The other day the Wife and I decided to rent the movie “God’s not Dead”.
The Movie Summary:
Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him? GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions. Ref: http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis
I have to admit, this movie was very interesting and had its share of lessons with it. There is this one part where a Minister and his buddy keep trying to drive away on vacation but their car won’t start. So they order a rental car to be delivered and once it pulls up they sign the paperwork, get in, and it doesn’t start either. God needed them to stay exactly where they were for the time being.
Throughout the movie I found much of what the student presented to be fascinating. A couple days after watching I tried to Google one of the arguments he shared. In doing so I came across a forum thread and many of the people on this particular thread were Atheists, including the one Atheist who was now questioning whether there really is a God.
This person first quotes the information they heard, and follows it up with their own question, here’s that post:
The question really boils down to one of two positions. Either the universe itself has always existed (is itself eternal), or it was brought into existence by a supernatural power or being.
My position is that science and logic unequivocally prove the latter.
The consensus of science, based on the 2nd law of thermodynamics and astrophysics is that the universe is not itself eternal, did indeed have a beginning, and that all matter and energy at one time existed at one point. Then, there was a big bang that propelled it all into motion. And according to astronomers, it’s all still moving today.
Newton’s law of motion states that bodies at rest stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. If the entirety of the universe’s matter and energy existed at one point, any outside force would be outside of all matter and energy in the universe. Something outside all matter and energy in the universe is by definition supernatural. Therefore, it was a supernatural force that acted upon the body of matter and energy causing the big bang.
Now, if we want to look at it logically as well, there is a maxim of logic that dictates “ex nihilo nihil fit” which means out of nothing, nothing comes. IOW, things don’t simply pop into existence from nothing, rather they are brought into existence by something. Therefore, if the universe did indeed have a beginning as science demands, then there is a logical necessity for a supernatural force or being (a something) to bring it into existence.
Come on guys. I always considered myself an Atheist, but this explanation by a theist to me made me really think. Can you really smart guys make my uncertainty go away by disproving this argument, please?
So desperate to not believe… Why? The other forum members did their best to come up with there responses but throughout the conversation this person sounded as if he just wasn’t satisfied with their answers. After a couple other Atheists try to put his mind at ease he says:
I appreciate the responses guys, but you still haven’t helped me be able to argue against the guys point. His argument based on Newton’s law of motion…
I pray this person decides to seeks God.
The Beginning – Genesis 1
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
There are several reasons and experiences that led me to believe in God. Just to share a couple, I believe in God because everything he has done and continues to do in my life and the lives of those I know. During difficult decisions, problems or situations in life, when I ask for God’s guidance, or I refer to his instruction, he helps me through it. With Him, issues that arise seem to get resolved so much quicker than before. You can read more about my experiences and testimony here.