Evidence for the Existence of God.
Most atheists rely on the principles and complexities of science and evolution to justify the existence of the universe. But, there are many atheists who actually believe in a creator God, who simply question whether the God of the bible is the true God. Some point out that the bible has too many contradictions or that there are too many denominations that teach different versions of the same bible for there to be an all-knowing, omni-present God.
To further add to their confusion, I will describe a series of revelations shown to me in the Easter of 1993. This article regarding using this "vision" to prove the existence of God will consist of five parts and a video I "stole" from You-tube entitled "From Christian to Atheist" :
- My Revelation
- Bible Contradictions
- Creation vs. Evolution
- Reasons why people should still believe in the God of the bible
- Why the world is a better place with religion
For most of my life I have been a Christian. I grew up and was confirmed in the Anglican church, where I served as an acolyte, and youth and church committee member. I attended Sunday School, and later became a Sunday school teacher. I was a member of the Methodist, Baptist, African-Methodist-Episcopalian and Assembly of God church. There was a brief period in my life where I questioned the existence of a Christian God, and followed the teachings of Malcom X and Louis Farrakhan, but was quickly dragged back into the Christian church through dreams.
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelation, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. (2 Corinthians 12:7).
2 Corinthians 12:7
First, I will quote 2 Corinthians 12:7
God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement. - Marcus Garvey
Secondly, I will use a quote from the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, one of national heroes of Jamaica.
People often point out how the bible contradicts itself. They often state that the God of the bible is all-knowing, omni-present and all-loving. How could such a good God carryout or approve the mass killings in the bible? They also claim that if the bible is the true word of God, then it should be error-free.
In the book of Revelation chapter 1 verses 14-15 John writes:
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. (Revelation 1:14-16 KJV)
In Revelation 22 verse 19 he writes:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:19)
These two scriptures from the bible, have not prevented man from interpreting the bible in their own way. When two bible verses contradict, it means that at least one must be wrong.
Abraham and the Ten Commandments
Abram, who later became Abraham, became the father of the chosen and "unchosen" people.
Abram lived in a city called Ur. God told Abraham to leave this city and go to a new land that God would show Him.
Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12:1-3 KJV)
Thus Abraham became the first Hebrew, and the father of the chosen people who were in slavery in Egypt and who received the Ten Commandments and the Old Testament laws. Abraham through whose line Jesus Christ came into the world to be Savior of not only the Jews but to those who are “born again”.
God promised Abraham that his wife Sarah who was past the age of child birth would bear a son. Abraham already had a son, Ishmael, by his servant Hagar, before the promised son Isaac. This could be viewed as adultery, and could be concluded that God condones adultery. Abraham learned about the coming of Isaac through angels sent by God. God could simply have made Sarah fruitful in her child bearing years; and Ishmael born of Hagar, but of another father. Through both sons, mighty nations would arise. The descendants of Isaac would be the chosen nation and whose descendants would be a blessing to all the nations in the world..
There were many events mentioned in the bible, that took place in Abraham's life but the near sacrifice of Isaac could be seen as the most important one. God told Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering to prove his faith (Gen 22), Abraham obeyed and brought Isaac to Mount Moriah. On the way to Mount Moriah, Isaac asked Abraham where was the sacrificial animal. Abraham told Isaac God would provide the animal for the sacrifice. Here again - God could have told Abraham that He would provide a sacrificial animal, thus preventing Abraham from lying to his son. This request of Abraham (the chosen one) by God constitutes both lying and killing. He placed Isaac on the altar and then God told him not to sacrifice his son and showed him a ram caught in the bushes This act of obedience proved Abraham's faith and trust in Him.
Circumcision of the foreskin was a covenant made with God, Abraham and his descendants.,
"This is My covenant which ye shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after you: Every man child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt Me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he who is born in the house or bought with thy money must needs be circumcised; and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child who flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant. (Genesis 17: 10-14 KJV).
The command to keep the Sabbath day holy was not given as a covenant to Abraham, even though the Sabbath already existed.
Then He said unto Abraham: "Know of a surety that thy seed shall be stranger in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they shall afflict them four hundred years. "And also that nation that they serve will I judge; afterward they shall come out with great substance. (Genesis 15: 13 -14 KJV)
Here we see a period of promised years of affliction.
Scriptures mentioned in the video
Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value. (St. Matthew 27 8-10 KJV)
In Acts 1:16 Peter said:
Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
Therefore, maybe Judas gave back the money, because he did not realize that he was betraying Jesus. The chief priests took the money and bought the "field of blood" and took Judas's body after he hanged himself and threw it into the field. (Just assuming).
Regarding Jesus's genealogy in Matthew 1:16 and Luke 3:23; Matthew uses father, and Luke uses son. Maybe Jacob was the father, and Heli was the mother, the writer of Luke simply replaced the list of mothers with the word son?
I will not comment on the scriptures regarding the hour of crucifixion, but go on to the scriptures about going to heaven. In 2 Kings 2:11 it says that , Elijah went to heaven in a whirlwind. However, the scripture in John 3:13 Jesus was replying to a comment by Nicodemus. Here Jesus mentions that you must be born again. He also tells Nicodemus, and I will quote the New International Version of the bible.
You are Israel's teacher said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things? I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things, and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven - the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved, the world that He gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because He has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. This is the verdict, Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what He has done Has been done through God," (St. John 3:10-21 NIV)
John did not write that no one has gone into heaven except Jesus. He wrote that no one has gone into heaven except the Son of man, what about the daughter of man? In the book of Malachi 3:6 it states that "I, the Lord do not change."
Proof of Creation
One question I asked God during my vision in 1993, was, when did the darkness before the creation of the world started? He said He did not know, He came out of the darkness with the power to create. Another question I asked myself was, there is too much similarities between the races for there to be more one God. I concluded that there must be a higher power than the God speaking to me. However, He did tell me that the Genesis creation was not the first creation, thus the "Let us" in the creation story, because more than one persons were present at the time He created the world in Genesis.
In the Quran, Mohammed is the messenger of Allah, in the napkin religion, the paper is the messenger of god. Who is the true God?
In the revelation of 1993, I was given an interpretation of the book of Galatians. The book of Galatians is about the newly converted Gentiles being pressured to be circumstances. Paul writes a letter to them informing them that circumcision was not necessary for the Gentiles to be saved.
Circumcision of the males was a covenant between Abraham, his seed and God. Circumcision is a very delicate process, if not done properly, could affect the male child for life. Therefore, a circumcised male indicated that this man was one of the chosen of God. In Galatians, Paul points out that the covenant was between Abraham and his seed not seeds as in many, but one seed namely Jesus Christ. Paul was already circumcised, thus it was argued that Paul is circumcised, and thus "saved", thus by preaching that circumcision was not necessary, he was preaching against the Hebrew God.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto Salvation to everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile (Roman 1:16 KJV)
Reasons why people should still believe in the God of the bible
One of Christ's main mission was to redeem man from the curse of law. After His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ called Paul to preach to the Gentiles. Paul explains to these new converts that the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, but now that Christ has come we are no longer under the law.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ that we might be justified by faith, But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster, For ye are the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3: 24-26 KJV)
The bible has been described as a book of fairy tales. Thus I will make up a fairy tale story of my own.
Let us assume that a group of people were in slavery, and a message came to the slaves that a lot of first-born of the owners have been killed. Therefore, the slaves should take their belongings and leave the land. On their journey to the new land they came upon a pool filled with water. One man came forward, and said that he would pull the plug, and allow them to cross the dry pool. When the others chasing them came to the pool, he would put back the plug and quickly fill the pool to drown them. After the newly-freed slaves had crossed the pool safely, the leader of the group, then went into the mountain, and was gone for what appeared to be quite a long time. Because he took a long time in coming back, the people decided to make a god similar to the one they worshiped while in slavery. God heard the worshiping and came to the conclusion that they must have liked slavery, and therefore He would kill them and send them back to their former masters to be slaves again.
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments are often described as consisting of two parts, the first four Commandments linking man to God, and the last six is between man and man. If I was a part of the group that was taken out of Egypt, I am going to stop lying, killing and committing adultery immediately, but I will not remember the God that parted the Red Sea before me, or made me work twice as hard on Friday, so I could get a whole 24 hour period of rest on a Saturday?
Why is the world a better place with religion
Religion unifies people, and sets the morals by which we are to live by. Because there are contradictions in the bible, does not mean that the God of the bible does not exist. The stories do sound
I will end with a quote from 2 Corinthians 12:9 and a quote from Marcus Garvey.
And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness; Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV)
2 Corinthians 12:9
2 Corinthians 12:9
The history of a movement, the history of a nation, the history of a race is the guide-post of that movement's destiny, that nation's destiny, that race's destiny. - Marcus Garvey
Quote from a speech by Marcus Garvey
Quote from a speech by Marcus Garvey