Some reasons that support (not prove) a belief there is a God

COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT:  World exists comes from somewhere/one

Premise:    The world has come into being

Premise:    Everything that has come into being must have come into being by a cause prior to it and sufficient to account for it.

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Conclusion:       Therefore the world must have come into being by a cause prior to it and sufficient to account for it.

Premise:    The world must have come into being by a cause prior to it and sufficient to account for it.

Premise:    The only cause prior to the world and sufficient to account for it is the creative power of God.

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Conclusion: Therefore the world must have come into being by the creative power of God.

Problem:  finite god, doesn't prove God still exists

 

TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT:  Designed world not luck needs a designer

Premise:    The world is characterized by order and regularity

Premise:    The characteristics of order and regularity are not a product of chance

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Conclusion: Therefore the world is not a product of chance.

 

Premise:    The world is characterized by order and regularity

Premise:    The characteristics of order and regularity are a product of design

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Conclusion: Therefore the world is a product of design

Therefore there must be a designer.  This Being must be God

      Intelligent Design:  universe so finely balanced cannot be luck,
            Therefore must have a Creator (i.e. big bang says there is a
            moment of creation—See Dr. Perry Phillips Big Bang lecture in the
            fall
Monday, 29 August, at 7:00 pm Jenks 237.

 

MORAL ARGUMENTS:  Man moral needs moral maker

Pascal's Wager:  what have you got to loose? if there is no God its over but

if there is a God, not believe in Him is a major problem.--on walking at

night;  what are the other options? ... self, nothingness, the force? Nothing to lose, everything to gain

 

Jesus:  liar, lunatic or Lord (what do you do with Jesus?) -- can't just be a

great prophet or nice guy, he claimed to be God. Legend? ... disciples all martyrs because of their belief in Jesus, fulfilled OT prophecy    

Personal testimony of millions (me included):  Jesus changed my life.
Predictive Prophecy: Cyrus, Josiah, Bethlehem, Jesus; Miracles, Jews