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How real intellect proves: It’s impossible for God not to exist

Have you ever found yourself frustrated by someone’s demand that you show evidence of God’s existence? You believe, but you find it difficult to prove that what you believe is true in the way the world usually understands proof.

Let me free you from that: The premise of the question is backward. The skeptic who’s challenging you is operating under the default presumption that God doesn’t exist because logic suggests that absent some compelling evidence to the contrary. That premise is wrong. Actual logic, when you really think it through (as we’re about to do), leads you to the inevitable conclusion not only that God exists, but that it’s impossible for the God of the Bible not to exist.

Not just unlikely. Impossible.

This gets a little heavy, but stay with me. You’ll be glad you did.

Logically, any force stronger than you has the ability to exercise control over you, or even to destroy you if it chooses to do so. That’s common sense.

Now here is a simple fact that any scientist will tell you is true: In the context of nature, matter can neither be created nor destroyed. It merely changes form.

So what do these two points have to do with each other?

Since nature cannot create matter, matter has to either a) have a creator that is eternal and supernatural in character, since such a creator must be able to operate outside the constraints of nature; or b) be eternal itself.

Now, if matter is eternal, then the universe is eternal. That would mean it had no beginning. It simply has always been.

But even atheist scientists don’t claim that. They say it started with a Big Bang. Stephen Hawking even argues that, when the universe was created, something came from nothing. In other words, matter was created, but presumably this was a one-time event, and all the matter that would ever be created was created in this one moment.

So what was the force that created matter? Hawking argues that it was nothing. It just happened randomly. But that is impossible. Physics tells us that nothing happens unless there is a force behind it.

So if the universe is not eternal, and had a beginning, then the force driving its formation had to have been stronger and more powerful than the universe itself. Otherwise, how could it have set such an astonishing event in motion? It couldn’t.

Now, having established that there must be a creator, let me explain why that creator must be all-powerful, exactly as the God of the Bible is described. I’ll start by asking you this question: Why aren’t you all-powerful? The answer is that there are forces stronger than you that limit your power. Why can’t you pick up a 2,000-ton rock? OK, you’re not strong enough, but what that really means is that the weight and mass of the rock represent greater force than your physical strength can hope to equal. That is the limiting force to your power. You have some strength, but when it meets up with a force it can’t counter, you reach the limits of your strength.

Nothing is all-powerful if there is any force that exceeds it in power. So whatever force has more power than all other forces must, by definition, be subject to no limiting factor. If you are subject to a limiting factor of any kind, then the force behind that factor is more powerful than you.

Something, somewhere, is more powerful than all other forces, and as such is subject to no limiting factors, and as such is by definition all-powerful. And if a force is all-powerful, it has both the ability and the sovereignty to control all of nature.

Because of His decision to reveal Himself to us through the prophetic writers of the Bible, we know a great deal about this all-powerful force. We know He is holy. We know He is loving. We know He is wise. We know He is merciful. We know He is interested in what is happening in our lives. We know that He has set out moral guidelines for how we are to live. And we know that He created everything – including each of us – for His glory and for His pleasure.

So how do I know that God is exactly the God the Bible says He is? Because He is all-powerful. “Huh?” you ask. Simple. An all-powerful god who was not a god of love would torment us. That is clearly not the God we have. So if God is all-powerful, and is a God of love, then He would not permit a fraudulent testimony to pass itself off as the true revelation of Him. In doing so, God would allow Himself to become the victim of a fraud of man. He would not do that.

Now, you ask, what about other religions? What about the Koran? What about the teachings of Buddhism and Hindu? I didn’t say He would silence all frauds. I said He would make sure that the true revelation of Himself would be made known and protected for those ready to receive Him. Yes, there are fraudulent teachings, and yes, people fall for them. But the true revelation of Jesus Christ with the spiritual power that accompanies it comes only through the Old and New Testaments. Those with discernment can easily spot these frauds. Those who think there is an equivalence between the Bible and false religions are lacking discernment because they are not interested in knowing the true God.

I think the most wondrous thing about God is that, while He is all-powerful by nature, there is nothing forcing Him to be loving. And yet He is. How horrible would it be if God were a mean, vindictive creator who spoke creatures into existence only to torment them for his own amusement? Thank the Lord that He is not like that! Not one of us is responsible for His loving nature. He is, and each of us benefits from it. And yet people still rebel against Him. That boggles my mind. I understand that spirits of pride, anger, lust, jealousy and many others oppress us and deceive us into rebelling against our loving Creator, but I am still astounded by the willingness of people to be influenced by such creeps.

But we could talk about the character of God all day. What we’ve shown here is that logic and intellect affirm faith. You are not going to get to a truly loving and intimate relationship with God through your intellect. That is a matter of the heart. But your head, if you engage in intellectual honesty, affirms the faith of your heart.

God exists. The skeptics are the ones engaged in sloppy and anti-intellectual thinking. If you use your head, you can only come to one conclusion. Not only does God exist, He must exist. And aren’t you glad He does?

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Why 27?

OK, I’ve never really played sports at a serious level. But I’ve played on volleyball and softball teams. I’ve managed a little league team.

I’ve done stuff!

And whenever I’ve had the opportunity to wear a number, I’ve worn 27. And I’m convinced it’s a God thing, although like many God things, that wasn’t obvious at first.

This story starts in 1980, with an event called the Mariel Boatlift. It was an extraordinary effort by freedom-yearning Cubans to escape their communist hellhole and experience liberty in the United States. To do this, hundreds of them boarded rickety boats, many of which were barely seaworthy, in a mad dash across shark-infested waters – destination Miami.

And freedom.

I was just a young teen at the time, but I was riveted by their story. I wondered about the ones who didn’t make it – if they’d have thought the risk was worth taking. In most cases, I suspect so, but there’d never be a way to ask them.

The boatlifters became heroes of sorts to me, even though I knew nothing about any of them – with one exception: A young Cuban ballplayer named Barbaro Garbey, who made it to Miami, signed with my very own Detroit Tigers.

Garbey took four years to make it to the majors, but when he did, it was just in time for the Tigers’ magical world championship season of 1984. And when Garbey made the team out of spring training that season, he was given number 27.

I was a freshman in college that year and my dorm floor had a softball team. I was really into Garbey’s story, so even though he was nowhere near the superstar status of Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris or Lance Parrish, I wanted to wear Garbey’s number on the softball team.

I became number 27.

It pretty much stuck from there. Maybe I liked the symmetry of the number, but for whatever reason, I wore it whenever I could after that. But that’s all it was – just a number I happened to hook on with at a point in time, and that I clung to over the years out of familiarity if nothing else.

Until one day in 2012.

Early one morning in late fall, I was in my driveway praying. I checked the time on my phone, and it was 6:27. The temperature was 27. My phone battery was at 27 percent (that’s what I get for not charging it overnight).

Oh, and the date was November 27. That was some collection of coincidences, wasn’t it? But it didn’t seem like much more than that until I headed off to the gym. When I got there, I noticed that my gas gauge was low, so I thought I should check and see how many miles I had until empty.

Yep. 27.

All right. Now I was pretty sure the Lord was directing me to something and I should be listening. As I closed my eyes and tried to discern what was in my spirit, I felt led to read Psalm 27. So I did.

I don’t even know how to summarize what this brought forth in my life. To tell you everything Psalm 27 has taught me, revealed to me and shaped in me would take many, many posts here. And if you stick around that will happen – to your benefit as well as to mine.

But I’ll say this right now: Psalm 27 is a psalm of David that uses events in the natural world to illustrate what happens in the spirit realm, and how we’re to deal with it. The enemies it references aren’t really armies of the natural world. The pavilion where the Lord hides us is a place you enter in your spirit. The false witnesses are not people, although they pose as them sometimes. Most of the battle goes on in your subconscious, and you’re not even really aware of it – until you learn to be.

I believe God knew in 1980 that, in 2012, I would be ready for Him to open up Psalm 27 to me. So he used Barbaro Garbey to get my attention and orient me to that number, so that I’d really be open to the leading I would receive that day.

Why 27? That’s why. It’s near the top of every page of this web site. And it’s top of my mind and heart every day. And the themes in Psalm 27 will permeate much of what we discuss here.

Strap in for the ride!

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The world that overlays the world

Here’s where it gets a little freaky. But stick with me.

I once asked a pastor for his thoughts on how demons operate. His response was interesting: “I don’t think it’s worth my time to think about demons. They’re not important. I don’t think it’s healthy for Christians to be obsessed with demons. They should just keep their focus on Christ.”


Some of that was probably sincere, and even correct. I agree that “obsessing over demons” isn’t healthy, and if you’re giving them more thought than you’re giving Christ, you’re missing the whole point of the faith.

But wanting to understand the workings of the spirit realm doesn’t make you obsessed with demons or anything else. It’s something the Bible addresses many times. In fact, the Bible pointedly tells us that we battle “not against flesh and blood, but against the but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12) Paul is warning us not to mistake each other for real enemies, when in fact the forces allied against us are those we can’t even see.

In 2003, my then-pastor (the late, wonderful Dick Robinson) asked me to teach a class on spiritual warfare. It really wasn’t a subject I knew a lot about, but he felt that if he equipped me with the right material, I could grasp the subject matter and teach it effectively. My weekly preparations for this class gave rise to a very strong interest in the workings of the spirit realm, and I’ve continued to pursue a deeper understanding of it in the 15 years since.

Everyone I’ve connected with has contributed something to my understanding, although I don’t think any of them had it entirely right (and I probably don’t either, since I’m always learning more about it).

But are some of the basics that I’ve come to believe, based both on Scripture and on my witnessing of how it plays out in real people’s lives:

There is no real distinction between demonic spirits and sin.  (James 1) All sin is prompted by demonic forces, and all sin gives demonic forces a hold in your life. Becoming free of it, once it’s established, is impossible except by the authority of Jesus Christ.

2) There are different kinds of spirits. There are spirits of fear, rebellion, heaviness, infirmity, self-doubt, petulance, unworthiness, anger, envy and many others. When you struggle with an issue like these in your life, there is actually a spirit – a willful spiritual creature – actively working to sow destruction in your life. You can take authority over that spirit if you yourself become subject to the authority of Jesus Christ, which then allows you to operate in that same authority.

3) Simply giving a demon a command “in Jesus’s name” does not necessarily do anything, because the demon knows whether you yourself are in submission to that same authority. If you’re not, while the demon may shudder at the  hearing of the name Jesus, he knows you’re not invoking it with any authority whatsoever (Acts 19:15).

4. There is a demonic hierarchy, with ranks both in the spirit realm and in the natural realm. There are demons with charge over cities, and nations, and cultural segments.

5. Demons are only able to operate through people to the extent people welcome the sinful impulses they satisfy. If you feel you have a right to be angry at your brother, you’ve giving a spirit of anger a legal right to engage with you. It will. If don’t want to respect your parents, and find the idea of rebellion appealing, a spirit of rebellion now has an invitation. It will accept. But once they’re in, it takes the power of Jesus Christ to root them out.

6. Once you’ve unwittingly given a demon the legal right to engage with you, most of the work it does will be in your subconscious. The demon doesn’t shout in your ear, “Cheat on your wife!” The demon sows notions in your subconscious that you act on without even realizing you’re doing it, often building on long-past, distant events to establish templates for your thinking. You operate in alignment with these templates without really being aware of it.

7. Mental illness is a real thing, but it almost always has a demonic foundation. Health professionals can “treat” it, but only the authority of Christ is powerful enough to end it.

There’s a lot more to be said about this subject, but the long and short of it is this: The spirit realm overlays the natural realm. Spiritual beings operate in our world, but given the nature of our world, they need to operate through natural creatures to accomplish goals here. They are able to speak to us only because we are willing to listen, and they are able to agitate people into doing their work because they’re very skilled at convincing people their agenda is actually ours.

They don’t speak into your ear. They speak into your spirit, because that’s the part of you that’s willing and able to receive their message and act in accordance with it.

So you think I’m obsessed, do you?

Think what you want. The entire story of mankind is the story of redemption from sin. I like to understand the problem as well as the solution. The solution is easy. It’s Jesus Christ. The problem is more complicated because it’s man’s desire for sin and his welcoming of the spiritual force that brings that sin to life. I want to know as much as I can about what – and who – we’re struggling against.

I am frankly disappointed in many of the pastors I’ve known because, while they are often solid preachers and knowledgeable about many subjects, most do not have much interest in preaching on this subject. I’m not sure if it’s because they think people will freak out (“my pews will be empty if I tell people they have demons in them”), or if it’s because they’re not really that confident they understand the subject or would know how to preach it effectively.

But I get exasperated when I hear pastors say things like, “All I know about demons is that I don’t want anything to do with them.”

Really? That’s all you know? That’s as seriously as you take biblical scholarship in your life? I don’t want anything to do with them either, but they want a lot to do with me, and if I’m going to thwart them, I’d better know as much as I can about their nature, and about their behavior, and about their objectives.

Which, by the way, are nothing more than to separate you from God and see your soul destroyed. Why? Because it would grieve God, whom they hate.

That you should have no trouble relating to, since doing obnoxious things just to upset people you don’t like is pretty mainstream behavior in today’s culture. Maybe we’d be better off if we cared to understand how it really got that way.

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