2/13/16 Wing Ho late 20's
Did the recent discovery of gravitational waves prove God’s existence? Reaching out with the gospel leads me to conversations with a variety of interesting people, such as a young man I met on the sidewalk named Wing Ho who turned to be an astro-physicist doctoral student from an atheist Chinese family. He was clearly out of my league when it comes to discussing recent discoveries in science. But could it be possible for a layman like myself to present the Gospel as anything but intellectual suicide to someone so used to the logic and proofs of science? I believe it is, even in a short sidewalk conversation.
First, I think it is important to emphasize that the Christian faith is, indeed, a faith. We can’t prove it is true, like one might try to prove a scientific fact. It is a faith, but it need not be a blind faith. There may not be absolute proof, but there is plenty of evidence to say that it is not a blind faith but a very reasonable faith. However, ultimately we will never be able to “prove” the Gospel, because faith is pleasing to God – Hebrews 11:8 tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please God”. We will always need a certain amount of faith to believe the Gospel.
Second, though at first glance the universe might seem random and chaotic, I reminded Win ho that science owes its very existence to the order of the universe. The scientific method relies on experiments that provide repeatable results, based on the order and consistency of physical laws like Einstein’s theory of relativity, recently verified by the detection of gravitational waves. It doesn’t take an astro-physicist to know that where there is a brick wall, there must have been bricklayers. Where there is design, there must have been a designer. Where there are laws, there must have been a lawgiver. The existence of the law of gravity might not prove anything, but as a part of God’s ordered creation it gives evidence for the Creator’s existence that is so simple a child can understand it, and so complex that an astro-physicist can appreciate it.