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THREE ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

by Dr. Robert Hymers

A sermon preached on Saturday Evening, February 25, 2006
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good” (Psalm 14:1).


As this age draws to a close, the first verse of Psalm 14 takes on an ever-deepening meaning. Spurgeon said that “the atheist is the fool preeminently, and a fool universally. He would not deny God if he were not a fool by nature, and having denied God it is no [wonder] that he becomes a fool in practice. To say that there is no God is to belie [falsify, misrepresent] the plainest evidence, which is obstinacy” (C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Pilgrim Publications, 1983 reprint, volume I, p. 179).

“They are corrupt.” Let us not forget that all unregenerated men are, more or less, such fools. They may say with their mouths that they believe in God, but their hearts are far from him. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” This shows that a man becomes an unbeliever first in his heart, and not in his head. The atheist fights against God in his heart first, and only afterwards with his mind. I have known many atheists and I have always found this true. Each one I have spoken with traces his disbelief in God to some event in his early life that angered him against God, and this set of emotions then led him to conclude later that God does not exist.

“They are corrupt.” This corruption arises out of their Adamic nature, which naturally fights against God in its corrupted, unconverted state.

“Because [says the Word of God] the carnal [unregenerated] mind is enmity [is hostile] against God” (Romans 8:7).

This verse in Romans gives clearly the reason for atheism. The mind of the atheist is “corrupt,” that is, it is enmity, is hostile against God. This hostility toward God comes out of the atheist’s totally depraved nature, inherited from his first parents, and never renewed by the converting grace of God. The atheist is “corrupt” by nature and by his actions.

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”
     (Romans 1:22).

They claimed to be wise out of their depraved nature, passed down from Adam. They became fools because their blinded hearts led them to deny God.

“They have done abominable works.” Great sins come out of unbelief in God. I said at the beginning that Psalm 14:1 takes on an ever-deepening, and ever-darkening meaning as this present age draws to a close. One illustration of the “abominable works” of atheism was seen in Hitler’s death camps, for Hitler emphatically rejected God, fool that he was. Another example of “abominable works” done by atheists and agnostics is the American Holocaust, in which nearly fifty million children in the womb have been exterminated by what Churchill called “the perverted lights of science.” It has been logically shown that the effect of Darwin’s dogma was directly responsible, in its sociological application (the survival of the fittest), for World War I and World War II, the Jewish Holocaust, and the extermination of 15 percent of the American population through the horrors of abortion (cf. Richard Weikart, Ph.D., From Darwin to Hitler, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). Dr. Weikart’s book should be studied carefully by those who deny that atheists in the 20th century “have done abominable works.”

“There is none that doeth good.” Atheists and agnostics do things they should not do, and leave undone the things they should have done. Spurgeon said, “What a picture of the human race this is! [With the only exception being those who are saved by grace] there is none that doeth good; humanity, fallen and debased, is a desert without an oasis, a night without a star, a dunghill without a jewel, a hell without a bottom” (ibid., page 181).

If you think Spurgeon’s picture of atheism is too dark, or perhaps exaggerated, let the names of leading unbelievers of the past 125 years change your mind: Darwin, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, the Khmer Rouge, Castro, Dr. Mengele ("experiments" in the death camps) and Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood) to name a few. Untold millions have been slaughtered in the name of their atheism. No, the words of this Psalm are not too strong. They clearly describe those leaders in our time who said in their heart,

“There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).

“They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good” (ibid.).

The teachings of agnostics and atheists like Darwin, Lenin, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Castro, Mengele and Margaret Sanger led to the new “humanist religion” of Western college classrooms.

Young students like you, who attend secular colleges, are bombarded by the thoughts and ideas of these atheists and agnostics on an almost daily basis. How are you to respond to them when they promote their corrupted, atheistic message in your classroom? Having graduated from two secular colleges (L.A. City College, and Cal State L.A.), I would say four things to you.


1. Respond occasionally in the classroom, but do not make a nuisance of yourself. Let them know once or twice where you stand, during appropriate times of classroom response.

2. Tell those who seem at all interested where our website is located at www.historicalrevival.com.

3. Invite those who seem most interested to come to church with you.

4. Be at ease within your own heart, knowing that the teacher who rejects God is a fool, according to Psalm 14:1.


“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good” (Psalm 14:1).

Last week I gave you the cosmological and teleological arguments for the existence of God.

1. The argument from cause: cosmological, (the cosmos must have a cause).

“Every caused effect must have a cause…Everything begun… owes its existence to some producing cause. The universe…is a thing begun, and owes its existence to a cause” (Augustus Strong, D.D., Systematic Theology, Judson Press, 1985 reprint, p. 73).

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

2. The argument from design: teleological, (the cosmos must have an intelligent designer).

“Order and useful [arrangement] imply intelligence and purpose as the cause of that order and [arrangement]. Since order and useful [arrangement] pervade the universe, there must exist an intelligence adequate to the production of this order, and a will adequate to direct this [arrangement] to useful ends” (ibid., page 75).

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalm 19:1).

Both the cosmological and teleological arguments are illustrated by the story of a man landing on another planet and finding a watch ticking there.


1. The watch must have a cause (cosmological argument).

2. The watch’s design shows that the cause was intelligent (teleological argument - from design).


I consider these two arguments to be the strongest philosophical arguments for the existence of God. But I consider a third argument to be even stronger.


3. The fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Dr. Henry M. Morris gives fulfilled Bible prophecy as probably the strongest argument for the existence of God. He said, “One of the strong evidences of divine inspiration of the Bible (not found in other religious books of the past or present) consists of its hundreds of fulfilled prophecies. These are not vague or ambiguous (as in various occult writings, i.e. Edgar Cayce, Nostradamus, etc.) but are specific and detailed, often made hundreds or thousands of years in advance of the event” (Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., “Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecies,” The Defender’s Study Bible, Word Publishing, 1995, page 1559).


Out of the hundreds of literally fulfilled prophecies, I will give just one example - the prophecy concerning the Jewish people. Frederick the Great (1712-1786) was an unbeliever. One evening he called out to those in his court, “Can anyone give me a solid argument for the existence of God?” A brave chaplain answered the king, “The Jews, your Majesty.” Indeed, the very existence of the Jews is a strong argument for the existence of God. For one instance of this, turn to Isaiah 11:11-12. Please stand and read these two verses aloud.

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people…And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:11-12).

You may be seated.

Note that “the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant” of the Jewish people. The first time “being the regathering under Zerubbabel in 537 BC” (The Ryrie Study Bible). The “second time” refers to a distant future. Even now, the Jews are returning to Israel just as Isaiah prophesied 700 years before Christ. “Can anyone give me a solid argument for the existence of God?” “The Jews, your Majesty.”

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THREE ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

by Dr. Robert Hymers


“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good” (Psalm 14:1).

(Romans 8:7; 1:22; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 19:1; Isaiah 11:11-12)