We live in a day and age when no matter where you turn, media outlets and individuals are constantly making up or exaggerating stories in order to advance their own personal agendas. How do we know that the writers of the New Testament weren’t doing just that? Can we be sure that what the New Testament tells us about Jesus is what actually happened 2000 years ago in Palestine? As it turns out, we can, and in this lesson and in following lessons, we’re going to examine some ways that we can know that to be true.
A brief review of the previous few weeks of study, considering the evidence for God and where that leaves us with regard to which world religions could possibly be true.
As we deal with our friends, neighbors, and co-workers, we will inevitably come across people who do not believe that God exists. Some will ask us why we still believe. Over the past couple of weeks we have looked at answers we can give to that question, and in this lesson we look at a third, The Moral Argument for the Existence of God.
As we continue how we ought to be prepared to give an answer to those who ask why we believe, we are looking at another argument for evidence of God’s existence. In this case we are considered the Teleological, or Design, Argument, making the case that because this universe maintains all the characteristics of being fine-tuned, there must be a designer.
Since we are to be prepared to give an answer to those that would ask why we believe (1 Pet. 3:15), it logically follows that we ourselves understand good reasons to believe. This short series will examine three arguments for the existence of God. Through these arguments not only will we be better equipped to give an answer, but our faith should be strengthened as well. This first lesson focuses on the Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God.
We live in a world that has changed a lot. Scores of people decide every year that they do not believe in God or the Bible. These people need the gospel just as much as any of us, so how do we reach them? This is where the study of apologetics can be a helpful tool. If we can show them evidence for the truth, and they accept that evidence, we will be one step closer to teaching them the gospel.