Reformed Baptist Fellowship

How do I know God exists?

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on November 16, 2009 at 12:25 pm

DA Carson answers the question,”how do I know that God exists.”

  1. Important analysis. One example as to the value of contemporary gifts of Christ to His church.

  2. No one knows that our lord exists only the true christians who know his presnce in their hearts and soul and mind.Thoses are the people who one day will see our father face to face in Heaven.Yet we can’t see him or touch him but we know in our true hearts that he is all rounds us where ever we are.So let us all remember that as one day we will all be in a better place which is called Heaven with our father for ever and his Christian family.

  3. I do not recognize this as Paul’s teaching, Mr. Wilson. In Roman’s, the first chapter, he explains that “what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:19-21)

    GOD has not hidden Himself from the world and left humanity without a witness. Even those who are not “true Christians” know that our LORD exists and, though I appreciate that we are the only people who acknowledge His presence, these two sentiments are not the same and have dramatically different implications for witnessing and apologetics.

    We have been commanded to witness and to argue in favor of Christ, just as He argued in favor of Himself and His disciples and apostles argued in defense of Him. Those who ask the question whether our Beloved exists or not will simply reply to your sense of the solidity of your devotion that belief, even the fiercest belief in the world, is not the same thing as knowledge. Although all knowledge involves belief, there are many beliefs that do not represent “knowledge.” You already know this yourself because the zealous beliefs of Muslims obviously do not convince you of the legitimacy of their religion.

    We still must, as Christians, address this question with more than the firmness of our inward convictions. And Christ, His apostles, as well as the prophets, do not teach us by word or example to approach others merely on the basis of our private experiences…

    I am glad to see that D. A. Carson is a presuppositionalist. I only wish he did not make the mistake of drifting at times toward the assumption that the problem facing the apologist is the need to remedy a lack of understanding as much as to confront a moral antagonism of the heart. GOD does not suddenly, poof, make us aware of what was not obvious before. He tears away the resistance of the heart to acknowledge what was already obvious and argument is imperative to that process.

    Of course, we should not make our Father merely the adornment of our syllogisms, but then He really cannot be. Those who try are, in the end, speaking of someone (or something) else. Nevertheless, it is not at all Biblical or rational to stop here and respond that, therefore, since no one can talk a person into the kingdom, the best thing to do is give up this whole matter of arguing in favor of our religion and encourage the person to simply read the Bible. Beyond that, there is little to say.

    While that may have made Abraham Kuyper proud, it won’t look anything like Paul on the Areopagus. Of course we should encourage others to read the Scriptures, but there is nothing wrong with speaking the wisdom of Scripture to them as well and tearing down the strongholds which so arrogantly present themselves against a heart captive to Christ. We destroy “arguments” by refutation and, beside Christ, Paul was the preeminent example of this (II Corinthians 10:2-5).

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