe in a personal God. However, he did say this: “Everyone who is seriously interested in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe – a spirit vastly superior to man, and one in the face of which our modest powers must feel humble.”
I believe God created the heavens and the earth. And unlike Mr. Einstein, I do believe in a personal God which is what Jesus Christ taught. The New Testament teaches that Jesus is the one and only “mediator.” That is to say that man cannot reach God without going through Jesus Christ.
Jesus himself said in John 3:16-17 says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that who ever believes in him should not parish but have eternal life. For God did send His son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Community columnist Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.