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The existence of God

27 February 2016

The existence of God

GodThat is what the Holy Scripture declares in various ways. The Holy Scripture does not attempt to prove that God exists, but it assumes His existence from the very first verse, which says: “In the beginning God …..” (Genesis 1:1), and it states that anyone who comes to God “must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 – NIV) in order to please Him. So we say together with the prophet Daniel: “There is a God in heaven” (Daniel 2:28).

But there is something else which declares in various ways that God exists, that is, the universe – the heavens, the earth, the sea and all the things which are in them – because all things were created by God through the Word. He created them out of nothing, as it is written: “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3 – NKJV); and they continue this day according to His laws, as it is written: “They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants” (Psalm 119:91) and He sustains them by His powerful word. Therefore the universe we see is not God or part of God, but the work of His hands. Of course, He fills the universe, as God Himself says through the prophet Jeremiah: “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:24), but He remains separate from it, for He is the Creator of the universe. Therefore, since the heavens, the earth, the sea and all the things which are in them, are the work of God, they bear witness to Him. The apostle Paul expressed this concept in this way: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:18-21). In other words, Paul stated that the universe which God has made speaks to men of His eternal power and Deity. Centuries before the apostle Paul wrote the above mentioned words, the Psalmist said: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). So the universe itself declares the existence of God, for it did not come into existence by accident or blind chance but by the will and power of God.

Besides the testimony of the Scripture and that of the universe, my personal experience also assures me that God indeed exists. For I have known God, I have tasted His goodness, I have experienced His power, He has spoken to me through visions and dreams, He has saved me out of all my troubles, I feel His presence for He dwells in me, He comforts and guides me, He teaches and disciplines me. Blessed be His name now and forevermore. Amen.

Those who deny the existence of God are fool, as it is written: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).

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