Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #21
I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Today’s passage of Scripture is Acts 17:27-28 which reads: “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”
Today’s quote is from John Piper. He said: “All that looks like reality to us is dependent on God. There is creation and Creator, nothing more. And creation gets all its meaning and purpose from God.”
Our topic for today is titled “Creation Apologetics, Part 3” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”
R = Radiation Echo
Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, two physicists at AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, were performing routine experiments while trying to refine the world’s most sensitive radio receiving device. They were annoyed by an unknown source of noise.At first they attributed the noise to bird droppings. However, their data indicated that they had found radiation left over from the initial explosion at the beginning of the universe. The radiation echo is the third line of scientific evidence supporting Genesis 1:1
E = End of Infinite Impossibility
This line of evidence supporting Genesis 1:1 is philosophical. It is called the end of an infinite impossibility. The argument for Genesis 1:1 can be summarized this way:
1. If an infinite number of moments occurred before today, then today would have never come, because it is impossible to traverse an infinite number of moments.
2. But today has come.
3. Hence, there was a finite number of moments before today; the universe has a beginning.
If a person drove a car from Charlotte, North Carolina to Texas, and Texas was an infinite distance away, when would the person arrive in Texas? Never, because an infinite distance has no end. Similarly, if the universe were eternal, we would have never arrived at today.The end of an infinite impossibility is another line evidence supporting Genesis. 1:1
Lord willing, we will continue the topic of “Creation Apologetics” in our next podcast.
Today, dear friend, we will begin reading “Book 1, Chapter 3” of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:
Chapter 3 – The Reality Of The Law
I now go back to what I said at the end of the first chapter, that there were two odd things about the human race. First, that they were haunted by the idea of a sort of behaviour they ought to practise, what you might call fair play, or decency, or morality, or the Law of Nature. Second, that they did not in fact do so. Now some of you may wonder why I called this odd. It may seem to you the most natural thing in the world. In particular, you may have thought I was rather hard on the human race. After all, you may say, what I call breaking the Law of Right and Wrong or of Nature, only means that people are not perfect. And why on earth should I expect them to be? That would be a good answer if what I was trying to do was to fix the exact amount of blame which is due to us for not behaving as we expect others to behave. But that is not my job at all. I am not concerned at present with blame; I am trying to find out truth. And from that point of view the very idea of something being imperfect, of its not being what it ought to be, has certain consequences.
If you take a thing like a stone or a tree, it is what it is and there seems no sense in saying it ought to have been otherwise. Of course you may say a stone is “the wrong shape” if you want to use it for a rockery, or that a tree is a bad tree because it does not give you as much shade as you expected. But all you mean is that the stone or tree does not happen to be convenient for some purpose of your own. You are not, except as a joke, blaming them for that. You really know, that, given the weather and the soil, the tree could not have been any different. What we, from our point of view, call a “bad” tree is obeying the laws of its nature just as much as a “good” one.
Now have you noticed what follows? It follows that what we usually call the laws of nature—the way weather works on a tree for example—may not really be laws in the strict sense, but only in a manner of speaking. When you say that falling stones always obey the law of gravitation, is not this much the same as saying that the law only means “what stones always do”? You do not really think that when a stone is let go, it suddenly remembers that it is under orders to fall to the ground. You only mean that, in fact, it does fall. In other words, you cannot be sure that there is anything over and above the facts themselves, any law about what ought to happen, as distinct from what does happen.
Lord willing, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 3” of “Mere Christianity” in our next podcast.
Let’s Pray —
Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.
May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.