The Law – Evidence for God
by Will Brooks
Darwinian evolutionary naturalists see life’s story as that of a long climb out of primordial pond scum to intelligent rational humanity. This is in stark contrast to Christians who see life’s story as that of the Fall from grace of intelligent rational Man into corruption and total depravity.
Obviously, the two opposing views are incompatible. There is no meeting point. There is no middle road. Both views cannot be correct. Only one view is correct.
The question is which is the correct view?
Darwinists argue that science gives evidence in support of their belief in evolutionary naturalism. Christians argue that science gives evidence in support of their belief in the existence of God.
There is much dissent in the scientific community about the Darwinian explanation for life in its diversity. Many scientists, former atheists, have totally abandoned Darwinism on the grounds it is an unreliable, unsound and unscientific explanation for the diversity of life.
Therefore, despite the insistence of Darwinists that evolutionary naturalism is the correct view this not the consensus in the science community. Given that both sides of the argument hold their worldview as correct with equal strength it would seem, based on the present level of science discoveries, that science based arguments will not resolve this issue one way or another. What I mean is that neither side can deliver a knockout blow to their opponent by the use of science arguments. It is the case however that many individuals recognize Darwinism is unsound, unreliable and
unscientific and this causes them to investigate the evidence for the existence of God and the claim that the Bible is God’s inspired word to Man. But in the wider universal evolutionary naturalism versus creation argument neither side has delivered to the other side the knockout blow.
At the present time it is unlikely that either side will deliver such a knockout blow to their opposition. However, there is a very strong argument for the existence of God which Darwinists will be hard pushed to give plausible answers to and will find impossible to refute.
Briefly, Darwinists believe that humans are survival machines – robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. Individuals are not stable things, they are fleeting. Chromosomes too are shuffled into oblivion, like hands of cards soon after they are dealt. But the cards themselves survive the shuffling. The cards are the genes. The genes are not destroyed by crossing-over; they merely change partners and march on. Of course they march on. That is their business. They are the replicators and we are their survival machines. When we have
served our purpose we are cast aside. But genes are denizens of geological time: genes are forever. Genes are in you and in me; they created us, body and mind; and their preservation is the ultimate rationale for our existence. They have come a long way, those replicators. Now they go by the name of genes, and we are their survival machines. Our minds are simply computers made of meat, life is a cosmic accident with no meaning and no purpose and no necessity for morals. (Comments attributed to Richard Dawkins)
Christians on the other hand believe God created Man in His image to be in a loving relationship with Him to enjoy life to the full for eternity. And even though we are fallen and enmity with God that He will keep His promise to give salvation and eternal life to those who accept His gift of mercy and forgiveness.
As part of His plan to lead fallen men to salvation God chose Israel to be in a special relationship with Him and to that nation He gave them the Law.
However, in Romans 3: 19, 20 Paul says:
“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no-one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”
And in Galatians 3: 10, 11, and 13 Paul says:
“All who rely on observing the law is under a curse, for it is written:
“Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly, no-one is justified before God by the law, ‘because the righteous will live by faith’…Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
Those verses from Scripture teach us that man is fallen and is totally incapable of keeping the Law and is therefore condemned to pay the penalty demanded by Law which is eternal destruction. But there is a way out – and that is by believing in the promise of God to give salvation to those who have faith in Christ. Now Darwinists will immediately respond saying something to the effect this is nonsense for which there is no evidence and Moses and other writers were primitive uneducated goatherds who knew no better. Well, many would dispute that Moses was a primitive uneducated goatherd and had in fact been raised by the daughter of Pharaoh in the royal household and would have been highly educated. But let’s allow for their viewpoint which will only serve to underscore the point about the Law.
If Darwinists are correct and Moses, who gave the Law, is the product of a cosmic accident, blind chance, the random shuffling of genes, life has no meaning or purpose, and his mind was just the primitive mind of a goatherd how and why would he conceive of the Law?
The Law serves the purpose of revealing to man that he is sinful and condemns him to death. This is totally contradictory to the thoughts of man who elevates himself to think of himself as a winner, an original freethinker, independent, his own god “I did it my way” and who assumes great titles for himself Man, the product of evolutionary naturalism, would never, could never, conceive of the Law. The Law puts man in his place and reveals his true state. Fallen man is physical and enmity with God. The Law is not from physical man – the random shuffling of genes. The Law is spiritual and from on High.
“Rubbish,” says the Darwinist, “where’s your evidence for this?”
Listen to your conscience. Have you ever stolen, lied, had premarital sex, committed adultery, coveted (craved for) something belonging to another, wished someone dead?
Who on earth isn’t guilty of even one of those things? Listen to your conscience. Your very own conscience condemns you. Break the Law in one instance and you’ve broken all the Law. And the penalty for breaking the Law is eternal death and damnation cut off for evermore from God. It is totally preposterous to think that man, a product of blind chance and random shuffling of genes with a mind that is nothing more than a computer made of meat, could conceive of the Law which condemns him to eternal damnation. The Law is from above handed down by God to show fallen, corrupt, totally depraved, proud, arrogant man his true state – and the fate that awaits unrepentant unbelievers. The evidence is written in Scripture and it is written in our conscience.
That’s the reality and it is bad news for man.
But there is Good News. You can escape. God has made a way out of for you. Just as Moses lifted the copper serpent in the wilderness (Numbers 21 v 9) God had Jesus Christ lifted up onto a cross to die in your place. (Isaiah 6 v 9; Isaiah 53) Look, just look, to Christ and be saved and you will be saved. Look to Christ and confess your sins and you will be saved. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10 v 13).
There are certain things God cannot do. He cannot lie. (Hebrews 6 v 18) It is totally against His character. He has promised that ALL who call to Him will be saved. If you call to Him to be saved and you are turned away you will be the first. But you will not be turned away. The chief of sinners has not been turned away. You will not be turned away. Look to Christ this very day and today you will be saved. It is His promise. I repeat. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10 v 13