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There Is A God

by Russell Carnley
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A Christian and an atheist were talking one day when the atheist popped off about how foolish it was to believe in the existence of an eternal, all-powerful God. The Christian replied that it is not nearly as foolish as going through life not believing. The atheist questioned, "How do you know there is a God, what evidence to you have to prove it?" What would you say to a question like this? How would you answer the atheists challenge? I'm afraid that an answer such as, "I just know, " or "I feel Him in my heart," would fall very short of God's expectation for His followers (see 1 Pet. 3:15). Also, this type of response would do nothing to bring an atheist to the recognition of the truth of God. We must be able to give a reason for the hope that is within us. Let us look at Psalm 19 and notice how the psalmist reasons concerning the existence of God. We can see in this psalm three ways in which God has revealed Himself to mankind.

The Created World

"The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork," (vs.1). God has revealed Himself through His creation. The more one studies and observes the natural world, the more one can see the glory of the Creator. The more an evolutionist studies this world, the more difficult his theory is to prove. One has to turn his back on myriads of scientific evidence in order to hold the view of atheistic evolution. As with every effect, there is a cause; so with the existence of the universe there must be a cause for its existence. Suppose a person had never seen a pocket watch and he walks along a beach and finds one in the sand. Would he think that it just evolved from particles and dust into the intricate piece of machinery that he has in his hand? No, he would know that somewhere there was someone who designed and built this watch. It is the same with our world. We can study its design. We can admire its beauty. And we can be sure that it was no cosmic accident that brought it into being! We can see the glory of God in His glorious creation (Rom. 1:20).

The Inspired Word

"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple," (vs. 7). God has revealed Himself through His written word. Through the study of His perfect word we can learn more about our perfect God. One might ask, "How do you know if the Bible is the word of God? And how can you be certain that it is not filled with errors?" These are common questions and are readily answered. I am certain that the Bible is from God for several reasons. (1) It contains no contradictions even though it was written over a long period of time and by many different men. Although it addresses a variety of subjects, it possesses a unity and harmony of thought that proves that it can only come from one mind, the mind of God. (2) It contains detailed prophecies of events which were given hundreds of years before their occurrence. For example: Isaiah spoke of the fall of Babylon at least 150 years before its occurrence (Isa. 13,14; Dan. 5). (3) It claims inspiration and perfection for itself (notice 2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13; Js. 1:17,25). The Bible is the inspired revelation of God which teaches us of Him and of His blessings.

The Humble Servants

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer," (vs. 14). God is revealed through the actions and attitudes of those who follow Him. People should be able to see Christ living in us. Man is the only creature on the face of this earth who possesses the inclination to worship. Wherever men are found, they are found with evidence that they worship something. People generally take on the characteristics of that which they serve. In the ancient city of Corinth there was a temple erected to the goddess Aphrodite. In this temple there were women who prostituted themselves as an act of worship to their goddess of "love." If we serve the living and true God, then it will be evident to others that we do because of our actions. God has revealed Himself to us that we might act in accordance with his will. That we might submit our lives to Him. In this others may come to know that God is and that there is no other.