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Tough Questions || Week 1

May 5, 2019|

The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and Earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again:
He ascended into Heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
And He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy universal Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting. Amen.

Psalm (NLT) 19:1 “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. 2 Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. 3 They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. 4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.”

Romans (NLT)  1:19 “They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.

The Landscape of our times: New Atheist

Four Horsemen
Richard Dawkins- The God Delusion
Christopher Hitchens  – God is Not Great
Sam Harris – End of Faith
Daniel Dennett –Breaking the Spell

Stephen Hawking – The Grand Design

Inside the Atheist Mind: Unmasking the Religion of Those Who Say There Is No God –   Anthony DeStefano

Men of Faith, Reason and Intellect
John Lennox
Peter Hitchens
Ravi Zacharias
William Lane Craig
Charlie Campbell

Websites
Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM)
Apologetics 315
RZIM
Probe Ministries
ABR  (Always Be Ready)

A. THE COSMOS
a. It has always been.
b. It created itself.
c. It was created by God.

B. THE CONDITIONS FOR LIFE

Stephen Hawking “If any of about 40 physical qualities had more than slightly different values, life as we know it could not exist: Either atoms would not be stable, or they wouldn’t combine into molecules, or the stars wouldn’t form the heavier elements, or the universe would collapse before life could develop, and so on.”   October 19,1997

Donald Page of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Science calculated the odds against our universe randomly taking a form suitable for life as: One in 10,000,000,000 to the 124th power

C. THE COMPLEXITY OF LIFE
a. The Human Body
b. The Eye Ball
c. The Human Brain
d. DNA

British molecular biologist Francis Crick, one of the two scientists who discovered DNA, having observed the complexity of DNA, estimated the odds that intelligent life exists on earth as the result of non-directed processes to be around: One in ten the two billionth power

Good News
a. Fewer than 30% of practicing scientist are atheist
b. About 40% of professional natural scientist are professing Christians-Exposing Myths About Christianity-Professor Jeffrey Russell

DissentfromDarwin.org: List more than 1,000 Ph.D scientists from around the world

Job(NLT) 38: 4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. 5 Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line?”