Creating a web site

The creation of this web site begins a dialogue online where I can continue to 
present arguments that I hope will lead others to knowledge of and faith in, God. I explain why 
an eternally impersonal universe cannot account for our personal existence and how only 
the existence of a personal Trinity can rationally explain why we are personal, 
moral, and rational beings.

I want you to know that the New Testament manuscripts have been transmitted 
to us as originally written; they have not been deliberately altered nor accidentally changed over time. The New Testament is a reliable eye witnessed account of the life and teachings of Christ, 
not a conspiracy of twelve men who fabricated a story about a 
man who stood for truth and love.

It's absolutely important to understand that God experiences movement, 
change, and time. He is not the timeless, immovable, and changeless deity as he is so often portrayed to be. This depiction of God is unbiblical and contradicts the Bible. It would be irrational to 
believe that Jesus is God if this were true. It produces a view of life that is fatalistic and predetermined in which God ultimately controls everything. This view makes God sadistically responsible for the existence of evil and then having mankind pay the penalty for what he had 
ordained from all eternity to take place.
"Come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord."--Isaiah 1:18,

David Mathison
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Developing a rational dialogue

Here I am, years later, in Washington Square Park, in the middle of 
New York University, reaching the culmination of my pursuit. For three summers I spent my weekends discussing and debating the existence and nature of God. With the help of my posters, I would 
begin by saying that the world is divided into three different views of human origin and 
destiny: theism, atheism, and pantheism.

Rationally, there can be only one possible human origin. We are either the creation of a 
personal God--theism; or, we have evolved from the accidental collision of impersonal atoms--atheism; or, we are the manifestation of an impersonal world soul--pantheism.

Logically, there can be only one possible human destiny. We will stand before God in a day of judgment to be rewarded with eternal life in heaven or perish in hell--theism; or, we will continue being reincarnated until we eventually become one with the impersonal world soul--pantheism; 
or, we will simply cease to exist after we die--atheism.

The answer can be found when we see how our understanding of human dignity is 
affected by the three different views of human origin and destiny. Dignity is a sense our own self worth and the high value we have for others. Human dignity can be divided into four aspects; 
meaning of life, morality, rationality, and freedom. 

Meaning comes from having a worthy purpose for our personal existence. Morality is a 
distinction between good and bad behavior and having a concept of evil. Rationality is the consistency and non-contradiction of our thinking and conduct. Freedom is the ability and opportunity to make personal and significant decisions for ourselves without coercion.

How do we explain the meaning of life, morality, rationality and freedom if there is no God? 
How are they explained if everything is God, or if there is a personal God?

Theists, atheists, and pantheists do not give the same answers to these questions. 
In the process of a dialogue the differences and implications become very clear. It becomes easy to see why belief in a personal God is the only rational way for us to understand human origin, 
destiny, and dignity, as I explain to these students at Brooklyn College.

Searching for answers

Hi, I'm Dave, welcome to my web site. I remember the first time I seriously 
contemplated the possibility of God's existence. I was 13 when my parents became "born again" Christians. The change in their relationship and life style was dramatic. They began to love each other and showed a love for me that was not there before. I either had to give them credit for changing themselves or accept the possibility that God existed and that he cared enough about my parents to help them. If he cared about them, maybe he cared about me and everyone else, as well. 
This was the beginning of my spiritual journey. 

After we started going to church I soon realized that Evangelical Christians 
believed that Jesus was a historical person and not merely a fictional character that never really existed. They also believed that the world was created by God; and worst of all, they believed 
in heaven, hell, and a day of judgment. I didn't believe any of this at the time, but I didn't believe in 
love and forgiveness either, until I had seen the change in my parents.

After about a year I told my friends that I had decided to become a Christian; 
one of them said I would be throwing away my mind. Although I was morally and experientially convinced, through high school I often wondered if becoming a Christian was the intelligent thing to do. There were conflicting doctrines that were very confusing and other religions that seemed plausible. When I started Bible College I was determined to explore all the possibilities of what might be 
true and see if I could discover for myself, and then share with others, proofs for the existence of God. 
I also wanted to be sure that the Bible was really the Word of God, and if there 
were rational answers to theological paradoxes. 

Matthew 9:35-38
" And Jesus went about 
all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion 
for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples,“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” 

John 4:35
Do you not say,‘There are  
yet four months, then comes the harvest’? I tell you, lift up your eyes,and see how the fields are already white for harvest.