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Title: Based on the book by Leroy Brownlow

God, the Bible and Common Sense-- An Appeal to
  • Based on the book by Leroy Brownlow
  • Isaiah 118 Let us reason together
  • Acts 172 184,19 2425

  • We live in a time that is skeptical of the Bible
    and of the very existence of God.
  • Once, we could just refer to the Bible. Now we
    have to go even further, to prove the Bible is
    the Word of God, and in the very existence of
  • We must be armed with the knowledge to show God
  • We must be armed with the knowledge to show that
    the Bible is Gods Truth, His Word, which can be
    backed by history.
  • We must engage our gentile world like Paul did
    in Acts 1716-22
  • We must be prepared to give an answer to our
    faith-1 Peter 315
  • We must show that the Bible produces faith
    through facts-Hebrews 111
  • This lesson is designed to arm us with the
    knowledge of Gods existence. Future lessons will
    help to arm us to defend the Bible as Gods
  • For further research, I recommend getting God,
    the Bible and Common Sense An Appeal to
    Reason, which this lesson uses many of the
    common sense arguments to prove the case for God.

God, the Bible and Common Sense-- An Appeal to
  • Basic breakdown of book
  • Common sense requires God
  • The common sense biblical account of creation
  • That God created man makes sense
  • Christs coming to earth makes sense
  • Common sense demands the Bible
  • Common sense requires right division of the Bible
  • The church makes sense
  • Gods plan of salvation is sensible
  • The common sense of Christian growth
  • Worship is sensible
  • Common sense at Random in the scriptures
  • Gods appointment of death is sensible
  • The judgment makes sense

When reading this book, you will see how each
step builds on the others.
Common sense requires God
  • We are going to take the first section and
    discuss how it makes sense to believe God exists,
    and that all good things come from him by looking
    at several things
  • Evidence of him is everywhere in creation,
    physical laws
  • Basic logic that requires he exists simply from a
    first cause analysis
  • Then well take a look at some of the popular
    arguments against him, and how to de-bunk them
    with scripture and common sense.

Common sense requires God
  • Hebrews 34 says For every house is built by
    some man but he that built all things is God.
  • No house ever built itself. It makes sense that
    there is a builder for every house every thing
    we can observe.
  • This same thought process extends to all of
    creation. All created things imply there is a
    creator. All effects must first have a cause.
    That is to say, everything that occurs is driven
    by something that came before it. God tells us
    this through His Word Ps 10225, Is 4021-22
    4424, John 11-3, Acts 1724

Common sense requires God
  • Gen. 11 In the beginning God created the heavens
    and the earth.
  • Even atheists (those who believe there is no god)
    agree that something cannot come from nothing.
  • The bible repeatedly says God created all that we
    know. Isaiah 425, Col. 116, Rom. 1136, Job
    384-11, 29-30, 31-33, Job 4111
  • There is no explanation of creation apart from
    God as a first cause that stands the test of
    Common Sense.

Common sense requires God
  • Consider this syllogism (major premise, minor
    premise, conclusion)
  • Something cannot come from nothing (premise)
  • But something is or does exist
  • Therefore, something always was.
  • In terms of creation or creating life, that
    something is either supernatural or lifeless
    matter. This is termed first cause. It
    existed before life as we know it. The atheists
    and scientists who attempt to prove creation
    apart from a first cause must assume lifeless
  • Despite many failures, Scientists are confident
    that something will happen, and MUST happen
    because believing in God creating life is
  • It makes more sense to believe there is a God as
    the first cause for creation rather than lifeless
    matter. For all of the experiments and research
    that has been performed in this area, there are
    no documented cases in which life has sprung from
    lifeless matter. None. Ever. Col.
    116-17 ..for by him all things were created.

Common sense requires God
  • The atheist will push back the first cause from a
    primordial soup, to clouds around a bunched up
    ball of gases to the big bang to a
    super-compressed / extremely high density ball of
    lifeless matter. At some point they must stop
    and admit they do not know where this came from.
    This is the point of first cause that cannot be
    explained apart from God.
  • What takes more faith? To believe what is
    written in scripture (always constant, always
    consistent, never changing), or to believe the
    amazing and at times absurd accounts presented to
    us by supposedly intelligent scientists. Note
    the scientific explanations have changed thru the
    years regarding where the first cause actually
    is, from the Steady State Theory to the Big Bang
    Theory. They dont really know

Common sense requires God
  • We must ask ourselves, is it easier to believe
    the complex and changing theories presented by
    scientists, or believe Genesis 11? Common sense
    says that when investigating a cause for an
    unknown action, the theory that is the simplest
    is usually the correct one. This is also a well
    known scientific principle. Why would we not
    believe what God says?

Common sense requires God
  • Consider this, if dead, lifeless matter somehow
    produced life how did it get moving? What was
    the catalyst that spurred it to action? There
    would have been nothing to make it get started.
    Again, we are forced to admit something else was
    there. Matter has never moved of its own accord.
    Newton observed this in his first law of motion.
  • A body in motion remains in motion unless it is
    acted on by an external force. If the body is at
    rest it remains at rest unless acted upon by an
    external force.
  • Note, we are back to having to explain where
    first cause is

Common sense requires God
  • The book Evolution and Animal Life by Jordan
    and Kellogg, page 41 states All life comes from
    life. The biologist cannot admit spontaneous
    generation in the face of the scientific evidence
    he has. Lyman Kellog was a noted entomologist
    and biologist and wrote this in 1907 in his work
    to defend some of the weak points of Darwins
    theory of evolution. ---Sort of ironic that we
    use it today to help make the case for the
    existence of God. The writer is quoting the
    scientific Law of Biogenesis, which has been
    proven over and over again.
  • There is no scientific way to account for life
    without a pre-existing or beginning life.

Common sense requires God
  • Psalms 191 The heavens declare the glory of
    God and the firmament (expanse) shows his
    handiwork. Rom. 120 For since the creation of
    the world His invisible attributes are clearly
    seen, being understood by the things that are
    made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that
    they are without excuse.
  • Consider the stars. With the aid of a high
    powered telescope there are roughly 100,000,000
    (one hundred million) stars visible on a clear
    night. The Hubble telescope has revealed
    billions upon billions more within over 100
    billion galaxies. Did this all spring from a
    super-compressed ball of very high density matter
    that just exploded?
  • Does this even make sense to anyone? What if I
    told you that the Brenham phone book being
    published was the result of an explosion in a
    newspaper and ink factories?
  • Doesnt it make more sense to say that God
    created this just as David stated in Psalms 19 or
    that Paul did in Romans 1? Doesnt it show the
    power of God to have created all this?

Common sense requires God
  • Consider the grouping of the stars. Job
    3831-33. They are not just randomly scattered
    about. They hang in an ordered set of groups
    called galaxies, clusters and constellations.
    Was this just an accident? Did it just happen?
    The odds of this actually occurring by chance are
  • Take the alphabet. A-Z, 26 letters all in a
    particular order. If I took 26 little plastic
    letters all the letters of the alphabet and
    threw them up in the air, what are the odds that
    they would land on the ground in the order we
    know them in (a,b,c,d,e,f,g.z)?

Common sense requires God
  • This could occur once for every 500 million
    million million times I threw them in the air.
  • For every 500,000,000,000,000,000,000 throws it
    would happen only once (1). The odds are then 1
    in 4E26 (400 million million million million).
    But at this point, who cares. The point is it
    is a really big number and it doesnt matter
    anymore. The number is an impossibility as
    defined by the Law of Probability.
  • Now apply this logic to the ordered groupings of
    the one hundred million stars that we can see and
    more, and you begin to see an impossible picture.
    This was no accident. he that built all
    things is God. It makes sense to believe that
    God hung them there. It is simply easier to

Common sense requires God
  • Lets look at the law of gravity. Gravitation
    exits. We have lived with it all our lives. Not
    one scientist past or present can explain why it
  • If this is a constant known law throughout the
    entire universe, why can no one explain where it
    comes from, why it behaves the way that it does,
    what causes it?
  • We can describe how it works by observation (32
    feet / second / second, moons gravity is 1/6th
    that of earths and so on), but no one can
    explain why it is there. Does it make sense that
    some being / creator put it there because it
    makes the rest of his design work better?

Common sense requires God
  • Orbital mechanics are based on this. The earth
    orbits the sun. The moon orbits the earth, etc.
    This law is what made the Apollo moon shots
    possible, and what keeps the International Space
    Station from wandering off or crashing down. We
    use it all the time, but we cannot explain what
    causes it or why it exists.
  • The scriptures attribute this to God II Pet 37
    But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by
    the same word are kept in store. There simply is
    no other explanation of why gravity exists.
  • There are MANY more things we can use to explain
    that God must exist, including other Laws of
    Physics, the fine tuning of the forces of Nature,
    and very existence of life itself. What has been
    discussed should be enough.
  • Now lets look at some common arguments for the
    case that God is not real.

Common sense requires God
  • If God is real and religion came from him, why
    are there so many different religions?
  • Eccl 729 God hath made man upright but they
    have sought out many inventions.
  • Consider man is a free moral entity. He can
    make a choice. Gen. 36-7 In religion, that
    choice has been to consistently corrupt what was
    made perfect on the first Pentecost after the
    crucifixion of Christ.
  • From then on, the religions have been splitting,
    and multiplying because of mans choices.
  • This does not come from God, but from man.

Common sense requires God
  • There are about 21 major world religions today.
    About 1 billion people do not profess belief in
    any religion.1. Christianity 2.1 billion2.
    Islam 1.3 billion3. Secular/Irreligious/Agnostic/
    Atheist 1.1 billion4. Hinduism 900 million5.
    Chinese traditional religion 394 million6.
    Buddhism 376 million (see also buddhism by
    country)7. Primal indigenous 300 million8.
    African traditional and diasporic 100 million9.
    Sikhism 23 million10. Juche 19 million

Common sense requires God
  • 11. Spiritism 15 million12. Judaism 14
    million13. Bahá'í Faith 7 million14. Jainism
    4.2 million15. Shinto 4 million16. Cao Dai 4
    million17. Zoroastrianism 2.6 million18.
    Tenrikyo 2 million19. Neopaganism 1 million20.
    Unitarian Universalism 800,00021. Rastafari
    movement 600,000
  • Source(s)
  • wikipedia

Common sense requires God
  • Just as an aside, lets do some numbers say
    theres around 4 million people in Houston.
  • There are about 250 Christians at the Fry Road
    Church in Katy. Lets be generous and say there
    are 15 sound churches in the Houston and
    surrounding area for a total of 3750 people.
    Lets round the number to make the math easy and
    lets use 4000 Christians in a city of 4
  • 1/10th of 1 percent of the population of Houston
    is Christian
  • Thats a very small percentage. Matt. 7 21-24
    is demonstrated here.

Common sense requires God
  • I dont believe in a God I cannot see.
  • This is inconsistent from the outset.
  • Do you see pain? Love? Hate?
  • We can certainly see the results and effects of
    them, but we cannot actually see these things.
  • Do we not believe in these? The atheist would be
    forced to say he does not based on this logic.
    How about an energized electrical wire?
  • Do we believe in electricity? We cant see it,
    but the effects are amazing if we touch a hot
  • How about the wind? Can we see it? No, but we can
    see the effects the wind causes.

Common sense requires God
  • I wont believe in a God whose existence cannot
    be proven by science.
  • Based on the previous examples, we need God to
    prove the validity of science, not the other way
    around, but lets humor this position for a bit.
  • The scientific method relies on proposing a
    premise, forming a theory and then gathering
    evidence to prove that theory based on

Common sense requires God
  • Premise we and everything around us exist.
    (this is a little silly, but it serves the point
  • Theory all things that exist were created by
  • Observations stars, gravity, trees, sky, earth,
    living creatures, life itself, a baby being born.
  • Do all of the observations fit the theory
    proposed? Are there any that do not? Can we
    come up with anything that was not created by
    God? --Even one will disprove our theory. Col.
    116 says no.

Common sense requires God
  • Consider another competing theory All things
    that exist were random and brought into being by
    some non-living thing.
  • Do observations support this theory? I think we
    have covered this pretty thoroughly. Common
    Sense in action here
  • Another valid point is that NO ONE can be proven
    to be who they say they are using just Science,
    not even the atheist. The Historic/Evidence
    Method used by historians, lawyers, and
    archeologists can prove the existence of a
    historic figure. Abraham Lincolns body can only
    be described by science alone as a human body. To
    figure out the body is Abraham Lincoln, one needs
    the Historic Method. The Biblical record of
    witnesses prove the existence of God.

Common sense requires God
  • If there is a God, why does he permit war and
    natural disasters?
  • He does not permit them, but rather they are a
    result of mans actions and choices.
  • Recall what he said about creation after each
    aspect was brought into being God said it was
    good. Gen. 131
  • It went down hill after man began making choices
    to disobey Gods law. Wars and natural
    disasters are not caused by God, and to say that
    they are is inconsistent with the nature of God.
    He only wants what is best for his people. II
    Pet. 3 9, the whole chapter of Luke 15. They
    are a direct result of mans disregard of Gods
    law beginning with Adam and Eve in the garden so
    long ago.
  • God uses these events man brought about to teach
    us valuable lessons.

Common sense requires God
  • Conclusion why it makes sense to believe there
    is a God.
  • 1. Facts are facts. Anyone can doubt them, but
    that doesnt make them untrue.
  • Just like telling a lie over and over again
    doesnt make it the truth, and arguing louder
    doesnt make your point any clearer.
  • What we do with the facts determines the
    conclusions we make. If we believe them and use
    common sense, we can only come to the conclusion
    that God exists. Consider the parable of the
    sower (Matt. 13 3-9) Same seed, the Word, 4
    different results.
  • No other conclusion makes sense.

Common sense requires God
  • 2. The underlying reason for atheism (a belief
    that there is no God) is not a lack of evidence
    (for it is all around), but rather a self
    centered desire for pre-eminence.
  • This position (atheism) is not supported by a
    common sense approach to facts that are obviously
  • 3. It makes more sense to believe the historical
    account of creation than to put your trust in a
    series of disjointed, contradictory, implausible
    theories for our existence apart from God. In
    fact it takes less faith to believe God exists
    than to believe he does not. Even scientists
    declare their faith in something-
  • Common sense in action confirms Gods existence.

We do not know how exactly it happened. Yes, at
some point one must have faith.-Professor Holman
Conclusion and Invitation
  • We can see how common sense proves that God is,
    and is a rewarder of those that seek Him-Hebrews
  • By what process do we seek Him? The Lord Jesus
    tells us.
  • 1. Hear-Mt 1323 2. Believe-Mk 115 3.
    Repent-Lk 133 4. Confess-Mt. 1032 5. Be
    Baptized-Mk 1616
  • Once we enter His service, The scriptures tell us
    what to do once we slip from the path Christ has
    set for us Repent Pray Acts 822, II Cor
    710, Js. 515,16
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