4 Reasons Why I Believe in God: #2
Is faith in God blind? Vince Vitale takes us through four reasons why he believes in the existence of God, and contrasts them against counter-arguments for a robust discussion on this topic.
When I was young, I thought faith had to be blind. I thought you couldn’t give reasons for God. I thought belief was something you simply had or you didn’t. I didn’t become a Christian until university and that was partly because, for the first time in my life, friends were able to show me that their faith was not blind–that they had strong reasons for believing in God.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I’m laying out four reasons why I believe in God, and then I’ll place those reasons side-by-side with alternative beliefs so that we can judge what is most reasonable. First, we saw a reason for God by looking back. For the second reason for God, let’s look up. And what we find is that the universe is incredibly finely-tuned for life.
Imagine you take out a deck of cards and start playing poker with Amy Orr-Ewing. In the first twelve rounds, Amy gets twelve straight royal flushes (If you’ve never played poker, that would be like winning the lottery twelve times in a row). What should we think? That’s right… Amy’s cheating! Why? Because even if she’s a very honest woman, it’s so incredibly unlikely for someone to get twelve straight royal flushes just by chance that someone must be messing with the cards.
Over the last 35 years, the Fine-Tuning Argument has suggested that we should come to a similar conclusion with respect to God. The universe we live in could have taken many different forms, and scientists agree–not just Christian scientists, but scientists in general–that there are dozens of features of the universe that needed to be precisely as they are for life to be possible…not just life on the planet Earth or life as we know it, but any form of life anywhere in the universe.
To take just one example, the explosive force of the Big Bang had to be within 1 part in 10^60th of what it actually was. In other words, the percentage difference that you could have while still accommodating the possibility of life is a 0, followed by a decimal point, followed by 59 zeros, followed by a 1. If the Big Bang had been even the slightest bit weaker, gravity would have made the universe collapse back in on itself almost immediately, far too quickly for any form of life to develop. If the Big Bang had been just the slightest bit stronger, particles would have dispersed into thin air. They would have dispersed so quickly and wound up so far from each other that all we could have got would have been cold, simple molecules, nothing like the sort of complex chemistry required for any embodied form of life. That’s just one example, and there are dozens more.
How are we to explain this amazing “coincidence”? How are we to explain the royal flushes turning up hand after hand throughout the universe? We should come to the only rational conclusion:
The universe is not the result of randomness. Someone ordered the cards; someone designed the universe.
And this is just what the Bible claims in Romans 1:20:
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
In the following weeks, we’ll look at the final two reasons for why I believe in God, and we’ll place those reasons side-by-side with alternative beliefs so that we can judge what is most reasonable.