by Matt Slick
No, belief in God is not a mental disorder despite what many of the liberals and atheists might assert. Though there are those with mental illness who believe in God, there are also those with mental illness who do not believe in God. Believing that there is a divine being who is the creator of all things and who orders our lives is very rational, especially when we consider the complexity and vastness of the universe, the intricate design of the human body, the diversity of life, the beauty of love, and the reality of the concept of information in DNA. Are we to conclude that these things occurred merely because of the physical laws of the universe? Is the super complex arrangement of the nucleotide bond pairs in DNA nothing more than the manifestation of materialistic laws and chemical reactions? Or, is the information contained therein evidence of a creator? Let me give an illustration.
Let's say that you and I are walking along a path in a forest discussing the issue of believing in God. We come across a pile of 3 stones. Then, a few feet later there is a pile of 5 stones, then a few feet after that a pile of 7 stones, and so on up 101. These are prime number stacks of stones.1 Would it be more logical to conclude that the stones were arranged in this pattern by an intelligence or by random events in that forest? Obviously, we would assume that somebody was there before us and put the stones in the pattern.
The DNA molecule is incredibly more complex than a series of prime numbers arranged along a path. So, are we to conclude that it is the product of the self-arranged atoms? Or, is it more logical to say that it is a product of intelligence? After all, do we know of any place where randomness and physical laws produce information? I know of none. But, we do know that information is the product of intelligence. So, which is more rational to believe--that randomness or intelligence brought the information into existence? In fact, would it be a mental illness to say that super complex information structures, which require incredible ordered patterns of precise regularity, are the product of randomness?
Unfortunately, many who assume that belief in God is a mental disorder assume that their own position, atheism, is automatically the right position to hold. They commit the fallacy of begging the question. That is, they assume their position is true and then argue from it without any defense of their position. Atheism cannot be shown to be the right intellectual position to hold regarding whether or not God exists. Even when an atheist hides behind the intellectually vacuous "I lack belief in God" position--atheism--along with his materialistic worldview, that cannot account for our existence, absolute morality, or information structures found in DNA.
Now, I ask you, which is closer to a mental disorder: believing there is a sovereign and divine creator or asserting that randomness and physical laws brought us the universe, beauty, love, moral absolutes, and super complex information structures?
- 1. A prime number is a whole number that is the product of itself and the number one. For example, 3 = 3 x 1. 5= 5 x 1. But 4 is not prime because though we can have 4= 4 x 1, we can also have 4 = 2 x 2.