Ian Goligher

EVIDENCE FOR GOD

 

Our study of Bible doctrine ought to begin with God. We are constantly challenged by atheists, skeptics and hecklers to prove that there is a God. It is difficult for natural man to believe in something that he cannot see, touch or feel. For the Christian, the problem is solved by accepting the statement of the first verse of the Bible, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).

The Bible is not a textbook that attempts to prove the existence of God, for as you will discover the Bible opens with the positive fact that God does exist. The Holy Spirit who moved men to write the Scriptures of truth did not set out to prove that God is. The Bible plainly states that it is the fool who denies the existence of God: “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Prov. 14:1). This is a powerful warning to the atheist for intelligent man is faced with the overwhelming evidence of a living God.

Proof from nature: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork.” The beauty and glory of heavens speak loudly saying, “God exists.” People of all civilizations and generations have asked, “who made this world and who made me!”

Proof from conscience: Man is born with a universal belief in a supreme Being; no tribe has yet been discovered that lacks this preacher in his heart called conscience: “Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another” (Romans 2:15).

Atheism, which is really unbelief out of a prejudiced heart can only lead to darkness and despair, while acceptance of the truth of God’s existence recorded Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God,” leads believers not only into the knowledge of God, but also into peace with God through the gospel. “He that cometh to God must believe that He is [exists] (Hebrews 11:6). Reader, let us come as children in

Reader, let us come as children in simple faith that is based on the revelation of God in Scripture. Nature will set us searching to know God, and by searching the Scriptures we find Him. [Excerpts from Studies by Alban Douglas]