**Why I Don’t Have Enough Faith, Science Or Logic To Not Believe God Exists

Science and logic are wonderful pursuits, they have been the means for countless blessings to all of us, and I cannot imagine what civilization would be like without them.

No, Mr. Hume, there is more to knowing than what I can sense of the material world.

And, while I don’t even remotely claim to be particularly proficient in any of those three pursuits, there are facts about which I become more convinced with every passing day, thanks to what I do know about science, philosophy and logic, and common sense (in the usual sense of that term, not the Scots’ School of Common Sense Philosophy).

The most basic of these facts is that God exists. Here’s why I say that: I can’t explain why there is something rather than nothing, but I know that there is something, so I seek the most reasonable inference from what I know, learn and see.

There are only three possible answers to the basic question: There is something rather than nothing because: A. God exists and He created it for His purposes; B. God doesn’t exist but something has always been here and always will be, or C. something exists because a chance combination of elements produced it in the inconceivably distant past.

God and creation can’t be put in a lab experiment and then be repeatedly shown to exist, but He can and has given us faculties that enable us to know quite a lot about Him and His creation. The “Big Bang” theory and supporting evidence goes here.

If there is something rather than nothing because the something has always been and will always be, science can’t, by definition, demonstrate eternal existence because it would be the endless experiment. This possibility requires a truly blind leap of faith.

Which leaves us with that chance combination of elements producing the beginnings of life some time in the far distant past. Evolution offers an explanation for how that life developed once begun, but it assumes the chance combination, or ignores the most fundamental question entirely. I don’t have enough faith to rely upon chance or simply not thinking about these issues.

And one more thing: This is no more “God of the Gaps” rationalization than it would be to believe science will ultimately explain everything, even though it can only explain some of it now — i.e. “Science of the Gaps” thinking.

Happy Thanksgiving!

** See “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist” by Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Frank Turek.


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Here’s Something To Be REALLY Thankful For This Thanksgiving

If you are reading this post on HillFaith, odds are excellent that you are alive and breathing, thinking, talking. Even if you are going through rough times, being alive is the one thing we can all be thankful for on Thanksgiving.

But do you know what the odds are against any of us being alive in the universe? They are beyond astronomical, according to author, speaker and talk radio host Eric Metaxas.

Check out this Prager University video in which Metaxas relates some genuinely amazing information about how science has in recent decades added to the evidence that there is a God and we are all miracles.

New Index Finds Huge Majorities Of Americans Back Religious Freedom In Public And Private Life

Massive majorities of Americans across the political spectrum support maximum toleration and accommodation of religious practices in the public and private realms, according to a newly launched annual survey.

The accompanying chart dramatically demonstrates that support for religious freedom is overwhelmingly bipartisan, cutting across the ideological and party spectrums. The yellow areas indicate opposition, while the blue areas represent support for religious freedom.

The 2019 Religious Freedom Index from the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty is a nationally representative survey of 1,000 individuals who were asked a battery of 21 questions designed to measure opinion on six major dimensions of religious freedom in America. Continue reading “New Index Finds Huge Majorities Of Americans Back Religious Freedom In Public And Private Life”

Task Force Says Congress Needs Bigger, Better-Paid Staff

Congress, as the First Branch, has the power of the purse, but not enough staff to carry it where it needs to go

A report by the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Task Force Project on Congressional Reform finds that Congress desperately needs to enlarge its staff and improve pay and working conditions if it hopes to regain equal footing with the executive branch.

If you work here, you need to read this report. (Congress by Stephen Walker on Unsplash)

Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, liberal or conservative, the issue of restoring the ability of Congress to go toe-to-toe with the executive branch is a constitutional priority. And the task force makes clear that expanding congressional staff and paying staff better is a key first step in that effort.

“Congress today is overwhelmed. After decades of self-imposed disinvestment in expertise and staffing, Congress lacks the resources and knowledge to stand on an equal footing either with the executive branch, or with the tens of thousands of lobbyists employed in Washington (many of whom are former staffers now earning multiples of their Capitol Hill pay),” the task force wrote. Continue reading “Task Force Says Congress Needs Bigger, Better-Paid Staff”

Reasons The Appearance Of Design In Biology Means There IS A Designer

Two aliens from a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, Earth’s nearest star beyond our Sun, walk into a bar in Amsterdam arguing about  Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch,”  which they just saw at the Rijks Museum.

Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch.” Screen shot from web site of Rijks Museum in Amsterdam.

After a few minutes of intense debate, one alien looks at the other and announces “say what you will, but I’m telling you this amazing art could only have been created by a great designer. I want to meet this Rembrandt human.”

At that, the other alien stares in amazement at his interstellar colleague, motions to the bartender to bring the two another round, and replies “nah, no way. This thing looks designed but it’s actually nothing more than the result of a chance encounter of materials.”

And your answer is?

What if I told you there are eight reasons one of the aliens is right and other is wrong? Continue reading “Reasons The Appearance Of Design In Biology Means There IS A Designer”

THINK ABOUT THIS: The Kalam Cosmological Argument For God

It’s Friday, the impeachment hearings are done for now, the Thanksgiving Recess has begun and your boss is likely heading back to his or her home district or state. So, unless you are headed there, too, you can breathe a little today, right?

So take five minutes and consider this simple, logical, three-step argument for the existence of God. It provides a powerful tool for making sense of the bewildering debates on this issue.

Perhaps best of all, the Kalam Cosmological Argument, is based on sound logic, scientific evidence and a big helping of good old common sense. After you watch this video and think about its content, feel free to share your thoughts, pro or con, or just to pose an additional thought.

STAFF MOVES: These People Are Climbing The Ladder On The Hill

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Suzanne Lane is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s new digital director, moving over from her previous slot with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Suzanne is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in political science and government.

Kayla Rillo, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)(Screen shot from Facebook)

Kayla Rillo moves over to the legislative assistant slot in the office of Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) from a similar slot with Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.). Kayla is a 2015 political science graduate from Seton Hall University.

Svetlana Matt goes from legislative assistant to Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) to his senior counsel. Svetlana earned her law degree in 2012 from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: These People Are Climbing The Ladder On The Hill”

Since When Is It Illegal To Pray At The White House???

Richard Patten didn’t just fall off a turnip truck on a Washington, D.C. street day before yesterday. The man has been a mover and shaker on the conservative side of things in this town for a long time.

Patten is also a Christian and he loves this country. For years, he’s been going to the White House and prayer walking there, seeking God’s protection and blessing on this country, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office.

But something un-American has been happening in recent days to Patten. The Secret Service has arrested him, detained him, questioned him in rather intrusive ways, put him in cuffs and seemingly sought to prevent him from exercising his First Amendment right to pray in public at the White House for the president and the nation.

This is happening in America? I avoid making political judgements on HillFaith but I am a passionate believer in the First Amendment for every American. And I’m not aware of any reason to think Patten represents a threat to anybody, much less the most well-protected individual in America.

Watch this video produced by the Daily Caller News Foundation of Patten describing his experiences and explaining why he continues to pray at the White House.


 

This Woman’s Story Will Make You Weep … Until You Hear The End

What do you do with this?

“Brandy” tells her story on “Restored With Missy Robertson.” (Screen shot)

“When I was two, my mom left me on the doorstep of a dope man’s house and she never came back. She left us there on promises that she would come back to pay for the drugs, and she never came back.”

Billy Hallowell, writing at FaithWire, tells us about “Brandy,” who shared her tragic, but ultimately amazing, story with Missy Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. Robertson’s program on PureFlix is “Restored With Missy Robertson.”

Be forewarned because Brandy’s will make you cry out against the evil that routinely happens in our world, including here in America. But it  will also, hopefully, prompt you to rejoice that there is indeed a God who in the fullness of time heals all wounds and makes all things right. Go here.


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The Claim Of ‘Moral Relativism’ Is Actually A Cultural Myth With Vast Influence

There’s no such thing as moral absolutes. As long as you don’t hurt anybody else, whatever seems right to you is just fine. Everybody knows that, so do it! That’s the absolute truth.

See Acts 18:3 for the description of Paul as a tent-maker to support his missionary work. (Photo by KAL VISUALS on Unsplash)

Well no, it’s not and among the best evidence that it’s not is the fact hardly anybody lives by that maxim, according to Drew Covert of the Tent-Making Christianity blog. But lots of folks profess to believe it, especially when presented with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and their need for Him as their savior.

When you read Covert’s post, don’t miss Professor J. P. Moreland’s story about the student who got an F on an essay on moral relativism because it was written in blue ink. Go here.

Here’s The ‘Chicken-And-Egg’ Dilemma That Confronts Atheists

Is it really possible to explain the origin of life from non-life without God? Lord knows, smart people like Stephen Hawking and legions of others who deny or ignore the possibility of God as creator have been trying for centuries.

But they face what NBC “Dateline” Cold-Case Detective J. Warner Wallace calls the “Chicken-And-Egg” dilemma regarding the proteins that are the essential building blocks of life. It appears to be unsolvable without God. Continue reading “Here’s The ‘Chicken-And-Egg’ Dilemma That Confronts Atheists”

New Study Demonstrates Whether Marriage Or Living Together Make People Happier

How you choose to live with the person you spend the rest of your life with is just as important as who they are

Institute for Family Studies (IFS) Senior Fellow Bradford Wilcox lays out some basic but absolutely vital questions that point to some of the essential advantages marriage offers versus cohabitation.

Is marriage or living together more likely to result in happiness on the road of life? (Photo by Andrew Itaga on Unsplash)

“Is fidelity important to you? Having someone who always tells the truth? Has your back? Communicates well? If these are important to you, marriage looks best,” Wilcox writes.

That’s not just Wilcox’s opinion, either. He is commenting on the results of an important new study from the Pew Research Center entitled “Marriage and Cohabitation in the U.S.”

The results of the survey of 9,000 couples show, among much else, that “married adults are more satisfied with their relationship and more trusting of their partners than those who are cohabiting.” Continue reading “New Study Demonstrates Whether Marriage Or Living Together Make People Happier”

Inmates, Officers Worship Together During Surprise Kanye West Jail Service

Say what you may about hip-hop star Kanye West, but the evidence is mounting that his conversion to Christ is genuine and is moving him to share the good news of the Gospel in some unexpected places.

Check out this video released on YouTube by the Harris County (Texas) Corrections Department of a surprise West service Friday in the Houston facility. (And don’t miss “heart-breaking setback” question that follows the vide):


Check This Out While You’re Here!

Is this how you would react to a heart-breaking setback in your career? Jacksonville Jaguar’s quarterback and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles talks to the media about how he dealt with a busted clavicle at the worst possible time.

Is This How You Would React To A Big Setback At Work?

Quarterback Nick Foles went from being Super Bowl MVP with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018 to breaking his clavicle in his first game with the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this year.

To put Foles’ situation in a congressional staff context, imagine getting a big promotion from a good job on an important House staff to a bigger Senate slot that pays more and demands everything you’ve got.

Then a couple of weeks after starting, the chief of staff who hired you leaves and the new guy has his own favorite for the position you just took over. You can see where it’s going and it ain’t looking good.

So how do you react? Check out this video of Foles laying out his reactions for reporters to an injury that sidelined him at just about the worst possible time: