Arguments for God’s existence: The Beginner

When it comes to worldviews, everyone has to start somewhere. Our worldview “map” needs to have a starting point, so assumptions have to be made. Christianity states that God exists, and that He reveals Himself through His creation and His Word. A legitimate question to ask would be, “How does one know that there is a God?” Christians should have an answer. That’s what apologetics is—defending the faith.

Recall that in 1 Peter 3:15, Peter commanded us to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” So a Christian could reply that there is a God since an orderly world exists, and that moral order exists in this world. In other words, who, other than God, made everything working in precise order, as well as making humans with a sense of right and wrong?

All people can know that God exists. It is called the natural knowledge of God and it comes from creation and our conscience. More specifically, cosmology, teleology, and moral order are the philosophical arguments for God’s existence. What do those terms mean?  Let’s look at the first one–cosmology.

Cosmology is the study of the universe’s workings. Whatever begins to exist has a cause. The universe began. Since everything else we know has a beginning, Who “began” the universe? God did. He is the First Cause.  Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  There is a supernatural being that made the natural world.  Everthing that is natural has a beginning, so God, who is supernatural, began the cosmos.  The assumption is that God was always there, or that He is eternal, and that He created all things.  Since everything has a beginning, He is the “Beginner.”

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