Does God Exist?by Herbert W. Armstrong
Can the existence of God be scientifically proved? Where did the first
LIFE come from? Can we know whether God possesses MIND power?
LET'S FACE this question! Is it rational to believe in God? Is God merely
a myth -- an invention of an ignorant, superstitious past? Many, today
Questioned God's Existence
With me -- and I hope with the reader -- I wanted to KNOW! I wanted
to be SURE! I questioned the existence of God! Also I questioned the opposing
doctrine of evolution. I did not seek to DISprove either. But I did research
and carefully examine the evidences on both sides of this two-sided question.
For this question is the very starting place for the acquisition of all
knowledge. It is the FOUNDATION for UNDERSTANDING!
In my in-depth research into this question, starting [in the early part
of the century], I emptied my mind of prejudice. I sought the TRUTH, whether
it was what I wanted to believe or not.
There are the two possibilities of origins -- special creation by a
Creator, God, and the theory of evolution. It has become intellectually
fashionable to accept the evolutionary doctrine. It has won popular acceptance
in science and higher education. Even many professing Christian denominations
have accepted it, if only passively.
Yet, though in the minority, there still remain scientists, educators,
and fundamentalist religious groups, as well as those in Judaism, who cling
to belief in the existence of God.
Don't Assume -- KNOW!
Many of these, however, especially among the more or less religious
individuals, have merely assumed the existence of God. Why? Simply because
they were taught it from childhood. It has been believed in the circles
in which they have lived or associated. But few of these have proved it!
Of course, on the other hand, perhaps a vast majority who accept evolution,
at least passively, were simply swept into that acceptance in college or
university. It has become the scholarly "IN" thing. The opposite belief,
special creation, has not been taught. They have probably not examined
it. Too frequently proponents utilize the psychological ploy that it is
a badge of scholarly status to accept evolution, and a stamp of ignorance
or intellectual inferiority to doubt the hypothesis.
All of which goes to show that people in general believe what they do,
simply because they have been taught it or because it has been accepted
in their particular social environment. People want to belong! They go
along with their particular group. In general, they believe what they have
taken carelessly for granted -- without examination or proof!
Of course I know well, too, that people generally believe only what
they are willing TO ACCEPT. In most instances people feel no compulsion
to refuse what is accepted in their social or geographical environment.
As one philosopher said, most dyed-in-the-wool evolutionists accept the
theory because of their reluctance or unwillingness to believe in God.
As the book professing to be the Word of God says: "The carnal mind
is enmity [hostile] against God: it is not subject to the law of God, neither
indeed can be" (Romans 8:7). All the facts, positive evidence, rational
reasonings and proofs in the world will never induce such a one to accept
that against which he is prejudiced. For prejudice is a barrier to the
entrance of truth into any mind.
I Found PROOF!
I was forced, on examination of the facts, to realize there is no proof
for the theory of evolution. It is purely a theory -- a belief -- a faith,
not based on proof. Though its zealous proponents push it onto the world
as if it were proven fact!
I found PROOF of the existence of the Creator, God. I also found PROOF
that the book called the Holy Bible is, in fact, the very inspired revelation
from that all-intelligent, all-knowing God of the vital, necessary, basic
knowledge and instruction, without which man is unable to solve his problems,
prevent his evils, or live in PEACE, happiness, universal prosperity and
abundant well-being here on earth. Man is the crowning product of his Maker.
The Bible is our Maker's INSTRUCTION MANUAL He sent along with His product.
An atheist wrote me: "We have the history of many religions, and many
gods. Which one of these gods do you claim for your God -- and how do you
know that He exists?"
That's a fair question. It deserves an answer!
Yes, my friends, I have a God.
The gods of some nations have been carved by men's hands out of wood,
stone, or other existing material. The gods of some religions and individuals
have been carved out of human imaginations and faulty human reasonings.
Some have worshipped the sun or other inanimate objects of nature. All
these gods are merely the created - most of them formed and fashioned by
man, therefore inferior to man.
But He who did the creating -- He who brought everything that exists
into existence, including all else falsely called God -- He who created
all matter, force and energy, who created all natural laws and set them
in motion, who created LIFE and endowed some of it with intelligence --
He is GOD! He is superior to all else that is called "God." He, alone,
Creation is the proof of God!
But during the past two centuries especially, there has developed among
God-rejecting men in the Occidental world the mental disease of theophobia.
Two hundred years ago it appeared under the popular catch-phrases "deism"
and "rationalism." Then it masqueraded itself under the appealing name
"higher criticism." This pseudo-scholarship employed, as it advanced, such
attractive titles as "progress," "development," and "evolution." It has
appealed to the intellectual vanity of a world groping in spiritual darkness
in an era of widespread diffusion of knowledge. Creation Without a Creator?
The theory of evolution provided the atheist an explanation of a creation
without a Creator.
But this misguided "rationalism" failed utterly to account for the origins
of things and of life; and today the more candid among geologists and biologists
confess that they do not know how life could have evolved from inanimate
matter, through the simple life forms to the complex, interdependent species
we see about us, finally to man. Lamarck's theory of "use and disuse,"
Darwin's "natural selection," and other theories have now fallen by the
wayside, and "mutations" explain only the presence of varieties less fit
to survive. Amazing New Knowledge of Science Now suppose we confine ourselves
What, then, has science actually determined?
Discovery and study of radioactivity during the past century has proved
that there has been no past eternity of matter! Radioactivity is described
as a process of disintegration. The atomic age is opening up new fields
to explore. Soon after Madame Curie discovered the element radium, in 1898,
it was discovered that radium, and the other radioactive elements as we
know now, are continually giving off radiations. Has Matter Always Existed?
So notice carefully what this now disclosed FACT of science means:
Uranium is a radioactive element heavier than radium. It has an atomic
weight of 238.5. In decomposing, it gives off a helium atom, weight 4,
repeated three times, and then the substance left is radium, atomic weight
about 226.4. Radium, then, is simply the end product of uranium after it
has lost three helium atoms. Then the disintegration continues in radium.
And the final product of this process of radioactive disintegration is
the element lead! Now of course this process requires great periods of
time. The calculated half-life of radium is 1590 years - uranium much longer.
I have seen it myself, in the darkroom of an X-ray laboratory. A tiny
portion of radium was placed on a mirror at the far end of a hollow tube,
and I looked into this tube through a magnifying glass at the other end.
Under this magnification what I saw appeared as a large, vast, dark sky,
with thousands of shooting stars falling toward me from all directions.
Actually what I saw were the emanations of tiny particles being emitted
by the radium, greatly magnified.
We know, therefore, that there has been no past eternity of matter!
When Matter Did Not Exist The radioactive elements in existence today have
not yet been in existence long enough to have run their course, and disintegrated
into lead. To have ALWAYS existed, without any definite time of starting
in the past, this "life" period of radioactive elements long ago would
have run its course. All radioactive elements would have long ago disintegrated
into lead. Since these elements exist only for a definite span of years,
and all the uranium, radium, thorium and other radioactive elements in
the world today have not yet existed that many years, there was a time,
prior to the duration of this span in the past, when these elements DID
Here we have definite scientific proof that MAT'TER HAS NOT ALWAYS EXISTED.
Here we have definite specific elements which once, in the long ago, did
not yet exist. Then there came a time, later, when these elements CAME
INTO EXISTENCE. Evolution usually postulates that things come about GRADUALLY,
through the slow-moving natural processes of the present. Try to imagine,
if you can, something coming into existence out of nothing GRADUALLY! Can
your mind entertain the idea?
I think not. No, I think if you are rational you will have to accept
the fact of a special and necessarily instantaneous CREATION. And SOME
POWER or SOME ONE had of necessity to do the creating. There is a cause
for every effect. And in accepting that inevitable FACT, proved by the
findings of science, of the existence of that GREAT FIRST CAUSE, YOU HAVE
ACCEPTED THE FACT of the existence and preexistence of the Creator -- GOD!
Where Did LIFE Come From? But how about the presence of life?
How did life get here? Science has learned some things about that, too.
The wisest of the ancients did not know what science makes available
today. Thus it is demonstrated today that LIFE COMES ONLY FROM LIFE, and
that each kind reproduces only after its kind (Genesis 1:25).
The works of Tyndall and Louis Pasteur, in the field of bacteria and
protozoa, finally demonstrated scientifically once and for all in these
more minute fields what Redi first demonstrated with larger organisms.
All the advances of recent medical and surgical science in the treatment
and prevention of germ diseases are based upon this great truth of the
law of Biogenesis -that LIFE can come only from preexisting LIFE.
No fact of science stands more conclusively proved today. Life CANNOT
come from dead matter. There is not one shred of truth from science to
account for the presence of life upon the earth by any means other than
a special creation by the great original first Cause -- God -- Who is life
and the fountain source of all life! It is now absolutely certain, according
to all that can be KNOWN from science -- according to all that is rational
-- that it required A REAL CREATION to produce life from the not-living
-- organic from inorganic matter. Life Only FROM Life One cannot rationally
deny the existence of my GOD, unless he can account for the origin of LIFE
without a Creator who, Himself, is Life! The Creator, therefore, begins
to be revealed, by science and by reason, as a LIVING God -- a God in whom
is LIFE, and who alone has imparted life to all that have it!
I could go further, and show you that what science has discovered about
energy and its origin and the laws of conservation of energy, also proves
conclusively that "the works were finished from the foundation of the world"
(Hebrews 4:3), that the material creation is a completed work, which is
not now going on!
Next, then, let's examine whether the great FIRST CAUSE is a Being of
intelligence, or merely some blind, dumb, unintelligent FORCE. Is Anything
Superior to Your Mind? Look about you. You admit that the transmission
of knowledge to your mind is limited to the channels of your five senses.
So now I ask you, do you know of anything that is superior to your mind?
Look at the planets coursing through the sky. Behold, in all its splendor,
the entire cosmic universe, with its suns, its nebulae and galaxies. Yes,
they are inanimate. They have no mind, no intelligence. They cannot do
what you can do - think, reason, plan, and carry out plans according to
private volition and will.
The human mind can know, think, reason, plan, and carry out its plans
to execution. It can invent and produce instruments by which it may acquire
knowledge of the vast universe, or of the minutest particle. By developing
rockets and computers, man is able to send astronauts to the moon and bring
them back alive. He can cause rivers to run backward, turn the forces of
nature to serving human needs. And now he has learned how to release the
energy of the atom, and utilize a power so vast that man is able at last
to annihilate all life from the earth.
But there remains one thing no man ever has been able to do. He cannot
build, make, produce, or create anything that is superior to himself!
A man can take existing materials and out of them build a house. An
automobile is almost a living thing, but the intelligence and powers required
to invent and produce it are superior to the thing produced. The Supreme
Intelligence To suggest to you that anything you could invent, make, build,
or bring into being could be superior in intelligence and ability to you
and your mind would certainly insult your intelligence!
Now let me ask you candidly, do you honestly believe that any power
or force of less intelligence than your mind produced YOU?
If you do not believe in my God, then you have only the alternative
of believing that something less than your intelligence produced YOU --
that dumb, purposeless UNINTELLIGENCE brought into being your intelligence!
The only rational possibility is to acknowledge that the very presence
of the human mind is PROOF that the great First Cause is also the SUPREME
INTELLIGENCE, infinitely superior to the abilities of mortal man! Suppose
You Were Creator? Suppose that you could add to your powers of reasoning,
planning, designing, the actual CREATIVE power, so that you could project
your will anywhere to produce and bring into being whatever your mind should
plan and desire. Then, suppose you undertook the designing, creating, fashioning,
shaping, and setting in motion a limitless cosmic universe -- with planets
and suns and nebulae and galaxies in all their splendor, each of these
vast units being of such intricate and complex construction as the existing
universe. On one of these planets you would plan and produce all the forms
of life that exist on this planet -- and I do not mean reproduce, for there
would be no present universe to copy. There would be worlds within a world,
down to the minutest infinitesimal particles of matter we cannot even see
by the aid of the most powerful microscopes.
Do you think your mind would be equal to the task?
Just stop and think.
Is it rational, then, to believe that any power or force lacking even
human intelligence could have planned, designed, created, formed, fashioned,
shaped, put together and set in motion the awesome universe we behold?
The First Great Cause who created matter; then, stands revealed as the
SUPREME INTELLIGENCE and ARCHITECT OF THE UNIVERSE! The Miracle of Living
Food But again I say, look about you! Here are human beings on this earth,
composed mainly of certain, specific elements of matter - living, organic
matter. These elements of life must be supplied and replenished through
food, water, and air.
No man with all his ingenuity and science and laboratory facilities
CAN PRODUCE FOOD! That is, he cannot take plain inorganic matter and turn
it into the living substance we call food. But some Power, Force, Intelligence,
or Being did in some way, at some time, start the process going -- a process
far too wonderful for any man to devise or produce.
And so it is that out of the ground grows grass, and green leafy vegetables,
and all other vegetables, and vines, and trees yielding fruit - each with
its seed in itself, each through this seed reproducing after its kind --
and it is very good!
But when a marvelous little grain of wheat is planted in the ground,
a plant develops and sprouts above the ground, and in some manner too wonderful
for any human mind to understand or imitate, the elements drunk in through
the roots from the ground are utilized by the life germ in the seed of
wheat, and new grains of wheat appear.
During this process, the inorganic iron and other elements dissolved
in the ground, drunk into the roots and carried up into the new grain of
wheat, have been actually converted into organic matter which can be assimilated
And this same marvelous process takes place in the growth out of the
ground of all grains, vegetables, fruits and foods. When we eat animal
meat we are merely consuming, secondhand, the vegetation which the animal
MAN, with all his vaunted science, his technical laboratory facilities,
with all his inventive genius, lacks the intelligence and the powers to
produce a grain of wheat, or to convert inorganic matter into living food.
Then is it rational to say that forces or powers exist, of NO intelligence,
which have been able to produce this living miracle of food? Did not a
far GREATER intelligence than man design, create, and supply man with all
of this? Man's Intelligence Versus God's But now let's COMPARE the wisdom
and intelligence of man with that of God who brought these marvels into
being, and keeps them functioning.
The grain of wheat GOD causes to grow out of the ground is a perfect
food. But, like other perfect gifts from God, man fails to value the priceless
perfection of the all-wise God, and, undertaking to improve on God's handiwork,
perverts, pollutes, and defiles it! Every bit of God's perfection man's
hand has ever touched, it would seem, he has besmirched, spoiled and polluted!
And the poor, defenseless grain of wheat is no exception! Into flour
mills of human devising go the millions of bushels of healthful wheat.
Yes, the sugar refiners do the same thing to sugar; and nearly all foods
on the market for human consumption today have gone through man's factories
and suffered from man's processes until they have been devitalized, depleted
of their health-giving requirements, and turned from foods into slow-acting
poisons! And these foodless foods with which man has tampered in lust for
profits have produced in human bodies a whole series of diseases of which
our forefathers of a few generations ago never heard! Result: Today human
beings drop dead before their time with heart failure, others die with
cancer; the population suffers rheumatism, arthritis, diabetes, kidney
diseases, anemia, colds, fevers, pneumonia, and thousands of other diseases.
We respond to the toothbrush and toothpaste ads and frantically brush our
teeth, but our teeth keep decaying and we lose them beginning at an early
age because of lack of calcium and fluorine in our diet.
Whose intelligence is higher -- that of the GOD who provided every perfect
need for every living thing, or that of greedy, gullible, God-rejecting
humans who in the interest of bigger profits and more luxuries for themselves
have ROBBED the very foods God created and gave us, of their health and
body-building values? "There Was No Watchmaker" I needed an accurate watch
with a very plain dial for timing broadcasts. The only kind that filled
the need was a railroad watch. I have one -- the very finest railroad watch
made, a 23-jewel watch.
But it does not keep perfect time. Once or twice a week I have to adjust
it a second or two, if I want to be sure it is accurate to the second.
I set it by the master clock of my city, or any city, which is always found
at the Western Union. But even this clock does not keep perfect time. Once
or twice a week it must be adjusted a second or two by the master clock
of the nation, by telegraph, from the Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C.
There at the Naval Observatory is the Master Clock of the U.S.A. But this
great master clock of the United States is not perfect, either. It, too,
must be adjusted and corrected occasionally.
Yes, it is corrected by the MASTER CLOCK OF THE UNIVERSE -- up in the
skies -- by astronomers! Up there in the heavens is the great Master Clock
that NEVER makes a mistake -- is always ON TIME -- never off a fraction
of a second -- the heavenly bodies coursing through the skies!
Now you, sir -- my doubting friend! If I show you my fine precision
23-jewel railroad watch and tell you that it was not made in a factory
after all -- in fact, it was not designed, planned, put together, by any
watchmaker at all -- that it just sort of HAPPENED -- that the iron ores
just brought themselves up out of the ground, refined themselves, formed
and shaped themselves into the delicate little cogs and wheels and other
pieces; the silicon just came of its own accord out of the earth and turned
itself into the glass crystal; the gold case just refined itself, shaped
itself; the cogs and wheels and scores of little parts just assembled themselves
together in that case, wound themselves up, and started themselves to running
and keeping almost perfect time -- well, if I should try to tell you anything
like that, you'd tell me I'm crazy or a fool, would you not?
Certainly! You know that the presence of that watch is RATIONAL AND
POSITIVE PROOF of the existence of a watchmaker, or watchmakers, who thought
it all out, planned it, formed it, shaped it, put it together, and started
it running. Master Clock of The Universe But then you, Mr. Skeptic -- you
look up into the great vast sky at the MASTER CLOCK of the universe, which
never misses a second -- the perfect watch by which we must constantly
set all our imperfect man-made watches -- and you tell me, "That all just
HAPPENED! There was no Great Watchmaker! No Master MIND thought out and
planned that vast universe, brought it into being, set each star and planet
in its own exact place, and started the myriad heavenly bodies coursing
through space, each in its prescribed orbit, in its orderly precision.
No, it just fashioned itself, put itself together, wound itself up, and
started itself running. There was no Intelligence -- no planning -- NO
CREATION -- NO GOD!"
Do you say that to me?
If you can, I answer that I do not respect your intelligence. And the
God I acknowledge replies to you, "The FOOL hath said in his heart, There
is no God!" (Psalm 14:1; 53:1.)
If you can look about you, and observe how intelligently PLANNED and
executed is everything in nature, and in plant and animal life - everything
we see except the bungling, botching, polluting of God's beautiful handiwork
by the clumsy hand of God-ignoring-and-rejecting MAN -- and then say you
doubt the existence of an all-wise, all-knowing, all-powerful Creator GOD,
then I do not have much faith either in your rational processes or your
sincerity as a seeker of the TRUTH!