Mike Kosiba12th Grade Midterm ProjectPart 1 A. i. As a child, I have always been exposed to God, but not necessarily in the way I am now. My family was catholic due to tradition growing up, so I received the usual “say your prayers” and “go to religion class” commands, not really cultivating an actual relationship with Jesus Christ. It wasn’t until I started middle school did my family find their way out of that dry traditional faith. My dad found Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle, and he liked it, and me being still young followed suit with no objection or doubt. Now at this point my parents were starting to have an actual relationship with Christ, and I heard about it but I still did not know what it meant. It really was not until my family finally put me in this school that I was finally explained what a ‘relationship’ with Christ was in comparison to ‘going through the motions’. I am a very logic based person, so I like to know what I believe and be able to defend why I believe it, so naturally I did my research through watching debates between atheists and christians and thus adopted a comfort in why I believe Christianity is true. ii. a. There is plenty of scientific evidence that points to the validity of the Bible and as a result, Christianity as a whole. The every aspect of the Universe is so finely tuned that it would be ludicrous to simply state that it happened by accident. Even according to the very laws of nature that an atheist will believe as absolute truth, matter cannot simply be created from nothing. Every atom of matter in the universe had to come from somewhere, which in that aspect alone points to an omnipotent creator. Due to the second law of thermodynamics, which mentions increasing entropy, the universe had a beginning in which it has been becoming more chaotic or less organized ever since. That raises the question of what could have set such a thing in motion. There is also archeological evidence here on Earth that line up with Old and New testament stories of the bible. One example of which being the great flood found in Genasis. There have been numerous archeological finds pointing to a rapid burial of organic matter. Trees have been found petrified and fossilized vertically through multiple layers of earth. This could only have happened if the entire tree had been buried extremely quickly, to which a giant flood could explain. This is just one of countless examples that further provide evidence that what the Bible says is true. b. One valid objection one might have against Christianity might be how can they know that even if there is a God, it is the God of the bible. A good response to this might be that the bible is observable to be consistent and true, even when dissected and placed under a microscope. Other religious books like the Quran simply do not hold up when inspected close enough. The Bible also contains much prophecy that predicts things to happen that was yet unknown at the time it was written. Even the earliest manuscripts found hold up in predicting the coming of a Savior, which is precisely what happened. Even the most secular historians would be simply dishonest to state that Jesus Christ never existed in history, even if they believe that he is not the true messiah. B. Questions (Not all were askable)Q- Do you feel that there is absolute observable proof that the bible is false?Yes. Could use evolution arguments such as fossil records.. Common ancestor Response- mention how there is doubt of fossil records validity and plenty of arguments that refute common ancestor like “missing link”.Q- Do you still have doubts today about your stance on religion? – Do you think that you can be converted to Christianity if someone presented a clear enough argument for it?Q- If there is no God, then how does one explain the difference between good and evil?As part of an evolutionary process, so evolved a moral code based on what is beneficial to humans Response- mention moral decline in locations without a religious moral compass Q- How can the way the planets are arranged perfectly to sustain life, as well as the intricacies of life like consciousness be explained without the use of an intelligent creator?Q- According to entropy, everything in nature is constantly becoming more chaotic and less organized, so how can the origin of this be explained by chance if it goes directly against a law of nature?Q- Evolution talks of how snakes evolved from lizards. How would that be an evolution, as legs are usable limbs that were lost.Part 3 There were many parts of the conversation with George in which I thought were interesting, but the most prominent to me was the question “Why would God create us in the first place is he knows most of us will spend eternity in hell?” During the conversation, I wrestled with myself in attempting to find a suitable response to that one question, while every attempt I made fell flat. This challenged my faith the most, as I had not thought of this question before even though it was so simple. He had a good point, and even though I knew that there was a reason due to my faith, I simply could not think to put into an argument that would actually work against an atheist. I do not feel like we as a class, myself especially included, was effectively able to reasonable defend our faith. He would pick apart any argument we made, and any time we would seem to be going somewhere, he would destroy us with the same question nobody could answer. If God is really all loving, why would he create people to just send to hell? Can he be all loving while simultaneously being all knowing? Or are they mutually exclusive? None of the class were prepared for any of these questions. When George came in and said that he actually was a Christian, I had such a feeling of relief as we did not just make a fool of ourselves in front of an actual atheist, and we did not need to carry that on our conscience. One thing that still bothers me, however, is the explanation George had for the questions he roasted us with. His explanation was basically we must have faith, and trust in God because we know in our hearts. This is all good from Christian to christian, but what if he actually was an atheist and we said that to him? That would mean absolutely nothing to him as he does not have faith, and a biblical argument has no merit as to him the bible is not infallible and inerrant.Part 4Question: Why would God allow suffering? It is no secret that for as long as you live on this Earth, you will have to deal with suffering in pain. No matter how ‘good’ of a person you are, you will have to deal with the pains of being human. Why would a God, who loves us all individually, allow us to go through this pain and suffering? Humans have free will, and because of this freedom to choose what we do, we tend to do things that are not considered “good” in God’s eyes. In order to maintain our free will and to not act as mindless robots, we sometimes make bad decisions in which there are consequences for, but God loves us all the same. God know everything, and that word is not used lightly. He literally knows everything, from the past to the future to whatever is beyond the future. Luke 12:7 says that he numbers the very hairs on your head! That does not mean, however, that we don’t have freedom to choose what actions we are going to take. When God first made the world, Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden where everything was perfect and there was no suffering. Still, however, both Adam and Eve were humans with free will, which led them to disobey God and both take a bite of the forbidden fruit. By acting out their free will, they both allowed sin to be entered into the world and thus began suffering. Even before the deed was done, God obviously knew that they would take a bite of the fruit that he specifically instructed them NOT to eat! He knew it all along, yet he still did not intervene and stop them from doing it. If he did intervene, he would be interfering with their free will. If he did this for every sin that we as humans were about to commit, not only would God be a very busy man (or deity?), but he would be turning us humans into some mindless puppets that could not control our own actions. It is our freedom of will, and thus our ability to choose right from wrong that makes us human. Sometimes we choose wrong, and we must suffer the result of that.