2001-08-29 - The Existence of God
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
The Question: "What can you say to a teenager who says he does not believe God exists?"
First of all, I treat everyone, even professed atheists, as if they believe in God. The passage in Romans 1:18-23 gives me and everyone else this right. I would not tell them this, but I simply don't buy the arguments of agnostics or atheists, because the Bible tells me that they know God exists. The fact is that by professing not to believe in God, they are only denying what they know to be true. "Professing to be wise, they became fools," Romans 1:22. This is a very powerful tool in dealing with someone on the issue that God does exist. We know we have truth on our side and thus we argue from a position of strength, even though we approach the unbeliever gently and with humility.
There are several intellectual arguments for the existence of God, and I
will give a couple below, but intellectual arguments fail in that rationality
does not produce faith. Faith is a gift from God, Ephesians 2:8. However,
the arguments I will provide below are tools which we can use when we interact
with those who deny the existence of God. They are food for thought for those
who do not think there is a God.
There are other arguments, but these are considered the major ones. They are not, in themselves, convincing. They do provide food for thought for those who deny God's existence, and sometimes these will convince someone or will be part of the path that leads someone to the conclusion that God exists. I would emphasize that we don't rely on arguments to convince, but rather we rely on the Lord to use the gospel to change hard hearts. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8.
Soli Deo Gloria,