Friday, June 26, 2009

The Existence of God

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” And Proverbs 14:6 says, “The LORD has made everything for its own purpose even the wicked for the day of evil. I have had the opportunity of dialoging with many people who claim to be atheist, agnostics or unbelievers in the blogosphere. Many site the lack of evidence that God exist as their reason or justification for not embracing the Christian faith. There are forums upon forums available that discusses faith and the lack of it. One day after responding to a post in a forum on faith, God began to reveal some very interesting things to me. It was at this time that I was led to see the most solid evidence for the existence of God; purpose and the life.

The greatest opponent of the account of creation is the theory of evolution. When I attended public school, the theory of evolution was introduced to us as the scientific explanation of the origins of life. However most who embrace this theory today will tell you that the theory of evolution does not deal with the origins of life, they also will tell you that the theory of evolution does not deal with the functions of our solar system that provides many important element that has been created to sustain life. As I continued through the discussion with my cyber friends I began to take notice of what those who rejected faith in God were actually saying. Although they claim that their lack of faith is a result of the lack of proof for the existence of a supernatural God, their embrace of the theory of evolution does not satisfy anything either. It only gives a person reasons to not believe God exist. Hum, now why would anyone want to do that? Actually from what I have learned from these very well versed opponents, although this is not what they have expressed, is that their unbelief is a matter of choice. God is more than evident and His existence is very distinct and precise in the working of man, of the earth and of the solar system that works outside of earth.

The two great evidences of life and purpose fully correlates to the existence of a supernatural God. In Genesis 1-5, God explains the manner in which life came to be.

“1(A)In the beginning (B)God (C)created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was [a](D)formless and void, and (E)darkness was over the surface of the deep, and (F)the Spirit of God (G)was [b]moving over the surface of the waters. 3Then (H)God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. 4God saw that the light was (I)good; and God (J)separated the light from the darkness. 5(K)God called the light day, and the darkness He called night And (L)there was evening and there was morning, one day.”

From the beginning we can see that God’s creation of all things was deliberate and for a purpose. He separated light from darkness for a purpose, so that there would be night and day. In this very first event the significance of purpose comes to life. Next God says this in Genesis:
Then God said, "Let there be an (M)expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." 7God made the [c]expanse, and separated (N)the waters which were below the expanse from the waters (O)which were above the expanse; and it was so. 8God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.”
So why does God create day and night and a heaven? We see not only that God is revealing that purpose is set in motion, but that there is also purpose in the order in which He establishes each key element in this purpose. What if He would have created man first before anything else? The very fact that our minds can quickly visualize the purpose in creation allows us to see the evidence of His existence. There is also a purpose in what He created each day.

Then God said, "(P)Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let (Q)the dry land appear"; and it was so. 10God called the dry land earth, and the (R)gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, "Let the earth sprout (S)vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. 13There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

At this time the things that were created could exist just beautifully, but what would be the purpose of these things existing alone? The earth now had water and land and plants, God’s power to create is now evident. It’s all done, but who would have knowledge of this, except for God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. And as we now know God did not stop there He continued.
Then God said, "Let there be (T)lights in the (U)expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for (V)signs and for (W)seasons and for days and years; 15and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. 16God made the two great lights, the (X)greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made (Y)the stars also. 17(Z)God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18and to (AA)govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. 19There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

God is now working in creation outside of earth. He is now working outside the earth in outer space bringing life to the vast galaxy that no man has ever been able to grasp or explain. And what does He do? He puts lights in the expanse, lots of them - so many that they can not be numbered. However we see that God has a purpose for this as well. But for what reason would He need to create these lights and seasons? And the amazing thing is that He just places them up there in certain places to give light to the earth in a certain manner. And one thing that really stood out to me is that God never said how long these lights will shine. No one else can tell us either and it is evident that God made it that way for a purpose. Ask any evolutionist how long will the sun, stars and moon shine.

Then God said, "Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens." 21God created (AB)the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." 23There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

The theory of evolution holds no substance to the creation of this earth that is explained in Genesis. God gives His commands that this first life that has been created would go forth and increase. He did not say to be fruitful and multiply for a thousand years, or a hundred thousand years, He just commanded them to begin reproducing themselves. But what is evident is that He began with a certain population of species and many of those species continue to reproduce in the same manner to this day. They all began producing in their likeness with their faculties for the purpose they would serve on this new earth God has just created. Still God’s purpose in creation has not been fulfilled and He continues on another day.

(AC)Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind"; and it was so. 25God made the (AD)beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. 26Then God said, "Let (AE)Us make (AF)man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them (AG)rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

27God created man (AH)in His own image, in the image of God He created him; (AI)male and female He created them. 28God blessed them; and God said to them, "(AJ)Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth." 29Then God said, "Behold, (AK)I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30and (AL)to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food"; and it was so. 31God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very (AM)good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

And here we see God’s final creation and the evidence of His existence, mankind. God created an image of Himself in man. So every time we look into each others eyes we are seeing someone who reflects what God is like. If God does not exist then we do not exist because He says we were made in His image. We see the attributes of God revealed in us as we begin to relate to other humans. But we are not divine beings because we can not create on our own. Life comes to man by the power of God. As I look back at the manner in which God created all things everything now works exactly as He purposed it in the beginning. The celestial bodies that God created outside of the earth work in complete unison with life on earth. The sun and the moon fulfill its purpose in giving light to the earth because God has given man certain senses that will function with the stars and the moon and the night and the day, and all those things that work within our atmosphere.

The theory of evolution works with random occurrences it does not require uniqueness and does not require purpose. Now anyone should be able to see these things in how life works, but many do not because they have chosen to reject God. Romans tell us that this will happen.
Romans 1:18, “For (AJ)the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who (AK)suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19because (AL)that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20For (AM)since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, (AN)being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

21For even though they knew God, they did not [c]honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became (AO)futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22(AP)Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23and (AQ)exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and [d]crawling creatures.

For many years I have racked my brains trying to understand why it is that God is real to some and not to others. I have been a Christian for over 17 years now and have read Roman’s so many times, but it has never clicked until now. We are the evidence God has supplied for His existence. Through the specific and unique purposes that exist in all things we can see God’s divine nature and eternal power. We see His eternal power in the fact that He placed the sun and the moon in the heavens and they have remained there, no one can knock the moon out of the sky and no one can stop the sun from shining. However God says in His own timing He will do just that, He has given command for all things to exist and He will give command for all things to cease existing. The evolutionist can not tell you how or why it is that the beings God created in heaven work so well with what He has created on earth. There insistence on proof is an excuse for their rebellion, because if they really wanted to find evidence of the existence of God all they need to do is take a look in the mirror.

1 comment:

  1. See, you take the longest sabbatical known to man, and you come back with a Word from the Lord! You go on, my sister. God bless you--and don't go missing again!