Over at the We CAN and we WILL Find 1,000,000 Creationists by June 2011 group on Facebook, someone left the following comment:
“Who is the Creator?
Why Jesus/God? why not the Roman Pantheon? why not Buddha? Why not one of the Indian gods? Why not the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
Can you provide unique proof that it is the Abrahamic god?”
I get these questions from time to time, so I thought I’d post my response to him here as I did there:
First, I pointed out that he was attempting to claim we ought to be rational about this [and we ought to]. By making such an is/ought claim, he was invoking morality. Unfortunately, the evo has no consistent, nonarbitary reason for why we ought to do anything. If we’re just rearranged pond scum in a deterministic universe, choice is an illusion [and thus morality] and morality is subjective. Christianity on the other hand states that the universe conforms to orderly laws and that our conscience is a reflection of our Creator’s will and attributes. We ought to have a rational worldview because God is a rational being.
If the Bible’s claims are true, we have a rational basis for the credibility of its further claim that Christ is the Creator. The Bible has been vindicated through historical and geographical confirmation, through supernaturally fulfilled prophecy, and by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. [see http://siriusknotts.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/resurrection.pdf
for Resurrection apologetics showing why Jesus' historical existence, actual physical death and bodily resurrection from the dead are reasonable given the evidence.]
why not the Roman Pantheon?
I was impressed that he didn’t ask me “Why not Zeus?” as so many uninformed evos often do. If we recall our mythology, Zeus was a bit of a Johnny-come -lately, sired along with the other gods by a pair of Titans. According to mythology, the world was created by some unnamed God well before gods and Titans ever existed.
That aside, we observe a uniformity of natural law. This is consistent with Christian belief that God created the universe supernaturally in 6 days but then ceased from creation and that He upholds the universe now. All polytheistic religions have a menagerie of deities and entities who’s bad mood or bickering lead to dramatic upheavel of the uniformity of nature, which is not observable. So rationally, polytheistic religions [ ANY polytheistic religions] are inconsistent with observable reality and are disqualified from consideration.
why not Buddha?
This question evidences an ignorance of comparative religions comparable to the “Why not Zeus?” question. Buddhism makes no such claim for Buddha. Furthermore, Buddhism is agnostic about God at best [and fully atheistic at worst].
Why not one of the Indian gods?
The commenter wasn’t very specific as to whether he meant American Indians or something from the Indian continent [another polytheistic blend]; however, I do like to point out something about some commonalities within comparative religions that point to the Christian worldview . If the Bible is true and all men are one blood having been scattered into differing people groups according to language at Babel. They would retain a memory of the events in Genesis 1-11 to some degree. Some of it might have become corrupted over time, but by and large we should see accounts of a Creator, Flood legends and stories of a time when we all shared one tongue. This is exactly what we see when we examine Native American myths and others. As we point out, even Roman mythology attributes the creation of the universe to some unnamed God.
This is an important point: Some will accuse the Judeo-Christian tradition of borrowing from the mythology of other cultures based on their similarity, but this is begging the question; for if the Christian worldview is correct they’ve got the cart before the horse and it these other mythologies that have passed down a corrupted version of once-shared knowledge. Interestingly, Romans 1:18-32
outlines a progression of world religions, from rejection of God to idolatry and nature worship to atheism and godlessness. Think about it.
Why not the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
Can you provide unique proof that it is the Abrahamic god?
But what evidence would convince a man who is willfully ignorant of these things?