YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A GOD!
Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
Years ago, there was a famous article titled, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." Well, more important than whether Santa Claus exists is demonstrating that God exists. Whenever the subject of whether there is a Creator of the universe comes up, the typical response by intellectuals is "No, everything is a product of evolution, which began by pure chance." Because the spiritual cannot be scientifically proven, there is a rejection of its existence by many individuals. However, there is an explanation in scientific terms that the spiritual actually exists.
I recall when I was in a university History of Science class, my professor indicated that the common sense of empirical science some centuries ago clearly showed that the sun revolved around the Earth. If one suggested the opposite was true, he said the individual would be shown how the sun rose in the morning and traversed the sky. If one explained this movement as caused by the Earth spinning on its axis, my professor said the early scientist would counter that the Earth seemed perfectly still to him, and where was the big wind if the earth was spinning, and why weren't people being thrown off the earth because of this rapid spinning?
The point in recounting this story is simply to demonstrate that the truth is sometimes the opposite of what it seems scientifically. Although one cannot prove scientifically that the spiritual exists, the closest one can humanly come to understanding the concept of a spiritual being would be in terms of "energy." For example, there has been some work at Duke University using kirlian photography which suggests that there is an aura of energy around each individual, and that perhaps this aura even existed immediately before each one physically began! A pre-physical, spiritual existence? Biblically, Jeremiah 1:5 says: "Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee." Note that THE HOLY BIBLE is indicating that we existed (spiritually) BEFORE physically "formed." But how could we have existed in such a state?
Let us hypothetically suppose there is a spacecraft made of neutral particles but with a frontal exterior of negatively charged particles, and with pincers emitting positively charged particles in front of the craft creating an electromagnetic field attracting the craft forward at ever-accelerating speeds toward the speed of light. According to Einstein's theory of relativity, a particle can never attain the speed of light, but a non-physical entity would not be so constrained, and what theoretically would happen to time if a particle or human being did actually reach the speed of light? Time, in effect, would cease! In other words, there would only be "eternity."
Thus, when we bodily die, and Biblically (Hebrews 9:27) "it is appointed unto men once to die" (ergo, no reincarnation), in that split second we could be in a spiritually eternal state. The real us, the pre- and post-physically existing, spiritual us, then never dies but is eternal. Of course, the existence of an eternal spiritual being does not prove the existence of a Creator, God. But the next time you start thinking how scientifically impossible it seems for something as complex as the "eye" simply to have evolved by random chance, remember that the existence of a Supreme, eternal Spiritual Being, Whom we call God the Creator, is not an implausible explanation of how we and the universe came into physical existence.
Therefore, we should not surrender to the inadequacy of contemporary science or the ignorance of intellectuals who argue there is no God. There is a spiritual God and an eternity, Virginia. The only question is where will each of us spend that eternity---in heaven with God, or in the place (hell) for those who have rejected the Living God?
Once one realizes there is a God, the next question one might ask is "Why am I here?" or "What is the meaning of life?" Sometimes the question arises from a time of despair or depression or when one feels unimportant or that everything is meaningless. The film, "It's a Wonderful Life," often shown during the Christmas season, addresses this issue as an angel shows the character portrayed by Jimmy Stewart how life would have been awful for those he knew if he had never lived. And a recent poll indicated that this film was the most favored by all Americans, even over such motion pictures as "Gone With the Wind" and "Star Wars." The film's message is that every life is important, even though it may not seem apparent to each of us at all times.
What each person must realize is that every individual has been created by God for a special purpose. Our "free will" allows each of us to reject that purpose, but it is only in doing God's will in His time, not ours, that we find real meaning in our lives. As Proverbs 3:5-6 states, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." When we follow God's plan for our lives, we always find "joy." Notice that I did not say we always find "happiness," for sometimes God allows us to feel pain or to suffer. When this occurs, we often ask, "Why me?" The answer is that sometimes it is only through our trials and tribulations that we come closer to God and rely on His strength rather than our own. Also, only through our experiencing life's difficulties are we sometimes able to understand and help others with similar problems. Both life's vicissitudes and tragedies have possible explanations in the will of God, as the parents of a child with Down Syndrome might learn the virtue of patience, and if another child were to die a tragic and early death, God may have permitted it to save the child's soul.
Concerning life's hardships, one might remember that the Apostle Paul suffered greatly and three times asked God to remove a particular burden. God chose not to remove Paul's burden, though, instead saying, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness" (II Corinthians 12:9). Perhaps God permitted Paul's travails so that the apostle would not become proud, just as we should realize that it is not "self" or our egos which are important, but rather that serving God is the only thing that gives real meaning and purpose to our lives.
Every day, each of us should do something for God. Even if one is bedridden and in ill health, one can still pray for the will of God to be done, because God hears our fervent prayers. As long as God allows us to live, there is a purpose and meaning for our lives. And if we dedicate our lives to God, then even though life may sometimes seem to overwhelm us, the contemplation of such a despairing act as suicide becomes selfishness and unacceptable. It is this current obsession with "self" on the part of many Americans that is the cause of most of our problems today, such as crime, abortion, and broken marriages. Instead of emphasizing one's self, we should remember that in Matthew 16:24-25, Jesus proclaimed: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life will lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."
Thus, it is only when we lose ourselves to God that we actually find ourselves and real meaning in our lives. We discover that the tangible things of life are temporal and passing, but the intangible things (e.g., faith, hope and love) are most important. That which is spiritual, like the soul, will live forever. And if our lives find meaning in our service to the will of God here, then our souls will abide with Him spiritually in heaven for eternity.
Most of you reading this are probably saying to yourselves that you don't have to worry, because you have accepted Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, and you are therefore "saved." But remember, when one accepts Christ, one has accepted "the Word of God" (what God tells us to do and not to do) as taught in THE HOLY BIBLE. Unfortunately, most Christians have only accepted Christ in most things most of the time. For Jesus, that is not good enough---the acceptance must be COMPLETE, not 99%.
Note that the people saying "Lord" in Matthew 25:44 honestly believe they are Christians who have accepted Jesus and are "saved." However, in verse 46 Jesus tells these same individuals that they "shall go away into everlasting punishment...," because they have not helped "the least of these" people.
At this point, you may say you have accepted "completely" Jesus as Savior and Lord. Well, what have you done personally, for example, to end abortion, the killing of "the least of these" persons? Now, it's not the "work" of opposing abortions that "saves" you (salvation is by "faith"), because many atheists oppose abortion but aren't saved because they haven't accepted Christ as Savior and Lord. However, Jesus made it clear that if one has accepted Him, then that person will help "the least of these." As Matthew 7:21 declares "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Note especially that Jesus uses the word "doeth," and look at Romans 2:13 and James 1:22-25 for other relevant Biblical instructions. The message is clear---if one is saved by "faith," one will then "doeth" the will of God in all things.
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Dennis Laurence Cuddy, historian and political analyst, received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (major in American History, minor in political science). Dr. Cuddy has taught at the university level, has been a political and economic risk analyst for an international consulting firm, and has been a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education.
Cuddy has also testified before members of Congress on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Cuddy has authored or edited twenty books and booklets, and has written hundreds of articles appearing in newspapers around the nation, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows in various parts of the country, such as ABC Radio in New York City, and he has also been a guest on the national television programs USA Today and CBS's Nightwatch.
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