Over a hundred years ago in a highly charged Christian world someone had the insight to blasphemously declare that ‘God didn’t create man. Man created God’. It is not an argument that could be scientifically supported a hundred years ago but evidence is mounting that the brave fellow was on the mark.
Have you ever argued or debated this with a devout Christian; one who doesn’t believe in evolution and stands firmly alongside their belief in intelligent design? If you have, you may have walked away with the belief that ‘man’ was clever enough indeed to create not just God but a perfect God at that. He must have been clever to be able to do everything they claim He did. I use the word ‘He’ as every religious person I’ve ever met insist that God is a male.
Personally, I think it’s all ridiculous but I never ridiculed these people for their ignorance. After all it makes them happy. Just don’t get into a debate with them. Here’s a summary of three I’ve had recently.
Person number 1 insisted that God made everything in the universe, including the universe.
‘It’s a very big universe’ I interjected, ‘being 15 billion light years across which means the distance in kilometres is 300,000 times the number of seconds in 15 billion years’.
‘Yes, God did create it’ boasted the young fellow proudly.
‘Even our own Sun, which is 14.5 million degrees in its centre?’ I asked.
‘Yes’ (Without getting his fingers burnt, apparently).
‘And how about photons, those little light particles that travel at the speed of 300,000 kilometres a second?’
‘But they’re rather small. There are more molecules in a spoonful of water than there are spoonfuls of water in the Atlantic Ocean’. (You can see I was doubting this guy).
‘Yes, He still made them’ (and the spoons too I suppose).
‘God can do anything. He created the universe’.
Whilst I tried to show some interest in our discussion the one thing running through my head was that this is a load of crap. Do people actually believe this stuff?
Person number 2 was equally as perplexing.
‘The world is a only a few thousand years old and dinosaurs never existed’.
‘There is plenty of evidence to suggest they did, you know, like bones’.
I thought I had a real ‘gotcha’ there. But no.
‘The bones were planted by atheists to try and prove that evolution was real. They were intent on diverting people away from the truth that God created the Earth a few thousand years ago’.
So there we have it. Over the last couple of hundred years non-Christians have been busy making millions of fake dinosaur bones. It’s probably China’s biggest industry.
Person number 3 takes first prize.
I thought I was chatting with an astute fellow in number 3. He was interested in such things as science and its disciplines (and even science fiction) so I mentioned to him that I was puzzled to understand how sight evolved.
‘It’s simple’ he replied. ‘God gave all creatures eyes’.
Thinking I had another gotcha moment I bounced back with ‘but who gave God eyes then?’
Number 3 looked at me as though I was the complete idiot, for which I was for not knowing that . . .
‘God had eyes in the first place, duh’.
Dear oh dear. And to think we have politicians and community leaders who also believe all this.
God help us.