Theme of the Week: The God Who Shows
Bible Verse: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” Genesis 1:1, ESV
Scripture Reading: Romans 1:17-20
How do we know God exists? The short answer is: God shows us. The first way God reveals himself is through all that he has made. The universe, what we know and its mysteries, its splendour and the natural laws, reveal to us the existence of God.
Paul’s letter to the Romans makes a profound statement in verse 1: Paul says he is set apart for the “gospel of God.” This means that God is the one who reveals himself and his message to us. It begins in him, it is revealed by him, and it shall bring glory to him. In verse 19, Paul affirms that it is possible to know God exists.
I live by the Rockies. I have never seen anyone go to Moraine Lake or Lake Louise and shrug their shoulders, roll their eyes, and show great disdain. We can see so much beauty, even amid so much pain and chaos in the world.
One philosopher, John Leslie, put it like this: “Imagine a man who has been sentenced to death by firing squad, and imagine 100 crack marksmen standing six feet away. All fire and absolutely every one of them at the last minute happens to sneeze, and every one of them misses. What are the chances of that happening by accident? Zillions. But you can’t prove it wasn’t an accident. It could have been an accident.”1
John Leslie says, of course, there’s a one-in-a-trillion chance that all 100 marksmen six feet away missed him by accident. Still, it’s much more reasonable to assume it was deliberate. In the same way, of course, matter could be here without a creator. It could have just happened by accident. But it’s much more reasonable to assume it was deliberate, is it not?
Or put it this way: Isn’t it unreasonable to base your whole life on the idea that the one-in-a-trillion chance happened?
1 Collins, Francis, The Language of God, p.77.
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