God Is Not Dead 

Objective: The purpose of this discussion is to tease apart what we may know but also provide sound reasons for our faith and a capacity to defend what we believe.

The Believers Response:
15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15

We have a basis here in Peter's book to respond to questions people may have about our faith. This verse causes us to do several things, one, we must be prepared, which means we need to study but while responding, we must take the oversight not to become antagonistic but respond with respect. 

God is Dead:
About 134 years ago a man named Friedrich Nietzsche voiced a statement that today rings true and has forged a culture. The statement “God is Dead” His desire with this statement was to challenge the western world’s reliance on religion to provide it's moral compass.   Nietzsche was an atheist for his adult life and didn’t mean that there was a God who had actually died, rather that our idea of one had. After the Enlightenment, the idea of a universe that was governed by physical laws and not by divine providence was now reality. He believed the world and particularly Europe no longer needed God as the source of all morality, value or order science and philosophy were capable of providing that. In Nietzsche mind, the idea of God represented an attempt of self-serving religious leaders to control the weak and unthinking masses. Nietzsche believed that the "idea" of God was no longer necessary; in fact, God was irrelevant because man was evolving to a place where he could create a deeper and more satisfying "master morality" of his own.

“When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one's feet. This morality is by no means self-evident… Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole.” Friedrich Nietzsche 
  • These views now permeate the global landscape making our faith and it's reasons more necessary than ever.
  • Much of Christianity has crawled into their denominational, tribal corners to care about the world around us and its beliefs but God never said do this.  
The Idea of God being Dead leads to these assumptions: 
  • If God is dead, there are no moral absolutes and no universal standard to which all men should conform.
Is there a universal standard, and if so, what is it and where can it be found in the scriptures?

What exactly did Satan mean when he said “you will be like god” and how is that playing out today? (Genesis 3:5)
  • If God is dead, there is no purpose or rational order in life.
Is there rational order and where do we find it – just name the order you know?
Answer – The universe – our bodies – the seasons – love verses chaos

How would you prove God is not dead beyond your experiential knowledge if you were asked?
  • If God is dead, any design seen in the universe is projected by men who are desperate to find meaning in life.
There is a desire in humanity to find the answers relative to our lives - do you believe God put that there?

There are certain areas of universal application we cannot project upon - does God have anything to say about his creation?
  • If God is dead, man is independent and totally free to create his own values.
What do we have as the first attempt by man to create his own values – what values were created? 
  • If God is dead, the "real" world, as opposed to a heaven and hell, is man's only concern.
Do you know people who have no hope of a future life beyond the grave - if so, what is their outlook on life? 

How do you speak with someone who has no expectation of a future life - what approach would you take in witnessing?

Beyond the Experiential:
There are 3 approaches we need to understand that take us deeper into: 


Science works in terms of cause and effect – we can trace light back to a cause (the sun). Scientific laws like sun rising in the east and setting in the west are readily explainable in terms of the earth’s rotation and relative position in space. What science cannot tell us is who created the sun and earth in the first place. That points to a creator. There’s a good reason why theology was once called Queen of the sciences.

Our Universe is this way because someone chose it to be this way. 

Please explain the beginning and the beginner – use scripture?

The question of what lies behind reality itself is a philosophical one. In philosophy, “contingency” describes something that does not exist in and of itself but depends for its existence upon some other being. The universe has no sufficient reason for existence in and of itself, it is not self- explanatory. Something from outside the universe whose existence is not contingent but necessary must have acted. 

There are those who believe nothing exists outside the material realm so any form of argument would be pointless with them. 

Do you believe in right and wrong? Do you have a conscience? Who gave it to you?

There have been many attempts to diminish the historical evidence of the existence of Jesus for reasons too numerous to name. Most acknowledge Jesus father was a carpenter and he became one. He was raised Jewish, grew up in Nazareth, a small village in Galilee. He was baptized by John launching his ministry where he healed many and made the claim of being the Son of God. The resurrection validates this claim, it continues to be the one event that secures the idea of Jesus as God. 

Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 15:6

13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 1 Corinthians 15:13-14 


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