The existence of a theistic God is the foundation of Christian
theology. If the God of traditional Christian theistic thought does not
exist, then logically evangelical theology crumbles. Attempting to
construct a systematic evangelical theology without the superstructure
of traditional theistic thought, would equal an attempt to construct a
house without a frame.
Polemics deals with protecting orthodox conservative evangelical
theological thought from internal doctrinal threats such as heresy and
The roots of the moral argument for God are found in Romans
2:12-15. It is here the Apostle speaks of humankind being without excuse
because there is a "law written on their hearts." In the past two
hundred and fifty years this argument has been stated in various ways.
The heart of the argument follows this basic structure:
1. Moral law implies a Moral Lawgiver
2. There is an objective moral law
3. There is an objective Moral Lawgiver Moses and his rod turning into a snake and Moses hand being leprous and then being healed back to normal.
Evangelical theology is built on the supernatural.
Christ’ virgin birth, His miracle filled ministry, His physical
resurrection from the dead and then His bodily ascension into Heaven,
just to name a few. The miracles of Jesus play a mighty and profound
role in the Scriptures.
Signs are something appointed by God with special and significant meanings.
Another fundamental precondition of
evangelical thought is revelation. God must unveil Himself for creation
to know Him. But God has chosen to unveil Himself. This disclosure is
known as revelation. According to the theology of evangelical thought,
the Creator has revealed Himself to creation in two ways. First, general
revelation, or disclosure by nature. Second, special revelation or
disclosure by Scriptures. According to Norman Geisler, there are three
preconditions to revelation:
THREE PRECONDITIONS of REVELATION
1. Being capable of giving Revelation
2. Being capable of receiving Revelation
3. A medium through which Revelation can be given
Men and women of faith have already satisfied
themselves with the existence of the God of the Bible. This God is
omniscient. Meaning that God is all knowing and controls all knowledge.
This would mean that God has truth to reveal.
God is omnipotent. This means that
God is all powerful and controls all power. Meaning that God possess all
means to reveal all truth.
Since God is the creator of all
human life, Genesis 1:26-27, then it is imperative that the Creator can
communicate with the creation.
Special revelation contributes
uniquely to Christian Theology. It is the Bible alone which is
infallible and inerrant. The Bible is the only source of both God’s
revelation as Redeemer and His plan of Salvation. Making the Scriptures a
necessity for Salvation.
The Bible is the revelation of Jesus. Note Matthew 5:17; Luke 24:27; 44; John 5:39
& Hebrews 10:7. The Bible is the source of all Christian thought.
Leaving the task of Christian thinker to bring every thought captive to
Christ as per II Corinthians 10:5, as revealed in Scripture. The living
and thinking of the believer must be Christocentric as per Pilippians 1:21 & Galatians 2:20.
The Bible not only declares God as
the all power Creator, but also declares Him as the Redeemer of
mankind’s soul. The universe declares God’s greatness as per Psalms 8:1;
Isaiah 40:12-17. Then God demonstrates His great power of Redemption in
You can see the might, majesty and glory of God in creation as per
Psalms 19:1. It is Jesus who declared the saving grace of God the Father
as per Titus 2:11-13. Nature may reveal the age of rocks, but it is the
Scriptures which reveals the rock of ages.
The Bible declares that man is without excuse as per Romans 1:20 & 2:12
The Bible contains sufficient grounds for man’s condemnation. However,
it is not sufficient for man’s salvation. Meaning, the Bible is
mankind’s only hope to lead him to eternal salvation as per Acts 4:12.
Man must come to the place in his own heart, soul, spirit & thought
that he must believe that he is hopeless sinner and that Jesus Christ
is his only hope for salvation as per Romans 10:9. Therefore, it is the
primary responsibility of born again believers to proclaim this message
of salvation to the entire world as per Matthew 28:18-20 & Romans 10:14. This brings us to our next question. In SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY, can logic be a rational precondition to theological thought.
Considering logic deals with the
methods of valid thought, this would mean that the thought of
theological logic would lead to proper conclusions. In theological
conclusions, logic becomes an inescapable asset which cannot ever be
denied or avoided. Logic is an essential asset in the summery of
In the summery of theological conclusion, there are three requirements in theological logic:
First, there is the law of
non-contradiction. The law of non-contradiction is what keeps the
skeptics from declaring that God is actually a non-god. Without the laws
of non-contradiction, the skeptics can declare God to be the devil, an
anti-god or what ever they want Him to be.
Then second, there is the law of
identity. Without the law of identity, there would be no binding
resolution to declare God as God. Without the law of identity the
Scriptures could not systematically repeat the consistent identity of
God. Any other theory would prove to be absurd.
Then there is the third and final precondition. This
would be the law of exclusion. This would mean that without the laws of
exclusion, we could not tell in the Scriptures who is the true God and
who is not the true God. The Bible presents numerous satanic and false
gods. Also, under the inspiration of Holy Spirit the Bible writers are
careful to exclude the satanic gods from the one real true God.