Monday’s Biggest Issue: Are These The Five Best Natural Arguments for God?

Talk to enough people over many years and you begin to get a sense of what are the most persuasive arguments for the majority of people who are either just doubtful about whether God exists or who are outright skeptics.

Over at Reasons to Believe, Hugh Ross points to these five in his long experience:

* Origin of space, time, matter, and energy
* Origin of life
* Human exceptionalism
* Fine-tuning of the universe, Earth, and Earth’s life to make possible the existence and redemption of billions of humans
* Genesis 1’s predictive power to accurately describe, in chronological order, key events in Earth’s history leading to humans

At first glance, I was a bit taken aback by the reference to Genesis 1 as a natural argument. But here’s how Ross explains it:

“Genesis 1: Genesis 1:2 establishes the frame of reference for the six-day creation account as the surface of Earth’s waters, and it describes four initial conditions: ubiquitous darkness and water on Earth’s surface, no life, and unfit conditions for life.

“On day 1, Earth’s atmosphere becomes translucent (“let there be light”). On day 4, the atmosphere becomes transparent (“let there be lights in the expanse of the sky”). The Hebrew word for day, yom, has four literal definitions, one of which is a long, finite time period.

“That day 7 is not closed out by an “evening and morning” implies that the creation days are consecutive long time periods. Thus, Genesis 1 accurately predicted both the description, timing, and order of the events of creation. Resource: Navigating Genesis

Knowing that there are among HillFaith’s growing legion of readers both believers and skeptics, I’d be interested to hear responses from both camps. I think number 3 is especially persuasive. What think you?

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70 thoughts on “Monday’s Biggest Issue: Are These The Five Best Natural Arguments for God?”

  1. To me, the first two are primary, the others secondary. The only satisfactory explanation for ‘something from nothing’ is God. Although Genesis 1 could be literal, I believe the creation narrative is message based, addressing the questions about deity, a person’s relationship to that being, and the nature of the world. That is to say, it does not have to be scientifically factual in order to tell the truth. Compared to the literature of the Ancient Near East (Sumerian, Mesopotamian, Babylonian, and others), the beauty and superiority of the message in Genesis makes so much sense to me. The context of the Bible as literature is Eastern, not Western. A Western, science-based line of inquiry does not fit. A good example of how that plays out is a book by Nahum Sarna, ‘Understanding Genesis’.

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  2. The equation “γ = í + mc^2!” works out to γ = í + mc^4 (2! = 2×1) If you meant γ = í + (mc^2)!, that’s another matter, but in either case, the “equation” is meaningless.

    But the post doesn’t touch on whether or not God exists; it’s merely explorations within His creation.

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