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Friday, January 15, 2016 Origins: Ultimate Reality Who is God and what is He like? Ultimate Reality Obstacles Origins? Proof? Afterlife? Suffering Different from us How Factual evidence Hell? Evil Morality? Silent? Freedom? Origins Reflection Intro Summary Gen 1-2 Interpretation Impact on the world Conclusion 1-3 Resources Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Cont. Origins: Ultimate Reality How do we know Ultimate Reality? We cannot know anything with certainty? We must create our own ideas? We must experience something we cannot explain? We must receive communication from a divine being? How do we answer this question? Options: monotheism, polytheism, deism, pantheism, ect. Criteria: evidence, faith, ect. Divine Revelation (The way theist should think) Only way to know God truly Question “Who is God?” becomes… “Who has God reveled himself to be?” Who is God? Divine Revelation New question, based on revelation “Which source accurately records God’s self-revelation?” Christians point to 2 sources: General Revelation What God reveals about himself using general means. Special Revelation What God reveals about himself using special means. Sources of Revelation
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General Revelation: Creation Natural universe (Psalm 19:1) Reasoning Special Revelation: Word of God Bible- personal, recorded revelation of God (2 Peter 1:21) Jesus- personal, relational revelation of God (John 1:1) What is God like? God is: Eternal Creator of Everything Omnipotent (All-Powerful) Omniscient (All-Knowing) Spirit& Omnipresent Sovereign (In Control) Transcendent (out there) & Immanent (all around) Relational Friday, January 22, 2016 Prayer What is prayer? A form of communication between God and humanity, with the implicit belief that God hears and responds to human requests.
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