2013-08-10- Ben Jones – Why I Believe In God

audio: mp3
video: youtube

Here are a number of areas of proof for God’s existence.  My goal is not to give comprehensive proofs, but rather open up areas of exploration for your mind, to allow you to know what proofs are out there for our faith.  I suggest that you look further into these various proofs.  There are a number of places to start:
www.godslastwarning.com/audiobooks -> go to the audio books section and read “prophecy speaks” and “past present and future in biblical prophecy” and keep an eye out for the up and coming series we are releasing on the book of Daniel.
www.creation.com -> there is a lot of information
and also go to our FAQ section.

10. Prophecy

Psalm 22 –
Psalm 22:1,6-8,14-15,18 KJV
[1] My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? [6] But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. [7] All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying , [8] He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. [14] I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. [15] My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. [18] They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Isaiah 53 –
Isaiah 53:2-9 KJV
[2] For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. [3] He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. [4] Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. [5] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. [6] All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. [7] He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. [8] He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. [9] And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Tyre
Ezekiel 26:3-5 KJV Written: 22 years from 593 to 571 BC (according to wiki)
[3] Therefore thus saith the Lord God ; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up. [4] And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock. [5] It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea: for I have spoken it , saith the Lord God : and it shall become a spoil to the nations.
After the destruction of Jerusalem and the carrying away of her king Zedekiah into captivity, “Nebuchadnezzar took all Palestine and Syria and the cities on the seacoast, including Tyre, which fell after a siege of 13 years (573 B.C.)” (E. A. Wallis Budge, Babylonian Life And History, p. 50). The inhabitants of Tyre fled to a rocky island half a mile offshore. The walls on the landward side of the island were 150 feet high. “The channel between Tyre and the mainland was over twenty feet deep, and frequently lashed by violent south-west winds. Their fortifications, they believed, would resist the strongest battering-ram yet devised. The city-walls stood sheer above the sea: how could any army without ships scale them? Shore based artillery was useless at such a range.” (Peter Green, Alexander of Macedon, p. 248).

Modern day Lebanon:
The Siege of Tyre was a siege of the city of Tyre, a strategic coastal base on the Mediterranean Sea, orchestrated by Alexander the Great in 332 BC during his campaigns against the Persians. The Macedonian army was unable to capture the city through conventional means because it was on an island and had walls right up to the sea. Alexander responded to this problem by first blockading and besieging Tyre for seven months, and then by building a causeway that allowed him to breach the fortifications.

end of time
church will reject the creation account:

2 Peter 3:3-7 KJV
[3] Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, [4] And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. [5] For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: [6] Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: [7] But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

Christians will have all the attributes of the world and still call themselves Christians

2 Timothy 3:1-5 KJV
[1] This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. [2] For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, [3] Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, [4] Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; [5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Women in the church will disregard principles of modesty:

Isaiah 3:16 KJV
[16] Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
Then it goes on to talk about the jewellery they wear.

Isaiah 4:1 KJV
[1] And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.
this clearly has a literal application and a spiritual application.
Then there are the books of Daniel and Revelation. The dream statue is extremely compelling, however, to do it justice I suggest you listen to the audiobook on www.godslastwarning.com called “prophecy speaks”. And keep an eye out for Daniel Unsealed, which is coming to our youtube channel soon.

9. the fossil record (proves the flood),
Fossils are next to impossible to form. In the real world when an animal dies they end up getting eaten.
How are fossils formed? By rapid burial (or sea creatures would eat them)

So why is it that you have fossil layers like the “cretaceous” layer (chalk layer) that covers almost every continent in a near uniform layer?
Without it, no

8. atp synthase, and various micro machines
ATP synthase is a motor that, as the name suggests synthasises ATP or makes ATP.
What is ATP? The energy that all life, from the smallest protozoa to the largest whale live off.
When a creature dies and go into rigamortus (rigid death), they loose all movement because their cells have exhausted the supply of ATP, ADP and AMP.

Caffeine blocks the body’s recognition of ATP depletion, so your body doesn’t realize it is tired, and your body is allowed to become very depleted of energy.
So basically all life cannot exist without this complex of molecules designed to produce energy. Not a single cell, nothing.
This is a clear indication of a designer on a very small scale. On a large scale the apostle Paul says what should be obvious to all:

Romans 1:20-25 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

DNA, proteins in general

6. The fine tuning of the universe:
The universe is so finely tuned that if you

5. blood in dinosaur bones,
Dating of dinosaur bones, how it happened. Dated 40,000 years old. Mary switzer in 2005 discovered soft tissue in dinosaur bones.
22000 and 39000 year old
Carbon 14 dating assumes the ratio of carbon 12 to carbon 14 stays the same in the atmosphere.
MT Saint Helens

4. The fragility of health
The human mind is incredibly fragile. For example, if your thyroxine levels are out by seemingly insignificant amounts, you are either completely lethargic or have an uncontrollable temper.
And when you think about it, what an incredible system. You can just throw all sorts of food into your system, and in the vast majority of cases, people have the correct thyroid level.
Compare this to a human designed car. If you put diesel in a petrol car. Boom.. done. Or diesel in a petrol car. Or maybe just throw a bit of sugar in the fuel tank. Yet most humans do far worse with their body with no negative impact for 30-40 years.
Then you get a body frame that can sustain a weight of 600kg or 45kg and can ossolate between the two and still survive. Yet is incredibly light, and doesn’t break.

2. The bible
A book written by around 40 people over 2500+ years, and all of them in complete agreeance with eachother. I challenge anyone to find a psychology book or a history book or philosophy book that agrees with another in its entirety on so many controversial topics.
And how could a book survive so long, preserved so accurately for so many years. The bible is completely unique on this count.
Even under the papal control, and under so many attempts at editing.
The dead sea scrolls contained amongst other things a complete Isaiah scroll, which was dated to at least 300BC.. and there were no changes apart from the spelling of the words.
Other than a few non-controversial verses, the complete new testament can be assembled from quotes from writers pre 200AD (including John 1:1). Not only this bible fragments from codexes (books) have been found from a cave that was sealed just before the destruction of Jerusalem.

1. humans
If you were a kangaroo you would have many species that have pretty much all the same characteristics
If you were a dog, same deal. They have less, but same deal
If you were a monkey, many different species have at least as much intelligence and capability
But humanity is unique.
Humanity has the capacity to fully control emotion, and theirfore fully control himself. And it can also make a choice not to.
It comes down to the frontal lobe
learning for learnings sake
Creating for the sake of creating
Our inate desire to worship.
Our natural desire for good. Why haven’t we all killed eachother. Children growing up on TV.. why are there not more massacres. Horrible movies.. Why are there not more copycats when so many love these movies so much?
My personal experience
How God has lead my life.

JESUS
Yet (and this is the strange, significant thing) even His enemies, when they read the Gospels, do not usually get the impression of silliness and conceit. Still less do unprejudiced readers. Christ says that He is ‘humble and meek’ and we believe Him; not noticing that, if He were merely a man, humility and meekness are the very last characteristics we could attribute to some of His sayings.
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” –Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

Luk 23:33-38 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.  And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Amen