Apologetics, Topical Studies

Is There a God?

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.

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Apologetics, Topical Studies

What is the Solution?

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.

Therefore, during these sessions I will be answering your questions.  So, if you have a question that you want answered give it to me personally, or through Facebook or twitter, or you could just give it to Stuart and he will give it to me and all questions will remain anonymous, so that no one knows who asked which question.

Today we will be answering the question, “How Can We Fix it?”  The first week we answered the question, Why were we created?  And the short answer was for the glory of God.  Week two we discovered if our goal in life is to glorify God, why is it so hard to do so? Or, What is wrong with this world?  We saw that the short answer to that question was that sin separated us from God.  Today we will be looking closely on what can be done to fix the problem, so that we can go back to living a life of joy because we are glorifying our creator, God almighty.

So the short answer to the question, “How Can We Fix it?” , is to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord, Savior, and Treasure.  This is more than a calling to just say a prayer or to fill out a card or go through some spiritual ritual.  For God to be your Lord, is to mean that you now have a new master.  You were once slaves to sin, we all bow down to something, so the question is are you bowing down to God the one that wants to draw you to Him and make you his sons, or are you bowing down to things that will fade away as time goes by.  It is better to be a slave of God who cares for us than, slaves to our own selfish desires.

For God to be your savior means that you realize that you once were lost.  We have all fallen short of the glory of God.  We all have lied, stolen, or cheated.  Therefore, knowing that we are separated from God we need someone to save us from our darkness.  Jesus Christ came and died for our sins so that we could be able to stand before God as righteous.  You cannot earn your way there through good works, or by trying to beat out the person next to you.  Only belief and Jesus Christ can save you.

For God to be your Treasure he has to be what you value above all else.  If you accept Christ as your Lord, Savior, and Treasure then it is impossible for you to go back to living a life just like how you did before you were saved.  This is because you now have a new value system.  If you see what it cost to save you from your sins then you will want everyone to experience this repentance and because of that, you will become more God-centered and less self-centered.  You will be looking out for others more than you will yourself.

There should be no competition for our love for Jesus.  We should love him better than life itself.  And you will find that you love others in your life far more when you put them in second place than if you were to get it out of whack and put them in first place and put Jesus second.  I often say to my wife, Kaley you are my number 2, and she knows that is the most loving thing I can say to her, because if I was to put her number 1, then I would be putting on her unrealistic expectation to fulfill my joy.  If I put her number 1, she is going to fail me.  And I will live a life in constant resentment because I put someone number 1 that continually fails me.

Likewise, anything that you are putting number one is going to fail you too.  People will disappoint you, other people change, other people will die, and if you have put them first in your life you are going to find it hard to live after betrayal or loss.  Jesus will never betray you and Jesus has already died and risen from the dead so He will never forsake you.

You put him first and you will never be disappointed.  Christians will let you down.  We are not perfect, but we do not worship the church members, we worship the one that is the Lord Jesus Christ and I point you to him.  Likewise, I will let you down, if I have not already done so, but you are not following me, you are following Jesus Christ and He will never let you down.

Therefore, we conclude that if you want to know why you were created it was to glorify God, and if you want to know why it is so hard to do so with your own self will, it is because of sin, and the solution to the problem with sin is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord, Savior, and Treasure.  And to live a life that is honoring to him and doing everything for the Glory of God so that you will be able to get the most joy out of life.  And you do this by remembering that God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied with him.

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