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Category: Apologetics (page 8 of 9)

Unpacking the Ontological Argument

It is a fact that people across geographical and cultural boundaries believe in some sort of God.  All civilizations have had a belief in the supernatural.  The ontological argument is digging behind that belief to the question of why?  Why is this belief seen in our world?

Let’s do an experiment. Let’s think of an original thought.  Something that no one has ever thought before.  Be imaginative. Let your mind work and think of a picture or event or scene.  Try hard.

I’m not sure what you thought about, but this I know, it is nothing original.  At best it is a combination of events, colors, shapes, and scenes in our world.  For instance maybe you got outrageous and thought of a blue giraffe with the teeth of a crocodile. Or a robot shaped like a trashcan talking to you.  As cool and imaginative as they might be they are not original.  Instead they are simply a conglomerate of stuff that we all see.  It might be an imaginative image, but it is still putting together what you have already interacted with. Even the complex machines that we use today are putting together technologies that we are discovering.

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Ontological Argument-God Has to Exist

If nothing else this series on the existence of God has expanded your vocabulary.  You can now tell your friends about the cosmological argument, teleological argument, and anthropic principle.  To this you can add the ontological argument.  This one is a little different from the others.  It might stretch your mind some, but I trust you all can handle it.

Let me say this first.  The ontological argument is a controversial argument.  It is for a couple reasons.  First, unlike the other arguments it is not an argument from the natural physical world we can see.  Instead it is primarily a philosophical argument. Second, it is an argument that many (even Christians) find invalid.  In fact, I have gone back and forth on the validity of the argument (currently I think it is valid).  The version I defend is a modified version of how it was original presented.

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What does the Teleological Argument teach us about God?

Now that we have explained the Teleological Argument and given examples, the question is what can we learn about God from it. The Cosmological Argument taught us about the power of the Creator.  The Teleological Argument adds to our picture of God.

The Teleological Argument states that since our world has design it by necessity has a designer.  We call the designer God.  So what do we learn about Him? We learn that our God is intelligent.  He has the intelligence to provide the intricate designs that we see in the universe.  He also has the mind to be able to create the human mind.  A human mind that is able to design amazing structures. Thus looking at our natural world we can conclude we serve a powerful and intelligent God.  Later this week we will learn about another reasonable explanation for God’s existence.

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Stephen Hawking is wrong

When I first heard that Stephen Hawking had written a new book denying the existence of God, I didn’t think much about it.  I mean it would be like saying the sky is blue.  You see Stephen Hawking has never been a friend to the Christian faith.  Yes, in the past he has stated that there could be something behind all of the universe, but he denied the idea of a personal God.  In fact he opposed the idea (and a non-personal God is not the God of the Bible).  However, when I saw he was the leading Google news story and begin getting questions from people about the story I felt I needed to respond.  These are my thoughts.

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Anthropic Principle-Are we just lucky?

If the sun was closer to the earth then it would be too hot to sustain life.  Further away and too cold.  The moon is just the right size to effectively control the tides of the universe.  Any smaller and it wouldn’t provide the needed benefits.  Larger and it would be unstable. If gravity was altered in the most minuscule amount we would have no Sun and thus no life.

The Earth’s atmosphere is made up of 21 percent oxygen.  Change that number to 25 percent and we would have spontaneous combustion.  Drop the number to 12 percent and we would suffocate.   The earth tilts at 23 degrees, any change in that would make temperatures too extreme for life.  Move Jupiter and the Earth would have been destroyed by asteroids.   If the orbit of the Earth around the Sun was altered results would be disatrous.  Closer and we would be sucked into the sun.  Farther away and the gravitational pull would be too weak and we would fly off into space.

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