Daily Archives: 28th May 2012

Belief in God

There are, and always have been, many opinions on this subject.

  • Is there a God?
  • Need we believe in God?
  • Is belief in God an outdated idea?

The questions and opinions go on, and on. Some people who believe in God are highly educated; others who do not are equally intelligent and nowadays often outspoken. Is there any certain way of knowing? Does it depend on education or on current thinking?

Evidence all around

Consider the following passage from Romans chapter 1:

What may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools … (Romans 1:19–22)

The argument of the apostle Paul is that the invisible things of God can be seen. But, how can invisible things be seen? His explanation is:

“By the things that are made”.

The evidence for the existence of an eternal power and Godhead – which we cannot see – is to be clearly seen, or evidenced, by what we can see in the natural world around us.

First Century Thought

Bear in mind that these words were penned about 2,000 years ago, a long time before the Hubble telescope or Electron microscope.

Paul was saying that what we see with our naked eyes of the natural world provides us with ample evidence that an almighty and eternal power exists which created and brought order to everything around us. We don’t need to depend on the thoughts of mankind: the latest scientific discovery or theory, or the continuing arguments of men. Evidence for the existence of God is all around us, if we are prepared to look and think about it.

Notice too that to deny the existence of God, since He has given adequate evidence to convince us, leaves us in the apostle’s words, “without excuse”. It is inexcusable to deny the existence of God, regardless of what current phi­losophy or polite society might think. Do we first need to believe the Bible to accept this proof? Not so! The Bible is pointing out that the evidence for an eternal power and Godhead is all around. If you can accept that, then clearly the Bible will have other good things you want to know about.

Does God have a purpose?

The trees, the flowers, the beauty of the natural world, the stars; none of these things can answer that question. For this information we need words. Such a revelation exists in a book, the Bible.

The Bible claims to be the Word of God. Test it for yourself:

  • Look at the evidence of fulfilled prophecy, for example seen in the crucifixion of Christ as prophesied in the Old Testament.
  • Read the prophecies of Divine intervention in world affairs affect­ing nations.
  • See the amazing internal harmony of the sixty-six books written over a period of about 1,500 years.

The evidence is there. There is an ‘Eternal power and Godhead’. The natural world gives its testimony and the Bible demonstrates itself to be of divine origin, adding to the informa­tion we have and leading us to an understanding of God’s plan with the earth. Here’s just one statement of divine intent:

For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has estab­lished it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:18).

What a sure foundation in a world of ever changing opinions. Let’s not “profess ourselves to be wise, and become fools”, but rather accept the evidence from nature and the Bible, and in so doing we will gain a real hope in life.