Apologetics John Stossel

Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Gary DeMar

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Evidence for God Exists… if You Start With God

John StosselJohn Stossel has been a consistent spokesman for free market economics. Thomas Sowell recommends Stossel’s latest book No, They Can’t! as a great Christmas gift. I agree. “It is written with a light touch, but gets across some pretty heavy stuff about economics. The title is a take-off on Obama’s old slogan, ‘Yes, we can!’” Sowell adds the following:

“It is the first book I have read that asks a question about electric cars that should have been asked long ago: How much pollution do they cause?

“Electric car enthusiasts may say, ‘None.’ But the electricity that runs these cars has to be generated somewhere, and much of that electricity is generated by burning coal. The fact that no pollution comes out of the car itself is irrelevant, when the pollution comes out of a smokestack somewhere else.”

There’s a great amount of evidence in all of Stossel’s books and TV specials about the failures of a government controlled economy and the success of the free market. His books are filled with reasoned arguments for his position. Even so, millions of people don’t believe in his belief that the free market is the best economic system.

Does he need more evidence and better reasons?

In an interview with Gretchen Carlson on Fox News, Stossel discussed his agnosticism. He maintain that he’s tried to believe in God, but can’t. His reason? “Because I want evidence. I want reason and explanation.” In 2010, Stossel said, “God may exist, but I want more evidence and I’ve looked for it.” [product id="1354" align="left" size="small"]

If reason and evidence are the determining factors in a debate over economics, then why do so many people oppose it? More than 50 percent of American voters rejected Stossel’s economic evidences and reasoning and put their faith in an economic system that has failed time and time again.

I’m sure that some of them argued, “The free market may be the best system, but I want more evidence. I’ve looked for it, but I have not been able to find it.”

The facts are there. That’s what Stossel would say about economics. I would say the same thing about the existence of God. Stossel has set himself up as the judge and jury of the facts. The free market skeptics do the same thing.

Our task is not to present the Christian faith as a debatable hypothesis, a study in probability, or just one religious option among many. We should never say, “You be the judge.” In a biblical defense of the Christian faith, God is not the one on trial; man is, as C. S. Lewis points out in his article “God in the Dock.” The “Dock” is the British version of our witness stand:

“The ancient man approached God (or even the gods) as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man the roles are reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock [the enclosure where a prisoner is placed in an English criminal trial]. He is quite a kindly judge: if God should have a reasonable defence for being the god who permits war, poverty and disease, he is ready to listen to it. The trial may even end in God’s acquittal. But the important thing is that Man is on the Bench and God in the Dock.”(1)

How can a finite, fallible, and fallen being ever be a qualified judge of eternal things? How is it possible that the creature can legitimately question the Creator? God asks Job: “Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it” (Job 40:1). Job responded, knowing the limitations of his own nature, the only way he could: “Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to Thee? I lay my hand on my mouth” (40:4). [product id="1255" align="right" size="small"]

God asks Job a series of questions that demonstrate how limited he is in knowledge and experience: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth! Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who set its measurements, since you know?” (38:4). Job was trying to figure out the world and the way it works based on his own limited frame of reference. This is an impossible and immoral task.

Stossel lives, moves, thinks, and breathes in a world that requires God’s existence. That’s the evidence. Take God out of the picture, and nothing has meaning. “The proof that God exists,” Sye TenBruggencate points out, “is that without Him you couldn’t know anything,” including what is economically right or wrong.Endnotes:

  1. C.S. Lewis, “God in the Dock,” in God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1970), 244.()
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About the Author

Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles, His most recent book is Exposing the Real Last Days Scoffers. Gary lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife, Carol. They have two married sons and four grandchildren, Gary and Carol are members of Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA).



4 Responses to Evidence for God Exists… if You Start With God

  1. Lynda H. says:

    I sure am glad that I believed in God, believed in His sovereignty, His omnipotence, omnipresence and His omniscience and His love for me, long before I ever heard the words, “apologetics” or presuppositional.” For I fear that had I ever read an article like this one, I would have thought that the belief in God was a knowledge that was too high and lofty for the child that I was when I first believed.
    It was bad enough for me as that child to have an older brother who was at first a atheist then evolving slowly into a agnostic. His evolution came as a result of his own realization that he could not disprove the existence of God, therefore he must rename his lack of belief and give it the appropriate title. Sadly, he doesn’t understand that his lack of belief doesn’t make God a myth.
    And BTW, where I come from, PHD stands for post hole digger.

  2. RYGUY says:

    Gods will is for us to have a free market to the extent of everyone has a role, ie… we all must work hard at whatever it is we do best and share our results with all who need them. We are not to profit to the point of excess, but to the point of our needs and give our excess to others. This means, if we here in America have more than anyone else say in Africa, Indonesia or wherever human beings are living in disease and sickness or under oppression, then it is our God given duty(command) to use our excess(more than we absolutely need) to help them. If we do not, then we consider ourselves human and them subhuman, or we consider ourselves better then they ! WE ARE HERE TO SERVE GOD(which means the poor and least of us) NOT OURSELVES !!!!

  3. Gary North’s point is that the real reason why free market economics are not widely believed is because people do not believe in God or the Bible. You have to have faith that millions of people making trillions of decisions will result on positive good. I’ve read this exact point in comments on the WSJ. Why should someone have faith in all those individual decisions resulting in a positive outcome? God and his valuation of goods, property, liberty, and the economy, as revealed in the Bible, is the only source of “proof” that the free market economy is best. So ultimately, only Christians will have a free market economy.

  4. Wes says:

    As Christ said in John 10:26-27: “But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.[a] 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

    Christians aren’t saved because they are smarter than other folks. You can have economics right and still not really get it.

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