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Don Stewart :: Why Should We Listen to Arguments for the Existence of God If the Bible Does Not Provide Any?

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Don Stewart

Although the Bible does not give a series of arguments for God's existence that does not mean that we cannot demonstrate certain evidences to prove that God exists. There are many reasons we believe that God exists. Yet, it may be asked, "Why should we attempt to provide arguments for God's existence when the Scripture does not? Three reasons come to mind.

1. It Can Convince Honest Seekers

First, we do so to show there is sufficient evidence to believe for those who are sincerely seeking the truth. People who may have some difficulty believing can be shown that faith in the God of the Bible is not irrational or unreasonable. To the contrary, placing ones faith in the God of Scripture is the only sensible thing to do when one examines all the evidence. Of course, there is no amount of evidence that will convince a person against their will or that person who wishes to live in sin.

2. It Will Strengthen The Faith Of Believers

Second, we provide reasons for God's existence to strengthen those who already believe. Faith increases when the believer considers the evidence for God's existence.

3. We Can Know God Better

Finally, we look at evidences for God's existence to increase our knowledge about His nature. What greater object can we think of than God Himself? Knowing God better should cause us to be more like Him.

It Affects The Way In Which We Live

What we believe about God will affect how we live. Therefore a correct knowledge of God is essential. Sound belief will produce sound living. The Bible encourages people to hold to sound doctrine.

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3).

Summary

Although the Bible does not attempt to give proof of God's existence reasons can be brought forward to show that He does exist. These reasons can help convince honest seekers of the truth about God. In addition, those who already believe can have their faith strengthened when they discover the amount of evidence that is available. Finally, The more one knows about God and His nature, the greater the possibility of knowing Him better on a personal level.

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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.


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