We had a series recently and this my last post from the series. These are my notes frm the lesson.
Some things are inevitable-taxes, retirement, toothache. One question that is inevitable is: Is there a God?
An Introduction to God
Acts 17:22-31-Paul is visiting Athens:
vs. 23-“While I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription: ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD’. What therefore you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.”
vs. 24-“The God who made the world and all the things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;”
vs.25-“neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things;”
vs.26-“and He made from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation,”
vs.27-“that they should seek God , if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;”
vs.28-“for in Him we live and move and exist, as even one of your own pets have said, ‘For we also are His offspring.'”
vs.29-“Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image framed by the art and thought of man.”
1) Creator, 2) Spirit, 3) the Father, 4) the Judge
1) Appeal to reason, 2) What they could see, 3) What they knew
Sweeping Away The Obstacles
1) Why some believe-family, friends, group, want to
2) Why some don’t-taught, group, refuse to investigate, don’t want to face consequences
One should believe because it makes sense, evidence, it is reasonable to do so-not because someone tells them to
If God exists then He has produced a world, living beings, a life experience that reflects it-Like the sun there are limitations-What’s left behind at a scene.
We are in postmodern age. Modern age-using science to prove things and we are still affected by that-DNA can prove mother or father-can still know by testimonies, stories, experiences-Like a uncle being able to give stories of person when they were little
Scientific testing goes only one way. Not everything is based on science
Which better explains what we see?
Which makes the most sense?
“Designed and built by”
The grand, orderly earth and universe-shows it was built a certain way for certain purposes
The regularity and consistency of earth and universe-watch based on 12 hours-based no world-24 hours, seasons, placement of sun for us to have life-Based on math-it all adds up-calculations add up if done properly
“Aces Every Hands”
The improbability of a naturalistic origin-odds of getting 4 aces 4 or more times in a row. Common explanation for nonbelievers-thru slow natural processes-Big Bang-expansion of gases-collisions, combinations
Frances Collins-atheist-medical doctor and Phd. in Physics-gene researcher came to believe -saln.com. He said, “looks as if knew we were coming, 15 constants-if 1 off by millionth, we would not see universe, have no stars, galaxy, people
“That’s just not right”
Our moral awareness-thief-doesn’t hurt him to steal but when someone steals from him-innate sense of right and wrong
“Mozart and Monet, Puppies and Sunsets”
Our sense of beauty-certain sounds or scenes produce sensations in us, have ability to appreciate
our intellectual abilities-some belief in God over millenium-Richard Dawkins said, “People believed because it benefited them and were more social, prospered, were rewarded, even though not based on reality.”
Charles Darwin-natural processes, letter in 1881 to William Graham-“conviction of man’s mind is trustwrthy”-If man can make conclusion from imagination, what about those who say, “There is no God?”
Acts 17-Design, order, regularity, consistency-to intelligent Athenians-morality, beauty, intellect, reason