Summary: In this sermon, we review four major clues for the existence of God.
A. The story is told of a family who had two young boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous.
1. They were always getting into trouble and their parents knew that, if any mischief occurred in their school or neighborhood, their sons were probably involved.
2. They boys' mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys.
3. The clergyman agreed, but asked to see them individually.
4. So the minister met with her 8-year-old, one morning, and was to see the older boy that afternoon.
5. The minister, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, “Where is God?”
6. The boy's eyes widened and his mouth dropped open, but he made no response.
7. So the minister repeated the question in an even sterner tone, “Where is God!!?”
8. Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, “WHERE IS GOD!?”
9. The boy screamed, bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.
10. When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, “What happened?”
11. The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, “We are in BIG trouble this time, dude. God is missing - and they think WE did it!”
B. Gabriel Vahanian was a French Christian theologian who was a part of a movement within academic circles in the 1960s called the "death of God" movement.
1. In 1961 he wrote a book called The Death of God: The Culture of Our Post-Christian Era.
2. He argued that modern secular culture had lost all sense of the sacred, lacked any sacramental meaning, had no transcendental purpose or sense of providence. He concluded that for the modern mind “God is dead.”
3. Time magazine picked up on this growing atheistic movement and placed on the cover of the April 8, 1966 edition the question: “Is God Dead?”
4. The accompanying article addressed the growing atheistic spirit in the United States.
5. We all can see how atheism has grown even more in America and Europe in the last 50 years.
C. Today we ask the question: Is God Dead? Or better yet, Does God Exist?, or Did God ever Exist?
1. Last week we began a new sermon series called “Got Questions? Answering Faith’s Great Questions.”
2. Last week we spent some time talking about the fact that doubt is a universal experience and that God is okay with us having doubts, asking questions, and looking for good answers.
D. Most fundamental to all faith questions is the question of God’s existence.
1. Without getting a good handle on this question, there is no need to explore the other ones.
2. Obviously, if there is no God, then the Bible is not God’s Word, and Jesus is not God’s Son.
3. And if there is no God, then He is not responsible for suffering or sending people to hell.
4. So, I think we all would agree that the question of God’s existence is most essential.