Reason 2 Evidence of Divine Origin

Geisler thumbed through his well-worn Bible, turning all the way to its opening sentence and then balancing the open book on his lap.

"It all goes back to whether the first verse of the Bible is true when it says, 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,"' Geisler said. "I believe there's overwhelming scientific evidence that it is true-everything that has a beginning has a beginner, the universe had a beginning, therefore it had a beginner; the universe was tweaked and fine tuned from the very moment of creation for the emergence of human life; and so on."

I interrupted to inform him that I had already interviewed William Lane Craig about the evidence pointing to a divine origin of the universe.

"Ah, good," he said. "What people often forget is that if this first verse is true, not only are miracles possible, but miracles are actual, because the biggest miracle has already happened-making something out of nothing. What's harder: for Jesus to take water and turn it into wine or to take a handful of nothing and make water? It's a lot harder to make water out of nothing than to make wine out of water.

"A skeptic once said to me, 'I don't believe the Bible because it has miracles.' I said, 'Name one.' He said, 'Turning water into wine. Do you believe that?' I said, 'Yeah, it happens all the time.' He said, 'What do you mean?' I said, 'Well, rain goes through the grapevine, up into the grape, and the grape turns into wine. All Jesus did was speed it up a little bit.'

"My point is if you've got a God who can make something out of nothing, then he can make miracles. And then the only thing we have to look at is what book in the world has been miraculously confirmed. There's only one, and that's the Bible."

Geisler raised two fingers. "Two ways," he said. "First, the Bible is miraculously confirmed by the fulfillment of predictive prophecies, and, second, it's confirmed by the miracles performed by those who purported to be speaking for God."

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