Flashcards in The Existence of God and Revelation Deck (51)
What are God's three qualities?
• Omnipotent (all powerful)
• Omniscient (all knowing)
• Omnibenevolent (all loving)
What is TRANSCENDENT?
He is not part of creation, he is outside it watching it all happen.
What is IMMANENT?
God is all around us
What is PERSONAL?
that he gets involved in the lives of individuals and has a relationship with them
How can God be Immanent & Transcendent at the same time?
He is part of the Holy trinity
Who is Buddha to Theravada Buddhists?
A Historical figure, an example to be followed
Who is Buddha to Mahayana Buddhists?
He is immanent & personal
Who thought of the Design argument?
What is the Design Argument?
The universe is so complex and well designed that there must have been a designer behind it - God
What is an example of the design argument?
If you saw a watch on the ground, you wouldn't assume it was there by chance but that there must have been a watchmaker. Each part of the watch has a specific purpose, just like the world.
What is the Goldilocks effect?
An idea founded by F.R. Tennant that the world is in the perfect place for human survival and this can't have just happened by chance.
Give one problem with the design argument
If God designed the world, why is there so much suffering in the world?
How does Natural Selection disprove the design argument?
The reason why the world is in a perfect condition is because organisms have adapted and evolved over time to reach this point
How do Buddhists respond to the design argument?
There is no God or creator, the universe is in a continuous cycle
Who thought of the first cause argument?
What is the first cause argument?
Everything has a cause. Something must have caused creation, the first cause is God
What do scientists say is the first cause?
The big bang
What is one problem with the first cause argument?
It doesn't prove that God is loving or personal
How do Buddhists respond to the first cause argument?
There was no 'first cause' the universe has always existed.
What is the argument from Miracles?
When amazing things happen and there's no scientific explanation, these events prove God's existence
Give one bible example of a miracle
Moses being able to part the red sea
Who was Grayson Kirby?
A man who suffered an incredible car accident, people prayed for him and now he's made a full recovery
Give 2 things an Atheist would say in response to Miracles
1. they're just happy coincidences
2. they're a result of the placebo effect
Give 2 problems about miracles that Christians may point out
1. God is either partisan or arbitrary
2. Manipulation of Gullible believers
What is Partisan?
What is Arbitrary?
Choosing people at random
What would Buddhists say about Miracles?
They aren't significant in proving a god, people who meditate intensely may be able to develop special powers.
What would Buddhists say about Buddha's miracles?
They're not true just symbolic
What are the two types of evil?
Natural & Moral