THE LAST WHY
What to say to an atheist when they ask why you believe in God.
In recent years, atheists seem to have taken over the internet. They troll comment areas on articles and social media sites, waiting to pounce on anyone that offers a prayer or praise to an almighty power. They act as though anyone who believes in a higher being is an idiot or at the very least, naïve. They seem to believe that atheism is a new concept and that those in the past who believed just didn’t know any better.
Unfortunately, many of the believers who are attacked in these forums choose to respond by quoting scripture which is about as effective as speaking Chinese to a cow.
How can people who don’t believe in God find any proof in the Bible? Bluntly, they don’t. So, that brings about a problem for those who don’t know how to respond to the atheists’ question of why we believe.
I should start this by explaining that I hold an advanced degree in science. I have studied biology, physics, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, geology (and a host of other topics that would make the average person cringe) as both a career choice and a hobby. I actually like that stuff, and I have pondered the existence of God just like the next person. And after spinning around and around the subject for decades, I finally landed on the basis of my belief.
It’s something I call, “The Last Why.”
It works very simply like this: Start with any question and continue asking “why” until there are no more answers.
For example: Why is the sky blue? We can answer that using science and talk about the refraction of light through the water in our atmosphere and how the blue wavelength is refracted in a way that allows the sky to appear blue to us mortals here below. We can ask another “why” concerning the refraction of light and the game continues until we reach the subatomic level and the spin of subatomic particles around the nucleus of the atom or even the behavior of the particles making up those smaller particles, but sooner or later we will always get to that last “why.” The one that will leave even the most brilliant physicists scratching their brilliant noggins and admitting they don’t know. Eventually, they will become flustered and say something along the lines of “Because something makes them do that!”
Something makes the particles in the universe behave the way they do. Something makes gravity have the effect it does on a mass (and yes, I know it’s electromagnetism, but why does electromagnetism do that?) Something makes these laws of physics consistent throughout the universe, consistent enough that we can design a craft here that can journey through space, reacting to those laws with predictable accuracy. We have to believe that this “something” is intelligent otherwise there would be no predictability, only chaos. Without intelligence and intent, there would be no laws, only random occurrences that adhere to no rules, not too unlike a two-year-old throwing a temper tantrum.
At this point, you might say, “Just because there is an intelligent force controlling the universe, doesn’t mean there’s a god.”
Now we’re just arguing semantics.