Atheism Sermon illustration

Atheism Sermon illustration

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Arguments against Atheism

Why I believe in God :

The Teleological reason—Every effect must have an adequate cause.

  1. The Ontological reason—There is an intuitive desire after God among all nations and tribes.

  2. The Experiential reason—God's presence is felt and realized by millions of people.

  3. The Apocalyptic reason—God has revealed Himself in His Word. His works and His ways. (Gen. 1. 1; Heb. 1. 1 ; Ps. 14. 1; 53. 1)

Atheism Cannot alter facts.

A skeptic once came to Dr. Bonar and said, 'I do not believe there is a God.' It was 10 p.m. and there was no time for argument. Dr. Bonar silently prayed and looked up with a happy face. 'Are you laughing at me?' asked the atheist. 'No !' replied Dr. Bonar, 'but I was thinking that if all the grasshoppers on earth said there was no sun, it would not alter the matter.' (Ps. 14. 1; 53. 1; Rom. 1. 20)

Creation's answer to Atheism

Kepler, the astronomer, was troubled by one of his friends who denied the existence of God and took the view of the universe which prevails in some circles today, namely, that it came into being of itself by mechanical methods. Kepler, in order to convince his friend, constructed a model of the sun with the planets circling round it. When his friend came into the Observatory and saw the beautiful model, he exclaimed with delight, 'How beautiful it is! Who made it?' And Kepler carelessly answered, 'No one made it: it made itself.' His friend looked at him and said, 'Nonsense, tell me who made it.' Kepler then replied, 'Friend, you say that this little toy could not make itself. It is but a very weak imitation of this great universe which, I understood, you believe did make itself.' (Gen. 1. 1)

An American cutlery manufacturer wrote: 'It takes a girl in our factory two days to learn to put the 17 parts of a meat chopper together. It may be that these millions of worlds, all balanced so wonderfully in space—it may be they just happened: it may be, by a million of years of tumbling about, they finally arranged themselves. I don't know. I am merely a plain manufacturer of cutlery. But this I do know that you can shake the 17 parts of a meat chopper around in a washtub for the next 17 millions of years, and you'll never make a meat chopper.'
(Gen. 1. 1; Col. 1. 16, 17; Heb. 1. 2)

Man's Nobility an answer

`They that destroy God destroy man's nobility, for certainly man is kin to the beasts by his body, and if he is not kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature. It destroys likewise magnanimity and the raising of human nature. For, take an example of a dog and mark what a generosity and courage he will put on when maintained by a man who to him is instead of God. So man, when he resteth and assureth himself upon Divine protection and favor, gathereth a force and faith which human nature in itself could not obtain.' - Francis, Lord Bacon

(Gen. 1. 26-28; 2. 7; 9. 6; 1 Thess. 5. 23)

Men in danger abandon

During a prayer meeting, many years ago, Captain Nickerson, an American, rose and said:

`I remember when I was a sailor on board the Heroine, of Darien, Georgia, we were east of the Barbados, running under single-reefed topsails. It was a dog-watch, and a sailor named George and myself were on the watch on the top-gallant forecastle in the forward part of the ship. I was talking with him of my early life, and of the lessons of piety I had learned at home. He ridiculed the whole, and declared that there was no God, and that all this talk was mere moonshine.

`Eight bells rang and the watch was changed, the men being called away to pump ship. George took a bucket to get some water to "fetch" the pump, and as he flung it over the side of the vessel it caught the water, and, as we were going quite fast, George was dragged overĀ­board. Instantly the cry was raised, "Man overboard". We were on the larboard tack; the mate shouted, "Hard-a starboard the wheel!" and the vessel came round and stood on the starboard tack. We could hear George crying in the darkness, "Save me! Save me! Save me"!

`We immediately launched a boat and hastened to his rescue. The night was dark and the sea rough. We pulled into the darkness and followed the sounds as well as we could, until we reached poor George struggling with the waves a quarter of a mile from the vessel. Being a good swimmer, he had kept himself free from sinking and before long we had him safe in his bunk as comfortable as we could make him.

`The next morning I said to George, "Did you think that the ship was going to leave you and that you were lost?"

"Yes, I did," said he.

"Now, George, be honest, what did you do then?"

"I prayed to God."

"But I thought you did not believe there was a God," said I.

`George replied very seriously, "When a man is overboard in a dark night and the ship is going away from him and he expects to die, a man thinks differently, and talks different from what he does when he is on the topĀ­gallant foremast spinning yarns in safety."

`We heard no more infidelity from George.' (Jonah 2. 9, 10)

Nature's answer to Atheism

`There is a God,' all nature cries.
I see it painted on the skies;
I see it in the flowering spring,
I hear it when the birdlings sing.
I see it in the flowing main,
I see it on the fruitful plain,
I see it stamped on hail and snow,
I see it where the streamlets flow;
I see it in the clouds that soar,
I hear it when the thunders roar;
I see it when the morning shines,
I see it when the day declines;
I see it on the mountain height,
I see it in the smallest mite.
I see it everywhere abroad:
I feel-I know-there is a God. (Gen. 1. 1-31; Ps. 14. 1)

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