Presentation on theme: "God Is!. Have You Seen God? No one has seen God at any time. John 1:18 Neither has anyone touched, tasted or smelled him. We cannot isolate God in a test."— Presentation transcript:
Have You Seen God? No one has seen God at any time. John 1:18 Neither has anyone touched, tasted or smelled him. We cannot isolate God in a test tube or put him under a microscope.
Creation Proves God Is The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. -Psalm 19:1 Creation exhibits a design that must be the work of a designer.
For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.” – Hebrews 3:4
To a person who does not feel obliged to restrict his search to unintelligent causes, the straightforward conclusion is that many biochemical systems were designed. They were designed not by the laws of nature, not by chance and necessity; rather, they were planned.
The designer knew what the systems would look like when they were completed, then took steps to bring the systems about. Life on earth at its most fundamental level, in its most critical components, is the product of intelligent activity. - Michael J. Behe, Darwin’s Black Box, New York: The Free Press, 1996, p. 193.
What type of biological system could not be formed by “numerous, successive, slight modifications”? Well, for starters, a system that is irreducibly complex. By irreducibly complex I mean a single system composed of several well-matched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, …
…wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning….Since natural selection can only choose systems that are already working, then if a biological system cannot be produced gradually it would have to arise as an integrated unit, in one fell swoop, for natural selection to have anything to act on. - Behe, p. 39.
The Bombadier Beetle When threatened by another bug, …the beetle has a special method of defending itself, squirting boiling- hot solution at the enemy out of an aperture in its hind section. – Behe, p. 31.
God Is Seen in His Creation The form and function of all the things God created teaches us there is a God. Job 12:7-10
God Is the Prime Cause (Cosmological Argument) The cosmos obviously exists. Nothing comes from nothing. Therefore, there is a prime cause behind the cosmos, or God.
Second Law of Thermodynamics The 2 nd law of thermodynamics, also known as entropy, says things go from order to disorder. –Left alone, everything tends to disorder. –If you do not hoe, the weeds will grow. –Heat flows from hot to cold. This winding down process lets us know the universe is not eternal. Something had to be behind its existence.
God: The Moral Governor Man’s moral nature tells us there must be a moral governor. –People the world over condemned Hitler. Why? –The animals do not display an innate sense of right. “If one does not acknowledge an eternal Mind with which intrinsic goodness is coexistent, how is ‘morality’ to be explained?” (Thompson & Jackson, p. 28).
Man Seems to Look for Something to Worship Followers of the “new age movement” believe in “karma” and “soul mates.” Ancient Indians worshiped the “Great Spirit.” The men of Athens erected altars to all types of gods (Acts 17:22-23). Augustine believed this universal desire of man to worship, which he called “intuition,” was clear evidence there is a God.”
A first time visitor to Washington, D. C. seeing the 550’ Washington Monument would instinctively look all the way to the top. The same type of instinct causes man to look up to a heaven for the Almighty God. Batsell Barrett Baxter, I Believe Because…
The Concept of God in Man’s Mind Implies He Is Baxter explained that ontology is the branch of philosophy devoted to the nature or existence of God. “Anselm began with a definition, ‘God is that than which nothing greater can be conceived!’” Then he argued that man is able to conceive in his mind of the idea that than which there is no greater.”
The Being Greater than Anything Which Man Could Conceive The only thing greater than “that than which nothing greater can be conceived” is the existence of a Being greater than anything which man could conceive. Psalm 14:1 “In order for the fool to say ‘God,’ he had to have a concept of God in his mind. To start out to deny God is a kind of implication that God exists” (Baxter).
O Lord, our Lord How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set your glory above the heavens! Psalm 8:1