In our most recent posts, we have tried to present God’s answer to our dilemma as beginning and ending with Christ. It is in and through the person of God-the-Son-Jesus Christ that God’s resolution as a system is referred to by mankind as ‘Christianity’.
As we have prior presented, Christianity is based on the existence of the infinite-personal God, man’s creation in His image, and a space-time Fall. Man is separated from God. God provides a solution and answer in and through His son.
I suggest that a serious question has to be faced as to whether the reason why modern men reject the Christian answer, or why they often do not even consider it, is because they have already accepted the presupposition of the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system…which says… ‘God created an impersonal universe in which He does not work at all within the universe. He merely lets it be to do its own work.’
This does not mean that the Christian answer should be accepted for pragmatic reasons, but it does mean that the solution given in the Bible answers the problem of the universe and man, and nothing else does.
A Christian, after he becomes a Christian, accumulates additional experiential evidence that is realized by living with his Christian faith. This ‘realization’ of evidence could be added to the primary reasons as stated in the second paragraph of this post. But we may stop at the same place as Paul does in Romans, chapter 1, by saying that the existence of the external universe and its form and the “mannishness” of man demonstrate the truth of the historic Christian position.
Paul does not in Romans 1 go on to appeal to the Christian’s experience. He simply says …
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. (the mannishness of man) 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, (existence of the universe) in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:18-21 ESV
Thoughts developed and/or taken from the works of Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, Trilogy – The God Who Is There