Friday, October 28, 2016

Proof for God's Existence - The Religious Experience Argument

Redemption - Religious Experience Argument
(1) I know a man who used to lie, cheat, steal, commit adultery, and even murder.
(2) After he became a Christian, his life was completely changed and he s
topped his self-destructive behavior.
(3) God was the cause of his turnaround.
(4) Therefore, God exists.

There is often a tangible, visible change when someone becomes a Christian. When I see a man who is a compulsive gambler, a mean drunk, and a wife abuser become a Christian and turn his life around completely, I say, “Yes, God is there!”

Luis Palau shares a story about an atheist who proclaimed during a debate, “Atheism has done more for the world than Christianity.” In response, the speaker challenged the atheist to bring one hundred men whose lives have been changed for the better by atheism and he promised to bring one hundred men whose lives have been changed for the better by Christ. The atheist was forced to sit down because he knew he would lose the challenge.[1]

Atheists mock Christian faith by pretending to believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster or the Invisible Pink Unicorn. They ask the Spaghetti Monster to extend his noodly appendage, and they offer fake worship to him with macaroni strainers on their heads. But, whose life has ever been changed by these make-believe gods? When did the Invisible Pink Unicorn ever cure a drug addiction? When did the Flying Spaghetti Monster ever turn a wife abuser into a loving husband? Christianity is the only religion that can completely change a man’s life instantaneously.

[1] Luis Palau, God is Relevant. New York, NY: Doubleday, 1997.