The Argument from Efficient Causality for the Existence of God (Part 4) (TRtB #45)

The Argument from Efficient Causality for the Existence of God (Part 4) (TRtB #45)

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is Isaiah 50:4. It reads, "The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned."

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Billy Graham. Someone once asked Billy Graham, "If Christianity is valid, why is there so much evil in the world?" To this the famous preacher replied, "With so much soap, why are there so many dirty people in the world? Christianity, like soap, must be personally applied if it is to make a difference in our lives."

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Argument from Time and Contingency for the Existence of God" (part 3) from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:

1. We notice around us things that come into being and go out of being. A tree, for example, grows from a tiny shoot, flowers brilliantly, then withers and dies.

2. Whatever comes into being or goes out of being does not have to be; its nonbeing is a real possibility.

3. Suppose that nothing has to be; that is, that nonbeing is a real possibility for everything.

4. Then right now nothing would exist. For

5. If the universe began to exist, then all being must trace its origin to some past moment before which there existed --- literally --- nothing at all. But

6. From nothing nothing comes. So