[Originally posted on Facebook on May 3, 2009–This post was a result of my thinking through how I might be able to prove to someone that there is a god & that you can’t do enough good to outweigh any bad you have done after my boss claimed he was agnostic and then stated, “If there is a god, I figure the good things I’ve done will balance out any bad things I’ve done.” I readily admit this is not the best argument out there, & I realize that I make a bit of a leap for a logical “proof” around #s 7-8. I also realize that in #21 it is probably better understood that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead (Ephesians 1:20), but I decided to leave the note as I originally wrote it]
1.) There is a God–Nothing else makes sense. If there is not an Almighty Creator, how did everything come into existence? The “big bang”?! This just isn’t a logical explanation. Where did the elements come from that allowed an event like that to occur? And what kind of leap of faith does it take to believe that a cosmic event occurred in which things lined up so perfectly that this “perfect” habitat we call Earth came into existence with the diversity of life that it has (even if you believe that it occurred over billions of years)?! And if you do choose to believe in a “big bang” or something similar, what was there before that event? I find in[sic] very sobering and somewhat mind-boggling to consider what “eternity past” really means; it’s a term that’s easy to throw out there but becomes very difficult (if not impossible) to fully understand when you really dwell on it for a while. When you consider eternity past, there must be something that triggered the universe in which we live; if it was a “big bang”, what triggered it? There has to be a starting point. Nothing could exist for eternity past except an all-powerful being. I could probably ramble on more, but I think I’ve made my point.
2.) Since there is a God who has always existed, he must have created everything.
3.) Since God created everything, He must be all-powerful.
4.) Since God is all-powerful, He must set the rules.
5.) Since He set the rules, all right & wrong are determined by Him.
6.) Since He determines what is right/wrong, He can never be wrong.
7.) Breaking God’s rules (doing wrong) is called sin.
8.) The Bible (Old & New Testaments) constitutes the word of God written by many different men over hundreds of years through the divine inspiration of God without error or contradiction.
9.) If we believe that the God of the Bible is the one, true God, we must believe the entirety of the Bible because He says “all scripture is breathed out by God…” (2 Timothy 3:16a), & since we have already established that God cannot be wrong, this MUST be true.
10.) Since the entire Bible must be true, EVERYONE has sinned (ALL people from all time). “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”–Romans 3:23.
11.) God must be Holy (set apart), Loving, Righteous, Perfect
***God must have certain attributes. He must be all-powerful ergo he must be all-knowing and be capable of being everywhere. He must be perfect & only He can be perfect. He must be righteous. He must love His creation because He made it.
12.) Because God is perfect, He cannot allow imperfection (sin) into His presence.
13.) Since we have all sinned, we cannot be allowed into His presence; we are doomed to be separated from Him for all eternity.
14.) Since God is righteous, sin MUST be punished (we broke His rules, after all).
15.) Since God loves His creation, He wants it to be able to enjoy Him.
16.) There is nothing WE can do to make up for our sin. Even if we do good things, we are still imperfect because we have sinned; we cannot change that no matter how much good we do.
17.) The only way we can be allowed into God’s presence is if our sins have been paid for (someone has been punished for them).
18.) God requires a sacrifice to take the place of our sins. Only someone who is perfect can be a worthy sacrifice for others’ sins.
19.) Jesus lived a perfect life, and since He was perfect, He must be God even though He was a man.
20.) Jesus willingly gave up His life and took on God’s punishment for our sins even though He was perfect and did not deserve any punishment.
21.) If Jesus had only died as a sacrifice for our sins, it would not have been enough because there would have been a power stronger than Him–Death. Jesus rose from the dead through His own power which shows that nothing has power over Him.
22.) Since we have accepted that the Bible is true and is the Word of God, we must believe that the debt we owe for our sins has been paid by Jesus’ death and the only thing we must do to claim that payment is BELIEVE that Jesus died for our sins and ask for His forgiveness.
I pray that this note will glorify God and that He will use it to draw others to Him. There are probably better arguments from people more eloquent than I, but I believe that this is a fairly logical approach to the existence of God and Jesus. I fear that I have left things out so if anyone notices any mistakes, PLEASE correct them, and PLEASE feel free to add your own thoughts, comments, reflections, etc.