I have been caught up with stuffs like physics and history lately. I was reading events which took place as far back as Cleopatra’s time, to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., and up through the burning of the White House in 1814. I got so fascinated by stories which happened long ago and felt like they only happened a few days ago. I devoured more of the internet and started watching videos on youtube. Then I saw videos featuring the special and general relativity of Einstein, his E=mc2 equation, the quantum mechanics theory, and other new theories like the string theory, the black matter, and black energy. While I could not follow the mathematical side of it, I was just so thrilled to the bones how the scientists decode and unravel the laws of the universe and thought what a great Mathematician God must be! As I was clicking and watching more videos, I saw at the same time videos of these scientists saying there is no God, Jesus Christ was not real, and other similar topics. I watched them to hear what they had to say. And they made real good presentations ranging back from the Egyptian story of Horus, the Greek’s Mithra, and a long list of gods in different cultures and religions, claiming that all of them were born on December 25, born of a virgin, died, and resurrected on the third day. The narrator finally linked all these to Jesus and said he was not real. He said these persons were all mythical gods made up by superstitious men who misinterpreted the constellation of the stars and their movements around the period December 22 to 24 until the 25th. Einstein was featured saying he does not believe in a personal God. Other scientists were quoted saying there is no God. The comments and replies on the videos were those of indignant Christians and incensed self-professed scientists, full of foul language and obscenities. While these so-called scientists explained in details the mathematical equations for their physics theories, their videos claiming there is no God and Jesus Christ was not real did not present a single equation for such claim. They also failed to give the reference materials for their videos so much so that some practitioners of the religions whose gods they featured made comments as to the falsity of their statements in the videos.
I was disturbed by Einstein’s statement that he does not believe in a personal God. Rather, he believed in a created universe and a God who created it, but not a personal God. I had to resolve this question before I could sleep. I could not leave it hanging. Einstein as a great physicist unraveled some of the mysteries of the universe with his discoveries, backed with mathematical equations. It’s like every physical thing in the universe is a mathematical equation waiting for these physicists to unlock. The human body, modern technology, and the planets and the solar system and other universes consist of mathematical equations and there is no sense of mystery for these scientists. It’s all a matter of an equation that needs unlocking. Then they conclude, voila, there is no God, or God is an impersonal God and he does not take care of the universe he created, much less the human beings. I thought, something sounds wrong in their conclusion, “There is no God” or “God is not a personal God.” These physicists study matter, energy, heat, light, radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, atoms, etc., and they are now teaching us there is no God. It’s like a mechanical engineer just examined a breast cancer patient and said he had to perform a mastectomy. Physics deals with matter and now it is invading that field which is not matter. God is not matter and therefore He is beyond mere physics and He cannot be measured or analyzed with mathematical equations that deal only with matter.
Is there a personal God? To answer my question, I have to refer to the authorities about God and the documents that recorded events in history. After Jesus Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension, and the birth of the early Christian community in Jerusalem, Saul of Tarsus, as archenemy of Jesus Christ, vowed to destroy Christianity. He asked letters from the high priest in Jerusalem to arrest every follower of Christ bound from Damascus. Saul meant nothing but violence and death for the followers of Christ, when he met Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. Acts 9:1-6 gives us an account of his personal encounter with Jesus Christ: “Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’” Saul was blinded for a while and afterwards, went on preaching that Jesus Christ was the promised Messiah, the Son of God. From an archenemy to an arch-champion of Christ, he wrote around thirteen letters in all preaching Jesus Christ and the salvation that comes through him. He suffered persecutions and finally death. As a personal witness, Saul gave his testimony of this personal experience. This testimony was recorded and documented in history. What was Saul’s, or Paul’s motivation for all these? He said, in 1 Corinthians 9:16-18: “For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.” Preaching Jesus Christ was a duty entrusted to him by God who personally appeared to him on his way to Damascus. How more personal can God get than that?