What is the probability that, if there is a God, God is the Christian God?

What is the probability that, if there is a God, God is the Christian God?

Probability is useful for things we can test.  By ‘test’, I mean things that we can experience repeatedly to check the ‘odds’, like chance of rainfall or buying a lottery ticket.  (See What is the probability there is a God? blog for more information.)  We can’t calculate the probability of a God because probability is only reliable if we can test likelihoods over and over.  Can you imagine being able to do that with God?  Of course not!  If there is a God, then there is no universe He won’t be in, and if there isn’t a God, then there is no universe He will be in!

So I think a better question than What is the probability that God is the Christian God is rather Who is the most likely God?

Unless we believe a god ‘evolved’, we have to assume that God has been around since before we were.  (Evolved god = no god, as a god is not just a being in power but the creator.  For more information see Relativity blog.)

What would be characteristics we would expect to see in the real God?

  • Intelligence (as the Creator of the Universe)
  • Creativity (as the Creator of the Universe)
  • Beauty (as the Creator of the Universe)
  • Immortality (to sustain the Universe)

What type of god wouldn’t qualify based on intelligence?

  • A cow
  • A tree
  • A gold cow
  • An old tree, etc.
  • ‘Mother Earth’
  • ‘Nature

Something I’ve always thought was true: sandwiches did not invent sandwiches.  Mice did not invent mice.  Necklaces did not invent necklaces.  Something not in existence yet can’t create itself.  As of yet, I have not seen a single thing come into existence that made itself.  Baskets didn’t appear out of thin air one day and *poof* weave themselves.  Panda bears didn’t drop out of nowhere saying proudly, “We did it!  Now we exist!”

Therefore, nature does not make nature.  This includes the universe.  The universe did not make the universe, and science has given strong evidence that the universe was not always here[1][2][3][4].  No totem pole god, no dirt god, no metal god is going to work, because all of these are created substances.  And, besides, they are not intelligent.  The universe is not ‘smart’.  That would be personifying the universe when the universe isn’t a person!

The God of the Bible is intelligent.  He has had a masterplan since the beginning of the universe for how to restore people’s relationship with God.  That’s right—God knew Adam and Eve would sin before they sinned . . . and God had a plan before He even made them for how to bring them back to Him.

Some people don’t understand why God would still make the earth, knowing the messes that would happen . . . the pains and struggles . . . but they don’t really realize what they are saying.  Would you rather not exist?  Would you really want to be nothing?  You see, that God made humans in spite of what He knew would happen makes an incredible statement for the love of God.  God could have easily made more animals and plants to fill the earth, and left humanity out of it altogether.  But God wanted to create us!  God loved humans enough that He created them even knowing the disasters that would happen . . . because He wanted them to have an eternal existence in Him.

The Tree of Life was given to Adam and Eve as a free gift . . . and when they turned away from God, and cut themselves off from His Life . . . He gave them a second chance.  This time, however, the life could not come just from that tree.  If Adam and Eve ate from that tree as sinners, they would never die and therefore be forced to live eternally on this earth in the current state of things.  This would be no gift!

No, in order for people to eat from that tree again, they had to be right with God again.  Notice that God made them right with Him to begin with!  When He made them, He didn’t ask them to do ten commandments for Him; prove themselves through accomplishments; earn His love through hardships.  No, they were created with the incredible freebie of being right with God! They naturally, instictively obeyed God’s commandments without even needing to hear them, as we obey gravity whether we have been told its law or not.

Even though God created them perfect, with everything going for them, He still gave them another chance . . . this one costing Him the greatest cost of all . . . Himself.

What type of god wouldn’t qualify based on creativity?

  • A dull god
  • A shallow god

Sadly, there are people who think Christianity is boring.  It’s crazy to think that we can read and become excited over such stories as The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Twilight , the Marvel comics, and video games that feature characters like Link and Pokèmon and Mario . . . and miss the great adventure of the Bible!  Some people have heard the Bible stories unenthusiastically presented for so long that they see them as “ho hum”, but imagine reading for the first time about the creation of the earth . . . the collossal worldwide flood . . . the death and resurrection of God Himself!  The Bible is packed with stories about humanity’s relationship to God, everything from the miraculous events like men being thrown into a fire and not burning; an enormous sea parting for slaves;  a few fish and loaves turning into a feast for all. . . to seemingly ‘ordinary’ events like how Ruth meets Boaz or Timothy pastors his church.

What type of god wouldn’t qualify based on beauty?

  • An evil god

There have been evil ‘gods’ worshipped throughout history, gods who required human sacrifices, even children sacrifices, and gods who enjoy torment and trickery.  Satanism is the ultimate example of evil worship, but any ‘god’ who causes people to turn away from the true God is an evil god, whether it be more obvious, such as the ancient Mayan gods, or more subtle, such as the obsession for wealth.

Some people try to assert that the Christian God is evil, but nothing could be further from the truth!  I’ve already discussed why God chose to create humans knowing Adam would make the wrong choice.  God doesn’t allow evil to happen in the world because He enjoys it or because it makes His goodness seem “better”.  God’s goodness is fully good without any evil present.  God is not like a novel writer, creating conflict to prove Himself the hero.  God is already the hero as the creator.  God did not “set it up” so people would sin and He would have to sacrifice His Son.  This is absurd when you realize that Jesus is God and therefore any pain Jesus endured . . . His Father in Heaven had to endure as well.   (For more information, see the blog, If Jesus is God’s Son, how was He with God from the beginning?)

God does not cause people to sin and He does not want people to sin.  He was not happy to give His Son to die.  Some people think it was “mean” of God to give His Son to die, but they forget that Jesus is God and that Jesus’ death is the only way to salvation.  If God hadn’t given His Son, everybody would go to Hell.

Some people think God is evil because He sends people to Hell, but they are not thinking about how morally irresponsible and cruel it would be to have everyone living in Heaven together, including unrepentant serial killers, child abusers, tormentors, and so on.  (For more information, read the blog Is the Bible just one of many holy books? The All-Roads Idea and the blog, coming soon Lord willing, Why is there a Hell?))

What type of god wouldn’t qualify based on immortality?

  • A god that is a “fad” god
  • A god that has not been God since the beginning of the earth (and all things!)

The Christian God revealed Himself to the very first two people on the earth.  He didn’t make Himself any mystery.  And through time, He revealed Himself time and time again, most importantly in the history-changing, eternity-changing event of His death and resurrection on the cross, to the ultimate revelation described in the last book of the Bible, Revelation.

Some people think God isn’t revealing Himself now, and therefore He must be a fraud.  But this is totally false!  God does reveal Himself now.  Since the time of Christ, there have been Christians who not only have been given the incredible gift of being right with God and knowing Him, but who have also been given the opportunity of sharing that incredible gift with others!  Certainly not everyone who claims to be a Christian is, but genuine Christians find themselves sharing their testimony throughout the earth, everything from what I’m trying to do in some small way in this blog, to the amazing efforts of (true) missionaries who have been persecuted and even killed trying to give people from all nations and speaking all languages the Message of Jesus Christ!

These lyrics to God from the songwriter David encapsulate the intelligence, creativity, beauty, and immortality of God far more beautifully than I have done:

I will exalt you, my God and King,

and praise your name forever and ever.

I will praise you every day;

yes, I will praise you forever.

Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!

No one can measure his greatness.

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;

let them proclaim your power.

I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor

and your wonderful miracles.

Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;

I will proclaim your greatness.

Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;

they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

The Lord is merciful and compassionate,

slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

The Lord is good to everyone.

He showers compassion on all his creation.

All of your works will thank you, Lord,

and your faithful followers will praise you.

They will speak of the glory of your kingdom;

they will give examples of your power.

They will tell about your mighty deeds

and about the majesty and glory of your reign.

For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.

You rule throughout all generations.

The Lord always keeps his promises;

he is gracious in all he does.

The Lord helps the fallen

and lifts those bent beneath their loads.

The eyes of all look to you in hope;

you give them their food as they need it.

When you open your hand,

you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in everything he does;

he is filled with kindness.

The Lord is close to all who call on him,

yes, to all who call on him in truth.

He grants the desires of those who fear him;

he hears their cries for help and rescues them.

The Lord protects all those who love him,

but he destroys the wicked.

I will praise the Lord,

and may everyone on earth bless his holy name

forever and ever. (Psalm 145, NLT)

See Copyright Page for Bible translation information.

[1] Evolution Exposed: Earth Science Chapter 2: The Big Bang? by Roger Patterson, 2010, http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/ee2/big-bang

[2] “So Long, Eternal Universe; Hello Beginning, Hello End!” by Bert Thompson, Ph.D., 2003, http://www.apologeticspress.org/article/310

[3] The Universe Confirms the Bible by Jason Lisle, Ph.D., 2008 http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/tba/universe-confirms-bible

[4] Who Created God? Paul S. Taylor, adapted from author Ray Comfort, http://www.christiananswers.net/q-aig/aig-c039.html


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