Friday, February 13, 2015

Who watches the watches?

This week a colleague left work as part of a "force reduction" at my company. In her parting email she wrote "Feels like destiny, but more of a happenstance, my atheist self won't let me get away with destiny talk."

Which reminded me of a story. Last week I was at the filming of Jeff Cavins' new Bible study series "Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible." While I was there, Jeff told this story.
An atheist and a Christian were walking down the beach one afternoon. They came upon a Rolex watch in the sand, still ticking, and displaying the correct time. 
"I wonder how that watch got there?" said the atheist. 
"I know" replied the Christian. "The raw materials of the watch were on the sea bed, and billions of years of wind and water, and the energy of tectonic movements and volcanism caused those materials to be formed into a watch that happened to have the right time and be placed on the beach." 
"Ha ha" said the atheist drily, "Do you honestly expect me to believe that?" 
The Christian replied "I only claimed that about a watch - you believe that about everything in the universe."
My atheist colleague, and the atheist in the joke recognize that there is no "intention" or "meaning" to the subject at hand, but they fail to recognize the consequences of their beliefs. Because although in limited cases order can arise out of randomness, intention, or meaning does not. Ever.

So, as the video says, if all we have is the material world, how do you account for things like "will" "intention" and "meaning? According to the video, it all comes from "quantum mechanics." And as we all know, quantum mechanics is "random." And "random means there is no reason, no meaning, no intention discernible (presumably because there is none).

That means that, according to the atheist world view, the Christian's assertions in the story are correct. The watch got there by an accidental chance of nature. If the atheist is right, the people who mined the ore, smelted it, designed the watch, made the parts of the watch, assembled it, sold it, bought it, and left it on the beach were all acting according to the demanding dance of quantum particles in their brains, and through no "will" of their own.

If followed to its logical conclusion, the denial of God means that there is no will, no meaning, no love nor hate, no good nor evil, no thought, no logic, etc. How many of you who don't believe in God are willing to assert all that your belief implies, and to live as if that were true? Or are you really hypocrites who want to believe something, but don't have the conviction of your beliefs.

Even the "agnostic atheists" who say that they will accept the possibility of a god, but they personally don't see any evidence, and therefore do not believe - they have to answer this same question. Do you really see no evidence that you can choose something, that you can love someone, that something can be good or evil, or have any kind of meaning?

...and please note that I am not relying on the Bible or Christianity or even religion to make this argument - this is based on science. If there is nothing but science, nothing but the material world, this is the only possible conclusion.


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