Apologetics 101: Having an Argument for the Existence of God
By Melissa Cain Travis
The Scene: Monday morning, your cubicle at work. You’re enjoying the last of your Starbucks joy-in-a-cup while reading your emailed daily devotion. You’re the first one in to the office, so all is quiet.
<Sound of door opening and closing. Footsteps somewhere behind.>
Coworker Joe: Hey, how’s it going?
You: Oh, morning Joe. I’m well, how about you?
Joe: Hating that it’s already Monday. Ugh.
<Joe throws down his briefcase and car keys in the next cubicle over, wheels his desk chair over to yours, and slurps his coffee noisily>
Joe: You’re not working already, are you? It’s not 9 yet.
You: No, I was just having some quiet time, reading a little devotional before it gets crazy in here.
Joe: What’s a devotional?
You: Oh…well…it’s like a mini Bible study type of thing. It has a few verses of scripture with a short commentary.
Joe: Hum. Here’s the only “devotional” you really need: Life is short. Party a lot, ’cause eventually you die. That’s it. I don’t buy into the whole God-business.
You: Oh. Why is that, Joe?
Joe: I’m a realist. If modern science ever proves there’s a God, I’ll rethink things. I don’t trust an old book that’s been re-copied and changed over thousands of years. Don’t get me wrong; if it makes you feel better to believe it, I say good for you. But it’s not for me.
You: Uh…okay…well…hmmm… So, how about those Cowboys yesterday?
<Fade to black.>
Ever found yourself in a scenario similar to this one? I have, multiple times over the course of my adult life. Like the character in the above dialogue, I failed. Miserably. I can still recall the names and faces of all the “Coworker Joes” that came and went in my life before I left my career to be home with my children during their preschool years. It is the haunting memory of my failures to give a reasoned response to those who sneered at my faith that eventually led me into what I believe to be my calling in apologetics education. At this point, I can only pray for those that crossed my path in years past, but my mission in life now is to make sure I’m better equipped and to encourage and empower others to equip themselves.
What I didn’t know way back when, and what you may not know now, is that there are excellent answers we can give to skeptics who don’t believe the Bible to be true (much less divinely inspired) about the existence of God. In this post, I’d like to focus specifically on one easy-to-learn argument that you can use in most any circumstance…
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