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Seven Proofs God Exists
Tomorrow's World Magazine
October 1971
Volume: Vol III, No. 10
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Seven Proofs God Exists
Garner Ted Armstrong   
Church of God

Born: February 9, 1930
Died: September 15, 2003
Member Since: 1930
Ambassador College: 1956
Ordained: 1955
Office: Evangelist

This is the most vital decade of all history! NEVER has it been more urgently necessary to answer the question, "Does God Exist?" Atheists, scientists and historical geologists assume He does not! Churchgoers: some Christians assume He does! It's time to QUIT ASSUMING! It's time you saw the Proof!

THERE IS a delusion gripping the minds of people today. It holds them in its sway, deluding and deceiving them, making them veritable slaves. It is the concept of "no God."
   Sir Julian Huxley, grandson of the famed evolutionist, has stated: "There is no longer either need or room for supernatural beings capable of affecting the course of events in the evolutionary pattern of thought. The earth was not created, it evolved. So did all the animals and plants that inhabit it, including our human selves, mind and soul as well as brain and body."
   Is there "no longer any need for a concept of God"? Is the Bible merely a collection of Hebrew fables, or the dynamic living Word of an intelligent, all-wise Creator Being?
   These questions demand an answer. Your very life, the lives of your loved ones, and the future of this world hang in the balance.

Proof Number One

   Need "Christians" be afraid or apprehensive of science textbooks? Is the Bible totally out of harmony with all science? Do modern-day discoveries in the sciences render the Christian helpless to reconcile his belief with the "enlightened age" in which he lives?
   The first Positive Proof of the existence of God is so broad, so all-encompassing, so diverse in its many ramifications that it is possible only to barely scratch the surface in this article. However, there can be no clearer way to substantiate this proof than to quote from a typical college textbook which discards. the Biblical record. In the foreword material, the authors offer various explanations as to the origin of the earth:
   Our own galaxy, which we remember is but a tiny part of the universe, has probably existed a million, million years.
   "But some progress has been made in attempting to explain how and when the sun and its nine planets came into being. The study of the solar system gives us at least a clue to the origin of that part of the universe most important to us — the earth.
   "The explanation commonly accepted today is called the Hypothesis of Dynamic Encounter formulated about 1900 by T. C. Chamberlain and F. R. Moulton of the University of Chicago. In brief it suggests that our solar system had its birth when the sun was approached by another huge star. The latter, through the operation of the law of gravitation, detached from the sun great masses of flaming gas. The orphan masses from the parent sun gradually cooled and crystallized to become the nuclei of planets. These continued to revolve around the sun, held in their orbits by the gravitational pull of the parent body.
   "The evolution of the earth to its present state was very gradual" (Wallbank and Taylor, Civilization Past and Present, vol. I, page 31).
   Even though it is outdated in certain respects, I quote this statement in full for a very special reason.
   Let's go back and carefully ANALYZE what we have just read.
   Notice carefully the italicized words in the quotation you have just read. We have such words in the opening phrases as "probably, some Progress hah been made, attempting to explain, at least a clue, explanation commonly accepted, hypothesis, and it suggests."
   What a collection! Here are numerous "attempts" to explain, "some progress" being made, at least a "clue," and the "suggestion" of a "hypothesis" — the very word itself meaning "we guess."
   Then, in very careful wording, having begun with a number of "possibles" and "perhapses" the book begins to tell of definite past occurrences which are said to have taken place.
   But let's analyze further. Let's get to the very trunk of the tree of this very vital first proof of the existence of God.
   In the very beginning the writers, even though beginning with many attempts to explain, clues and guesses, admit the existence of our solar system, a "sun," another "huge star," the "operation of the law of gravitation," great "masses of flaming gas," and admit that these gases "gradually cooled."
   They also mention how these gases "crystallized" and then continued to "revolve around the sun, held in their orbits by the gravitational pull of the parent body."
   What a fantastic array! Here is a tremendous, limitless, imagination-defying expanse — an entire universe. Here is a whole solar system, a huge sun, the operation of certain, definite, immutable, unchangeable LAWS. Here is a supposed collision between gigantic, breathtakingly huge astral bodies, resulting in the supposed formation of our present solar system.
   Think of it! All of these myriad laws — of heat, light, energy, motion, the rotation of astral bodies, the laws of gravity, and myriad other laws, entirely too numerous to mention — are admitted to exist.
   Get back to the real TRUNK of the tree. Where is the place to begin? Is it an attempt to explain the existence of our present solar system? Decidedly not. Scientists and astronomers tell us that our solar system is only one of many such systems in our great galaxy called the "Milky Way." However, even our galaxy is only one of myriad galaxies, which form only a part of the vast, limitless expanse of the universe. Our planet, astronomers assure us, is merely a third-rate planet in a second-rate solar system, lost in the expanses of seemingly limitless space.
   Do you begin to comprehend? By what law did one star approach another? By what law did heat gradually cool? By what law was there a "gravitational pull"? By what law was there the existence of the "operation of the law of gravitation"?
   Yes, there it is. In dissecting and looking carefully into the statements of some of the preposterous hypotheses which have been advanced, you begin to see that in every case the writers have begun with an orderly, law-abiding universe, governed by irrefutable laws.
   The existence of law, unchangeable, immutable, irrevocable, unseen and yet active, absolutely demands the existence of a great lawgiver.
   "There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy..." (James 4:12).
   That Lawgiver is God!

Proof Number Two

   Before seeing this 'next amazing, irrefutable proof, it is first necessary to state, in simple terms, the meaning of the word "evolution." Of course, there are many processes called "evolution."
   The process of development of music from simple to complex is, in a sense, an "evolutionary" process as is true in all technological inventions. This has perhaps led many to assume such a development is also true in organic, living material.
   Here is one such stated idea:
   "Evolution is the gradual development from the simple, unorganized condition of primal matter to the complex structure of the physical universe; and in like manner, from the beginning of organic life on the habitable planet, a gradual unfolding and branching out into all the various forms of beings which constitute the animal and plant kingdom" (Richard Swann Lull, Organic Evolution, page 6).
   Evolution theorizes from the beginning of organic life — already having LIFE with which to begin. It does not now show, nor has it ever shown, nor will it ever be able to show, how life itself first CAME into existence.
   The theory of evolution (the word "theory" means "we think") states simply that all life forms that we know today, including humankind, have gradually evolved from the most simple life forms to the complex, intricate, interdependent species we see about us today, each reproducing according to its own kind.
   Evolution postulates that life evolved in a "gradual process," by "resident forces" into the complexity of life we see about us today.
   And herein, at the very basic trunk of the tree of all evolutionary thought, lies one of the greatest proofs of God!
   Evolutionists, geneticists, biologists, scientists in any field whatsoever have never been able to demonstrate, nor to offer the slightest evidence that the not-living can make itself into the LIVING.
   It is true that certain laboratory experiments have taken place in which supposed "dead cells" are said to have been "revived" and brought back to life by the means of certain chemical compounds. In other experiments, scientists have diligently tried to produce organic type compounds called amino acids. This, however, is a far cry from "spontaneous generation."
   There is a broad, gaping, yawning chasm of separation between life and death. The great gap between the not-living and the living is so broad, so insurmountable, so unfathomable by man, that evolutionists can only "suppose" and guess, offering vague, ethereal, nebulous "theories" as to how life for the first time "might have" begun accidentally!
   However, on the other hand, there is an absolute, demonstrable law of science which comprises the second major proof of the existence of a life-giving God.
   That is the law of biogenesis!
   "Bio" means life! "Genesis" means beginning. This law, then, is a law concerning the beginning of life. This law, simply stated, is the absolute law that life comes only from life. That the not-living can never give rise to, give birth to or produce the living. There is perhaps no law known to science that can be any more firmly and easily demonstrated than the law of biogenesis.
   The very existence of life demands a Life Giver!
   God states dogmatically, "And the Eternal God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Gen. 2:7).
   Almighty God — the Life Self-Existent, the One who has life, who is Life, who was before all things — imparted life to the first man and set within man, the animals, and all plants the cyclical character of life which enables them to reproduce according to certain set laws. God is the great Life Giver!

Proof Number Three

   Many of these amazing proofs of the existence of an Almighty God "overlap."
   That is, each is, to a degree, interrelated with the others. The third major proof of God can be stated quite simply from the quotation you saw under Proof Number One.
   You will notice that evolutionists, in trying to substantiate their theory, always BEGIN with an orderly universe and the existence of matter. Notice the so-called Theory of Evolution BEGINS with matter, laws, and "simple" life.
   What is matter? Matter occupies space and has weight. It is not always necessarily seen, since certain gases, and even the air which you breathe, are also classified as "matter."
   Until recently, scientists talked of the law of the "conservation of matter." However, with the discoveries in nuclear physics, and following Madame Curie's experiments with radium, scientists have now found there is a certain amount of "disintegration" in matter!
   This deterioration of uranium is a scientific fact! Uranium (U238) gradually disintegrates through many intermediate states into lead (Pb206). Uranium, as you may well know, is radioactive and gives off energy in the form of radiation.
   Gradually, over a period of seemingly limitless years, this radioactive material disintegrates into lead! There is no proof of any new uranium coming into existence today!
   Hence science has firmly established that there has been no past eternity of matter!
   Matter must have at sometime come into existence. It had to have been, at some time, created.
   Creation, then, the very existence of things, absolutely demands and requires a Creator. That which is made requires a Maker. That which is produced requires a Producer.
   Therefore, the third great proof is that the creation requires a great Creator.

Proof Number Four

   The One who is quoted in the first person as being God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good" (Gen. 1:24-25).
   Scientists have attempted to show the evolutionary pattern by "comparative embryology," by a study of selective breeding, genetics, and various other aspects of biology.
   However, without taking the tremendous amount of space necessary to even faintly scratch the surface of such a broad subject, suffice it to say there is an absolute, irrefutable, immutable, unchangeable law, which absolutely prohibits a jump from one kind to another kind!
   There are hundreds of different varieties within a certain species, and while there may be small, tiny dogs, such as the Mexican Chihuahua, and also huge dogs such as the St. Bernard or the Great Dane, they are still dogs! They are not cats, or horses, nor are they even beginning to show a gradual trend toward developing into another species. They are all of the same kind.
   Comparative embryology tries to point out that the beginning embryos of fish, polliwogs, and humans look very much alike. This is absolutely true. But while it proves absolutely nothing for the case of evolution, this does offer a STRONGER proof of the existence of God. Scientists are defied to attempt to make the embryo of a fish turn out to be a polliwog, a man, or anything other than a fish of the exact same kind of fish which laid the egg in the first place.

Proof Number Five

   Look about you. You live in a complex, intricate and interdependent world.
   It is a world of great design.
   You have never seen an ugly sunset. You have never seen an ugly scene in the desert, in the mountains, at sea, or anywhere on the surface of this entire earth, unless it were a scene made ugly by man. All is in harmony.
   Life, as we know it, is entirely interdependent upon other forms of life. Nothing lives or dies to itself.
   The question to the evolutionists is: Which "evolved" first, the corn or the bee? Did the bee evolve slowly for thousands, millions or billions of years independent of the cornstalks, the flowers and the pollens from growing things which are his life source?
   Did the flowers, grasses, trees, and grains all evolve slowly and gradually over a period of millions or billions of years independent of the little bee, upon whom they must rely for their very continuation of life?
   These are totally insurmountable, and unanswerable questions to the evolutionists! The old question, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" is a question which the evolutionist feels worthy only of disdain. Why? Simply because he cannot answer it.
   It is better, from his point of view, to merely scoff, make fun of and attempt to dismiss such a question when he cannot answer it.
   This total interdependency of all life forms — the tremendous design within this universe shows a common Beginner, one main Architect, one great Designer with an overall framework of a plan of creation into which all life forms fit.
   Nothing lives or dies to itself. Each living thing, whether plant or animal, when it dies, supplies further life for other living things. Observe a forest. A tree grows, finally dies and falls, only to become part of the fallow forest floor, supplying life-giving elements for the young trees which it had sown in its lifetime.
   This great universe, and the complex intricate earth on which you live and draw breath, is a world of great design. It is a world of such complex and intricate design as to take the very breath in beginning to investigate even the minutest part.
   The cleavage properties of minerals, the wings of a bird or a fly, the beauty of a sunset, the facets of a quartz crystal, and above all, the marvelous, tremendous masterpiece of all design, the human body, all point out that for such intricate design, there had to be an eternal Designer.
   Design in the universe proves the existence of a Designer!

Proof Number Six

   This sixth proof of the existence of an Almighty God is perhaps the most astounding of all.
   It is fulfilled prophecy!
   About one full third of your Bible is prophecy; and while most of that one third pertains to our present day, there are many, many prophecies which have already been fulfilled, and which are presently BEING fulfilled.
   God sent His prophets hundreds of years ago to such major cities as Babylon, Ekron, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Tyre and Sidon. These prophets — simple human beings who had been commissioned with a message — foretold the decay, fall and particular type of fate which was to befall each of these ancient cities.
   And without fail, in every single instance, exactly at the time prescribed, all these things HAPPENED!
   Since we have the technical details of the fulfillment of many of these prophecies in booklet form, and in order to save space, I invite you to read our FREE booklet The Proof Of The Bible.
   This attractively printed booklet will show you with pictures exactly how these prophecies were fulfilled.
   The very fact that God is able to foretell the future, and bring it to pass, is a great proof of His existence!

Proof Number Seven

   This last proof is perhaps the greatest proof of all to true Christians. It is the proof of answered prayer.
   However, since the skeptics, atheists and doubters have never prayed, and hence have never had prayers answered, they continue to DOUBT.
   Now take George Mueller's example. George Mueller is dead now, but he was a great man of FAITH. He founded five great orphanages and other charitable institutions in Bristol, England. He started out, as FAITH always does, with a very small work, without any financial backing, and absolutely no means of support, except to get down on his knees and send up a believing Prayer to God.
   For nearly seventy years George Mueller continued that great work, and it grew into a tremendous institution until it housed thousands. Every dime for feeding, clothing, sheltering, and schooling those thousands of orphans came in only one way — as a result of believing prayer.
   Altogether he received more than a million four hundred thousand pounds — that was about seven million dollars — sent to him in answer to his prayers!
   Real answered prayer is NOT the mere working out of events as a result of "concentration." Many people seem to assume answered prayer is merely an accomplishment as a result of "positive thinking" or a psychological adjustment.
   This is a gross error!
   Real answered prayer is a direct, miraculous supernatural intervention from Almighty God! It is the result of obedience to God's laws, asking according to His will, and then believing in faith until the answer comes.
   These seven, irrefutable unchallengeable PROOFS of the existence of Almighty God represent only the minutest beginning of the subject. They are, nevertheless, proofs. It's about time people quit assuming — it's about time they began to really PROVE all things.
   It's about time YOU said with Job, "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth" (Job 19:25).

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