Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #25
I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Today’s passage of Scripture is Psalm 115:1-8 which reads: “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.”
Today’s quote is from Albert Einstein. He said: “The more I study science, the more I believe in God.”
Our topic for today is titled “Philosophical Apologetics, Part 2” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”
This leads to yet another assumption of philosophical apologetics: God is a God of reason. God is not divided against Himself, and therefore does not behave in an irrational manner. Nor does He create conditions in the world that are irrational. Truth is a condition of the world, and therefore truth is rational. Because “all truth is God’s truth,” then something that is true cannot be illogical or irrational. Therefore, truth claims can be tested by examining whether it is logical to believe them. No illogical statement can be true, and no statement can be true if it is not consistent with others that are already known to be true.
Correspondence with Reality
Philosophical apologetics also assumes the correspondence theory of truth. No statement or position can be true if it does not square with the way the real world is. This serves as a check on the assumption of rationality. One can build a rational argument that works internally but which has no relationship to the real world. The philosophical arguments brought to bear to defend Christianity cannot stand alone. The evidential arguments for creation, for the resurrection of Christ, for the reliability of the Bible, and so forth are essential and support the rational argument.
Norman Geisler and the other philosophical apologists attempt to avoid the circular reasoning that comes from assuming the authority of Scripture at the beginning of the argument. One should reason toward the authority of Scripture rather than assuming it. The authority of Scripture must be judged the same as any other argument. Philosophical apologists seek, by using reason, to refute common objections to biblical inspiration.
Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.
Today, dear friend, we will begin reading “Book 1, Chapter 4” of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:
Let us sum up what we have reached so far. In the case of stones and trees and things of that sort, what we call the Laws of Nature may not be anything except a way of speaking. When you say that nature is governed by certain laws, this may only mean that nature does, in fact, behave in a certain way. The socalled laws may not be anything real—anything above and beyond the actual facts which we observe. But in the case of Man, we saw that this will not do. The Law of Human Nature, or of Right and Wrong, must be something above and beyond the actual facts of human behaviour. In this case, besides the actual facts, you have something else—a real law which we did not invent and which we know we ought to obey.
I now want to consider what this tells us about the universe we live in. Ever since men were able to think, they have been wondering what this universe really is and how it came to be there. And, very roughly, two views have been held. First, there is what is called the materialist view.
People who take that view think that matter and space just happen to exist, and always have existed, nobody knows why; and that the matter, behaving in certain fixed ways, has just happened, by a sort of fluke, to produce creatures like ourselves who are able to think. By one chance in a thousand something hit our sun and made it produce the planets; and by another thousandth chance the chemicals necessary for life, and the right temperature, occurred on one of these planets, and so some of the matter on this earth came alive; and then, by a very long series of chances, the living creatures developed into things like us. The other view is the religious view. According to it, what is behind the universe is more like a mind than it is like anything else we know.
Lord willing, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 4” 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.