“There is the argument from the appearance of life on our planet and the exact circumstances that had to appear for it to exist. For many people, that is a clue to intelligent design but for others it is merely an impersonal act of chance in an amoral world. It has no meaning and no purpose, though we are thankful that it happened.”
“It sounds depressing,” he said.
“It is. If we exist by chance, then there is no purpose and without purpose there is no meaning to life. But it is a circular argument as well. Life exists. We are here. It’s an amazing one-in-a-billion chance, a truly long shot possibility but the proof is in the pudding. We are here after all, so it must have happened.”
“Obviously, it happened,” he said. “The question is how it happened. They must have theories about that too, I suppose.”
“Yes, of course, but nothing approaching certainty or proof.”
“That doesn’t sound like much to build a life on.”
“It’s all they have and I’m not sure that any of them really want to take a close look at the alternative,” I said. “After all, as soon as they admit that you are there, they have to ask the next question.”
“What’s the next question?” he asked, turning to look at me.
“The obvious question is, what do you want? If you are God and you are there, you are also in charge. You are the Creator, after all. If you are in charge, you could ask us to do things we don’t want to do.”
“Exactly,” he said. “They don’t trust me.”
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A Conversation with God by Bert A. Amsing. Used with permission.
Excerpt from Tears of the Desert Warrior by Bert A. Amsing.
Copyright © 2012 by vanKregten Publishers. All rights reserved.
Footnotes and references included in original manuscript.