Does God Exist?
Vol: 62 Issue: 1 Wednesday, November 1, 2006
While almost ninety-percent of Americans, according to the CIA World Fact Book, identify themselves as Christians, a new Harris Poll found that almost half of Americans aren’t sure that God even exists, according to a British newspaper.
Asked whether or not they are absolutely certain of the existence of God, 42 percent of US adults said they were not.
Less than one-third of all adults believe that God “controls what happens on Earth” – a figure which includes just over half of ‘Born Again’ Christians.
Women (62%) are more likely than men (54%) to express certainty as are African Americans (71%) compared to Hispanics (61%) and Whites (57%).
But the public is almost equally divided between those who think of God as male (36%) and “neither male nor female” (37%), with 10 percent saying “both male and female.” Only one percent thinks of God as female.
Broken down by groups, 76 percent of Protestants, 64 percent of Catholics and 30 percent of Jews said they are “absolutely certain” there is a God while 93 percent of Christians who describe themselves as “Born Again” feel certain God exists.
But the conclusions one reaches depends in how you read the poll. That 42% overall figure ‘who aren’t sure’ includes 15 percent who are “somewhat certain,” 11 percent who think there is probably no God and 16 percent who are not sure. Remove the words ‘absolutely certain’ and one ends up with the same 89% listed in the CIA World Fact Book.
Moreover, turn the poll around and it reveals that some 58% of Americans ARE ‘absolutely certain’ that God exists.
Bible prophecy provides almost daily proof to this generation of the existence of God. No human being, or group of human beings, could possibly outline the future, starting at the end, and working back to the beginning, and maintain an accuracy rate of 100%.
About a quarter of the Bible deals with future events, many of which were fulfilled in the life and times of Jesus Christ and providing us with an historical track record.
In this generation, ancient Bible prophecies for the last days, starting with the restoration of the Jews to the Land of Israel, have taken form and substance as part of the daily news.
There exists today a revived form of the old Roman Empire prophesied by Daniel. The Gog-Magog Alliance was foretold by Ezekiel. His prophecy foresaw and alliance between Iran, Russia, the Mediterranean Islamic world in a war against Israel and even included the probable use of nuclear weapons.
The Bible foretold the existence of a global economy, including a reference to a cashless, electronic society in which everyone’s economic transactions and individual movements would be tracked and controlled.
The Bible foretold the existence of a vast, eastern military power of 200 million men, (in John’s day, the population of the known world) that would arise in the last days.
The Bible predicted that the most intractable political problem facing world leaders would revolve around the ownership of the city of Jerusalem.
The Bible also outlined the last days of the Church Age, describing them as ‘perilous times’ to be a Christian. It follows with a description of the social conditions as they would exist in the last generation before the return of Christ for His Church.
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” (2 Timothy 3:3-5)
The proof of God’s existence is all around us. The earth’s perfect distance from the sun, the unique chemical properties of water, the human brain, DNA, the number of people who attest to knowing God, the gnawing in our hearts and minds to determine if God is there, the willingness for God to be known through Jesus Christ.
But to my thinking, the most powerful evidence of the existence of God is the effort to deny Him. Reading the Harris Poll accurately, one finds that 58% of Americans are “absolutely certain” of God’s existence and that only eleven percent are “absolutely certain” that He does not.
But that eleven percent have been able to banish God from the public arena, remove His influence from politics and the judiciary, turn Creationism into a myth and elevate the theory of evolution to the status of ‘fact’, and paint all American Christians as hate-mongers.
Think about it. The Bible says that Satan is the ‘prince and power of the air’ — and the airwaves are more or less completely under his control. Consider the way this poll was itself presented.
Ekklesia UK headlined its story “In God We Trust?” The focus wasn’t on the 58% who are absolutely certain that God exists, but rather on those who were ‘somewhat certain’ and those who ‘weren’t sure’ lumping them together with the 11% who said there is ‘probably’ no God to make it appear that America is 42% atheist.
“Polls have often reported that Americans are much more likely to believe in God than people in most other developed countries, particularly in Europe. However, the new Harris Poll finds that 42 percent of all U.S. adults say they are not “absolutely certain” there is a God.”
I couldn’t find any news reports about this poll that presented it from the more positive perspective that 6 in 10 Americans are ‘absolutely sure’ God exists. That’s because the ‘prince and power of the air’ remains in control.
If God really doesn’t exist, then why so much effort to prove it? Why should unbelievers care about a ‘mythical’ God so much that they would go to such lengths to banish Him from our public discourse? Nobody is running polls among adults to ask them if they believe in the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus.
(And if they did, the headline wouldn’t focus on the minority who said that they did and present it as evidence the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are real.)
Why so much effort to prove a negative? The only logical reason is because God is real. If He wasn’t, then the battle wouldn’t be so fierce. The debate wouldn’t be so divisive. There are no headline-making polls about the existence of Buddha. And nobody would dare question the existence of Allah. They are not a threat to the prince and power of the air.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
The prince and power of the air knows that Name. That’s why he works so hard to keep anybody else from learning it.
Nobody fights that hard against a myth.