Am I here by chance—for no particular purpose—or did a great God create mankind for an important destiny?
The question of whether God really exists perplexes many people. For some the question is too perplexing and they put it on the backburner. Philosophers have tried to answer the major questions about mankind's existence and place in the universe. But most have taken the approach that there is no God and that the universe came from nothing, and that life evolved from inert matter.
The late British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes, when considering some of these vital questions observed that, We find ourselves in a bewildering world. We want to make sense of what we see around us and to ask: What is the nature of the universe? What is our place in it and where did it and we come from? (1988, p. 171).
British historian Paul Johnson recently wrote A History of the Jews. Within its pages he, too, asks some of humanity's most important questions, What are we on earth for? Is history merely a series of events whose sum is meaningless? ... Or is there a providential plan...? (1997, p. 2).
We can find the answers to these questions.
Irrefutable evidence of God's existence is available.
Scientists from many fields have discovered that our planet not only teems with life, but seems to be expressly designed for life. An amazing intelligence seems to be behind Earth's perfect conditions. What is that intelligence telling us?
The discovery of DNA's double-helix structure opened the floodgates for scientists to examine the code embedded within it. Could evolution have gradually come up with a system like this?
The more deeply scientists delve into the mysteries of the universe, the more their discoveries support the existence of God. But all too often they are remarkably silent about this aspect of their findings.
Man has developed three views, nihilism, humanism & immanence, that attempt to explain the meaning of life without God. These have had an enormous impact on the world and the way people live.
Closer than ever to the end of this present evil age, we have an unusual window of opportunity to search out the hidden purpose of our existence, to find our way back to God.
The scientific field of archaeology has not only confirmed the existence of many people and places mentioned in the Bible, it has also proven the Bible to be correct in many details large and small. A recent scientific analysis of 15 seasons of excavation at a site in the Jordan Valley appears to be stunning verification of one of the Bible’s most remarkable stories— the sudden and catastrophic destruction of Sodom as punishment for its heinous sins. This issue covers that remarkable story and what we should learn from it. It also shows how other evidence from archaeology shows that the Bible is indeed an accurate and trustworthy historical document—a book we can and must believe! Read about this and other fascinating topics in the pages of this issue of Beyond Today.