When I began to seriously study the Bible I found that Genesis quickly became my favorite book. As a science teacher I knew that this is where the battle would be for the minds and hearts of our kids, as well as many adults, and this is where I found truth confronting deception. Understanding Genesis would quickly become the one thing that helped solidify my belief and trust in God as the Creator.
There are many in our culture today who struggle with the question…
Does God Exist?
Over the next several posts we will look at ‘A Case for God as the Creator’ with an emphasis on Genesis and reasoning from science.
I. From a Biblical perspective:
In the beginning God…
- This is God’s eyewitness account given to Moses (Exodus 31:18, 34:1-2, 27, Psalm 111:4, Isaiah 42:9).
- The Bible always assumes, and never argues, God’s existence.
- God as the Creator is all-knowing, all-powerful, all-holy, all-righteous, full of truth and mercy, complete in love and grace, and He is everywhere present: “A being than which nothing greater can be thought.This is a greatness, not in size or space, but in perfection — perfection of intelligence, power, truth, love, all that makes perfection is found within this being.” (Anselm’s Ontological Argument) Therefore, if you try to describe God in human terms then He must be greater than what you can describe.
- Although everything we know to exist had a beginning, God has always been because the Creator of a thing does not fall under the rules of the thing He created.
- God is the uncaused first cause of all things (there must be a first uncaused cause for anything to exist), and He exists outside and inside the time-space continuum that He created.
- He existed before the beginning of time (Colossians 1:17)
- He existed at the beginning of time (John 1:1-2)
- God is present everywhere in the universe and is not constrained by time/space (Proverbs 15:3; Jeremiah 23:24)
- He is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16)
- He is eternal and unchangeable (Psalm 9:7; 1 Timothy 1:17; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8)
- He is the sustainer of everything (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3)
- His wisdom is without limit and His understanding is complete (Psalm 147:5; 1 John 3:20)
- He knows the beginning from the end (Isaiah 42:9)
God has placed a moral code in the conscious of all mankind:
Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know His law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thought either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. -Romans 2:14-15
God’s Word teaches us:
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. –2 Timothy 3:16-17
Only fools say in their hearts, “there is no God”. They are corrupt and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! Psalm 53:1
II. Apologetics for the existence of God:
According to Physics and Chemistry everything that exists has time, force, energy, space and matter…
Genesis 1:1 gives us that information when it describes God’s act of creation:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
- In the beginning =time
- God = force
- Created = energy
- The heavens = space
- and the earth = matter
For those who need evidence outside the Bible, like I did before I became a believer, here are some arguments (that do not use the Bible) for God’s existence that have not been disputed.
Three main lines of evidence for the existence of God:
G = Good vs. evil – The Moral Argument
O = Origin – The Cosmological Argument
D = Design – The Teleological Argument
Check out this 5 minute clip from Dr. William Lane Craig’s reasonablefaith.org:
G = Good vs. Evil
The Moral Argument:
A universal moral law must have a moral lawgiver (any law must have a lawgiver).
There is a universal moral law evident in the universal behavior and expectations of all humans.
Therefore there must be a universal moral lawgiver.
(*Keep in mind that when premises are used we must provide evidence in #2 for #3 to be true.)
*Evidence for a universal moral law:
“The first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this: that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, that this is a moral universe, and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Everyone, no matter where they live or what culture they come from or race or religion, has the innate knowledge that certain things are right and wrong. Take a close look at everyone you know and everyone you see. Is there something we all have in common when it comes to the knowledge of right and wrong?
You can go anywhere in the world and observe in humans a general sense that things are not the way they are supposed to be. There are killings, wars and injustices everywhere and we all sense that this is wrong. Why, where does that come from? Could this reaction be evidence for a universal moral law?
My Pastor addressed this concept in a recent sermon. He said, “If someone tells you there is no absolute right or wrong then just punch him in the face. I’m pretty sure he will tell you that you can’t do that, because it is wrong! If not, then just do it again!”
Most Atheists hold a relativist’s view (that truth and morality are subjective) but this falls flat when put into practice. If relativism is true then they must accept what you believe to be right (punching them in the face) as your subjective moral truth, and following this view to its logical conclusion they cannot even say that what Hitler and the Nazi’s did in the Holocaust was wrong if they subjectively believed it was good. Thank God that the Nuremburg trials supported an objective universal Moral Law!
Do we have an immaterial transcendent parent who has set in us the rules for morality?
Whether or not you believe in a universal moral law you have to admit every human has a conscious. It is that thing that is talking to you right now—you are probably saying I agree or I disagree and there is a little argument going on in your head—that’s your conscious. Could our conscious bear the image of an immaterial transcendent parent whose perfect standards we fall short of, but whose standards or laws are imbedded in our souls?
Our founding fathers thought so…
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. -THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
“Think of a country where people were admired for running away in battle, or where a man felt proud of double-crossing all the people who had been kindest to him. You might just as well try to imagine a country where two and two made five.” –C.S. Lewis
How do we feel when we hear the following statements? Is there a difference between them? What is your reaction?
- Love and care for our babies
- Killing for fun
- Forgiveness and mercy
- Rape and torture
- Freedom and liberty
- Stealing for fun
- Helping our community
- Purposeful injury to others
- Gratitude for a kind act
Do you get a little “squeeze” in your chest when you imagine some of these statements in action? Is that because all humans instinctively know when something is wrong?
J. Warner Wallace gives eight lines of evidence for the existence of God in his book, God’s Crime Scene. Watch this 28 minutes presentation on one of those lines concerning moral evidence:
We know the Moral Law exists because…
- It is undeniable: It is not always the standard by which we treat others, but it is nearly always the standard by which we expect others to treat us.
- We know it by our reactions: Simply be rude to someone, or do something out of line, or put people in a position where you violate their right to express their opinions and they will scream “injustice, unfair!”
- It is the basis of Human rights: After WWII Nazi war criminals were brought to trial and convicted of violating basic human rights. This is manifested in international law and found in our Declaration of Independence.
- It is the unchanging standard of justice: C.S. Lewis said, “As an atheist my argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crocked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”
- It defines a real difference between moral positions: We use it when we evaluate the behavior of others, for example Mother Teresa against that of Hitler. If the moral law doesn’t exist then there is no real difference between them, their actions are just subjective. As atheist Richard Dawkins would say “they are just dancing to their DNA.”
- Since we know what’s absolutely wrong, there must be an absolute standard of right: We all identify things that are wrong socially, politically, and personally—but often people will say that they don’t know what is right, but admitting things are not the way they are supposed to be (wrong) is an admission that there must be a universal right.
- It is the grounds for political and social dissent: People take up causes for “rights” and we often agree on particular injustices—the problem is usually the means to the end. For example, we all agree peace is good but is it best accomplished with or without military intervention?
- If it did not exist, then we would not make excuses for violating it: People make excuses all the time for their behavior and we legitimize bad behavior in many ways: Abuses become diseases, crimes become oppressed behavior, immorality becomes lifestyle choices, and laziness becomes a need for entitlement.
Recommended Short Articles on this topic:
The Magical Moral Mystery, by Andy Banister
Moral Laws Necessitate a Moral Lawgiver, by Lenny Esposito
My favorite: J. Warner Wallace’s collection of short articles at his Cold Case Christianity Website on Morality.
Join us next week as we continue our investigation for God’s existence through lines of evidence from origin and design of life…
You will not find this material in the public school curriculum even though it is based on solid evidence and grounded in research. It is ironic that following the evidence to where it leads stops at the door of our public schools as they will not let a “Divine footprint” in! Join us as we examine evidence for Christianity and learn how to become a thoughtful defender and ambassador of your faith.
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