Today we will be continuing our series of Apologetics. Now remember that Apologetics is just a fancy word for the defense of the faith. We as Christians need to be able to defend our faith for two reasons. First, so that we are strong in our faith and will not be easily deceived, and second, so that we are able to give a good answer when others searching have questions for us about our faith. We need to be able to say more than just because Jesus lives in my heart that is how I know. Christianity is not true because Jesus lives in my heart, it is true because of what happened 2000 years ago outside Jerusalem.
For the next couple of weeks we will be addressing the question, Is there a God? Is there a logical and reasonable argument for the existence of God? Outside of referencing the Bible, can a case for the existence of God be made that disproves the positions of those that do not believe in a God and gives sufficient warrant for believing in a Creator? The answer is, yes, it can. At the conclusion of proving that there is a God, I will then prove to you that the God that we proved to exist, is the God that we find in the Bible.
We all ask the question is there a God. This is mainly because God has placed a God shaped hole in our heart that only He can fill. This is why every nation and culture that has ever existed in history has worshiped something. In other words, man does not ask the question about God, our very existence raises the question about God. That is why today we all still worship something.
However, I want to help you discover that in order to get the most joy out of life you have to worship the right God. We will first prove that there is a God by appealing to the Moral argument. The moral argument begins with the fact that all people recognize some moral code (that some things are right, and some things are wrong).
Every time we argue over right and wrong, we appeal to a higher law that we assume everyone is aware of, holds to, and is not free to subjectively change. Right and wrong imply a higher standard or law, and law requires a lawgiver. Because the Moral Law transcends humanity, this universal law requires a universal lawgiver. This, universal lawgiver is God.
In support of the moral argument, we see that even the most remote tribes who have been cut off from the rest of civilization observe a moral code similar to everyone else’s. Although differences certainly exist in civil matters, virtues like bravery and loyalty and vices like greed and being a coward are universal.
Two examples can be applied. We can all fairly say that what Nazi Germany did during WWII was objectively wrong. Even if they had won WWII and were successfully able to exterminate or brainwash the world into believing what they did was right, we know that what they did was still morally wrong. Therefore, we see that right and wrong is not subjective.
Another example is the terrorist attack of 9/11. The men that drove that plane into those towers had been brain washed and truly believe what they were doing was right, but that does not make it right. Even if we were not Americans, we would know that what they did that day was morally wrong.
Therefore, we see that there is a moral code built inside of all of us. If man were responsible for that code, it would differ as much as every other thing that man has invented. For example, our houses here in America look nothing like the houses in other parts of the world. However, all across the globe and over centuries of recorded time we all have similar basic laws. Murder, rape, and stealing are wrong in every culture that has ever lived.
Where, then, do we get these ideas of what is right and wrong? Romans 2:14-15 says that the moral law (or our conscience) comes from an ultimate lawgiver above man. If this is true, then we would expect to find exactly what we have observed. This lawgiver is God.
To put it negatively, the belief in no God provides no basis for morality, no purpose in life, no explanation for the problem of this world, and no solution on how to fix it. While this does not disprove the belief in no God, by itself. However, we should realize that if the logical outworking of a belief system fails to account for what we instinctively know to be true, it ought to be discarded. Without God, there would be no objective basis for morality, no life, and no reason to live it. Yet all these things do exist, and so does God. Thus, this is the moral argument for the existence of God.
Therefore, the short answer to the question is there a God, is yes, because we can logically say that there is a God by using the Moral Argument because
1.) If God did not exist, objective moral values would not exist.
2.) However, objective moral values do exist.
3.) Therefore, God does exist.