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The Attributes of God: God Exists Absolutely (The Reasons to Believe #81)

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The Reasons to Believe #81

Our Reasons to Believe passage from the Word of God today is 2 Corinthians 10:5. It reads, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from W.F. Albright. He said, "The Bible towers in content above all earlier religious literature; and it towers just as impressively over all subsequent literature in the direct simplicity of its message and…its appeal to men of all lands and times."

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Attributes of God" from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:

God Exists Absolutely

By this we do not mean merely that God is always there or that he does not tend to go out of existence. These things are true, in a sense. But we mean something more.

God is the source of being, or existence, for all things. Looking at the universe we see that in every creature there is a distinction between its essence and its existence; that there is a difference between what things are and the fact that they are. That is why, as we saw, limited things are by nature existential zeroes, why they have a need for being that they cannot themselves supply.

If God is the answer to this question about finite being, then he cannot suffer from this same need. In other words, in God there can be no such distance between what he is and that he is. That he exists is not a happy accident, not due to some other being as his cause. Being must be inseparable from what he is; it must belong to him by nature. More radically put, God must be identical with the fullness of being. That is what we mean by saying that God exists absolutely.

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