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Copyright: © 2007 Tom Flannery
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GOD'S CHALLENGE TO THE SKEPTICS

By: Tom Flannery

Does God exist?


According to several authors of current best-sellers, the answer to that question is a resounding, "No!"  These authors -- Richard Dawkins ("The God Delusion"), Christopher Hitchens ("God Is Not Great"), etc. -- make the same fundamental argument.  In short, they say the non-existence of God can be proven by the absence of evidence for His existence.  Or, as Hitchens puts it, "the absence of evidence is evidence of absence."


Well, as someone who has written dozens of newspaper, magazine and Internet pieces over the past several years, done hundreds of TV and radio shows and speaking engagements, outlining the positively overwhelming evidence (from history, science, archaeology, etc.) that God exists, that Jesus is God and that the Holy Bible is His authoritative, immutable Word, I must say that I find this argument rather amusing.  Truth be told, only the most woefully uninformed or intellectually dishonest could ever swallow it.

God has in fact given us definitive proof not only of His existence, but of His identity.  He has done so in myriad ways, but most powerfully in the area of Bible prophecy.  Indeed, in Isaiah 46, God proclaims through the prophet:  "For I am God, and there is no other;  I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done."


In other words, God tells us that He has written history in advance in the pages of Scripture.  And that's exactly what we find when we examine this claim carefully.


For instance, there are all of the many Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament which were fulfilled hundreds and in some cases thousands of years after they were recorded -- specifically and uniquely in the birth, life, earthly ministry, death and bodily resurrection of Christ.  These prophecies about the coming, promised Messiah foretold that He would be the Son of God (Psalm 2:12, Proverbs 30:4) who is both equal to and one with God (Isaiah 9:6), that He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), that He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), the precise timing of His public unveiling as Messiah (Daniel 9), the specific details and purpose of His execution (Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53), that He as God would be the progenitor of a New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31), and so on.

Concerning the future of Israel and the Jewish people, God's Word revealed to the world thousands of years ago that in the latter times Israel would be revived as a nation (Ezekiel 37:11-12), the Jews would return to their homeland from around the world (Jeremiah 31:8-12, Ezekiel 36:24), God would restore the land when they returned and revive the once-dead Hebrew language (Isaiah 27:6, 35:1-2;  Zephaniah 3:9), and the other nations of the Middle East region would despise Israel and be devoted to her destruction (Zechariah 12:2-3).  All of this and more has been fulfilled precisely as it was all recorded so long ago concerning the modern Jewish state.


It must also be noted that it is historically provable that the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament, was translated no later than 150 to 200 years before the time of Christ, so none of these Messianic or historic prophecies were recorded any later than that.


This is why God could challenge the purveyors of false religions and skeptics alike, daring them to do the same:  "Let them bring forth and show us what will happen;  let them show the former things, what they were, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them;  or declare to us things to come" (Isa. 41:22).  It's a challenge that has never been answered, nor will it.

Thus, the question is not why we don't have any evidence for the existence of God (a ruse!);  rather, it is this:  With all the incontrovertible evidence we have, from the fulfillment of prophecy and so much else, why are the skeptics still so implacable, hostile and unwilling to accept it?


To paraphrase Kipling, they have a thousand different reasons but not a single excuse.  Or, to cite an infinitely greater source:  "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:22).

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