Prof Alvin Plantinga on Reasons for God

What evidence is good enough to convince us that there is a God? We all say that there comes a point in your life when you start to understand when the penny drops and truth is separated from falsehood. However should this evidence of subjective be acceptable to us and should this guide our understanding on what is the truth?

Belief is not based on constant re assessment of what is right and wrong from one minute to the next, instead we simply know that we are real, we know that food we had today was real, that life makes sense with the God who is a creator and that there is a God who loves us enough to demonstrate his existence by entering human history and that he should be bothered enough to teach us the right way. That same faith, that involves our cognitive faculties is simply in agreement that words of the Bible are true.

This faith is best captured and demonstrated by the transforming change it brings to those who have decide to take on the Christ challenge in Matthew 7:7-11. Personal testimonies have far greater power to persuade and can serve us better than any other empirical evidence could.

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Defend the Word


Matthew 7:7 “Ask 9 and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door 10 will be opened for you. 7:8 For everyone who asks 11 receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 7:9 Is 12 there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 13 7:11 If you then, although you are evil, 14 know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts 15 to those who ask him!

Notes on Matthew 7:7-12

9 sn The three present imperatives in this verse (Ask…seek…knock) are probably intended to call for a repeated or continual approach before God.

10 tn Grk “it”; the referent (a door) is implied by the context and has been specified in the translation here and in v. 8 for clarity.

11 sn The actions of asking, seeking, and knocking are repeated here from v. 7 with the encouragement that God does respond.

12 tn Grk “Or is there.”

13 sn The two questions of vv. 9-10 expect the answer, “No parent would do this!”

14 tn The participle ὄντες (ontes) has been translated concessively.

15 sn The provision of the good gifts is probably a reference to the wisdom and guidance supplied in response to repeated requests. The teaching as a whole stresses not that we get everything we want, but that God gives the good that we need.



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