The Existence of God (Part 10)

God Inscription

  • The Cosmological Argument
  • The Teleological Argument
  • The Law of Causality
  • The Laws of Thermodynamics
  • The Moral Law Argument

These and other arguments for the existence of God are not absolute proofs of His existence. The one absolute proof is God’s Word. It stands alone in the universe as absolute Truth and needs no assistance from human wisdom and insight. However, the various laws presented in our faith defense are based on science, logic and reasoning – something skeptics and scoffers say they trust more than faith. While these arguments and laws do not prove absolutely that God exists, they do present a powerful argument for the strong possibility – in fact, the probability – that God exists. For anyone to say otherwise is to say they are not interested in searching science, logic and reasoning for truth. In fact, anyone who will not declare that the existence of God is possible after hearing our arguments is demonstrating their complete lack of faith in anything scientific, logical or reasonable. If after sharing the many laws of science and arguments from logic with an atheist or agnostic and they continue to deny the reasonable possibility of God’s existence, you may want to quote this verse to them  – “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.” (Psalm 53:1) I can promise you that it will not endear you to your audience, but it is an honest summation of their moral and intellectual poverty.

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The Existence of God (Part 9)

God Inscription

Moral Argument

For thousands of years, societies have developed around common beliefs about protecting and providing for families. Moral law – and the enforcement of it – have been foundational to that protection and provision. If an atheist was robbed at gunpoint and badly beaten, they would have no need to call police to investigate because they don’t believe in moral law. Why would they want police to capture the robber and put him in prison when there are no absolute standards – no moral values? Why would they want the robber to be tried in a court of law when all the robber was doing was what was right in his own eyes? There are no human rights without Moral Law. There is no justice or injustice without Moral Law. There is no right or wrong without Moral Law.

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The Existence of God (Part 6)

God Inscription

The Law of Causality

This defense can be stated in many ways:

  • Causality is the relationship between an event (the cause) and a second event (the effect), where the second event is understood as a consequence of the first.
  • The law of causality states that every material effect must have an adequate antecedent cause.
  • If every material effect has an adequate antecedent cause, and if the Universe is a material effect, then the Universe had a cause.

We saw this idea earlier in our study about the Cosmological Argument – “Everything which has had a beginning was produced by a sufficient cause. The Universe has had a beginning, and therefore must have had a cause sufficient to bring it into existence.”

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The Existence of God (Part 5)

God Inscription

Teleological Argument

The second argument for the existence of God (outside of Scripture) is the Teleological Argument – also known as the Argument of Design – or the Argument to Design. As with the Cosmological Argument, we go back to Greek philosophers for early presentations of the argument. They include Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The Intelligent Design Theory (IDT) is a modern version of the Teleological Argument that proposes that many features of the universe and living things are best explained by intelligent design – an intelligent cause. Logical reasoning from the Intelligent Design of the universe is that there is an Intelligent Designer of the universe.

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The Existence of God (Part 4)

God Inscription

Cosmological Argument

When an atheist or agnostic will not continue talking with me about the existence of God because I’m using God’s Word in my faith defense, I like to turn to the Cosmological Argument because it deals with something everyone can see – the universe. Atheists and agnostics argue that they don’t believe in anything they cannot see, hear, taste, touch, or smell. They say they believe in the natural only – not the supernatural. The universe is something they can see (light waves) and hear (radio waves). The earth – a part of the universe – is also something they can taste, touch and smell.

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The Existence of God (Part 3)

God Inscription

I began teaching self defense in 1964. I did it because I saw the need to help people gain confidence in their ability to deal with bullies or criminals. I had been the victim of bullying as a child and martial arts gave me the confidence to stand up to people who tried to hurt or intimidate me. 47 years later, I am still teaching people for the same reason. Bullies and criminals are still among us.

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The Existence of God (Part 2)

God Inscription

You will learn a lot about an atheist or agnostic after talking with them for a little while. Remember to listen to them respectfully and prayerfully. The Holy Spirit will help you listen and give you words to share that will be meaningful. It’s important to remember that God knew all about your conversation from before He Created the universe. Nothing a person says to you will be a surprise to God. Because you are a child of God, you have a spiritual advantage in your discussions. Use your advantage to help make a big difference in the life of the person God has placed in your life. Look at your conversation as a spiritual opportunity God appointed.

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The Existence of God (Part 1)

God Inscription

The existence of God is at the root of the Christian Faith. Atheists say God does not exist. Agnostics say no one can know if He exists. Pantheists believe that God is all things and all things are God. Polytheists believe in many gods. Deists believe in a God Who Created the universe, but is no longer involved in it. Monotheists believe in One God, but disagree about Who He is. So many views about something so simple – either there is a God or there isn’t.

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The Gentle Art of Faith Defense

Faith in Stone

The Art of Faith Defense is called Apologetics. It may sound like someone is making an “apology,” but that’s not the meaning. It comes from the Greek word apologia and means “a speech made in defense, a verbal defense, to give an answer in defense.” In ancient Greece, the prosecution in a trial would deliver their kategoria (accusation, charge). The defendant would respond with an apologia (defense, reasoned statement or argument). God calls on Christians to defend their faith verbally.

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Philosophers – Faith Bullies

Faith Bully

Philosophers are people who are educated in the discipline of philosophy. Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. Philosophers often see themselves as being very wise. The word “philosophy” comes from the Greek word philosophia – love of wisdom. Philosophers may “love wisdom,” but they seldom have any (wisdom).

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Christopher Hitchens – Faith Bully

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Christopher Hitchens and I are almost the same age (he’s a year younger than me). He is a journalist and author. I am a journalist and author. He is an outspoken atheist and faith bully. I used to be an outspoken atheist and faith bully. That’s where the similarities end.

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Why We Need Faith Defense

Faith in Stone

The art of faith defense is as old as the history of the human race. In fact, faith defense was the first art God taught the first human being.

“Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:15-17

God Created Adam, then placed him in the Garden of Eden and told him to “tend and keep it.” Remember that Moses, the author of Genesis, wrote everything God told him about the beginning of all things in the Hebrew language. What do the words “tend and keep it” mean in ancient Hebrew. “Tend” means to “work, labor” in the Garden. “Keep” means to “guard, protect, keep safe, preserve” the Garden. We understand that a garden needs someone working in it to plant and harvest, but why the need to protect it?

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Dr. Henry Morris – God’s Scientist

Henry Morris

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I first met Dr. Henry Morris in early 1971. He was visiting Tampa to share his vision for a trip to Mt. Ararat to search for Noah’s Ark. I invited Dr. Morris to appear on my radio program. I was an atheist working for a religious station – the same station where I had spewed my hatred for Christians on my daily talk show months earlier before the station changed formats from news/talk to religion/country music. I thought it would be easy to dispute the claims of the Bible with Dr. Morris, but I was wrong. He knew the science behind the Bible and was able to explain it clearly and powerfully. God used Dr. Morris to open a crack in my atheist’s armor.

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Dealing With “Faith Bullies”

Faith Bully

40 years ago today I was an atheist. I was also a “faith bully.”  But something happened that changed my life forever. I want to share my story with you and help you deal with the faith bullies in your life. I will be adding more posts and pages in the coming days. Please visit the GraceLife Blog and Grace Martial Arts for more information about Faith and Self Defense.

If you’re in the Tampa/Orlando area and would be interested in my sharing with your church or group about faith defense, please email me at mmcgee4@tampabay.rr.com.

In Christ’s Love and Grace,

Mark McGee

Faith and Self Defense