Sermon January 26, 2020 PastorBryon
The Bible says that we must accept by faith the fact that God exists: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). If God so desired, He could simply appear and prove to the whole world that He exists. Oh, actually he already did that but even in doing that the world didn’t believe this savior who could raise the dead and walk on water was God, in fact, they killed him.
People often argue, there is no hard physical proof that God exist. What would be acceptable evidence? Maybe Jesus could have shot video of God creating the world. He could always appear in the sky. No, that probably wouldn’t do it either. We could send the person who wants proof to see God in person but I don’t think that defense would hold up in court. Your honor they asked for proof God exists. Speaking of courts, how do courts prove crimes where the police didn’t catch the person in the act? Evidence
Is there evidence to prove that God exists?
When we talk about evidence for the existence of God often people want to alter the way we define evidence to include inclusively first hand sighting of God. People will argue that no one has ever seen God so how can we prove he exists? Well, if we use that reasoning the same may be said about George Washington. No living person today has ever seen him so how do we know he exists? There is evidence of his existence. We have documentation not only from him but from collaborating witnesses who lived during his time who confirmed his existence by referring to him in their writings.
Evidence is simply a trail of clues that lead us to a conclusion. The dictionary says it like this,
Ev·i·dence: noun – The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.
If you went home one day and noticed muddy foot footprints leading to your door, your door cracked open, splinted wood by your door lock, missing TV inside the house and the house ransacked would there be enough evidence to prove someone broke into your home and stole your TV? Even though you didn’t actually see the crook? The proof is in the evidence. There are thousands of people currently in prison who never got caught in the act of a crime but were convicted by the evidence.
Romans 1:20 says, Since the creation of the world Gods invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.
Speaking on the subject of how it’s made, let’s talk for a moment on creation.
Some of the different theories and ideas about creation.
- The Big Bang Theory – The world was instantaneously created out of notion
- Intelligent Design Theory – Scientific reasoning that the world was designed by an intelligent life
- Creationism – God Created the world in seven days (the Genesis Account)
Christians are usually creationist but there are those who differ on the age of the earth, young earth verses old earth. One thing I’d like to point out when it comes to determining the age of the earth. The process of determining age is called radiometric timescale and using this method scientist has determined the earth is 4.55 billion years old. Being a creationist myself I see one flaw in this method of dating the earth. God made the world old and as such could have made mountains that would appear to have been around for billions of years when in fact they are less than 10,000 years old.
Let’s get back to evidence. There is absolutely no evidence to support the big bang theory given it is all speculation. However, we have an eye witness account whose testimony has been passed down throughout history.
Notice how God preserved the creation account by this chart. In the worlds first 2000 years it only took two people to pass down the creation account from Adam to Abraham, that was Methusalah and Shem. They were the two that filled in the gap in history.
The Bible is God’s written word. The text itself identifies itself as being from God. 2 Timothy 3:16 says “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
Does the Bible attempt to prove that God exists? No, the fact of his existence is presumed from beginning to end. In fact, in regard to those who don’t believe in God it say, The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God (Psalm 53:1).”
Four arguments that offer evidence of God’s existence
Cosmological argument – All things in nature depend on something else for their existence (i.e. are contingent), and that the whole cosmos must therefore itself depend on a being which exists independently.
You see, every effect must have a cause (origin). Each of those causes must itself have a prior cause. If we follow this line of logic back far enough, we reach a point where we have two choices. Either there is an unending chain of causes that goes back forever, or there must have been a “first cause” that was not caused by something prior. It is more reasonable to say there was a first cause (God) who started the whole chain of cause and effect.
The Teleological argument – How could there be design in the world if there was no Designer (God)? “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” ~ Ps. 19:1-4
Not only does the world exist, it is magnificently designed. Look at our eco-system, it’s a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system. How about the human body, how was such an ingenious design created by chance?
The Moral argument – Why would people recognize right and wrong if there was no moral Law Giver (God)?
“Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.” ~ Rom. 2:14-15
The logic of this argument is as follows:
- We have moral values in the world.
- For these values to have any kind of meaning they must be based on something.
- That something is God since he is the perfect moral being.
The Bible argument – “All Scripture is God-breathed.” ~ 2 Tim. 3:16
There is no book that has been subjected to the rigorous scrutiny of its friends and, at the same time, to the contemptuous attacks of its enemies as has the Bible. Yet, again and again, it has been proven to be historically and geographically accurate. As the Bible is being proven more and more to be a book of truth, it stands to reason that the message of the Bible about God is also true. The more that the accuracy of
Question: Even if God does exist how can you be sure your religion has the right God? It’s true there are a lot of different religions in the world.
World Population 7.7 Billion People
- 31.4% Christians
- 23.2% Muslims
- 1% Jews
55.6 % of the earth’s population believes in the same God – The God of Abraham. Where we differ is in who Jesus is.
In any other forum if we presented this type of compelling evidence we would get a conviction. However in the argument of God’s existence people often refuse to see the clear cut evidence. They stick to their own flawed theories. What’s most interesting about scientist who holds onto this big bang theory or the theory of evolution is that when they use their own scientific method to determine if a hypothesis is a fact or false they will conclude with the results as final and move on. If they’re finding on a hypothesis prove to be false that’s their conclusion. However in the case for creation they have concluded they simply don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle but eventually they will and then they’ll be able to call them facts.
Fortunately for us we don’t have to be scientist or scholars to understand and believe God exists.
However, 1 Peter 3:15 tells us, to always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. In other words you should know why you believe God exists.