How Timeless Truths Lead to God
by Al Serrato
Materialists insist that Science will someday answer all the questions that Christians claim can only be answered by acknowledging the reality of God. Why is there something rather than nothing? How did life emerge from non-life? What is the basis for consciousness and self awareness?
Of course, being “materialists,” these skeptics always focus on the material. The body may be the product of DNA, but even if DNA could ever be explained by purely materialistic means, how do you account for the mind? If mankind did evolve from lifeless rock to unconscious primitive life, at the very first point in time – in that magical moment when neurons first started interacting so as to create consciousness – something infinitely greater than the sum of the parts resulted. When man “evolved” past the animals, along with this power to “think,” he developed the capacity for self-awareness, the appreciation of beauty, the understanding of math and music. Where did these things come from? Where are they located?
To remain true to their materialistic presuppositions, skeptics face a dilemma. If this is all there is, then our thinking is not true in any objective sense, but is simply a product of the random processes which resulted through time. You may believe that torturing children for fun is a good thing, while I may frown on it. But neither of us would be right. Similarly, for you, 2 + 2 could equal 5 today and 7 tomorrow. Both “mind” and matter are,
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after all, changeable. I can convert matter from one form to another, and I can change the way I am thinking about something. The person I am today is much different – mentally and physically – than the person I was a quarter century ago. Yet, intuitively I can’t seem to escape the notion that there really is such as thing as “truth,” and that it is knowable. My mind appears to have been designed to do certain things without my directing it, or sometimes being aware of it. My capacity to acquire language, for instance, was operating from the first months of my life. My capacity to manipulate numbers in a meaningful way was also largely present before I went to my first math class. Much more importantly, I also intuitively seem to recognize that there is good and evil and that these things too are knowable. People may disagree about whether a certain act is good or evil, but they automatically, and without effort, apply that standard to it. Indeed, we seem to know that a thing is wrong first and then have to assess – attempt to put into words – why that is the case. Even for the most ardent skeptic, the acts of other human beings are never viewed as morally irrelevant. They have moral content. Even considering one of our most divisive issues – abortion – there are “moral” claims on both sides. Even for the skeptic, there seems to be no escaping that real “truth” is out there and its worth pursuing.
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