We can’t prove that Christianity is true. But we are not without sufficient reason to believe its message over all other opposing claims.
Is it true that God is really unchanging? Aren’t there verses in the Bible that both affirm and deny this belief, therefore establishing that there are contradictions in the Bible? To put it simply put, No.
For those who may not know about the trinity, it is the Christian doctrine which says that there is one God who has eternally existed as three distinct persons. While it may sound confusing at first, it is not illogical or impossible by any means, and I do my best to cover that issue in the article linked to above.
The Bible tells us that God is all powerful and is not in need of anything (Acts 17:24-25), therefore he is not dependent on us or our worship and obedience. However, we are fully dependent on God for everything we think to be good (James 1:17) and even that we see as evil (Job 2:10). So what’s the big deal with praise and obedience to God? If he doesn’t need it, why does he tell us to do it so much (Deut 6:13; 1 Chr 16:29; Zech 14:17; John 4:23, etc.)?
The Bible teaches us many things about God. Two of the things that it reveals to us, is that he is both knowable (Jer 9:24; John 17:3) and incomprehensible (Ps 139:6, 145:3, 147:5). To adequately understand how God can be both, we must properly define the two terms we are using to describe him; knowable and incomprehensible.
Pantheism is the belief that God is everything; the air I breathe, the chair that I sit in, the tree outside, the person reading this post as well as the person writing it. Omnipresence on the other hand, is the attribute of God’s which explains that he sees everything because he is present in all places at all times; he is there when you are speeding down the freeway, getting an attitude with your coworker and lying about your diet.
In order to better understand the argument for God’s existence from morality, we must first understand the vast difference between subjective opinion and objective fact. The first relates more to preferences like our favorite flavor of ice cream or our thoughts on a particular movie, whereas the second refers to facts like 2+2=4 and I live on Earth. In other words, a subjective opinion can change between any two people anywhere and anytime in the universe, but an objective fact is true regardless of who, where or when you are. This argument is dealing with the existence of what is commonly known as the objective moral law. These are rules that all people everywhere should abide by regardless of their upbringing, culture, history or location; some of which are listed below.
Whether you believe that the universe is six-thousand years old or sixteen-billion years old, the consensus in science is not questioning whether or not it actually began, but why and how it did so. While there is still a small handful of academics that try to argue against the universe’s initial ignition, repeated experimentation, examination, analysis and testing has shown that at one point in time there was nothing, and then from nowhere… something.
Why did God create us knowing that most of his creation would spend eternity away from him? How can I tell people that this same God loves them?
Did God choose to make the rules so that sinners could not go to Heaven? Why not forgive everyone? Why did we need Jesus apart from God’s rules about salvation?
There is a bad idea that has been making it’s rotation around the skeptic club over the last several years. This idea states that if God exists, we would be able to observe Him ‘under a microscope.’ This statement has been transmitted by such prominent atheists as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennet. Their appeal is obviously strictly to science. It is their belief that God, like everything else in existence, should be observable by science.