Atheism is the belief that there is no God. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2014, a meager 3.1% Americans were atheist. To put this in perspective, according to Chapman University, approximately 21% of American’s believe in Big Foot, and approximately 12% believe that astrology is real.
The low number of atheist may surprise you. Many people believe the number would be 20-30%, if not more. But as we can see that is just not the case. 97% percent of all Americans believe, or are open to the belief, in God. Why such a high number?
Paul speaks about this evidence in Romans 1:18-20. He says that creation itself proves that there is a God. What is meant by creation? It means the known Universe; light, time, heat, matter, information, water, life, plants, animals, humans, organism, atoms, all of it points to a Creator. Everything that you set your eyes on today is another piece of evidence of God.
Albert Einstein, perhaps the most well-known scientist ever to exist was not a Christian, but he could not disregard the plain evidence that was before him. He stated, “Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe – a spirit vastly superior to that of man.”[i] What was Albert seeing? The overwhelming evidence of a Creator.
The way I tend to explain it is to point to a building and ask the question, “Was there a builder who built that building?” Without hesitation, they answer, “Yes.” Then I respond, “How do you know? Did you see them build it?” Obviously they did not, but it does not change their answer. This logic works no matter how large the building is, even if the building is the size of the Universe. This is what is called a cosmological argument, cause and effect. If the Universe exists, there must have been a cause.
There are other arguments, the teleological argument (the harmony of the universe), ontological argument (God is a being greater than which can be imagined and it is greater to exist than not exist), and the moral argument (the presence of morality, the sense of right and wrong must have had an origin, this origin is God).
Whatever angle you take, the conclusion is always the same, when you examine the evidence, it is plain that God exists. In fact in Psalm 14:1 it says, “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” Why does it say this? Because the evidence is overwhelming.
This blog is a part of a series of blogs that are based upon Wayne Grudem’s book titled, Systematic Theology. Each week the title of the blog and the Scripture of the blog are taken from Grudem’s book. Readers are encouraged to read Grudem’s book along with these blogs.
[i] Quoted in H. Dukas and B. Hoffman, Albert Einstein – The Human Side (USA Princeton University Press 1981); Jammer, p.144.