Biblical Truth #2: God Exists
The Bible describes the existence of God as creator of the universe. The Bible states this God is the one and only god and describes him with several characteristics. As creator of the world, he has all power over the world. As organizer of time and space, he is untouched by change as time would normally change created things. As the creator of knowledge, he is all knowing. And lastly, as an artist he loves his artistry. God loves his creation and is personally involved in care for it. Evidence for the existence of God includes, but is not limited to the following:
Imagine a huge row of dominos that you happened to walk upon in a large building. Further imagine that at the precise moment of your discovery of these dominos they are in the process of falling down, one block hitting another block and so forth. By analogy, when we are born, we wake to a world of dominos, a world of “cause and effect”, where each block pushes another block and causes growth and change and movement. If the world is a row of dominos, there must have been something to push the first block over, something to get everything moving. This something has to be different from any domino (the universe) or otherwise it would be just another domino in the chain and therefore have an infinite regress. The Bible describes God as that unique something who pushed the first domino.
Teleological Evidence (Complexity by Design)
Take a second scenario. Imagine you are an alien from a distant galaxy visiting earth and you are walking in a forest where you find a smartphone. Would you assume that a group of metallic atoms randomly congealed together in just the right way over the course of millions of years of evolution? Or would you assume that someone designed and created that phone with a specific purpose and design? The Bible states the second conclusion as its fair to say the creation of the world and everything in it is infinitely more complex than a smartphone. For example, the inner workings of the body’s complex organs (e.g., brain, eyes, DNA, etc.) are not yet understood by today’s top scientists and medical doctors, and as a result provides significant evidence of an intelligent designer and creator (God). Just as it is less reasonable to surmise that a smartphone evolved from a pattern of atoms interacting in just the right way, it is less reasonable that the world was the result of atoms and particles congealing in the right way. There had to be a designer, an artist of this beautiful and complex world.
Moral Law Evidence
If you have ever seen children argue, eventually one will turn to the other and cry, “that’s not fair.” This appeal to fairness had to come from somewhere, and if children can even appeal to it, it must be a strongly ingrained idea. Christians believe this occurred from God. Every human is preprogrammed by God with the idea that the world should be good and not bad. Lying, stealing, cheating are never upheld as virtues. Again, if we found a robot in the woods who was programmed to be kind, gentle, and loving, we would conclude that whoever designed that robot cared about those characteristics, that the designer valued love, gentleness, and kindness. By looking at how humanity is wired, we can understand a bit of the electrician.
Will you go to Heaven when you die? Here’s a quick test:
Q. Have you ever told a lie?
Q. Have you ever stolen anything?
Q. Have you ever used God’s name in vain?
Q. Have you ever lusted over someone?
Q. Have you ever hated someone?
If you have done these things, God sees you as a liar, a thief, a blasphemer, an adulterer-at-heart, and a murderer-at-heart. And this is only 5 of God’s Ten Commandments (a/k/a “God’s Law”). And the Bible warns that on the Day of Judgment, God will punish you in a terrible place called Hell. But, there is “good news”! God is not willing that any should perish. Sinners broke God’s Law, but Jesus paid their fine by shedding His sinless blood on a cross ~2,000 years ago. This means that God can legally dismiss their case (and yours!): “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Then Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death. Today, repent (turn away from your sins), put your complete trust in Jesus, and confess Jesus as your Lord & Savior… and God will give you eternal life as a free gift.
Contrary to popular belief, being a “good person”, doing “good deeds”, or being “religious” will not get you a ticket to heaven! Many people are hoping God will dismiss their sins because their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds. They further hope that because God is “good” he will let them go unpunished and enter heaven. However, because God is “good” he must by nature punish sinners (i.e., God would not be a good judge if he let criminals go free). The Bible states: “There is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20) The Bible also states: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) And finally, think about this, if your goodness could save you, Jesus would have died in vain (i.e., for no good reason). The Bible states: “I (Jesus) am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me. (John
14:6) Friends, please don’t “roll-the-dice” and gamble your eternal life on the life-threatening lie that being a “good person” will get you to heaven.
Here is a prayer you can use to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord & Savior. It is a suggested prayer – the key is that you are speaking from your heart.
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me turn away from sin going forward. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus into my heart and I confess him as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for sending your Holy Spirit to help me obey you, and to do your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
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