The Existence of God

Dr. Johnny Pressley
Cincinnati Christian University

 
1. Cosmological arguments
a. Every thing that happens has a sufficient cause that produced it (cause and effect)
b. The universe should have a sufficient cause (like a Creator God)
c. A Creator God is no less plausible than an infinite regression of cause and effect
d. God is “the first cause” and “the unmoved mover”
2. Teleological arguments
a. Evidence of design and order suggests a designer
b. The order and predictability of nature suggest a Creator God who set the patterns
c. The intricate workings of nature suggest a Creator God who designed the features
d. Creation testifies to the existence of its Creator (Psalm 19:1-6; Acts 14:17; Rom. 1:19-20)
3. Supernatural arguments
a. Our finite experience and knowledge do not allow us to preclude what might exist beyond our present understanding of reality
b. Even if the supernatural cannot be proven, it likewise cannot be disproven
c. Abundant testimony of supernatural experiences (good and evil) support the possibility of a supernatural realm (and God)
4. Moral arguments
a. Man’s universal sense of morality suggests an ultimate source for morality
1) Categories of right and wrong (ought and ought not)
2) Feelings of guilt (Rom. 2:14-15)
3) A basic ethics (against lying, cheating, stealing, murder, etc.)
b. Moral creatures suggest a moral Creator
5. Intuitive arguments
a. Mankind has an innate sense of God
b. Sociology and cultural anthropology reveal a universal religious impulse
1) A sense of the possibility of something beyond this life (Eccl. 3:11)
2) A desire to discover our Creator (Acts 17:27-28)

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