Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, said that all philosophy began with wonder. That is true, however, it can only progress through the truth. The child’s fairy-tail gives way to the pursuit of truth.
When Jesus was brought before Pilate, the Roman governor, he demanded of Him, “What is truth?” Then he turned and walked away without waiting for the answer.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) “For this, cause I was born, and for this, cause I have come into this world, that I should bear witness to the truth.” (John 18:37)
Every person has a belief system, and we live our lives by what we believe. What we do testifies to what we believe. There are four questions that every belief system must answer.
How did we get here? Where did it all begin? These are fundamental questions that demand answers. For the Christian it is simple, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
For the atheist, there was no beginning. Life simply matters which was produced by time and chance. They call it, “The big bang.” Life was an accident that happened but could never be duplicated again. This is a ridiculous assumption because we know that nothing cannot create something. Only God can do that.
The delicate design of the universe demands an intelligent designer. It is estimated that the chance of the evolutionary process accidentally happening is not more than one in 1060 power. This mathematical solution would be like making a target no larger than a one-inch postage stamp, placing the stamp on one side of the known universe; then shooting at the target from the other side of the universe and hitting the target the first shot. The known universe is a distance of 93 billion light-years. Light travels at the speed of 186,000 miles per second. At that speed, we would travel around the earth 7.75 times per second. It is mathematically impossible for evolution to have happened. It takes more than time and chance to explain the origin of life.
Life has meaning to the Christian because God created it. There is nothing more precious in this life than a baby. It is like the little girl who said, “I am special because God doesn’t make junk.”
For the atheist, there is no meaning to life. The evolutionist says we are dancing to the tune of our DNA. Because of their lack of meaning, the secularist attempts to fill the void in their life with more and more possessions. Meaninglessness doesn’t come from being weary with pain, meaninglessness comes from being weary with pleasure. That is the reason our pantry may be full of food and at the same time, our lives are empty of meaning. For those who do not believe in God, everything is simply time and chance. There is no rhyme or reason to life.
Because the Christian believes God is good, God becomes the basis for morality. Within the ten commandments which God gave us are contained the basic rules for a productive society.
The atheist believes in relative morality. This is also called “situational ethics.” It means morality is based on whatever is good for that moment. Morality is simply whatever people say that it is.
The Christian believes everything begins and ends with God.
The atheist believes only in this present life. He does not believe in anything eternal. To the atheist, there is no future. He believes when we die, we cease to exist.