How to Become A Christian
Frequently Asked Questions
Everybody has questions, especially about spiritual matters. Knowing
which key questions to ask is half the challenge. Here are some
you might ask on your spiritual journey:
Is there a God?
Is the Bible true?
Is there a God?
It might surprise you to know that the Bible
never argues God's existence. It simply states: "In the beginning God created
the heavens and the earth..." No philosophy about it. No
apology for it. No explanation of it. Just a statement of fact.
The existence of God is assumed. But how can we know that what
the Bible states is true?
There's a philosophical axiom that runs: "Where ever there
is a thing that exhibits orderly design, there must have been
a preceding thought, and where there is a thought, there must
be a thinker." Let's apply that axiom. The universe is
the thing. If you study the intricacies of it, it certainly demonstrates
thought. Thought demands a Thinker, a Creator. That Creator is
identified as God in Gen. 1:1--"In the beginning God created
the heavens and the earth."
Does our universe exhibit an orderly design? Yes! The stars move
with such exact precision, that the atomic clock has an error
factor of less than 3 seconds per 1000 years. Now that's orderly
design! Those stars reflect thought, and if there is a thought
there must be a Thinker. The planets in their courses speak of
a plan, and if there is a plan, there is a Planner. Because of
that, roughly 90% of the world's astronomers believe in a Creator.
Most astronomers would agree with King David
who looked up at the canopy of stars that sparkle like diamonds
against the velvet of the night, and wrote: "The heavens declare the glory
of God and the skies proclaim the work of His hands..." (Psalm
19:1-6). David was saying that the sun, moon, and stars are celestial
evangelists that shout from the heavens: There is a God! This
great earth with all of its interrelated and complex ecosystems,
and the oceans ebbing and flowing, and the seasons meticulously
changing, speak of a great design. And if there is a great design,
there must be a Great Designer--God.
Switch from the telescope to the microscope and look the intricacy
of design. Nervous systems. Cell structures. Protein molecules--life
can't exist without protein and the chances of a protein molecule,
which is made up of 2000 atoms coming together by chance is 1
out of 10 to the 321st power. Consider atoms that are made of
protons, neutrons, and electrons, and even smaller particles
called qwarks. All this intricate design screams that there must
be a Great Designer--God!
The very existence of life itself with all these interdependent
elements in delicate balance defies the mathematical probability
of pure chance. Since there is a plan, there must be a Planner.
Since there is a thought, there must be a Thinker. If there is
a design, there must be a Designer. Who? God, the Creator of
heaven and earth! Still have questions? Continue on the journey...
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More Evidence for God's Existence
A. C. Morrison, former President of the NY Academy of Sciences,
wrote a book entitled Man Does Not Stand Alone, and in it he
gives this illustration:
If I were to take 10 pennies and mark them with a number from
1 to 10, place them in a hat, and ask you to shake them up. If
I were to reach in and pull out penny # 1, I would have a one
in 10 chance of doing so. Now suppose I did, and I put the penny
back in the hat. For me to reach in and pull out the penny marked
# 2, I would have 1 chance in 100. Putting the penny back, for
me to draw out penny # 3, my chances would jump to 1 in 1,000.
If I were able to do the same in successive order, right up through
# 9, do you know what my chance would be of pulling out # 10
from the hat? It would be 1 in 10 Billion!
Morrison writes: "If I did it, you would say: `The game is
fixed.' My answer: `You're right. And so is creation.'" It
is fixed! God created the heavens and the earth!
Let me set before you 10 coins, 10 very interesting things about
the earth that make life possible and that argue for the existence
of an Intelligent and Sovereign Creator, i.e., God.
1. Tilt of Earth's Axis:
The first thing is the angle of the earth in relationship
to the sun. If you remember your science and basic astronomy,
you remember that the earth is not straight up and down, the
axis is tilted at about 23%, no other planet is tilted like this
in the known universe. Why? Its like a chicken on a rotisserie,
the tilt makes for equal distribution of the heat from the sun.
Why this tilt? Oh yes, it's an accident. This is the first coin
out of ten.
2. Rotation of Earth:
Here's the second coin. The earth is rotating on that titled axis
at about 1000 miles an hour. And this rate of speed is critical
for life to exist. Let's say it turned at 10 times less or 100
miles an hour, our days and nights would be 10 times as long.
What do you think would happen to you on an August day that lasted
10 times as long?
The heat would build up so great that it would scorch everything
above the surface of the ground, and whatever survived the incredible
heat of the day would be frozen in the 10 times as long nights--temperatures
would plummet to -240 below 0. Our world is rotating at just
the right speed to alternate between heating and cooling. The
earth is titled just right and turning just right.
Why? It's an accident, right?
3 & 4. Oscillation of the Earth's Axis:
Here are the third and fourth coins. Our earth wobbles off of
that 23% tilt by about 3%. It wobbles up 3%, then back to 23%,
and then down 3%, and then up again to the 23% average tilt.
And it does it with amazing regularity, while spinning at 1000
miles an hour. Our seasons and climate depend on this oscillation
of 6 degrees. Anything more than 3% up from the average and the
sun would strike the earth with such force and heat that it would
evaporate the oceans, and we'd have 2 massive ice caps at the
poles and a boiling cauldron of lava in the middle. Life as we
know it would perish from off the earth.
Now a drop of more than 3% off the average would result in the
ice caps melting, flooding the earth, and if any land masses
still existed, the increase in liquid would literally suck the
carbon-dioxide and oxygen out of the atmosphere, killing all
the plant life, animal life, and human life. So you have four
things working together just right in our world--Tilted just
right, spinning just right, wobbling up just right, wobbling
down just right. And the chance of pulling four coins out of
my pocket in perfect sequence by accident is 1 out of 10,000.
5. Depth of the Oceans:
Now here's the 5th coin. The depth of the earth's oceans is just
right. Former president of the American Academy of Sciences said
that if the earth's oceans had been just a little deeper when
the earth began, the extra water would have robbed the atmosphere
of the oxygen and carbon dioxide. The atmosphere we breath is
made up of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 1% trace elements--Just
the exact combination for human life to prosper. But without
it, life would have never begun. Therefore the earth's oceans
are just the right depths in relation to the atmosphere.
Why? An accident, right?
6. Thickness of Earth's Crust:
A sixth coin is the earth's crust. Not only are the earth's oceans
the right depth, the earth's crust is the right thickness. If
the earth's crust was only 10 feet thinker, that would have oxidized
all the earth's oxygen when the world began. 10 feet more solid
matter on the earth's crust in relation to 4000 miles in radius.
10 feet makes the difference in life and death. An accident.
So here are six things working together. The earth is tilted just
right, spinning just right, wobbling up just right, wobbling
down just right, oceans just right, the earth's crust just right.
Six things just right. And the chances of me pulling 6 things
out of my pocket just right by accident, is one chance in one
7. Speed of Orbit:
While all these six things are just right, here's a seventh coin.
We are moving around the sun in an elliptical orbit at just the
right speed--Not a circular orbit but an elliptical orbit. We
are spinning through space around this elliptical orbit at the
rate of 18 miles per second. And this is the right speed. If
the earth slowed just a couple of miles per second we would be
pulled into the sun and burned to a crisp. Or if we increased
our speed, we would freeze to death. So our speed around the
sun is just right.
8. Distance from Sun:
Here's the eighth coin. Our earth is just the right number of
miles from the sun--about 93 million miles. At this distance
we get just the right amount of heat to survive. The surface
of the sun is about 12,000 degrees. But 100 degrees seems like
hot weather to us, and we are so fragile that we would perish
if the temperature varied 50 degrees plus or minus the average.
That's only 1/2 a percent of the 12,000 degrees radiating from
the sun--a very narrow margin indeed. If we were just a few degrees
closer, we would burn like a torch. If we were just a few degrees
further away, we would freeze like popcicles.
Why? Oh yes, its all an accident. Eight things closely working
together by chance.
9. Distance from the Moon:
Here's the ninth coin. While the earth is spinning, oscillating,
and racing round the sun, the moon is moving around the earth
at just the right distance. Because at the present distance,
the pull of the orbit causes the tides to ebb and flow at just
the right rate. If our moon were to orbit closer, the increased
gravitational pull would cause the lower regions of the earth
would be flooded, and the tide would erode the landmasses until
finally the mountains would crumble into the sea. So the distance
of the moon is just right. And the chance of my pulling 9 coins
out of my pocket in sequence is 1 out of 1 billion.
Here's a tenth coin. Let's go from the telescopic to the microscopic.
In biology class we learned that plants contain chlorophyll,
and it performs a function so basic that we are absolutely dependent
on it for our existence. The energy of the sun, combined with
moisture, combined with nutrients from the atmosphere and soil,
produce food for the plants and oxygen for the air. This process
called photosynthesis is essential for plant life and by connection
animal and human life on the earth. Because without the oxygen
produced by plants, we'd have nothing to breathe in a short time.
Our lives depend on photosynthesis.
So here are 10 things working together like 10 coins in sequence
and the chances of pulling 10 coins out of my pocket in perfect
sequence is 1 in 10 Billion. Could all these things happen by
accident? Could life have begun by chance when so many things
had to be just right in order for it to begin? No way. Just like
you couldn't pull 10 coins out of your pocket in sequence. Too
many variables coming together in just the right combination
on one planet. And then when you get to life itself, you find
that life can't exist without protein and the chances of a protein
molecule, which is made up of 2000 atoms coming together by chance
is 1 out of 10 to the 321st power.
Saying that the earth is an accident and life is a product of
chance is like finding a Rolex watch on the street and saying
that the gold casing blew in from a South African gold mine,
and the glass cover rolled down from Pittsburgh, and the diamonds
fell out of the pocket of a jewel thief from Zaire, and the main
spring bounced all the way from Switzerland, and they all came
together here on the street spontaneously and together they keep
the perfect date, and the perfect time. And that's an accident?!
I don't have faith enough to believe that! Neither do I have
faith enough to believe that the earth and all that is in it,
a billion times more complex than a Rolex watch, is the result
of an accident, blind chance.
No, there is a Creator. But how can we know Him? Has He revealed
Himself in other was than the created universe. The answer is:
Yes! The Creator has revealed Himself in His word, the Bible.
Still not convinced? Then continue a little farther on the journey...
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Is The Bible True?
Is the Bible really the word of God? Is it
a reliable guidebook for your spiritual journey? Let’s
consider some of the evidence by using a simple acrostic
developed by Researcher Ron Kilpatrick: B-I-B-L-E.