I hear that a Zambian in Livingstone who is calling himself an atheist is challenging Christians to a debate on the existence of God. He wants us to prove that God exists. He reminds me of a philosopher called Mercutio who used to issue out similar challenges.
I normally do not spend time on such matters because the Bible does not try to prove the existence of God. It simply says in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” So, why should I spend my time doing what the Bible does not do?
Also, when I became a Christian, no one proved to me the existence of God. I knew he existed instinctively. I was taught the evolutionary theory throughout my school days but somehow even as a child I could tell that this was a theory that had no leg to stand on.
Mind you, I was not even a Christian at that time. I was still steeped in sin. I was simply being honest with myself. When I sinned, my conscience told me that God was not happy with what I had done but I used to harden my heart so that I could go on sinning.
Yet, for the sake of youths who listen to people like the Livingstone atheist, from time to time I explain the existence of God from the premise of Genesis 1:1 itself. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” In other words, God is our Creator.
Every creation must have a creator. Every design must have a designer. A big bang could not have produced something as complex as this universe. As a mining engineer myself, I can tell you that explosions do not produce order. They produce total chaos.
Look at the human body, for instance. It has many systems—the skeletal system, the muscular system, the digestive system, the nervous system, the blood circulation system, the immune system, the waste management system, the reproductive system, and so on.
All these systems are so intricately balanced that the moment you disturb one you disturb so many others. Anyone who looks at the human being, therefore, is looking at a body that is better designed and more multifaceted than the most complex computer on the planet.
Would you agree if someone said that a computer was produced by a big bang many years ago? If that is laughable, why should we believe that the human body and other equally complex parts of the universe were produced by a big bang? Oh, please, give us a break!
The reason why people want to have this well designed universe without recognising its divine Designer is because they want to continue living in sin. The moment you admit that God exists you have to obey his commandments. Let’s face it: You don’t want to do that!