Summary: Continuing our series on Christianity 101, Pastor John teaches why God is real, what He is like, and what He expects of us.
One True God?
Christianity 101 Series
CCCAG September 8h, 2019
Most of you know I got saved while working in an electronics factory and sometimes my job had me moving around a lot to different departments. One morning I got told I was going over to the testing area to test and fix some circuit boards And I was sat next to a woman named Angie. Angie was also a student at The University of Wisconsin at Parkside and knew that I was one of the quote unquote Jesus freaks that worked at this factory so she had some questions for me About God and Christianity.
Now when you go to college, part of your education is to take courses they have absolutely nothing to do with the degree that you're trying to earn so that you come out of college as a well-rounded individual. At least that's the theory.
One of the courses she was taking was a philosophy course and in many University philosophy classrooms the main premise in the class comes from a philosopher named Frederick Nietzsche who uttered the famous phrase that “God is dead, and we killed him”
Angie and I sat next to each other for a few days working on a project and we're talking about that central premise that Nietzsche wrote about. This quote, when put into the greater context of What Nietzsche was really saying was that humanity had evolved past the need for religion to help us restrain our base emotions and actions. Nietzsche further said that we as humans should be able to be free moral agents now- meaning we decide as individuals what is good and what is evil.
The challenges I faced during this time of working with Angie and having to discuss these principles at a higher level gave me a hunger for something call apologetics. Being an apologist for something simply means that you are able to explain something at a very deep level.
Within the Christian world, Apologetics is simply being obedient to the scriptural mandate to able to give an answer for the hope that you have.
That's one of the reasons we're doing this series Christianity 101. I want to help you to be able to give answers for the hope that you have because sooner or later you're going to find yourself having to be an apologist for the faith, just like I’m doing today for you.
The entire few days that Angie and I worked together we could boil down the discussion to two basic questions and those will be the basis of what we talk about this morning.
1. Does God exist, and if he exists, what is he like?
2. If He Exists- what does He expect from us?
Part 1- Does God Exist?
I’m going to start this morning by quote from Romans 1 to set the stage for answering this question-
Romans 1:20 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 people are without excuse.
One of the arguments that Angie was making to disprove the existence of God was the fact that evolution had proved that we don't need a God to explain creation. She again quoted Frederick Nietzsche’s famous quote that “God was dead and we killed him” to say that We don't need the “creation legend” to explain how we got here. She believed in the Big Bang- that an explosion of dense matter started the entire universe.
The irony is that at the time we were having this discussion we were testing and repairing very complex circuit boards that were for satellite communication, so I used that to counter her argument.
I said “Angie, what do you want me to believe with the Big Bang is similar to me saying that a huge explosion happened in the middle of a barren desert created the circuit board I'm holding.
That somehow a destructive force created the fiberglass the board is made out of, the copper tracing to create coherent circuits. An explosion also created all the science it took to develop transistor, capacitors, and resisters and processing units that are welded into this circuit board in such a way to produce a specific function that enables us to communicate with satellites orbiting the earth over 100 miles above us. Not only do you want me to believe that- but in your cosmic evolution model, there wasn’t even a desert to provide any raw materials for the creation of the board or it’s components.
You are saying that nothing exploded and created everything.
To me it sounds like you are spending 1,000’s of dollar for an education to explain away a story already told.”