Questions Youth Have: Part 1

I recently read about a survey of Christian youth conducted in recent years. In her research Ruth Lukabyo, of Youthworks College, identified the four biggest questions that these 11-14 year olds had about the Christian faith. To quote the article, they are:

  1. How can I know that God exists?
  2. How could a good God send people to hell?
  3. How can I believe in a good God when there is so much suffering?
  4. Doesn’t evolution prove that God doesn’t exist? *

In this post, I will address only the first. So, how can we know that God exists? I am no philosopher, but I do think there are some good arguments for the existence of God.

So, here are three arguments that I believe make a strong case for the existence of God.

  1. The Kalaam Cosmological Argument as put forward by William Lane Craig is pretty solid. Some may object that if God created the universe, then who created God. However, the argument is that whatever begins to exist must have a cause. But, God did not come into existence. He has always been. He is timeless. I understand that there are arguments that are being put forward by atheists that suggest the universe could have come from nothing without a creator, but I do not think they are as strong as their proponents would lead us to believe. Simply redefining “nothing” in a way that makes it something instead of no thing, is just word play.
  2. The fine tuning of the universe for life suggests a creator. To have life there are a number of conditions that need to be met. The odds of having any one of these specific conditions come about by random chance is astronomical to say the least. But, there is more than just one condition that must be met for the universe to sustain life. In some of his books, Hugh Ross at Reasons to Believe keeps an up to date list of these finely tuned conditions. A search of his website will also turn up several articles on the subject.
  3. The moral argument. The fact that we have a moral understanding is good evidence for a creator that has placed that knowledge within us. Knowing right from wrong is not something that arises by chance. It was this argument that had the greatest impact on C.S. Lewis and Francis Collins.

 

* https://www.youthworks.net/articles/what_questions_are_adolescents_asking

 

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