Christian Apologetics Is there a God?
B: is a field of Christian theology that aims to present a rational basis for the Christian faith, defend the faith against objections, and expose the perceived flaws of other world views. What is Apologetics? A: systematic argumentative discourse in defense (as of a doctrine)
What is Apologetics? How many of you thought the first time you heard the word ‘apologetics’ it was about apologizing?
Origin Apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia “A written or verbal defense”
Atheist derives from the Greek alpha negative, meaning “no” and “Theos” literally meaning NO GOD However
ONLY FOOLS ARE ATHESIST The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." Psa 14:11 To be an Atheist you must trade rational thought for irrationality
1) Atheist have to believe that something came from nothing See the law of cause and effect: Newton, Aristotle
2nd law of thermodynamics The second law states that all energy or heat is in a constant state of entropy
Atheist have to believe that the precise order in the universe is the product of random force Do Typhons cause construction or destruction?
If I stood here and assured you that my Automobile was the product of a stick of dynamite and a pile of junk metal, what would you think? Atheist have to believe and contend that non-life created life
The Law of Biogenesis, attributed to Louis Pasteur, states that life arises from pre-existing life, not from nonliving material. Pasteur's (and others) empirical results were summarized in the phrase Omnevivum ex vivo, Latin for "all life [is] from life", also known as the "law of biogenesis". Pasteur stated: "La générationspontanéeestunechimère" ("Spontaneous generation is a dream").
Atheist have to believe that that matter produced mind The law of cause and effect teaches that the effect can NEVER be greater than the cause
Atheist have to believe that there is no evil Without a God there is no right and wrong; therefore there are no criminals A universe without God means that no one has the right to tell me what is good or evil or how I should behave regardless it is the government or any other entity
Therefore Mother Theresa, Al Capone, The Apostle Paul, Jack the Ripper, Jesus Christ and you and I are all morally equivalent Therefore: If there is no God and the Universe is not eternal, Something did come from nothing, Disorder produced order, Non-living matter gave birth to life and matter produced mind. Does that makes sense to you?
The Atheist “un conquerable” argument An Atheist will state that the “problem of evil” disproves the existence of God as presented in the Bible. If God is all good and all powerful his omnibenevolence would cause him to desire the destruction of evil and his omnipotence would enable him to destroy it .
Therefore he is either unable (non omnipotent) or unwilling (non omnibenevolent) God created man with a “freewill” to be Holy. Sharks in the water act by instinct and are neither holy nor unholy
Holiness necessitates the choice to do right and that requires the ability to choose to do wrong. Otherwise there is no FREE WILL Evil is the result of a man or mankind's choice to do wrong
Secondly God has allowed evil to continue because there is some benefit to mankind Atheist use the term evil to include suffering and catastrophe.
Suffering as a result of sin and poor choices motivates us to not engage in self destructive behavior Suffering helps man not to become attached to this world but to desire the promised reward yet to come
Can you prove the existence of God? There are 2 types of evidence Firstly there is scientific proof which deals with things that can be observed and measured (does Ivory soap float?) Secondly there is Legal Historical proof
Science cannot prove that either George Washington, Jose Rizal, or King George of England existed. Science is incapable of disproving the existence of God In order to to an Atheist a person would have to KNOW ALL THINGS
While the Legal-Historical method can be used to prove the existence of God
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Rom 1:20 esv
“Ito ay sapagkatanghindinakikitangmgabagaypatungkolsaDiyos, simula pa sapaglikhangsanlibutan, ay malinawnanakikitananauunawaanngmgabagaynanalikha, kahitangkaniyangwalanghanggangkapangyarihan at angkaniyangpagka-Diyos. Kaya nga, walanasilanganumangmaidadahilan.” Romans 1:20
God's glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening. Psalm 19:1-2
There have been only 4 explanations for proposed for the existence of the Universe 1) It is the figment of our imagination. However this still accepts the existance of both the perceiver and the perception
2) It is eternal: however, the second law of thermodynamics disproves this 3) The universe created itself: however the first law of thermodynamics disproves this 4) The universe was created by an eternal, omnipotent God
But he has given proof of what he is like. He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven. He gives you crops in their seasons. He provides you with plenty of food. He fills your hearts with joy.“ Acts 14:17
The term Universe “originates from the Greek term κόσμος (kosmos), meaning "order" or "ornament“ and is antithetical to the concept of chaos” Wikipedia The laws of nature argues this design: the complexity of any mammal in general and mankind in spefic argue this.
The testimony of man’s moral consciousness Visit anywhere in the world and you will find that man has an innate “oughtness” now present in animals. The concept of morality present in any man or culture can become twisted. However, they still recognize moral principles
Some interesting things science has proven The Discovery of Vulcan Vulcan was a planet that nineteenth century scientists believed to exist somewhere between Mercury and the Sun. The mathematician Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier first proposed its existence
The Expanding Earth Our modern understanding of the interior and behaviors of the Earth is strongly based around plate tectonics and the concept of subduction. But before this idea was widely accepted in the late 20th century, a good number of scientists subscribed to the much more fantastical theory that the Earth was forever increasing in volume.
The Martian Canals The Martian canals were a network of gullies and ravines that 19th century scientist mistakenly believed to exist on the red planet. The canals were first “discovered” in 1877 by Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli
The Blank Slate Theory One of the oldest and most controversial theories in psychology and philosophy is the theory of the blank slate, or tabula rasa, which argues that people are born with no built-in personality traits or proclivities. Proponents of the theory, which began with the work of Aristotle and was expressed and accepted by most including the empiricist philosopher John Locke
Einstein’s Static Universe Prior to scientists embracing the notion that the universe was created as the result of the Big Bang, it was commonly believed that the size of the universe was an unchanging constant—it had always been the size it was, and always would be. The idea stated that that the total volume of the universe was effectively fixed, and that the whole construct operated as a closed system. The theory found its biggest adherent in Albert Einstein
While we cannot provide “scientific” evidence that God exist. I will contend that the weight of the evidence that God does exist and can be real in your life today.