Saturday, June 20, 2009

Apologetics: "If God Were Real..."

I thought this was a great rebuttle to this argument & just had to share it. :)

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If God Were Real...

It's the temptation of some who reject the reality of God's existence to use the following kind of reasoning as part of their evidence: "If the Christian God were real, He would [X]. However, He does not [X], therefore He is not real."

The problem with a person using this kind of reasoning is that he presumes to know what God would do, and often he does this without the proper knowledge of God's actions in the past, His character, or His overall purposes. The reasoning turns out to really be: "If I were God, I would do [X]. The Christian God does not do what I would do (in light of my purposes and goals), therefore He is not real." But God is a person. He has his own, specific goals and purposes. Because the reasoner's assumption is based on faulty understandings of these things about the Christian God, his prediction of what God "would do" is also faulty.

Matthew 27:39-43 gives another great example of this kind of objection
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And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross." In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, if He delights in Him; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.'" (Matthew 27:39-43)
If Jesus had come down & saved himself & the others, he would not have been able to save me or their souls. Our souls are much more important to God than our lives.

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