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The Moral Argument; God’s Gift to Us

The Argument for Our Conscience and An Ultimate Authority

Welcome Back!  I know it has been a while, but as I explained, the deficits from the strokes can prevent (or at least slow down) my ability to post quickly.  Enough of that, let us begin.

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.” (Psalm 14:1, ESV)  If that is true, we can do whatever we want without the risk of consequences, as Paul (rhetorically) describes in1 Corinthians 15:32b, “What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”” (1 Corinthians 15:32, ESV).

At some level, the statements from Psalms and Paul strike a chord in all of us, whether from today or rather from our younger self.  As you know, each time we sin gets easier and easier.  At first, we believed the sin we committed was beyond us; it was totally out of our character, we believed we were better than that – we would NEVER do that!  Then the sin ‘happens.’  We come up with excuses, “I didn’t mean to do that,” or “it was a mistake, it will NEVER happen again.”  But it does.

yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” (1 Corinthians 8:6, ESV)

But, we know deep inside that there is a God.

The Beautiful and Complex Design

Jesus’ Watch

Welcome back and thank you for visiting our site.  So let’s jump right in and get started.

Last time we were together we looked at the Cosmological Argument and demonstrated (correctly) that there is a first cause; and that we believe that cause is the God of the Bible.  Tonight’s discussion is on the Teleological Argument, also known as the argument from Design.  Before we begin, we will look at the Bible to understand what it says about God’s hand in the design of the cosmos, life, thought, and reason.

In the last post, we used Genesis as our jumping point and listened as Scripture sang in joy, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, ESV)  We then used that statement as a roadmap through the Cosmological Argument.  But there is more, so much more.

Looking deeper in scripture, we see there is a God who has left us information to show that he is the Creator of the universe.  Consider King David’s praise of the wonders of God creating us in Psalm 139:  “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:13–14, ESV)
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God’s Splendid and Marvelous Creation

The Cosmological Argument

‘Is there really a God, and can we know him?’

Talk about loaded questions.  ‘Is there really a God, and can we know him?’  Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring these two questions.  People talk about having blind faith, and that we don’t need to examine why what we believe is true, we just need to trust God.  Unfortunately, I was never too good at that; I always needed to see the man behind the curtain.  To put it frankly, if evidence for God weren’t compelling, we wouldn’t have blind faith, but empty faith; we would be believing in something because we think it’s right.  Please don’t misunderstand, I have always believed in God, and when I was ready to ask questions, the answers were there for me.  Just as the answers are here for you.  But again, that’s not blind faith, believing when you don’t know the questions is not the same as believing in evidence to the contrary.

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Welcome All

Welcome All to 4ourLord

I would like to take a moment and thank you for your time; I know your time is valuable, and you have many choices.  So again, thank you.

Before we go any further, allow me to spend a few minutes to give my testimony of how and when I became a Christian.  I feel that it is important to know from where your teachers come: their history, their belief system, and why they teach.

Ever since I can remember, I have always believed that there is a God.  I always believed in Jesus, and I always understood (well sort of) that he was the Son of God, but for me, it didn’t follow that being the Son of God meant that Jesus was God (I was very young at this time).  Every religious holiday I would sit with my father and watch all the biblical movies that were on – King of Kings (my personal favorite), The Robe, The 10 Commandments, etc., but the mention that Jesus was God,  and although implied in the films, was never directly stated. Continue reading Welcome All