by Tim Jones 1/17/15
David Limbaugh Makes His Case for the Existence of God • David Limbaugh, the brother of conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, writes in his book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel, what I believe to be one of the most articulate arguments for the existence of God and for an absolute standard of morality that does exists outside of mankind.
Below are three paragraphs I’ve transcribed from the book (pages 272 and 273) where he makes his case, including the powerful argument that the existence of evil actually helps prove the existence of God and and an absolute standard of morality.
THE MORAL ARGUMENT
The moral argument (the moral law states)
1. Every law has a lawgiver.
2. There is a moral law.
3. Therefore, there is a moral lawgiver.
The first premise is self-evident: every law must have a lawgiver or it wouldn’t be a law. The second premise assumes our experience or it wouldn’t be a law. The second premise assumes our experience teaches us that all people have a fundamental sense of right and wrong that corresponds to an objective standard beyond humanity. If there is a moral law, there surely must be a moral lawgiver. As noted earlier, a prominent group of atheist intellectuals known as the “new atheist” strongly disputes that the existence of moral law necessarily implies a moral lawgiver. They seem to believe that mortals somehow bootstrapped their way into possessing moral consciences.While people can certainly invent their own moral codes, unless there is an objective standard beyond humanity, then everything is just a matter of human opinion. Without God, there’s no way to justify that Hitler was evil, or that the behavior of Mother Teresa was better than Hitler’s.
One of the chief stumbling blocks to faith is the existence of evil and suffering in the world. Why would an all-powerful, all-loving God permit that? I mentioned this issue previously and will explore it more in Chapter 13, but for now note that this reason for doubt can be turned on itself. Human beings would arguably have no concept of evil, especially in any kind of universal sense, unless a moral standard exists apart from us – that is, uncreated by us. ‘(As an atheist) my argument against God was the the universe seemed so cruel and unjust,’ writes C.S. Lewis, who was an atheist before transforming into one of Christianity’s most effective apologists. ‘But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?’
Without a moral absolute that is independent of human consciousness, there would be no point of reference and no basis for determining right or wrong. All moral standards, if they existed at all, would be relative, and there would be no authority behind our moral judgments. But anthropological and sociological research shows there is a universal standard of behavior in people that transcends cultures and races. There is a universal recognition of evil and an intrinsic sense of right and wrong.”
As the title indicates, Limbaugh primary focus is on Jesus and in exquisite detail throughout his book he also makes the broader case for the existence of God through the arrival of Jesus through his virgin birth, as God incarnate on earth and his crucifixion and resurrection.
Limbaugh further demonstrates this by pointing out that humans did not find God but rather God disclosed himself to humanity in history by sending his only begotten son to atone for our sins and to follow Him through Jesus Christ. Limbaugh drives home the power of this point by the fact that no other person in history has divided history into two. This is exhibited by every single calendar that exists and therefore time itself is demarcated by the birth of Jesus: A.D. for “Anno Domini” or the ‘Year of our Lord” and B.C. for “before Christ.”
Limbaugh makes the compelling case (not to mention a compelling read) throughout his book by proving the truth of the Gospel that is extremely difficult to dispute. If I were a lawyer and an atheist, I wouldn’t want to go up against him in a court of law if Jesus were put on trial today. • (1944 views)