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There are three controversial conclusions we reached many years ago that influence what we believe and have faith in:
First, we concluded that the universe is far more complex than most people realize. The theory of evolution has led many of us to believe that all systems evolve through a natural process of adaptation. However physical processes on a planck scale that resulted in gasses coalescing into atoms and molecules and living cells are far more difficult to explain than the evolution of living creatures. Agnostics and atheists often assume that the cosmos is the product of some kind of mechanistic evolutionary process. However it is in fact impossible to understand how billions of stars could spontaneously burst out of a pinhead at the “big bang”. Roger Penrose, a respected mathematician and cosmologist, calculated the probability that the universe could be created at random. The work of Penrose and others led us to conclude that the low entropy universe in which we live cannot be the product of random processes, and that it had to be “designed” to be as it is. Our faith that God exists is strengthened by the objective evidence that we do not live in a “random” universe.
Second, we looked at the question of physical existence, of being and becoming. We considered the fact that human beings appear to be physically aware of their past only in their present memories. We deduced that if a human being does not exist in the present then they cannot be aware of their past. We concluded that if human beings are physical creatures only, then on their physical death their past, present, and future are annihilated. This is contrary to common sense, which dictates that life has existential meaning. If we are twenty years old, almost everyone believes that the first twenty years of our life have meaning and value that cannot be lost.
We go against common sense and against the most popular physical models which say that we live in a block universe where our past and present are a permanent physical part of the universe. Virtually every theologian and philosopher reaches the opposite conclusion to ours, they find existential value in all physical human lives. Many believe that life has meaning and value even if God does not exist and even if there is no life after death. Because no one really understands the fundamental nature of space and time and existence, we cannot say with absolute certainty that a purely physical life does not have meaning and value. We believe that we are right, and that belief strengthens the conclusions we reach in our writings, yet we may be wrong.
We are convinced that if God does not exist and if there is no life after physical death then our lives have no meaning. That conclusion strengthens our belief that the existence of God is what gives us hope.
Some people are frightened by our conclusions, even though we are careful to explain that if we experience a nihilistic death there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of. We make it clear that it does not matter if we are right or if we are wrong, there is absolutely no reason not to live for the possibility that life has meaning and value.
Third, we asked ourselves whether we should live a “fanatic” or a “normal” life. If love is the best we can give a neighbor, then we conclude that each of us should love our neighbor. No matter how hard we tried, we always came back to the conclusion that if we love a neighbor and that neighbor is hungry, thirsty, or homeless, we will give them food, water, and shelter. That leads us to believe that if we love our neighbor we will live a fanatic life and not a normal life, with the hope that when we die we will live forever in heaven. Almost no theologian or philosopher agrees with us. Almost everyone believes that if God exists he wants us to live a normal life that is a “good” life, where we maximize the positive aspects of the physical lives of our family and friends while minimizing the negative impact on other people’s lives. Almost every human being believes that God would have us maximize the lives our families live on earth while still helping those outside our extended family.
A fanatic life is a very hard life to live. We believe that if you love someone you will not do physical harm to them no matter what they do to you and your family. If we are right, then living a fanatic life would probably allow those who choose to do evil to torture and kill innocent men, women, and children. For that reason we conclude that almost no one will be willing to live a fanatic life, almost everyone, including you, will choose to live a normal life where you love God with as much of your heart, soul, mind, and strength as you are willing to love him with, and love your neighbor as much as yourself as you are willing to love them, with the hope that God will forgive you.
These are the three very difficult conclusions that strengthen our belief and faith, yet we realize that the second and third go against what almost every human being accepts as true. We think we are right, but we may be wrong. After you carefully read our publications and understand our ideas, you will have to decide for yourself what you choose to believe and have faith in.