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2. Manipur—A basic introduction to the Existence of God

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Youth teaching on the existence of God and woldviews you might encounter today (most of which are not expressly stated)

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2. Manipur—A basic introduction to the Existence of God

  1. 1. THE EXISTENCE AND KNOWABILITY OF GOD
  2. 2. THE PROBLEM: CHRISTIANITY DEPENDS ON THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
  3. 3. IF GOD DOES NOT EXIST, CHRISTIANITY IS FALSE!
  4. 4. Take a poll of people: Yes No
  5. 5. No No evidence: Foolish to believe
  6. 6. No Jesus: Not Son of God Not Saviour No Heaven
  7. 7. No Jesus: Not Son of God Not Saviour No Heaven
  8. 8. Yes - Evidence proves it - What is this God like?
  9. 9. Yes Does the evidence show us the God of the Bible?
  10. 10. Yes
  11. 11. Is it enough to simply say “I have faith, I believe in God”? Even the devil believes God exists!
  12. 12. APOLOGETICS GREEK WORD: “SPEAKING IN DEFENCE”
  13. 13. REASONED ARGUMENTS TO PROVE THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
  14. 14. 1 Peter 3:15 “…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”
  15. 15. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY…?
  16. 16. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY…? I am not a sinner / I am a good person
  17. 17. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY…? I already believe in God
  18. 18. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY…? I am an atheist. I don't believe in God
  19. 19. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY…? Why did Jesus have to die in order for me to go to heaven?
  20. 20. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY…? What makes you think the Bible is the word of God?
  21. 21. SOME POPULAR VIEWS ABOUT GOD AND THE WORLD
  22. 22. We all have a way of thinking about life, meaning and even God. It’s called a worldview.
  23. 23. Where did we come from? Did God create us?
  24. 24. Where did we come from? Did God create us?
  25. 25. What happens when we die? Does life have purpose or meaning?
  26. 26. THE MOST IMPORTANT WORLDVIEW QUESTION FOR US: WHO IS JESUS?
  27. 27. 1. ATHEISM There is NO God. The universe is eternal. Humanity is the result of blind natural forces.
  28. 28. 1. ATHEISM
  29. 29. 2. DEISM
  30. 30. 2. DEISM There is a God—who made the universe. God made people. God left humanity alone—no longer directly involved in the world. No miracles etc.
  31. 31. 3. PANTHEISM Greek, pan=all, theos=God. Everything we see is filled with a divine god force—all of creation. “There is a god, and you are him.”
  32. 32. 4. THEISM There is only ONE eternal God. He created the universe—and mankind. We can pray to Him and receive help (miracles) and guidance.
  33. 33. Each view is VERY different. Can they all be true?
  34. 34. What you think about God is the most important thing in your life, it affects… Truth, origin, purpose, eternal destiny.
  35. 35. What you think about God is the most important thing in your life, it affects… Truth, origin, purpose, eternal destiny.
  36. 36. What you think about God is the most important thing in your life, it affects… Truth, origin, purpose, eternal destiny.
  37. 37. ARGUING FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
  38. 38. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z6oZH0vUmg
  39. 39. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z6oZH0vUmg
  40. 40. 1. The Universe had a Beginning - A BEGINNER
  41. 41. 2. The Fine- Tuning of the Universe - A FINE- TUNER
  42. 42. 3. DNA - An AUTHOR
  43. 43. 4. The Moral Argument - A MORAL LAW GIVER
  44. 44. 5. The Resurrection of Jesus - God in HUMAN HISTORY
  45. 45. DOES GOD EXIST? THE COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT
  46. 46. EARTH IS PERFECTLY DESIGNED FOR LIFE
  47. 47. EARTH IS PERFECTLY DESIGNED FOR LIFE
  48. 48. ✦ If Earth were smaller it couldn’t support an atmosphere, like on Mercury.
  49. 49. ✦ If Earth were smaller it couldn’t support an atmosphere, like on Mercury.
  50. 50. ✦ Larger, like Jupiter, the atmosphere would contain free hydrogen, which is poison for us.
  51. 51. ✦ Larger, like Jupiter, the atmosphere would contain free hydrogen, which is poison for us.
  52. 52. 24 Hour Days…
  53. 53. Many environmental factors are so precise in support life that to change any one of them, even the slightest, would disallow conditions for life here on Earth.
  54. 54. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CulBuMCLg0
  55. 55. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CulBuMCLg0
  56. 56. DOES GOD EXIST? THE MORAL ARGUMENT
  57. 57. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxiAikEk2vU
  58. 58. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxiAikEk2vU
  59. 59. Dostoyevsky, “If there is no God, then everything is permissible.”
  60. 60. All human cultures say… ✦ Murdering people is wrong. ✦ Lying and cheating are wrong. ✦ Stealing is wrong ✦...etc.
  61. 61. Does feeling guilty show right and wrong? Guilty = broken a moral rule. And that feeling hurts our souls. Guilt is — moral pain.
  62. 62. All cultures have a way of knowing right and wrong, reflecting that we are made in the image of God.
  63. 63. All cultures have a way of knowing right and wrong, reflecting that we are made in the image of God.
  64. 64. When someone does us wrong we feel bad because a moral law has been broken — a moral law given by a moral law giver.
  65. 65. THE KNOWABILITY OF GOD
  66. 66. JESUS SAID TO HIM, “I AM THE WAY, AND THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”
  67. 67. THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
  68. 68. Every sermon preached by Christians in the NT centres on the resurrection.
  69. 69. The resurrection of Jesus Christ, was the greatest event in human history.
  70. 70. Other religious leaders still lie dead in the grave - only one, Jesus, has ever risen from the dead!
  71. 71. The resurrection can be proved and believed with as much historical credibility as any other well documented event in ancient history.
  72. 72. Jesus Died Jesus Rose 1. Christianity Theories of the resurrection
  73. 73. Jesus didn’t rise 2. Hallucination The apostles were deceived Jesus Died
  74. 74. Jesus didn’t rise Hallucination The apostles were deceived Jesus Died
  75. 75. Jesus didn’t rise Hallucination The apostles were deceived Jesus Died
  76. 76. Jesus Died Jesus didn’t rise Conspiracy - a plot to deceive people The apostles were deceivers / Liars
  77. 77. Jesus didn’t die Jesus Fainted on the cross
  78. 78. Jesus didn’t die Jesus Fainted on the cross
  79. 79. THE FAINTING IDEA
  80. 80. 1. Jesus could not have survived crucifixion. Romans made sure NO ONE survived.
  81. 81. 1. Jesus could not have survived crucifixion. Romans made sure NO ONE survived.
  82. 82. 2. The Roman soldier did not break Jesus' legs, as he did to the other two crucified criminals (Jn 19:31-33) This means the soldier was sure Jesus was dead.
  83. 83. 3. John, an eyewitness, certified that he saw blood and water come from Jesus' pierced heart (Jn 19:34-35). This shows that Jesus' lungs had collapsed and he had died of asphyxiation (suffocation).
  84. 84. 4. The body was totally covered in bandages and in a sealed tomb (Jn 19:38-42).
  85. 85. 5. The Roman guards at the tomb were overpowered by a man who had been beaten and crucified?
  86. 86. THE LYING IDEA
  87. 87. Did the disciples make up the whole story? - The apostles would have been great liars!
  88. 88. - No of them ever confessed to lying, even under intense pressure
  89. 89. - No of them ever confessed to lying, even under intense pressure
  90. 90. - The disciples were changed people - by what power? - Many were martyred for a “lie”
  91. 91. - These simple “uneducated” men made up the greatest story - the Gospel

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