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#042 Is There Any Proof Of God?

Posted in That's In The Bible - Podcast on November 21, 2010 by thatsinthebible

Does the Bible offer proof for the existence of God? What are the arguments for the existence of God? Tune in with us as we take a close look at this topic and more!

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Is There Any Proof of God?

Heb 1:1-10

In the Beginning God

The Bible Takes for granted he is      He doesn’t take time to explain himself

But to the Student of the Word he does give us some understanding

Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

The creator was–

Before the creation came into being, the creator always was   always will be

Psalms 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Hard to believe

For the Skeptics  and  Atheist    The Scriptures offer no proof to their satisfaction that God exists

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

In the study of Theology there are many proofs or arguments for the existence of God

1 Argument from Conscience

The fact that man is born with a universal belief in a supreme being, there is not a tribe yet discovered that lacks this

2 Argument from Cause Cosmological

The World is here.  It must have com from somewhere.  Someone or Something must have caused it to happen.

3 Argument from Life

Life comes from life John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:

Psalms 36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life.

There are others but these give you a good sampling  that there are other proofs which confront the Atheist of the existence of God

Now I believe the Bible      I don’t need these other proofs to believe in God

Confess-   My brain has a hard time grasping an ever living God / Who has always been to believe in God is an act of faith

Just because I can’t understand doesn’t mean it isn’t so

**Where did He come from? Where is he now?    Can We see him

–I was not there to see Him create,    So it takes faith

(I have never seen Abe Lincoln either)   Did he really exist?

–>Historians have written of his deeds and exploits    There is a record     Eye witness accounts dealing with him.         I believe by faith

Now I started out by Reading to you from Heb 1     Let’s go back there

Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Hebrews 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

There is a record of God’s exploits and it is the Bible

–> Eyewitness accounts Power over    Nature     Creation

But for the educated man that is enlightened      they go to evolution

I submit to you that those that  believe in evolution,   believe by faith and have to have more faith than me.     And they are more religious than me

You have heard of the Big Bang This is how it came to be

  Space time expansion itself leads to directly proportional relation between recessional velocity and galactic distance.

  Now if we reverse the expansion scenario back in time, we see that if galaxies are moving rapidly apart now, then they must have been clumped together in the past! That is, the universe must have been denser (with more matter and energy packed in a unit volume) in the past.

  If you keep going back in time, the whole universe will converge to a point of infinite density and super-high temperatures. This is the starting point of big bang. The universe started expanding out of an infinitely dense initial point. The essential idea to understand here is that big bang did not happen somewhere in the universe. The universe itself was an infinitely dense point, a singularity, which expanded to its present size!

Let us understand how was the universe created, according to the big bang theory. Universe began from a singularity. At a singularity, infinite density created infinite curvature, due to which the classical laws of general relativity, rather all known laws of physics break down. Therefore, what happened before the big bang is something which nobody can answer.

The age of the universe according to Big Bang theory is estimated to be 13.73 (± 0.12) billion years.

To simplify what I just read

Well, they (scientists) are saying now that all of the known matter……stars, planets, space etc., at one point in time billions of years ago were compressed into a dot.      and for some reason exploded and has been expanding ever since,

They would have us believe that: all the systems formed perfectly and right distances apart, so that we can time every thing by it.

There is no randomness   or chaos         But order out of an explosion?

Where did the matter come from?     And was anyone there to witness it? (Eyewitness accounts?)

Pure science is observable or demonstratable  facts

They have more faith than I have

I have faith in a designer.         Everything has a purpose and function   Not chance

God sets things in order

Picture Shows that there was an Artist

Cell Phone      In pieces    Shake together will never become assembled and operational

Atheism leads to doubt, immorality, depravity, and despair.

Romans 1:20-25 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Every man is born with a knowledge of God      They are taught out of it

Or don’t want to bow to the creator  and will not accept God’s authority over him

Belief in God gives answers, hope, reassurance

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

#041 The Will Of God

Posted in That's In The Bible - Podcast on November 8, 2010 by thatsinthebible

The “will of God” is a reference to what God wants you to do in your life.  There is nothing more important than you loving the Lord and doing His will for your life. Are you doing the will of God? Find out how you can know the will of God for your life in this podcast.


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Lesson 20 – The Will of God

Introduction

Somewhere along the way in your Christian life you will be introduced to the term and subject of the will of God.

The term “will of God” shows up 23 times in the Bible.

The “will of God” is a reference to what God wants you to do in your life.  There is nothing more important than you loving the Lord and doing His will for your life.

The will of God involves what God wants you to do as your life’s work; and, it also involves things God wants you to do on a regular basis that may not be peculiar to your individual calling.  That is, things that He wants you to do just because you are a Christian.  These two areas correlate generally with what may be called the revealed will of God and the concealed will of God.

I. The Revealed Will of God

Sometimes people look too far ahead, trying to figure out what God wants them to do in the future, while failing to realize that God has something He wants them to do today.

The truth is if you’re not doing what God wants you to do today, you will not be properly ready to do what He wants you to do down the road. Consequently, the will of God starts with doing God’s will today.

In the word of God, the Lord has revealed plenty of specific things that He wants us to do right now.  Our Christian walk begins when we begin to put those things into practice.

*If you are not saved, that’s the first thing the Lord has revealed that He wants you to do.   I Timothy 2:3-4 “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; {4} Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

The revealed will of God consists of things that we are clearly told to do, or not to do in the Bible.  These are things we are to do just because we are saved.

We don’t have to pray about whether or not we should put them into practice because God has already told us in the Bible what to do regarding these matters.

The following are some examples of the revealed will of God; things for every Christian to obey.

A.) Your Sanctification – I Thess. 4:3

The word sanctify means to set apart (see Ex. 13:1-2, 12).  It is God’s desire that you set yourself apart from sin and set yourself apart to God for His glory.  See Rom. 12:1-2 & I Cor. 6:19-20.  If the Lord is to use you for His glory, you need to be a clean vessel (Is. 52:11).

B.) In Everything Give Thanks – I Thess. 5:18

It is the will of God for a Christian to give thanks for whatever circumstances he finds himself in. Instead of worrying yourself to the brink of insanity, step back and realize that God is still on the throne and He knows what’s going on in your life and He can handle it.

Then, thank him for it.  It may be hard, but it is His will.  And it is a sacrifice with which He is well pleased (Heb. 13:15-16).  Doing so helps to take the burden off you and release the pressure that’s been building up inside of you.

C. Maintain a Good Testimony – I Peter 2:15

Because you are a Christian, some people will persecute you.  (Assuming you make up your mind to live a godly Christian life II Tim. 3:12).  We must learn to respond to such persecution and criticism with well doing.  See Matt. 5:44 & Rom. 12:14.

Doing so will prevent our detractors have having any legitimate criticism of us (Titus 2:7-8).

D. Other Specifics

Other specifics of the will of God include:

a.) Reading your Bible daily (Is. 34:16, etc).

b.) Attending church regularly (Heb. 10:25).

c.) Praying (I Thess. 5:17).

d.) Witnessing (Mark 16:15, etc.).

e.)  Be faithful (I Cor. 4:2).

There are also a number of other things that the Bible instructs you to do.  The ones we have listed are foundational and they will get you off to a good start and keep you busy for a good, long while.

Whatever else the Lord shows you to do, these things should always be a part of your Christian life.  There is no mystery to them.  They are plainly revealed in God’s word and are the revealed will of God.

II. The Concealed Will of God

There is another aspect of the will of God that is not so readily revealed to us.  This has to do with God’s particular calling on the life of an individual.

Since this calling varies from person to person according to God’s purpose for that person, it is not always so easily seen, just by looking in the Bible.

Indeed, looking in the Bible, will help the individual to discern the will of God (more on that later), but he may not find it spelled out so clearly as the particular things mentioned earlier regarding the revealed will of God.

If the idea of God concealing His will from an individual sounds unlikely to you, consider Prov. 25:2, It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”

The concealed will of God is not meant to be permanently concealed.  It is meant to be searched out and discovered.

Note that even as “the honour of kings is to search out a matter”, those of us who have been washed in the blood of Christ have been made “kings and priests unto God” (Rev. 1:5-6).

God desires for us to search out the matters of His will and calling for our lives. To do this, the following means may be employed.

A.) Prayer – The following verses will be of great value regarding praying for the will of God.  Prov. 3:6; Ps. 27:11; Ps. 143:8, 10.

B.) Yielding – You must be yielded to the will of God if you hope to be able to discern it.  See Lk. 22:42; Prov. 16:9; 21:2.

C.) Bible – One of the practical reasons for reading the Bible regularly is that it divides the soul from the spirit (see Heb. 4:12).

Your soul is what you want; the spirit is what God wants.  Regular Bible reading will help to keep your will divided from God’s will so that you can clearly discern what He wants you to do.

D.) Preaching – Listening to preaching can help you discern God’s will for life.  After hearing John the Baptist preach, Andrew and another of John’s disciples followed Jesus.  (See John 1:35-37).  God can use preaching to enlighten you as to His will for your life.

E.) Godly Counsel – See Psalm 1:1; Proverbs 11:14; 15:22 & 24:6.

F.) Fasting – In Acts 13:2, it was dur-ing a period of fasting that God revealed His calling to Barnabas and Saul.  Isaiah 58:10 says that during a proper Biblical fast, “then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day”.

God will often shed some light on your darkness through prayer and fasting.

G.) Obedience If you want to know what God wants you to down the road, be obedient to what He wants you to do today.  For if you won’t obey the light that you’ve got now, why should God give you any more light?

Jesus said, “Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.” (John 12:35)

The way to be in the will of God 10 years from now, is to make sure you are in the will of God and doing the will of God today.  Then tomorrow make sure you are doing the will of God, and the next day, and the next day and so on.

And while you are waiting to discover the concealed will of God, keep busy doing the revealed will of God.  (See Isaiah 50:10.)

The revealed will of God is right regardless of the Lord’s calling on your life.  So if you are having trouble discerning His calling, you can’t go wrong doing His revealed will.

Even so, you can be sure that God does have a purpose for your life.  “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” (I Cor. 12:18)

In seeking the will of God, you should remember that the will of God will never run contrary to the word of God.  That is God will never ask you to violate His word.  Any prompting to do this is not from God and can be immediately dismissed as a possible course of action.

The Lord Jesus Christ set the example that “ye should follow his steps”“Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.” (Heb. 10:9)

In Psalm 40:7-8, it is written of Him prophetically “Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”

May this also be your delight, to do the will of God for your life both now and forever.

David “served his own generation by the will of God” (Acts 13:36); may you likewise serve yours.

“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”  I John 2:17

Study Material

1. List and explain the two major aspects of the will of God discussed in this lesson.

2. Memorize I John 2:17

3. List five things from our lesson that the Lord has revealed to us as being His will.

4. List at least five ways to search out and discern the will of God for your life.

5. The will of God will never run contrary to_____________.

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