Summary: From Gen 3:15 to John 3:16 salvation has always been by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone - plus nothing! Three-part Message series.
PART ONE - THE AUTHORITY AND SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE
“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 men are without excuse.” (Rom 1:20 NIV)
The Cosmos is intricately balanced and tailor-made for life and yet is both profoundly complex and chaotic as a result of what was revealed in the Bible, known as the Fall of humankind (Gen 3:1-24). At the macro level the Cosmos appears orderly like a clock, but at the sub-atomic level, matter behaves chaotically. If gravity were infinitesimally different, everything in the universe would change.
It seems logical to conclude that nothing can create something, so the universe had to have been created by a Supreme Being. It also seems far more reasonable to believe that God exists than not to believe He exists. The Bible reveals why there is an existing universe rather than a non-existing one.
When someone makes the emphatic assertion that there is no God and that there is no one who can know that, that statement can not be proven absolutely. Whether a person does, or does not, believe that God exists, no one has yet to explain truly what caused the existence of that which is perceived as the starting point of the Cosmos. It has yet to be proved and requires the element of faith to believe. Without faith “it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Heb 11:6 NIV).
When I became a Christian, I met the one true God through faith, but one of the questions I could never get past was "Where did God come from?" I could relate to God, the Father, and Jesus as God, the Son, and somewhat understand Holy Spirit was God, but my brain would begin to fry circuits when I tried to comprehend the Triune God as always existing.
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Heb 11:3 NIV)
I came to learn that my reasoning was both irrational and nonsensical by contemplating the origin of God, the Father because it implies that He lives within the space-time continuum of a finite universe He created. The truth is that God has no beginning - He IS! (Ex 3:14). The Bible tells us why the Universe exists and proclaims that Jesus is the divine Designer who created it with a purpose and maintains all things by the word of His power (John 1:3; Heb 1:2-3; Col 1:16-17).
The Bible says that God has clearly revealed Himself to every human being since time began in the beauty of the heavens, “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 men are without excuse” (Rom 1:18-20 NIV).
Science is limited to investigations within the material, physical world. Until the beginning of the 20th-century scientists thought that the classical physics of Sir Isaac Newton explained all the physical processes of nature and that they should be observed like a logical and mechanical clock. They also believed that natural laws govern the universe in an orderly fashion. Scientists started to explore the relationship between energy and the structure of matter and discovered that the theories of Newtonian mechanics and electromagnetism, which describes spatial motion, completely fell apart at Quantum or extremely tiny atomic and sub-atomic scales. Scientists soon began to believe that everything in the Cosmos is made out of energy.
The scientist Albert Einstein is considered the father of the General Theory of Relativity which superseded Newton’s theory of Gravity when, in 1915, he discovered a mathematical way to explain gravity and how it affects time and such things as how and why planet stays in orbit as well as the dynamics of the expanding universe. This ultimately led to the discovery of atomic energy which has been used to both harm and help humanity.
The field of Quantum Physics has fundamentally different formulations and incompatible descriptions of reality than the Theory of Relativity that allows connections that are inconsistent with classical Physics. Einstein tried to find flaws in the counterintuitive predictions of Quantum theory but could not.
I think it is fair and legitimate to say that the old naturalistic Newtonian assumptions are being critically reexamined and challenged because they just don’t convincingly answer all the questions about the intelligent design, origin, and function of the unique Cosmos we live in.
A person who makes the absolute bold assertion that there is no God and that no one can know if there is, simply cannot prove it absolutely which logically opens the door to acknowledging the idea or possibility that God may exist. Proving that God does not exist requires either faith or the ability to travel the entire Cosmos and examine every quantum particle in order to qualify and have the authority to make that assertion which would obviously make them God!