Ontological Argument for the Existence of God

He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see? He who instructs the nations, shall He not correct, He who teaches man knowledge? The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.” – Psalm 94: 9 – 11

The argument of the Bible in Psalm 94 is at the very heart of both the Anthropological and Ontological Arguments for the existence of God

  • The only reason we have the abilities we do, is because our Creator has and gave us those abilities
  • The only reason we have the immaterial parts we do, is because our Creator has and gave us those abilities

The Ontological Argument is derived from the term “on” meaning “being” in Greek

  • This argument, like all of the Causal Arguments is based on the Law of Cause and Effect
  • For every Effect, there must be a Cause

“Man has the idea of the Most Perfect Being.  This idea includes the idea of existence, since a being, otherwise perfect, who did not exist would not be as perfect as a perfect being who did exist.  Therefore, since the idea of existence is contained in the idea of the Most Perfect Being, the Most Perfect Being must exist” 1

If you can think of the Most Perfect Being – the Cause of that very idea must exist

  • As this is the greatest and highest of thoughts, the Source must exist to cause it in the first place

Just your ability to think and the Cause of your mind, must be greater than that ability to think! 2

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Notes:

  1. Charles Ryrie, Ryrie Study Bible; section on the Doctrine of God (1985)
  2. Charles Ryrie, Ryrie Study Bible; section on the Doctrine of God (1985), Dave Reid, Christian Evidences course as taught at Emmaus Bible College (1986)