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The Contingency Argument for the Existence of God (Part 2)

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The Reasons to Believe #53

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22. It reads, "Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil." 

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Alan Redpath. He said, "Many people are being persuaded that they cannot be considered intelligent or well educated if they insist on the doctrine of the verbal inspiration of the Book. Let me say to you that truth has always lived with the minority; what the majority says at a given moment is usually wrong. The crowd one day cried, “Crucify him,” and the whole world united to murder the Son of God, because in their ignorance they knew Him not."

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Contingency Argument for the Existence of God" (part 2) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:

But why should we call this cause "God"? Maybe there is something unknown that grounds the universe of change we live in.

True. And this "unknown" is God. What we humans know directly is this sensible changing world. We also know that there must exist whatever it takes for something to exist. Therefore, we know that neither this changing universe as a whole nor any part of it can be itself what it takes for the universe to exist. But we have no such direct knowledge of the cause of changing things. We know that there must exist a cause; we know that this cause cannot be finite or material --- that it must transcend such limitations. But what this ultimate cause is in itself remains, so far, a mystery.

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