LESSON 1: Does God exist?
WHAT WE WANT TO COVER IN LESSON 1:
DOES GOD EXIST?
Is a builder necessary for a house to be built? Yes or No
Look at your watch. Can you assume that someone designed and made it? Sure! Did you actually see the designing and making of the watch? Probably not. Then how do you know that someone designed and made it? Because things simply do not make themselves!
The majority of what we know as fact is by faith. Do you have a brain? Sure. A heart? Sure. How do you know? Have you seen them? No, you just have faith. Was the first President of the United States George Washington? Yes. How do you know? Did you see him for yourself? No, you just have faith.
If footprints, a watch, a house, the fact that YOU exist, all indicate that someone has been there. Is it not reasonable then to believe that someone designed and created the universe? What is not reasonable or logical is to believe that the universe appeared out of nothing! Something had to have been there first! Even the Universe had to start at some time.
Who or what started the Universe? Some people believe in the Big Bang Theory. I would ask those people to tell me who put the "Bang" in the Big Bang Theory. Someone had to do it. Read Hebrews 3:4. If it is reasonable to believe that God created everything, then we can know he also created man.
Romans 1:18-20 and Psalms 19:1 says that God has revealed himself to us? Isaiah 40:22 indicates that the earth is a circle. How could Isaiah possibly know this if someone had not told him? Acts 14:15 says "...God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them." Job 26:7 says there is a void in the north and the earth hangs upon nothing. Job also wrote about the "springs of the sea" in Job 38:16 and Psalms 8:8 (We refer to one of oceans springs today as the Gulf Stream). Who told Job and Isaiah about these scientific facts if God did not? In Genesis 15:5 God said to Abraham. "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Astronomers estimate that there are 100 billion stars in our own galaxy - and that there may be 100 billion galaxies in the universe.
CAN WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE?
Halley's Bible Handbook, Twenty-fourth edition, page 57 says¼
"There are over a hundred Archaeological Discoveries mentioned in this Handbook."
"Many of these Archaeological Discoveries, made in recent years by those who have been digging in the ruins of Biblical cities, are records plainer than if written in a book. These records coincide exactly with Biblical narratives. Piece by piece the Old Testament is being confirmed, supplemented and illustrated. Even those things which seemed most like a myth are being shown to have been factual."
"Narratives that are susceptible to proof are being proved. Does not that enhance the trustworthiness of the Bible as a whole? And make it easier for us to rely on ALL that the Bible says? Even its wondrous promises, both for this life, and that to come."
"Is it not comforting to know that the book which is built around this event (Christ's death, burial and resurrection) is being proved to be a consistently historical book? And thus make our "assurance doubly sure" that this MOST IMPORTANT EVENT of the ages is an ACTUAL FACT."
** "Nelson Gluech, a famous Jewish archaeologist wrote that 'no archaeological discovery has ever controverted [proven wrong] a biblical reference." And he calls the Bible's history "incredibly accurate.'"
** "Archaeological discoveries have shown that the customs of 2,000 years before Jesus fit the Bible's account of Abraham. The Genesis account of Joseph in Pharaoh's court uses just the right technical terms and refers to practices followed in Egypt's' royal court 1,800 years before Jesus. Again and again archaeological finds have proved the accuracy of the Old and New Testament historical accounts."
Did you know that science has NEVER discovered a fact that contradicts the Bible? In fact, the more man studies the Bible the more we find it accurate.
Did you know that there are at least 15 prophecies in the Bible about Jesus? Each and every one of the prophecies has been fulfilled.
** "In Science Speaks, Dr. Peter Stoner uses probability theory to test how likely it is that just eight of the many prophecies about Jesus could happen by chance. His results, checked by the American Scientific Affiliation, show that the chance any man might have lived from when the prophecy was made to the present time, and fulfilled all eight is just 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000."
Historical and scientific accuracy is evidence that we can trust the Bible.
Question: Where man comes from?
Answer: Genesis 2:7 "...the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."
Question: Why are we here?
Answer: Ecclesiastes 12:13 "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."
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(** Quotes taken from the book "It Couldn't Just Happen." 1987 Written by Lawrence O. Richards pg. 155 & 161)