- The fact that anything at all exists is proof that some kind of eternal being exists. Otherwise, how could we get something from nothing?
- Some will say that the universe just always existed. But if the universe just always existed, then what caused it to start expanding at the big bang?
- The law of cause and effect states that every effect needs a cause. But it's irrational to work backwards through an infinite number of causes. At some point we need an 'uncaused cause' that began the whole thing.
- Some will ask, “If God, why evil?” The question is, from where are we getting our concept of evil? We must understand a “good” to contrast with our concept of evil. Otherwise, what we call “evil” is just a personal preference.
- God could have created us without the ability to choose for ourselves. But God did not create robots. The ability to choose necessarily includes the ability to choose to do evil.
- Some want to claim there's no such thing as God, or good and evil. But the minute that person is offended he or she immediately claims that they've been wronged and treated unfairly. This goes right back to our concept of right and wrong, good and evil. As soon as we are offended we immediately know that yes, there is a right and a wrong behavior. This standard comes from outside ourselves. If it didn't come from God, then where did it come from?
- Someone might say that our sense of right and wrong just comes from the impersonal universe. The problem is that if the universe is not a personal thinking thing, then what caused it to suddenly expand at the Big Bang?
- This is a big sticking point for many people. They can't understand how anyone can claim that there is a God, or that He is good, while evil exists.
- Christianity teaches that all that God created is good. But when God created everything as good, He opened up the possibility for the “good” to be used in bad ways. God Himself has never done anything evil, or even experienced evil.
- God created man as good, but gave man the moral freedom to choose. Man chose to disobey God and thus fell from God's grace. Because man made the moral choice to use the good creation for evil purposes, man, and not God, is responsible for the evil he's caused.
- God knew that this would happen, but God has a greater ultimate purpose, which is to shape man fully into His holy image so that He can share eternal life with God.
- God knew that once man fell he would not be able to redeem himself and fulfill God's ultimate purpose (see #4). So God sent His Son, Jesus, to show man the way.
- Because God is just as well as holy, the penalty for the sin committed must also be paid. Jesus, after living a perfect life, died on the cross to pay that penalty on mankind's behalf.
- Not everyone chooses to call Jesus Lord and accept what was done on their behalf. This is why there is still so much evil in the world. But God has promised to be with those who trust Him. He has given His Holy Spirit as a pledge while on earth. They will never be alone as they grow and become like Him.
- When this life is over, those who have trusted in Christ's sacrifice will come into God's presence and share eternal life, joy and bliss with Him. No more tears; no more pain; no more evil.
- Christianity rises or falls on the resurrection of Christ. If someone can prove that this event did not actually happen, all of Christianity is proven false.
- Dr. Greenleaf, the Royal Professor of Law at Harvard University, believed the resurrection to be a hoax, so he put it on trial. In the end he changed his mind. He wrote in his book An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the Courts of Justice, (p.29). “It was IMPOSSIBLE that the apostles could have persisted in affirming the truths they had narrated, had not JESUS CHRIST ACTUALLY RISEN FROM THE DEAD.”
- The resurrection is mentioned in several extra-biblical documents, including Josephus’ work The Antiquities of the Jews. It is mentioned by the Roman historian Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, Thallus, Mara bar Serapion and more. It is mentioned, rather scathingly, in the Jewish rabbinical writings. They were hostile to Christianity but never denied either the resurrection or the empty tomb.
- The apostles, including Paul, wrote their letters while eye-witnesses were still alive. If they were lying, those eye-witnesses, especially the hostile ones, would have called them on it. No one did. Christianity is not a subjective, feel good religion-crutch for weak- minded individuals. It is an entire worldview based on actual historical facts related to creation, the fall and the resurrection and restoration of mankind. One only has to disprove the facts and they can bring Christianity to its knees. In 2000 years, no one has succeeded.
- The Bible is a collection of 66 books written over a period of 1500 years by about 40 different people in many different locations. Yet it doesn’t contradict itself.
- There are many religious books, so what makes the Bible special? What makes it special is that the Bible, alone among all religious books, contains fulfilled prophecies. With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 1940's, books like Isaiah and Daniel among others, were proven to have been written before the events they discussed even occurred. No other religious book can claim to contain fulfilled prophecy like the Bible.
- Many believe that the Bible is corrupted, but the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 1940’s proved that argument wrong. There are more than 24,000 manuscripts and fragments of both the Old and New Testaments. These manuscripts and fragments show that the Bible we have today is nearly identical to the sources very close to the originals (see next statement).
- Some Old Testament manuscripts date to 200 years before Christ was born. Several New Testament documents date to within 30 years or less of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Homer's Iliad is the next closest contender, with a manuscript dating to 500 years after the original (see https://carm.org/manuscript-evidence).
- The Bible we have today is nearly exactly the same as the copies from 2000 years ago. The true discrepancies are minor and fill less than a page. This is remarkable considering the age and variety of the books of the Bible.
- Jesus and the apostles believed the Bible was true. In fact, the apostles would have known if it was a lie since some of them wrote portions. They would have been fools to let themselves be tortured and killed for a lie.
- For 2000 years, people have been trying to disprove the Bible. No one has yet succeeded. Is it true and inspired? You be the judge.
- Humans seem to be hardwired to believe in a God of some kind. This is something that evolution has yet to explain.
- Many people believe that all paths lead to God. However, many of these paths contradict each other. All religions can't be right.
- Although the religion you choose here on earth may not seem important, it could have eternal consequences.
- Blaise Pascal, a 17th century philosopher, mathematician and physicist, pointed out that everyone is betting on one thing or the other: That God does or does not exist. -- A rational person will live as if God does exist. If in the end he is wrong, he has lost only finite pleasures. -- Others will live as if God doesn't exist. If in the end they are wrong, the consequences are enormous and forever. My prayer for anyone who reads this is that they will check everything out and choose wisely.
1. Evolutionary theory requires that a person believe evolution before beginning any inquiry. Therefore, the answer is already determined at the start. If this were any other scientific field, that method would be rejected.
2. Who knows? Evolution could be true. However, because evolution excludes all other possibilities, an evolutionist will never have absolute certainty. The other possibilities have not been exhausted.
3. An evolutionary worldview doesn't allow a person to live consistently. People must borrow from Christianity in order to fill out the rest of their belief system. --For example, evolutionists can't get outside themselves and so must rely on their sense perception. But with evolution, on what basis do they rely on sense perception? Did the senses evolve by chance? So how can they be sure they are accurate? --For example, none of us can help but feel a sense of moral obligation. It is intrinsic to our nature. But with evolution, on what basis does an evolutionist explain morality? If it truly evolved by chance, then how can we be sure it's accurate? Yet, very few evolutionists are willing to completely throw off morality.
4. Evolution sees nature as the divine. But if nature is eternal and infinite, then it would be infinitely old. If this is true, we should have reached heat death a long time ago. Yet we have not. Therefore, nature is not eternal.
5. Evolution attempts to explain the survival of the fittest. But it does not address the how the fittest actually got here to begin with.
6.Design theory is a worldview that is open to honest and valid inquiry. It accepts all possibilities from the beginning - natural and supernatural. Therefore, all possibilities are covered.
7. Design theory believes there is a designer, and that we were created to live and function in this world. Therefore we can trust our senses and our inner sense of morality.
8. Design theory recognizes the staggering complexity of the world. Science has yet to prove that any of this could have happened by chance."