When considering the existence of God, the law of excluded middle says that either something exists or does not exist, there is no middle ground. It would be illogical to say that God exists and does not exist at the same time. Either God exists or He does not exist. The arguments that can be made for the existence of God are additional evidence that can be used with the atheists, agnostics, skeptics, or any who will not turn to the Bible. While in sermons and articles, reference has been made regarding two classical arguments, The Cosmological Argument (cause and effect) and The Teleological Argument (design demands a Designer), consider with me 3 additional arguments for the existence of God:
The Ontological Argument: There is nothing greater than God that can be conceived, man is incapable of creating God himself, therefore, God must exist. If man can have the idea of a perfect God then He must exist. If God only existed in the mind of man, he would be an imperfect being. What kind of God would man invent? Wouldn’t man conceive a God closer to man’s liking? Would man create a God that 1) Would impose regulations that were contrary to the impulses of the flesh, 2) Who seemingly robs man of his freedom to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, in whatever way he wants, 3) Would judge violators of His law and bring punishment on man if he violated that law, etc.? Would man invent a God like the God of the Bible? No! God did not come from the mind of man, man knows of God because God exists.
The Anthropological Argument: The existence of morals implies that God is. Man is a moral being, whence does this morality come from. Morals occur only in man. Morals are not found in nor did they originate from lower animals. For example, does a dog feel guilty when it steals a bone from another dog? No. So morals did not come from the lower animals. It did not originate from amoral lifeless matter. Yet morality implies an absolute standard of authority of right and wrong. If there are no absolute values then one act would not differ from another. Even the most avowed atheists would not affirm that. Man needs moral law outside himself, from the moral person – God. This the Bible affirms. Jeremiah 10:23 says, “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” Then in Romans 7:7 the Bible says, “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” Therefore the absolute authority of right and wrong is God, therefore God does exist.
The Aesthetical Argument: This has to do with the beauty found in the universe. While this is one of the weaker arguments it is still a valid argument. When one is flying in an airplane and looking down on the magnificence of the earth, or when one considers the beauty of a snowflake or the color of the sky in the fall as the sun sets in the west, one must wonder, where did this aesthetic appreciation come from? Man has response to beauty found in art and other works of men’s hands and the evolutionist would say it came from the lower forms of man’s evolution. However, we can know this appreciation for beauty did not come from lower forms of life for they have no artistic abilities. The only rational conclusion to draw is that such aesthetic appreciation came from our Creator, God.
These arguments taken together point to the undeniable conclusion that Yes Indeed, God Does Exist!
– Jerry D. Sturgill
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth… And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” Genesis 1:1, 26a.