As in the days of Paul, so today there are thousands who worship an unknown God. They believe in some kind of God, but they have no conception of what He is like. They have never experienced in their hearts that He is a God of love and mercy, and that He is kind and long-suffering. Sad to say, in this enlightened, intelligent, scientific, and so-called religious age many do not believe that God exists. The atheists, the agnostics, and the materialists are not all dead. Some have found their way into religious circles. The atheist says, ‘There is no God,” but his statement is no proof that God does not exist. These boastful atheists often speak differently when they face death. The agnostic says, I do not know whether there is a God or not.” The materialist boasts by saying, I do not need God; I can run the world without Him.” I have chosen to cast my lot with the Christian, because I believe in God and I need Him. The following reasons convince me that there is a God.
His Existence Is a Proved Fact
Proof of the existence of God is not necessary, because it is not based on a knowledge of chemistry, geology, or biology. Before these sciences were taught, men had definite proof of the existence of God. We do not need to prove that two times two is four. That is an accepted fact. Someone has well said, “If once there had been nothing, there never could have been something; hence something must be eternal, and that something is God.” A heathen philosopher once asked a Christian, “Where is God?” The Christian answered the heathen by asking him, “Where is He not? “
God Is Unsearchable
If we could understand all about God, could analyze Him, then He would cease to be God. The more we study His character, His divinity, and His power, the more wonderful and far reaching we find Him. Job asked, “Can thou by searching find out God? Can thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?” (Job 11:7). Job expected a negative answer. The apostle Paul expressed the same thought when he said, “0 the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33). How good it is to know that although God is unsearchable, yet we can know Him. We are invited to become acquainted with Him. We are to know Him as our personal Friend and that “in him we live, and move, and have our being.” (Acts 17:28).
Nature Reveals God
If I say there is no God, then I must believe that the earth was not created by Him. I must choose one of two things: God as the Creator, or the evolution theory. I refuse to accept the evolution theory, because of the many weaknesses that are part and parcel of all the hundreds of theories, hypotheses, guesses, and imaginings that have been brought forward to support it. There is much evidence against evolution, and this has been furnished by the evolutionists themselves. They are constantly proving one another’s theories wrong, and putting forth theories of their own. How much better it is to believe in God, the Creator of all. If there is no God, no revelation of Him, no future eternal life, then all this world in which we live, with all its sciences and glory, is nothing. The deep, earnest, honest, thinking man concludes that far-reaching thoughts preceded the birth of nature. The order and system of the planets, the glory of the flowers, the planets, and the stars-all reveal their Maker. Some of the most reliable scientists have believed in God, and have so expressed themselves. An atheist said to a Christian, “We shall destroy everything that will remind you of God.” The Christian replied, “But you will leave us the sun, the moon, and the stars.” Through inspiration the psalmist cried out, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” His glory cannot be declared without declaring God Himself.
The Bible Reveals God
As we open the pages of the Holy Book, called the Bible, we immediately see the words: In the beginning God.” Turning to the last words, we read, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Yes, God is revealed in His Book. His works and His Word always agree. They are harmonious-in perfect unity. The Bible gives light. It is reliable. It stands in spite of the fact that it has been fought against through the centuries, and it will continue to reveal the true God. David said, “The entrance of thy words gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple.” (Psalm 119:130). “Thy word is true from the beginning.” (Verse 160). According to these statements, the very first words of the Bible should cast light on the pathway of the searcher for truth. The first ten words in the Bible correct many errors. The words “In the beginning” refute the idea of the eternity of matter. The words “In the beginning God” refute atheism. The two words “God created” oppose the doctrine of evolution. The statement “created the heaven and the earth” separates God from creation, thus precluding pantheism. Matter is not God, and this denies materialism. The more we study the Bible, the more and the better we know God.
Longing Desire In The Heart After God
Some years ago an infidel addressed a large crowd on one of the streets in London. He held the attention of his hearers as he presented his views on why he did not believe that there is a God. At the close of his lecture a young man who had listened to him said to the crowd, “Let us sing a song before we leave.” This the infidel resented by saying, “Infidelity sings no songs.” The young man, however, paid no attention to him and began to sing that old familiar hymn, “Nearer, My God, to Thee.” The crowd picked up the strain and joined in singing heartily the words that, through the centuries, have expressed the convictions of those who believe that there is a God. What an answer to this infidel! This longing in the heart for God is the best proof that there is a God. The psalmist expressed this conviction when he said, “As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after thee, 0 God.” (Psalm 42:1). There is a consciousness in man that there is a God. We were created in the image of God. Instinct tells us that He is our maker. This desire in the heart after God changes the life of the individual, not for worse but for better. Sad indeed is the condition of the one who has no desire after God, who does not believe in Him. He who believes in God chooses to follow His way, which is outlined in the Bible; he has within his soul a bright hope of life eternal, which is given to those who accept Him and follow Him completely. Man is as nothing before God. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visits him?” (Psalm 8:4). We are so insignificant. We are counted as dust. “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance.” (Isaiah 40:15). Yet this great God, in whom we believe and whom we serve, loves us and has a tender care for us. He is kind, merciful, gracious, and longsuffering. He longs to reveal Himself to us. He desires that all shall be saved. Is this wonderful God, before whom we are as nothing, still unknown to us? If so, shall we not become acquainted with Him now? May we demonstrate daily by the life we live that we believe that there is a God and that He will never leave or forsake us.