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Theolology Proper Intro., Arguments for Existence of God, etc.


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Bible Basics, Rev. Todd Linn, First Baptist Church Henderson KY

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Theolology Proper Intro., Arguments for Existence of God, etc.

  1. 2. BIBLE BASICS <ul><li>Theology Proper </li></ul><ul><li>(the study of God and His attributes) </li></ul>
  2. 3. Worldviews . . . <ul><li>Worldview Defined : </li></ul><ul><li>“ A Framework through which you view the world and the basis on which you make decisions.” </li></ul>
  3. 5. Theism <ul><li>Judaism </li></ul><ul><li>Christianity </li></ul><ul><li>Islam </li></ul>
  4. 7. Atheism <ul><li>Marxism </li></ul><ul><li>Secular Humanism </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of Atheists : </li></ul><ul><li>Carl Sagan </li></ul><ul><li>Madelyn Murray O’hare </li></ul><ul><li>Ted Turner </li></ul>
  5. 11. Pantheism <ul><li>Hinduism </li></ul><ul><li>Zen Buddhism </li></ul><ul><li>New Age Religions </li></ul><ul><li>Examples : </li></ul><ul><li>George Lucas is a Zen Buddhist </li></ul>
  6. 13. Finite Godism <ul><li>Examples : </li></ul><ul><li>Plato </li></ul><ul><li>John Stuart Mill </li></ul><ul><li>William James </li></ul><ul><li>Rabbi Kushner (Author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People ) </li></ul>
  7. 15. Deism <ul><li>Examples : </li></ul><ul><li>Voltaire </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Jefferson </li></ul><ul><li>Benjamin Franklin </li></ul>
  8. 17. Polytheism <ul><li>Ancient Greek Gods </li></ul><ul><li>Ancient Roman Gods </li></ul><ul><li>Shintoism </li></ul><ul><li>Mormonism </li></ul>
  9. 19. BUT FIRST . . . <ul><li>. . . A little levity </li></ul>
  10. 21. Three Main Arguments for the Existence of God <ul><li>Cosmological Argument </li></ul><ul><li>Moral Argument </li></ul><ul><li>Teleological Argument </li></ul>
  11. 22. The Cosmological Argument <ul><li>The universe had a beginning. </li></ul><ul><li>Anything that has a beginning must have a cause. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, the universe was caused by something, and this cause is God. </li></ul>
  12. 23. Hebrews 3:4 <ul><li>“For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.” </li></ul>
  13. 24. The Moral Argument <ul><li>All men are conscious of an objective moral law. </li></ul><ul><li>Moral laws imply a moral lawgiver. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, there must be a moral lawgiver. </li></ul>
  14. 25. Romans 2:14-15 <ul><li>“ Even when the Gentiles who do not have God’s written law, instinctively follow what the law says, they show that in their hearts they know right from wrong.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ They demonstrate that God’s law is written within them, for their own consciences either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.” </li></ul>
  15. 26. Teleological Argument <ul><li>Order and useful arrangement in a system imply intelligence, purpose and design. </li></ul><ul><li>The universe is characterized by intricate design. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, the universe has a Designer. </li></ul>
  16. 28. Psalm 19:1-2 <ul><li>“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” </li></ul><ul><li>“Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.” </li></ul>
  17. 29. We Serve a GREAT God! <ul><li>So let’s make it a point to find out about Him. </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><li>Reading the Bible regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Talking to Him and Listening to Him regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Worshiping Him in church regularly </li></ul>