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Science Proves God Can’t Exist

A few weeks ago I was browsing my local video store when I stumbled upon a DVD entitled “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel. I had never read or watched any of his work before but I had heard positive things about him, so I picked it up and took a closer look. The price was really good and the synopsis on the back of the box sounded good so I bought it. I just wasn’t sure how long it would be before I got around to watching it. After all, documentaries are not exactly a Saturday night popcorn and kids kind of movie. When I got home I set the bag containing the unwrapped DVD on a shelf. That’s where it sat untouched for several weeks.

Two nights ago (Sunday), my eyes fell upon the bag and I was reminded of its contents. I looked at the clock and seemingly on a whim decided that my son and I would watch it that night. My son was cool with the idea so I put it on. He fell asleep about a third of the way through but before he did I periodically paused the movie to discuss what was being said and to make sure he was able to follow along. I stayed awake long enough to watch the whole thing.

“The Case for a Creator” is all about the scientific evidence pertaining to our physical universe and its origins. Personally, I thought that the whole video was terribly captivating and thought-provoking and I highly recommend it to anyone who is the least bit interested in investigating how our universe came into being.

As I slept Sunday night and went through my day on Monday, my thoughts kept going back to the video as well as my memories from my college “Human Anthropology” class. I put this title in quotes because it is actually just a cleverly disguised pseudonym for “The Theory of Evolution Taught as Fact”. In my opinion that class was not a Science class at all but would fit much better in the category of Philosophy or History.

I am extremely skeptical of any “science” that pertains to creation and here is why: For anything to be considered fact in the realm of science it must be reproducible and observable. Everything else falls under the category of theory and speculation. No human existed until humans came into existence and therefore no one was there to observe it. To date, no scientist has been able to create humans from anything except for other humans. Also, no scientist has been able to produce something from nothing. Therefore, any “science” pertaining to creation is theory and speculation. Furthermore, if I were a “scientist”, it would be in my best interest to lean into a creation theory that supports my personal beliefs, thus determining how I interpret evidence. It’s kind of like that old saying, “You can use statistics to prove anything.” If I want to believe in an Intelligent Creator, I can gather and give more weight to evidence for that, or if I don’t want to have a creator, I can gather and give more weight to evidence for that.

Back when I was taking that “anthropology” class in college, the professor started one particular lecture by telling of a scientist who had discovered a skull in 1908 that was thought by many people in the scientific community of that day to be a crucial missing link between ape and man. My professor went into great detail to discuss its significance. For the next several weeks he told us about many of the Evolutionary theories and experiments and such that were spawned from this skull. These theories built on and perpetuated each other. After about two weeks or so of such lectures, our professor let us in on something that he had been withholding that entire time: The skull that formed the basis of all these theories was actually a hoax! The skull had first been made public in 1912 but the hoax was not fully exposed until 1953! That’s 41 years of bogus theories and misinterpreted “facts”!

And so I found myself pondering some philosophical questions. Why did the perpetrator of the hoax do it in the first place and why did he or she allow it to go on like it did? Also, why did my professor knowingly withhold his knowledge of the hoax as he built his argument in support of the Theory of Evolution? Finally, what about all those scientists who bought into and built upon the hoax? I have to wonder how many of them had doubts about the validity of the special skull but bought into it anyway in order to go with the flow or to support their personal beliefs.

Anyway, back to the video. I watched it with my son Sunday night. Yesterday, Monday, my son came home from school and said, “Dad, you know that video we watched last night about creation? Guess what? Today at school we watched a movie just like it except that the guy in the video at school said there was no God.” Obviously, he got me curious so we discussed its contents for a while. My son went on to tell me that one man in the video said both of the following, “Science proves that God cannot exist.” and “Why would God create this world and then walk away to let us suffer?” It doesn’t take a genius to point out that the science of a created being cannot conclusively prove that a creator does not exist. (That’s like a human fetus conclusively proving that he has no parents.) Also, the “Why” question above is a philosophical question that has no scientific basis. How appropriate then that they would show this type of video to highly impressionable 6th graders! “Surprise kids, your parents are wrong and science proves it! There is no God and anyone who thinks otherwise is obviously stupid *and* cruel-hearted!”

If you know me at all, you know where I stand on the issue of Creation versus Evolution. But I will give the following advice to people on both sides of the debate. If you are looking for scientific evidence supporting the existence of an Intelligent Designer, start by doing a search on Amazon.com for “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel and get the book or DVD. If you want to believe that there is no god to be accountable to, do nothing. Our schools, television shows, movies, newspapers, and more are already feeding you everything you need to support that.

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