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Unformatted text preview: LECTURE FIVE: THE DEFINI T IO N AND EXISTENCE OF GOD [Dorman, 1-14] Unit One We Are Christians I. The Churchs God Theology Proper . The Very Idea of God 1. The Name of God: YHWH ( Exodus 3:14-15 ) 2. God is: Existent (Hebrews 11:6), light (1 John 1:5), love (1 John 4:8), great (Psalm 86:10), holy (Psalm 99:9). These predications make sense to us. Why? 3. Humanitys Inner Sense of God (Romans 1:19-21). (Grudem, ST , p.141; Feinberg, No One Like Him , p. 37; John Frame, The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God , p. 18). Everyone has an inner awareness of God, who is made known to all people in general revelation. 4. The Bibles Assumption: God was there in the beginning when He created all things (Genesis1:1), and He is the living (Jeremiah 10:10, 13), self-existent God (Exodus 3:14) who is still around. (Thiessen, Lectures in ST , p. 27; Barackman, PCT , pp. 39-40). 5. Conclusion: The Idea of God is Inescapable! B. The Definition of God 1. According to Question#4 in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. Note how the definition works (Reymond, A New ST , pp. 164-65): 1 2. The attempt to define God C. The Existence of God 1. Gods existence is revealed in general revelation (e.g. Romans 1) as well as special revelation (e.g., Ex 3:14). 2. Gods existence is shown in the Theistic Proofs a. The Cosmological Argument (cosmos = order, design): Every cause has an effect. There cannot be an infinite regress of causes. There must be an uncaused cause. This being is God. b. The Teleological Argument (telos = end, purpose) The cosmos exhibits order and design. This cannot be self-produced. A Designer must have made the universe. This Designer is God. 1 c. The Anthropological Argument (anthropos = man) Two Concepts: 1) The Anthropic Principle: The universeand our planet in particularare perfectly tuned for human life. This testifies to God who planned it. 2) The wonder of human life: Man himself is fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14); not only physically but spiritually. This testifies to the Creator of mankind. d. The Moral Argument: Everyone has a sense of right and wrong. This universal moral sense comes from an ultimate moral Lawgiver and Judge, God....
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