Part I: A rational basis for the existence of God and the need to repent from sin in order to find favor with him
1. We have been created by an intelligent designer (“God”)
An intelligent design points towards an intelligent creator. Ever seen a watch that was designed by nobody? Nobody in their right mind would ever conceive of such a thing being made by pure chance! In a similar way, that which is infinitely more complex and beautiful — this world in which we live, and every thing in, beneath, above, and beyond it — was not made by pure chance, but rather by an intelligent creator. For the sake of argument, we’ll call this “intelligent creator” “God”. By our own definition, “God” means, for now, “intelligent creator”. He exists. We’ve established that fact. Only a fool would say he doesn’t exist, just like only a fool would say a watch has no maker.
2. We have a purpose
We are not here by chance but by design. If this is true (and we have established in #1 above that it is true), then there is a purpose for our lives. Since our creator is intelligent and not a moron, his decision to create us was not without reason.
3. We are expected to fulfill that purpose
Because we are here for a reason, having been created by an intelligent designer (“God”), any attempt by us to circumvent (cut off, betray, go against) that reason is wrong and would therefore (have to) be met with some opposition from our designer. For example, if you were designing a golf ball, and it refused to “roll”, you — having a purpose for that ball and wanting it to roll — would therefore take it and “shave it off” (round if off) until it rolled like it was supposed to. In a similar manner, it can be expected that our intelligent creator, if we failed to “perform” (or “behave” might be a better word) in accordance with the purposes for which we were created, would, by necessity of his own purposes for creating us, also meet us with some degree of opposition. For example, if we refused to acknowledge his presence, and continued to deny that he even existed, well then, we could certainly expect to meet with some opposition. This opposition might take the form, for example, of someone continually “harrassing” you (or “bothering” you, if you didn’t like the word “harrass”) as to the existence of God, as you see being done in this article!!!
4. What the purpose is
What is the ultimate purpose for which we were created? Certainly there appear to be many “sub” purposes, but, because of the qualities and characteristics inherent in our “intelligent designer,” we can, in fact, rule out many of these from being the “ultimate” purpose. For example, since our intelligent designer is obviously much smarter than we are, one of the purposes for which we were created is obviously not to gather information that he would find useful. Really, given just a little bit of thought, it does appear that he “knows it all already”! Another “sub” purpose that we could immediately rule out would be that of “doing work”. Certainly, it has a great deal of value in our world, for without work we could not live fulfilled lives like we do. Nevertheless, again, given just a bit of thought, we can quickly realize that the ultimate purpose for which we have been created was not for us to be able to do “work” for our intelligent designer, for who, as of yet, in all these thousands of years, has been able to do what he has already done? For example, no one has yet been able to create a star, and he has done it. No one has yet been able to produce a robot that even comes close to a human being, and he has done it, so very long ago! No, no, no. We are in no way even going to approach doing the “work” that he is clearly capable of doing, and quite well, at that. So, we weren’t put here, ultimately, to gather information for our creator. And we weren’t put here, ultimately, to do “work” for our creator.
Having said that, we certainly weren’t put here to simply lie around and “sleep” for our creator, either! That wouldn’t be a very intelligent creator at all that would create us for that purpose, don’t you think? What, then, were we creator for? The answer comes from our very own hearts — the thing that we long so very much for, each and every one of us. And what is that “thing” that we long for? Is it not lasting, fulfilling relationship with one another? To prove the point, what was the worst thing that ever happened to you in your life? Am I not correct in saying that it is something that involved a relationship? Your answer might be something like, “I lost my mother,” or, “I lost my spouse,” or, “My spouse left me,” or, “I lost a child”. Now what was the best thing that has ever happened in your life? Am I not correct in saying that it is something that aso involves a relationship? Your answer might be something like, “I got married to a beautiful person”, or “My two beautiful children are the best things that have ever happened to me.” To sum it up, and to recap the whole thing, we were obviously put here by an intelligent designer, and that designer had a purpose in putting us here. That purpose is the very same thing that we find so important in our lives: To enjoy lasting, fulfilling relationships. Anything that comes in the “way” of this is something that we clearly want to avoid, and I don’t think there is anyone reading this that would disagree with that.
5. The ultimate relationship
If enjoying a lasting, fulfilling, relationship is the purpose for which we have been created by our intelligent designer, surely the “ultimate” relationship is with our intelligent designer himself.
6. The problem
Many of us don’t want to listen to our intelligent designer. We’ve gone our own way. We’ve done what is right in our own sight, but we haven’t done what is right in the sight of our intelligent designer. This has “cut us off” from having a meaningful relationship with our intelligent designer (“God”). Our intelligent designer calls this type of behavior “sin” — stuff that “cuts us off” from having a meaningful relationship with him. This deeply saddens the heart of our intelligent designer. Because, after all, the very reason he created us, as we have seen and already agreed, is so that we could enter into a relationship with him, and he with us. So he is very saddened, indeed, when anything comes in the way between our enjoying this relationship with him. In fact, just like you or I are greatly saddened when someone we love very much decides they don’t want to have a relationship with us, so it is the very same way with God. He is very very saddened, indeed, when we, who were created by him in order to have a loving, lasting, and wonderfully fulfilling relationship with him, decide that we simply “don’t want it.”
7. The conclusion
We have discussed a number of things in this article, including the fact that we have been created by an intelligent designer, whom we have called “God”, and the fact that, because he is intelligent (as is so obvious), we were created for a purpose. Because he has created us for a purpose, we have also seen that we are expected to fulfill that purpose, in the same way that a golf ball would be expected to “roll” being created by its designer. We have also agreed that we could expect some degree of opposition in our lives if we failed to fulfill the purpose for which we were created. We have discussed that the purpose is to enjoy lasting, fulfilling relationships with one another. We have also agreed that the ULTIMATE relationship is with our intelligent designer himself! The problem that we ALL face, however, is that, because we have all “gone our own way” and done things that were not right (which we have agreed to call “sin” — stuff that cuts us off from our intelligent designer), we are unable to enjoy, or enter in, to this lasting, fulfilling relationship that we need to. The conclusion to our article, at least at this stage, anyway, is that we need to come humbly before our intelligent designer, and ask him to pardon us for those things that have “cut us off” from him – – if that were possible. In a future article, I will discuss how this is possible! Stay tuned for, “A Rational Basis, Part II”, this week!