God is Sovereign

God is Sovereign

 

    “Remember this and stand firm,
recall it to mind, you transgressors,
remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
(Isaiah 46:8-10 ESV)

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Is God Dead?

Alvin Plantinga

“Philosophers refurbish the tools of reason to sharpen arguments for theism God? Wasn’t he chased out of heaven by Marx, banished to the unconscious by Freud and announced by Nietzsche to be deceased? Did not Darwin drive him out of the empirical world? Well, not entirely. In a quiet revolution in thought and argument that hardly anyone could have foreseen only two decades ago, God is making a comeback. Most intriguingly, this is happening not among theologians or ordinary believers—most of whom never accepted for a moment that he was in any serious trouble—but in the crisp, intellectual circles of academic philosophers, where the consensus had long banished the Almighty from fruitful discourse.”

In “Modernizing the Case for God,”  Monday, April 7 1980, Time magazine

Is God Dead?

A wonderful article on the come back of Arguments for Existence of God answering  “Is God Dead?” Times’ cover story of  April 8, 1966.

Is God dead? It is a question that tantalizes both believers, who perhaps secretly fear that he is, and atheists, who possibly suspect that the answer is no.

God is making a come back and I am proud to be alive witnessing  a great number of Christians recapturing our lost ground of Reason/Philosophy, in loving God with all our mind.

No fear, No tantalizing question, God is alive and well in the intelligentsia. As “Modernizing the Case for God” article concludes:

But if in an age of science, faith in God can be more rationally grounded, as a growing number of philosophers now attest, then the reasoning soul who is so inclined can more surely and assuredly feel comfortable in moving beyond reason.

My Top Seven Christian Philosophers:

  1. Alvin Plantinga (Recommended books: God Freedom and Evil, The Nature of Necessity, Warranted Christian Belief, Naturalism Defeated?)
  2. William Lane Craig (Reasonable Faith, Does God Exist? (w/ Antony Flew), The Kalam Cosmological Argument, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview) Continue reading

Pow! There Goes An Atheist 1.2 Down

Mohammad al-Ghazzālī (1058-1111)

Atheist: Why do you believe that God exits?

Christian: Because there are compelling arguments that He  exists.

Atheist: Let me hear one of them.

Christian: I will offer you the kalam argument.

1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause of its
existence.
2. The universe began to exist.

3. Therefore, the universe has a cause of its
existence.

Atheist: How is that an argument for existence of God?

Christian: Because the cause of the begining of the universe would have to be uncaused, eternal, changeless, timeless, and immaterial.

Atheist: And those are the attributes of God?

Christian: Yes, and I believe one can also add  personal on that list, because it would have to be a personal agent who freely elects to create an effect in time.

Atheist: If whatever exist has a cause of its existence, what caused God’s existence?

Christian: You have misunderstood proposition 1.  Whatever begins to exist has a cause of its
existence.

Atheist: And God being uncaused, eternal, changeless, timeless, and immaterial means He did not begin to exit.

Christian: Yes.

Atheist: That is just a “God of the gaps” reasoning, just because you can not explain the cause of the universe, you take a lazy way out by filling it with God.

Christian:  But what I presented to you is a religiously neutral statements.

Atheist: How so?

Christian: Because these are obviously statements to which scientific evidence is relevant. They may then serve as premisses in a philosophical argument for a conclusion having religious significance. There is no gap here wanting to be filled.

Pow! There Goes An Atheist Down

For a full detail kalam Argument. Dialogue answer to “God of the Gap objection” is inspired by William Lane Craig

Pow! There Goes A Skeptic 1.1 Down

Time Saving Truth

Skeptic: No one can know the truth.

Christian: Is that  true?

Skeptic: Yes, it is true.

Christian: So, one can know certain truth. In your case, it is true that no one can know the truth.

Skeptic: What if I change my answer to “No, it is not true.”

Christian: Well, if what you told me is not true, why should I listen to you.

Skeptic: Okay! But that was just my personal opinion.

Christian: Is your personal opinion true then?

Skeptic: Opinions are neither true or false. Its a free country, I am entitled to what I say.

Christian: It is a free country in a sense that you are free to speak your mind. I am just asking if what you’re free to speak namely “No one can know the truth” is true.

Skeptic: That is just your opinion of what it means by a free country. Which is neither right nor wrong.

Christian: What about my opinion of 2 + 2 = 3, is that also neither right nor wrong?

Skeptic: It is wrong, 2 + 2 = 4.

Christian: So, opinions can be right or wrong.

Skeptic: Oh! I never thought of it that way.

Pow! There Goes An Atheist 1.1 Down

Christian: Why do you believe that God does not exist?

Atheist: Simple, there is no evidence for existence of God.

Confused

Christian: How is no evidence for existence of God, evidence for nonexistence of God?

Atheist: What do you mean by that?

Christian: Well, if CSI or FBI find no evidence that Kray Brothers murdered Bill Bob, does that mean Kray Brothers did not murdered Bill Bob?

Atheist: No, but no one can  know for sure if they did or did not murdered Bill Bob.

Christian: You are correct, that position is called agnosticism. Simply means  no enough knowledge to decide.

Atheist: So for me to be an atheist, I need to have evidences that God does not exit?

Christian: Yeap. Moreover even if one succeed in refuting all arguments for existence of God, that by itself does not entail nonexistence of  God.

Atheist: How about the problem of Evil?

Christian: Well, we already answered that one last week.

Atheist: Yeah right! How about evolution?

Christian: Even if evolution is true, it does not entail nonexistence of God, because God could create a universe that evolves.

Atheist:  That is possible! Well give me time to think about that, and I will come with arguments against existence of God.

Christian: I am looking forward. Thank you for a wonderful chat.

Atheist: Thanks back to you.

Hell, Not Fair?

Rob Bell

Some of modern Christians shelter a delusion that the God’s anger, wrath and judgement is inconsistent with His love and goodness, and they have set to banish “these undesired attributes” from their thoughts and sadly also to their listeners, who can not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears as they accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions(2 Tim 4:3).

Coming to the second page of “What About the Flat Tire?” in Rob Bell’s Love Wins, A Book About Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, Bell pose a rhetoric questions:

Does God punish people for thousands of years with infinite, eternal torment for things they did in their few finite years of life?(emphases added)

A sinful, unregenerated and itching ears would want to hear “No, because it would not be fair for a loving God to punish finite sin with infinite judgement”. It is the answer that suits a sinful fallen person’s passion.

Is Hell Fair? How is God’s love and wrath describe in the Bible? How does it work? Were are we to begin?

Continue reading

Pow! There Goes An Atheist Down

The Problem of Evil and Existence of God

The Holocaust

Atheist: I just do not understand how you Christians can believe in God, while there is so much evil and suffering in this world.

Christian: What is it that you do not understand?

Atheist: I do not understand because your belief about God is incompatible with the evil and suffering we encounter in this world.

Christian: How is our belief about God incompatible with existence of evil and suffering?

Atheist: Because you believe that God is totally good(omnibenevolent), all-knowing(omniscient) and all-powerful(omnipotent) and that He created the world.

Christian: Yes, that is true. But how is that incompatible with the evil and suffering we encounter in the world?

Atheist: Well, If God is good and loves all human beings, it is reasonable to believe that he want to deliver the creatures he loves from evil and suffering.

Christian: Go on.

Atheist: And, If God is all-knowing, it is reasonable to believe that he knows that evil and suffering exist and knows how to deliver his creatures from evil and suffering.

Christian: I am listening.

Atheist: And last, If God is all-powerful, it is reasonable to believe that he is able to deliver his creatures from evil and suffering. Continue reading