Friday, September 19, 2008

Tough Question 2: How can I know and love a God I'm not sure exists? Is there really a God?

This is a tough question. It is safe to say that men have been asking this question since the beginning of time. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God set eternity in our heart. God has installed an eternal vacuum in our heart which causes us to seek Him. Without one true God and this call on our hearts I wonder if religion would even exist?

Allow me to answer our question from 2 angles. First of all God has revealed himself to us through creation (Romans 1:20). The Bible says that God has made his presence known through creation so that every man is without excuse.

Two weekends ago we were in Colorado for the father/son retreat. As we drove through Wolf Creek Pass I was caught up in complete awe of our surroundings. I was blown away by the grandeur of the mountains, the depths of the valleys and the sheer rock faces cascading into sparkling trout streams...breath taking. It was the most beautiful artwork I have ever seen, artwork of a master artist. Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God". Every watch has a watchmaker, every building has a builder, every sculpture has a sculptor and every creation has a Creator.

Secondly, God has given man a universal sense of right and wrong. Chuck Colson tells a story in his book, Answers For Your Kids Questions, about Irina Ratushinskaya. Irina was a "Soviet dissident imprisoned for five years in Gulag...Her autobiographical Grey Is The Color of Hope details her life and imprisonment.”
Here is a quote from Colson's book, "Irina's parents and schoolteachers were atheists. When Irina was nine years old, after listening to atheistic teaching from her teachers and her family, she figured, My parents told me there aren't any ghosts. They told me there aren't any goblins. They only told me those things once, though. They tell me there isn't a God every week. There must be a God. In other words, if there weren't something to it, they wouldn't be fighting so hard against it."

One of the greatest minds of the 20th century was a man named C.S. Lewis. He was a devote atheist and set out to prove that Christianity was false. As a result of his research C.S. Lewis gave his life to Jesus. In his book, Mere Christianity Lewis argues that man has been given a universal sense of right and wrong. This is a theory worth testing. Quiz any five year old with a series of questions asking them what the right thing to do is in each situation.

Biology, genetics and psychology don't have a good answer for the source of our conscience. As Christians we know that God created us in His image (Genesis 1:26) and He instilled our instincts of right and wrong.

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