Faith and Belief in God and Jesus Christ seem to be waning quickly. Many are gravitating toward secularism and materialism, a belief system that rejects religion, or the belief that any religion should not be part of their lives or the affairs of the state. Christianity, as well as other religions are declining. I write this to counter this dangerous trend.
The Need for Faith in Religion and Science
Ironically, I show in my book that scientists need to have faith as well. In 1931 Kurt Gödel proved the famous inconsistency theorem, which in essence says that science cannot prove the consistency of a system; or in other words, they need to have faith in some set of assumptions or axioms. Even though science seems to be about facts, faith is needed there as well, even though they will not admit it.
In general, we cannot absolutely-publicly prove God in this mortal sphere; He designed it that way. God wants us to start by faith, and grow in faith, until we come to know Him personally.
Jesus Christ has offered us eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God, if we will believe in Him. (John 3:16) Because we are given free choice (agency), we can choose to accept that invitation or not. That choice to believe in Him is the most important choice you will make in this life. You already made that choice to follow Jesus before you were born; else, you would not be here.
Below, I share evidence for you to believe and receive the enormous blessings that will be yours as you accept His invitation to hearken to His voice and have a fullness of joy and eternal life as promised by Him.
While most of us live by faith, many prophets have come to know God face to face. We have their testimonies and many have been martyred because they would not deny what they knew.
Jesus said, “If any man will do his will [God’s], he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or I speak of myself.” (John 7:17) It is my personal experience that this statement is true. I know God lives and loves us, and I share the following to help you know that.
The Christian Believer
I share five sets of data that I hope will strengthen your faith:
- The life and atonement of Jesus the Christ
- Noah’s Flood
- Near Death Experiences (NDEs)
- Intelligent Design (ID)
- Scriptural harmony
First: C.S. Lewis was raised Christian, then he became an atheist. During his teenage and apostate years, he felt that the strongest force for atheism was expressed in a poem of Lucretius:
Had God designed the world, it would not be
A world so frail and faulty as we see.
After J. R. R. Tolkien, and others of his friends, persuaded Lewis to deeply consider Christianity, it turned his life around. As he considered the Christ, he came to the conclusion that “only two views of this man are possible. Either he was a raving lunatic of an unusually abominable type, or else He was, and is, precisely what He said. There is no middle way. If the records make the first hypothesis unacceptable, you must submit to the second. And if you do that, all else that is claimed by Christians becomes credible — that this Man, having been killed, was yet alive, and that His death, in some manner incomprehensible to human thought, has effected a real change… in our favour.” After gaining his deep appreciation for Christianity, in regard to evil, pain, and the suffering that come with life, Lewis poignantly states that if you “Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, . . .you find that you have excluded life itself.”
The resurrection of Jesus is the best documented miracle in history, and when viewed carefully, it is from trustworthy data. There is a lot of historical debunking, but if you study the scriptures, you find an undeniable consistency. We have his well-documented visit to America after His resurrection outlined in the Book of Mormon (3 Nephi chapters 11-28), and which is now accepted by many non-LDS scholars. It is estimated that Joseph Smith by the gift and power of God translated the Book of Mormon in about 65 days: It took 51 of the best scholars King James could put together to give us his version of the Bible. (KJB), and yet 76% of the KJB was taken from William Tyndale’s translation.
When you consider that the Book of Mormon covers a greater historical epoch than the Bible and now in America there are millions of archaeological artifacts consistent with the described events, it builds faith and approaches being undeniable. Joseph Smith prophesied that the world one day would prove him a prophet, and we are there. Like Steven in the Book of Acts in the New Testament , Joseph saw the Father and Son in vision. Both were martyred for their testimonies.
A Jewish friend of ours, Robert Kay, discovered the Book of Mormon when he was 15 years old. Because of his strong Jewish background, he immediately recognized it as a Hebrew document. Three years later he joined the Church and has written a book showing these Hebraisms. He gave me permission to tell his story. There is much more I could say here. I recently went to a Book of Mormon Evidence Conference and learned much more about the Hebraisms in the Book of Mormon. As you look at the data and the associated history, it is impossible that Joseph could have translated the Book of Mormon except by the gift and power of God. Looking at the historical data, it becomes undeniable!
Second: Noah’s Flood. I find it interesting that historically all major civilizations tell of the Flood. Now, scientists generally deny it; they say there is not enough water above the earth to cause a flood that would cover the highest mountain, but they forget that the fountains of the deep opened up as it states in Genesis 7. They were not there, so they use what they call “facts” to say it didn’t happen as the Bible says, but historically, the people who were there said it happened.
A good friend of ours, has an autoclave and has demonstrated that the temperatures, pressures, and mineral conditions of the flood can cause fossilization in weeks. One does not need millions of years to see what we see in the data. I have a quartz crystal with water in it from the flood. You can get enhydro quartz crystals on line. Geologists have a hard time explaining them. As explained by my friend, the flood explains them easily.
As I explain in my book, they have now found what appears to be Noah’s ark with all the right dimensions and structural nuances. If one believes in Jesus, then you have to believe in the flood, as He talks about it. A basic problem with most scientists is they make the assumption that how things are now came about over millions of years with gradual mutations (natural selection), and that the cataclysmic events of the Bible didn’t happen; yet the data say otherwise.
Third: Near Death Experiences (NDEs). We have several friends who have gone through these and some have written books, which I have read and knowing the integrity of the people gives validity. The data are there; the credibility is there. Many share experiences on the other side that they could not have known, which then have been documented after they returned. As a scientist, I have to accept these as data, and the consistency with the Christian model is validating.
On a broader basis, the ministering of angels is mentioned worldwide. In that regard, see the movie, “The Man Who Knew Infinity?” It is a true story of the remarkable mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, who was taught math by angelic assistance and was made a Fellow at Cambridge.
Also, I highly recommend you see the movie: The Cokeville Miracle. It is an extremely well documented event of angels intervening to save the lives of children and their teachers in an elementary school bombing by terrorists. The data are there and are undeniable.
My good friend, Prof. Chauncey Riddle, who wrote the foreword for my book (40 years professor of philosophy), has written an amazing book, Think Independently. In it he shows that during the last century scientists and historians have adopted the false postulate that to do good science or good histories, you must exclude anything spiritual or about God. For example, if you go the history channel regarding the American Revolutionary War, and God’s intervention in same, you will find basically nothing. But if you go George Washington’s journal, you read that the reason we won the war was “Divine Intervention.” In Chapter 23 of my book, I discuss this in detail.
Fourth: Intelligent Design. (ID) Stephen Meyer is one of the pioneers in ID. I read his book years ago and was greatly impressed, as he carefully and systematically validates intelligent design in the DNA: “Signature in the Cell” by Stephen C. Meyer.
You will find the following collection extremely convincing. “The Intelligent Design Collection” three DVDs. For example, the flagellum motor cannot happen from natural selection, which by itself falsifies Darwinian evolution.
I quote from David Berlinski in Chapter 6 of my book, and he is one of the best experts to falsify Darwinian evolution. While there is zero data for cross-kind evolution, the “Law of Evolution” is well documented. There is a lot of data showing adaptation of a kind to its environment.
The Cambrian explosion by itself proves Darwinian evolution false. Read “The Devil’s Delusion” by David Berlinski, a secular Jew and brilliant mathematician. Yet Darwinian evolution has totally permeated our education system.
Ben Stein does a great job interviewing both sides of the evolutionary camp: “EXPELLED, No Intelligence Allowed.” In his video Ben interviews both sides of the issue. It is available on you-tube for free.
Meyer wrote a later book, which I quote from in Chapter 6 as well: “Darwin’s Doubt,” by Stephen C. Meyer. Organic evolution has been falsified in many ways with enormous implications to society.
Fifth: Chapter 3 of my book deals with scriptural harmony. When you have 1800 data points across all of our scriptures (modern and ancient) with essentially all of them telling the same story and tying back to original Hebrew texts and to the Adamic language, we see a consistency and harmony of God’s word that becomes undeniable. And because of His love, we see Him in the details of our lives, if we but have eyes to see and hearts to feel. The following are some blog articles I have written in this regard:
Isn’t wonderful; we now have data leading us to faith in a loving God. We live in an exciting time, as we approach the Coming of our Lord and Savior, who will soon reign in righteousness as Lord of lords and King of kings for a thousand years. If we will but come unto Him and hearken to His voice, and pray, and be humble, and repent of all our sins, He will forgive and we can be part of the Bride to meet the Bridegroom at His Coming. A fullness of joy and eternal life will be ours.
David W. Allan