Over the years, I have collected arguments from various websites to explain why God doesn’t exist. I’m certain most of these are offered in all sincerity, so I won’t make fun of them. I do, however, offer my own thoughts about the logic of the arguments.
God has never spoken to modern man, for example by taking over all the television stations and broadcasting a rational message to everyone. The argument is that God cannot exist because He has never appeared done the Super Bowl halftime show or late-night television. If He did, what would He say? Would that make believers of everyone? Perhaps God has spoken, but we were watching the wrong channel.
There are the magical miracles of Jesus, but none of these miracles left behind any tangible evidence. The miracles of Jesus (the Resurrection excluded) are healings, feeding masses, walking on water and the like…all things one would not expect to leave tangible evidence 2,000 years later. So, God does not exist because Jesus picked the wrong types of magic tricks.
There is nothing to stop Jesus from materializing in your kitchen tonight to have a personal chat with you. I’ve never seen Australia, either. However, based on the evidence, I take it on faith that Australia exists. I not just saying that because I prefer Australia not materialize in my kitchen.
Why not hang a stained, wrinkled shirt in the closet and pray for God to clean and press it there? It’s well known that God has a plan and answers prayer, but not every prayer. He might not respond to the “clean my shirt” prayer in order to teach people to eat more carefully. Alternatively, the Romans believed in multiple gods: perhaps they have one that does laundry.
It is only by assuming that the belief in prayer is a superstition and therefore God is imaginary that science can proceed. We can see science and technology moving forward every day. By this argument, we can only conclude, therefore, that prayer must be pointless, and God must be imaginary.
The common thread of all these arguments is that the lack of evidence of God’s existence (no TV show, no miracles, not cooking or doing laundry and the progress of science) proves God does not exist. Or, does it?
In the arena of logic, such arguments are called argumentum ad ignorantiam or “argument from ignorance” (where ignorance means "without evidence"): if you can’t see evidence of God, He must not exist. If He doesn’t deliver everything you demand, He doesn’t exist. The common response to this is, “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”
When the exterminator says you have no termites (termites don’t exist), he means there was an absence of evidence of termites. Since the exterminator won’t inspect every inch of your house, the message of no termites is not the same as knowing with absolute certainty there are no termites.
With all due respect, I think God has given us abundant evidence of His existence…just look at the heavens, the Earth, nature, science and life.
French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian, Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), made many notable contributions to mathematics and physical science including a study of hydraulics which lead to the development of the syringe.
Pascal was also the first to formally use probability theory, a mathematical analysis of uncertainty such as the outcome of a dice roll or the likelihood of a success of a trip to the moon. The first use of probability theory was Pascal’s Wager which asks people to decide how best to live their lives based on the uncertainty that a Christian God exists or does not exist.
The instructions for the game are this:
Although there is no right or wrong answer, Pascal argues some wagers offer more potential benefits. There are four possible outcomes to the game:
Pascal argues that the best way for rationale people to handle the uncertainty of God’s existence is to live as though God does exist and seek to believe in God. This yields the highest benefits for the least risk.
While Pascal’s Wager is an odd way to view God and faith, it does raise some interesting questions.
Trying o! Yes! Sort of! Well, just read on and decide for yourself.
The term “apologetics” creeps into Christian conversations on occasion, but many don’t really know who and what apologists and apologetics are. Apologists are everywhere, and anyone can be an apologist. Not a religion, denomination, sect, club or organization, apologetics is largely a frame of mind or attitude of an individual.
The term ‘apologetic’ comes from the Greek ‘apologia’ meaning a factual verbal defense such as the type of argument a lawyer might give a jury on behalf of a client. So, while the root is similar to that of ‘apology’, apologists are defenders and deliverers of facts, not persons making excuses… contrary to definitions found in so many modern dictionaries.
Trying to clear things up…
Apology – a document, speech, conversation, video or any communication in defense of Christianity.
Apologist – one who makes delivers an apology to intellectually defend the faith.
Apologetic (n)– a particular way of defending the faith.
Apologetics – either the practice or disciplines of defending the faith.
The classic of children's literature, The Chronicles of Narnia, with over 100 million copies sold in 47 languages was written by one of the most famous apologists, C. S. Lewis. Other noted apologists you may have heard of include: Lee Strobel, Ravi Zacharias, Norman Geisler, Josh McDowell and R.C. Sproul.
The noun and verb form of ‘apologia’ appear 17 times in the Bible. Perhaps the most appropriate passage is concerning apologetics is:
“ but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you;  yet do it with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 35:15-16)
In simple terms, apologists practice the defense of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. They do this through learning, study, thinking, discerning and questioning to find the truth… answers to questions… that arise regarding the Word of God. There are several philosophical approaches to apologetics, including: classical (logical), evidential (factual), reformed (theistic) and fideism (faith-based). However, the casual apologist may not and need not necessarily recognize such distinctions.
Few people advertise being apologists, but many people privately practice apologetics to better understand and be confident in their own faith. Some may engage in apologetics and not even realize it.
So, Christian apologists do apologize when defending their faith, but they don’t apologize for doing so.
“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” ― C.S. Lewis
Sermon for Sunday May 6, 2018
He is consistently ranked one of the most influential guitarists of all time. He is the only three-time inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was seriously considered to replace George Harrison of the Beatles in 1969 but settled for marrying Harrison’s wife. Known to many as “Slowhand”, he has also been called “God”. Many of his works contain expressions of faith, but his self-acknowledged failings have gotten the most attention. He is Eric Clapton.
The nickname, Slowhand, came from the slow clapping of audiences as Clapton fixed broken guitar strings on stage when a member of the Yardbirds in the early 1960s. The “God” moniker came from anonymous graffiti found near London’s Islington Tube Station that boldly proclaimed, “Clapton is God”.
Clapton was born in 1945 to an unwed, 16-year old English girl and a Canadian soldier who shipped off to war before his birth and who returned to Canada afterwards without seeing his son. One story suggests the young Eric believed the grandparents who raised him were his parents and his mother was an older sister.
By 1970, at the age of 25, Clapton had already been a powerful force in such well-known groups as The Yardbirds (“For Your Love”), Cream (“Sunshine of Your Love”) and Derek and the Dominos (“Layla”).
While playing with Blind Faith in 1969, Clapton composed both lyrics and tune for the song, “In the Presence of the Lord”. He also witnessed to becoming "a born-again Christian" after seeing "a blinding light" and sensing God's presence. However, his conversion wouldn’t protect him from himself.
He was good friends with the Beatles’ George Harrison but was so infatuated with Harrison’s model/photographer wife, Pattie Boyd, that he wrote “Layla” for her in 1970. Clapton and Boyd partnered up in 1974, eventually married in 1979 and divorced childless in 1988.
Clapton spent the early ‘70s nursing a heroin addiction: trading it for an alcohol addiction that lasted into the ‘80s. "Bad choices were my specialty," he said. In 1987, he claims to have finally fallen to his knees and "surrendered" to God, dedicating his sobriety to his newborn son, Conor, from his affair with Italian model Lory Del Santo. Four years later, Conor fell to his death from the window of a Park Avenue skyscraper.
While his career continued to flourish through addiction and tragedy, Clapton admitted, “… I have never failed to pray in the morning, on my knees, asking for help, and at night, to express gratitude for my life and, most of all, for my sobriety.”
“Slowhand” has 19 Grammy awards including those for “My Father’s Eyes” and “Tears in Heaven”. Both hugely popular songs reflect on personal tragedies with hints of faith. When asked about prayer and faith, Clapton said, “I choose to kneel because I feel I need to humble myself when I pray, and with my ego, this is the most I can do. If you are asking why I do all this, I will tell you … because it works, as simple as that."
One can’t help but wonder and marvel how God has revealed himself through this other “God”.