10 questions Christians will
hope no one will ask
What makes you sure God exists
at all?
(Especially when you can’t see,
hear or touch him)
Psalm 8 – 4th May 2014
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
The Universe – God’s hand?
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
Theism v Naturalism
Purpose v Accident
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
‘Nothing matters, we are essentially all
highly evolved monkeys clinging to a
rock that is falling through space, and
the rock itself is dying’
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
‘Our science is God’s science. He holds
the responsibility for the whole scientific
story…The remarkable order,
consistency, reliability and fascinating
complexity found in the scientific
description of the universe are reflections
of the order, consistency, reliability and
complexity of God’s activity’.
Sir John Houghton - Honorary Scientist of the Hadley
Centre for Climate Prediction and Research at the
Meteorological Office
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
1. We can understand the universe
‘The only incomprehensible thing about the
universe is that it is comprehensible’
Albert Einstein
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
2. Order in the universe
‘The very success of science in
showing us how deeply ordered the
natural world is provides strong
grounds for believing that there is
an even deeper cause for that order’
Richard Swinbourne – Philosopher
and Scientist
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
3. The fine tuning of the universe
"The remarkable fact is that the constants of
physics seem to have been very finely adjusted
to make possible the development of life“
Stephen Hawking – A brief History of Time
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
Man and woman – God’s hand?
10,000,000,000,000,000,000 (!)
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
HUMAN CHARACTER
Our search for
meaning and
purpose
‘Unless you assume a
God, the question of
life’s purpose is
meaningless’
Bertrand Russell (Atheist)
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
HUMAN CHARACTER
Whitfield Parish
Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
HUMAN CHARACTER
Desire and
longing
– the God shaped
hole?
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
HUMAN CHARACTER
Who do we
thank?
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
HUMAN CHARACTER
Our awareness and
desire for justice - a
case for a universal
moral order?
‘If God does not exist
then everything is
permissible’
Dostoyevsky
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
Don’t underestimate the power
of YOUR STORY with GOD!
Whitfield Parish
Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
Tips for speaking and listening to others
•How did you reach your point of unbelief?
•LISTEN – quick to listen, slow to speak,
slow to get angry – James 1:19
•Past hurt?
•Be patient
•Deeper issues? Lifestyle? Hurts?
Prejudices? Misunderstanding?
•Bible tells us people are in a spiritual
battle. Pray!
•Love draws, disagreement separates
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Love God – Love each other – Love the lost
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