Who is the Law-Giver?

Before we look at the third argument for God’s existence, let’s review the first two.   Cosmology and teleology are important to remember. Everything has a beginning. Every design has a designer. God designed and created all things. All people can know that God exists. That’s why Romans 1:20 says the following: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

What makes the Christian worldview map even more compelling is the fact that humans have moral order—a sense of right and wrong. Every moral law has a law-giver. In the United States, we pay income tax on April 15. That law didn’t appear out of thin air; the Congress has the power to collect taxes according to section 8 of the Constitution. So it is with all of mankind; we all know there are certain things we should and shouldn’t do. These moral codes are universal, since no matter where you go, people have these similar laws—don’t lie, steal, kill, and the like. Since every law has a law-giver, Who gave these laws to all people? God did.

Romans 2:14-15 speaks to this as Paul shows that Gentiles, who didn’t have the Old Testament rules and regulations, still knew there were certain behaviors that were wrong.  “Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.”  Paul says the law was “written on their hearts” so people knew right from wrong automatically.  Every moral law has a law-giver. God wrote the Law on people’s hearts, so that they know right and wrong.

If you recall, one of the problems associated with believing in evolution is the problem of the origin of life from lifelessness. The Law of Biogenesis rules that out—life can only arise from living organisms. Another question that could be posed to the evolutionist would be this: how did consciousness develop, along with the moral code that all humans have? Life had to come from lifeless matter (scientifically impossible) and this inanimate matter also had to think and develop a moral code of right and wrong. Do you see why so many people reject evolution? On the other hand, here’s a map that makes sense. A designed, orderly world was made with moral order as well by God, a being who is perfect and all-powerful. That’s what the Bible claims and that’s what we see today. It passes worldview test number one—it fits the facts.

There are powerful arguments for God’s existence: He is the Beginner, since everything we experience has a beginning; He is the Designer, since everything has a design; and He is the Law-Giver, since all have the Law, or a sense of right and wrong, innately in them.

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