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Posted by: Natalie Latzka on 10/06/2021

Is there Evidence for the Existence of God?

Presentation overview:

In my book, Navigating True North, I set out on a journey to find the truth about God. After a very difficult time in my life, I came to the personal realization that much of what I believed in terms of faith in God, had been influenced by what I have come to refer to as magnetic north.  I define magnetic north as everchanging “worldly” forces influenced by individual, religious and societal agendas, motivated by the desire for influence, power and control.  The forces of magnetic north promise to lead people in the direction of contentment, safety and truth, but ultimately leaves people feeling hopelessly lost in life. For me, the most disheartening part about finding myself lost in life, was the fact that I willingly and blindly followed those directions without ever questioning whether or not I was headed in the right direction. 

As I looked to find the truth about my faith and God, I knew I needed to find evidence to support what I believed and why I believed it as I was no longer willing to accept blind-faith.  For me that meant starting from the very beginning and completely rebuilding my faith foundation. I leveraged my skills as an attorney to research some foundational faith issues, starting with the question does God even exist.

My goal was to understand the arguments presented by differing viewpoints on this issue, weigh the evidence and draw reasoned and informed conclusions for myself. I began by studying philosophical arguments, but had a difficult time wrapping my head around those concepts.  As I pushed on, I stumbled on a question that seemed very relevant to the issue of whether or not God existed.  That question was, how did the universe begin?  I quickly determined that there are two possible answers to that question. The universe began as a result of random, unplanned chance or there was an intelligent designer at work.   

After years of studying topics such as cosmology, biology, evolution, thermodynamics, quantum physics and many more, I was able to compile a list of facts that I believe both sides of this debate would agree with.  The list includes the following facts: 1.) That the universe likely began in a big bang type scenario about 13-plus billion years ago. 2.)That the universe operates according to consistent laws of nature. 3.) That the continued existence of the universe is dependent on extremely precise and highly improbably conditions and if those conditions vary just slightly our universe would cease to exist. 4.) That all living organisms are made up of cells that contain DNA, which is information equivalent to an instructional code and more complex than any computer code humans have been able to design up to this point in history. 

As I weighed the evidence for myself, it came down to this, does the evidence suggest it is more logical and reasonable to conclude that the universe was created by random, unplanned chance or that it was created by an intelligent designer? In my opinion, it was the complexity and specificity of the information found in DNA that offered the most convincing evidence.  In any other scenario I could imagine, if there was that level of information present, I would have to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that an intelligent designer had been at work.  I could not logically or reasonable reach the conclusion that DNA, literally the gold-standard of information, is the one exception to the rule and the result of random and unplanned chance.  For the first time, I also saw how science and God can co-exist and work together as we look to answer questions about our universe. 

General presentation outline for a 1-2 hour presentation:

1. Overview of theories of how the universe began

2. Big Bang  as the prevailing theory

3. Who or what caused the bang

4. Arguments presented by naturalism to explain the beginning of the universe

5. Arguments presented by intelligent design to explain the beginning of the universe

6. My conclusion based on the evidence and encouragement to others to reach their own conclusion

Target Audience: 

-Christians intellectually questioning their faith for philosophical or scientific reasons. (38% of Millennials state this as reason for rejecting faith in God.)  

-Apologetics: Christians struggling to articulately logically defend and share their belief in God. (Only about 19% of Christians will share reasons for their faith primarily because they lack confidence.)  

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