From the Inside Out #2,3

Two questions on the agenda for me to catch up to…

Look closely at your own face. Especially around your eyes and the corners of your mouth. What do you see?

I notice more wrinkles than I remember around the eyes… hope those are “smile marks.” My mouth has a tendency to move down in a frown position when relaxed, but I *THINK* that’s more genetic than an indication that in my general life, I frown a lot. Hmmmm… wonder what Marie thinks?

What are reasons people give for not thinking there is a God? Which argument is the strongest?

I still think the fact that we can’t “see” God with our eyes is a strong argument. The argument that if God were real, He would figure out a way to make Himself visible to our naked eyes.

The strongest argument, for me, is not an argument against the existence of God… but the existence of the Christian God.

Specifically, the idea of an eternal, PAINFUL punishment for what appear to be, with our eyes and with our logical thinking, finite crimes.

What works for me in refutation of any thought against the idea of “God,” in general, is the wonder of the universe. The fact that it has a beginning. The fact that the Bible points to a “beginning” in the very first sentence, comporting with scientific knowledge we have about the issue of our existence. And, most specifically, the fact that everything we see with our naked eye had a designer or was created in some fashion.

The atheist retort to this is: “Who created God?”

This, to me, is not a divisive argument, but a minor quibble on labeling because, generally, an atheist will concede that something must have always existed. How does a Big Bang generate so much stuff otherwise?

The atheist calls this “eternal” entity a “something.” I call it God.

Aha! Common ground! We’re almost there. 🙂

On the issue of a Christian God, the historicity of Jesus and — most persuasively — of the Apostle Paul are what led me to open the door to Christ.

What about you??

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In May, 2005, Rob was a secular, Jewish, thirty-something, Los Angeles, personal injury attorney whose idea of getting up early on a Sunday was getting up for the third quarter of the first televised, NFL games.

Thirsting on the idea of playing in a band for the first time in a decade, Rob finally accepted his neighbor's request to get up at seven-in-the-morning on Sundays in order to participate.

Eleven months later, his world was turned upside down by Jesus. Instantly, he began leading songs on the worship team and, today, he now leads that same LIFEhouse worship team in which he was initially invited to join as a non-believer.

God is cool like that.