Today, I started a “spin-off” series of our journey through the Gospel According to Luke called “The 4 Big Questions of Life.”
There are some questions that are so important, so profound, and so big that every person asks them and every person yearns for them to be answered. Philosophers say that there are four questions that rise to this level, and they are questions of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny…
- “Where did we come from and how did we get here?”
- “What is the meaning of life?”
- “How are humanity’s moral code and ethical values determined and why do we have an inborn sense of right and wrong?”
- “What happens to us when we die?”
Those kinds of questions are so big that philosophers claim that every worldview must answer them. So, whether you believe in God or don’t believe in God, you still have to account for origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. Whether religion is part of your worldview or not, you still have to find a way to explain the “why” behind the indisputable facts that we are here, we long for meaning, we are moral creatures, and we die.
Not only must you account for those things, but you have to do it with logical consistency, empirical adequacy, and experiential relevance. Those are three tests of truth that we use everyday and that philosophers use to determine which worldview is most correct.
During this current sermon series, I will be applying those tests of truth to the four big questions of life in order to determine which worldview best answers those questions in the most plausible, coherent, and consistent way.
Due to the time constraints of a Sunday sermon, there’s no way that I can exhaust all the available information on these topics. So if you’re interested in doing some of your own research, here are some “starter” resources in which you might be interested.
The Problem of God: Answering a Skeptic’s Challenges to Christianity by Mark Clark
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller
Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Tim Keller
On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig
The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity by Lee Strobel
Here are two videos related to the question of origin that we covered today: