Believer

Long before famous atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, there was Oxford philosophy professor Antony Flew. For the first 81 years of his life he was a hardcore atheist. However, in 2004 (six years before he died in 2010), he came to believe that God exists and in fact is the creator of all things. He said, “There were two factors in particular that were decisive. One was my growing empathy with the insight of Einstein and other noted scientists that there had to be an intelligence behind the integrated complexity of the physical universe. The second was my own insight that the integrated complexity of life itself—which is far more complex than the physical Universe—can only be explained in terms of an Intelligent Source.” He also said, “The best confirmation of this is Richard Dawkins' comical effort to argue in The God Delusion that the origin of life can be attributed to a "lucky chance." If that's the best argument you have, then the game is over. No, I did not hear a Voice. It was the evidence itself that led me to this conclusion.”

My wife, Lisa is an immunologist by trade and has spent a good part of her life studying DNA at the molecular level. She too has always thought that the mind-boggling complexity of a single cell clearly points to God as creator. It’s just impossible for this to happen by chance.

This reminds me of what Paul says in his letter to the Romans - For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  Romans1:20

Sadly, while Flew converted from atheism to deism, he never came to believe in a personal relationship with God or in Jesus Christ as his personal savior. He never went on to become a Christian. However, it is nice to see someone come full circle and come to believe in God based on the evidence, for there truly is a tremendous amount of evidence. Our faith is not blind.

Lord, we pray that you continue to reveal yourself to us and that you give us eyes to see and ears to hear you in all that you do for us. Amen.

Brad Gauen

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