How do I know there is a God?

June 1, 2016

How do I know there is a God?

Romans 1:18-22

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 

God has created man with an innate knowing that there is a God and that he isn’t it.  Even to us who call ourselves Christians and believe that we are chosen of God, many things about God remain a mystery.  The Bible teaches us that we know there is a God just by virtue of the creation that surrounds us.  It doesn’t take great intellect or insight to see the order and intricacy of nature, the complexity of the things both small and great and God’s divine power and nature at work in all of these.  I have always contested that it takes far more faith to believe that these things happened by random chance over the course of time and with the frequency that they occur than to believe in God and an intelligent design.  There will always be those that choose to be so blinded by the lie that they will refuse the obvious truth that even a child can witness and understand.  God has designed His creation in such a way to actually teach us in natural ways, heavenly truths.  For example, we all accept as common knowledge and fact that in our solar system all of the planets revolve around the sun.  The sun is the center and the source of our heat and ability to maintain life, as we know it.  If that sun switches off, then we are all not far behind it.  We can see in the sun the parallel of how all of creation revolves around and receives its life from the God of the universe.   We wouldn’t have to go to far back in history to see that once the theory was commonly held as fact, that the earth was the center of it universe and everything, including the sun, revolved around it.  Again, we can see how man perverts the truth, because all of life becomes about him.  Many take the position that all things were created for our glory rather than God’s glory.  Whenever man, in any nation, culture or religious background, fails to acknowledge and glorify God with whatever comprehension he has of Him, his thinking will become foolish and his understanding of God will be darkened.  

We could all debate and speculate about why the God we believe in and embrace is really known and embraced by relatively few of the earth’s inhabitants.  Certainly from what we read in the Bible, the beginnings of man were not without the knowledge of God, but we also see how quickly the knowledge of God was perverted and diversified.  It was but a few short generations before the truths of Romans 1 became self-evident.  That is what we see in our earth today.   We can readily observe the principles of sin at work in the earth, how it divides men through religions and perverts the truth.  While there are many viewpoints of God, the Word says that ‘only a fool says in his heart there is no God.’  Are we the products of the religion and the environment in which we were raised?  Quite possibly that plays a strong influence in our lives.  Personally I don’t feel I am just a Christian because I was raised a Christian.  If I hadn’t found the reality of a personal Savior with whom I could have a personal relationship and reality with why would I want to hold on to it?  I would have continued to search in my heart for what is truth.  I have to believe that is where much of the world’s inhabitants are today.  That is why God has revealed Himself to those who accept who He is through Christ and the revelation of that good news.  That is why Christ Himself commissioned us to go out into all of the world and preach the gospel.  God’s heart is that none should perish, but all should come to eternal life.  Most of us, who know Christ, don’t just know Him just as an intellectual fact or theory.  We have come to know the witness of the Holy Spirit within our hearts that confirms to us that we don’t just have a belief or a religion, but we have a living reality of God within us.  

It is faith that pleases God and without it we cannot please Him, or receive Him.  That is why God has revealed Himself in many ways and through many things, but He is not that which we can analyze strictly by our human intellect and physical senses.  If we could, we would bring Him down to our level.  We cannot know and embrace the dimension of spirit with the natural man.  We must discover that we are spirit beings housed inside a natural body.  Through that we grasp an understanding that God is spiritually discerned and understood and that it is not just a function of our intellect.  God designed all that He did in this earth for His purpose and His glory. Which of us is qualified to critique God on His design and plan?  All that we can decide is if we choose by faith to function within His purpose and plan of salvation and the redemption of man.  God has always chosen to work through the few, rather than the many to show Himself strong.  When all is said and done, I believe that it will be as He has said, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11).”

Blessings,

#kent

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