Prove It! – A Rational Faith

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Psalm 19
Faith in Focus – week 6
Evidential faith path –a combination of __________ and __________________

Systematic ______________ - “consistency” meaning obedience to the laws of logic and “systematic” meaning fitting all the facts known by experience William Lane Craig

______________ - …only naturalistic explanations (as opposed to supernatural ones) will be considered as possible causes or explanations, regardless of the topic or the strength of the evidence presented. Mittelberg, p. 137

Yet the living results of natural selection overwhelmingly impress us with the appearance of design as if by a master watchmaker, impress us with the illusion of design and planning – Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker

Einstein felt that there must be intelligence behind the integrated complexity of the physical world. If that is a sound argument, the integrated complexity of the organic world is just inordinately greater – all the creatures are complicated pieces of design. So an argument that is important about the physical world is immeasurably stronger when applied to the biological world. Anthony Flew, philosophical atheist who came to Christ at 81 years old

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4

Rational evidences for the existence of God:

1. An Intelligent ___________________
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (v. 4)
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” (v. 6)

It is really incredible that random processes could have constructed a reality, the smallest element of which – a functional protein or gene – is complex beyond our own creative capacities, a reality which is the very antithesis of chance, which excels in every sense anything produced by the intelligence of man. Michael Denton, molecular biologist

2. An Intentional _______________________
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20

When scientists talk about the fine-tuning of the universe, they’re generally referring to the extraordinary balancing of the fundamental laws and parameters of physics and the initial conditions of the universe…over the past 30 years or so, scientists have discovered that just about everything about the basic structure of the universe is balanced on a razor’s edge for life to exist. Robin Collins: God and Design: The Teleological Argument and Modern Science

The fine-tuning has conservatively been estimated to be at least on part in a hundred million billion billion billion billion billion. That would be a ten followed by 53 zeros. That’s inconceivably precise. Collins

As recently as 25 years ago, a reasonable person weighing the purely scientific evidence on the issue would likely have come down on the side of skepticism. That is no longer the case. Today, the concrete data point strongly in the direction of the God hypothesis. It is the simplest and most obvious solution. Former atheist Patrick Glynn; God: The Evidence.

How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:17-18

3. A Divine _____________________
This newly revealed text was 3 billion letters long and written in a strange and cryptographic four-letter code. Collins – head of the International Human Genome Project

We are learning the language in which God created life – President Bill Clinton

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14

This new realm of molecular genetics [is] where we see the most compelling evidence of design on the Earth. Dean Kenyon – bio-physicist

4. A Divine ______________________
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

Whatever has a beginning has a cause.
The universe had a beginning.
Therefore, the universe had a cause.

The scientist is possessed by a sense of universal causation. Albert Einstein

Five independent lines of evidence – the motions of the galaxies, the discovery of the primordial fireball, the laws of thermodynamics, the abundance of helium in the Universe and the life story of the stars – point to one conclusion; all indicate the Universe had a beginning. Robert Jastrow – founding director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Almost everyone now believes that the universe, and time itself, had a beginning at the big bang. Stephen Hawking

For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries. Jastrow – God and the Astronomers

Both reason and experience point us to
the existence of God

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (v. 4)
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” (v. 6)
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. (v. 9)
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: (v. 11a)
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, (v. 14a)
And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”  (v. 20)
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so (v. 24)
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, (v. 26a)