Last Thursday morning, Good News church held a press conference to draw attention to the lies in the public school textbooks about the pseudo science of Darwinian evolution and creationism. Close to 90% of the textbooks teach Darwinian evolution as a fact and creationism as a myth. The “proof” about evolution is based on outdated science with obvious mistakes in the textbooks. When creationism is mentioned, it is called a myth and there is no evidence to prove or disprove the claim. We pray to be able to help edit future textbooks for the public schools where creationism will be given a fair presentation with the facts produced by Creation scientists. Having this as the context and background, I would like to present Biblical evidence for God’s existence. These four steps can be quickly and easily presented to the people around you. This information came to me via Ray Comfort on Facebook. I am following his basic outline but have modified it a bit with the Scripture references.
Before getting into the meat of the lesson, I want to recognize the fact that the Bible wastes no time trying to prove the existence of God. The Bible just claims that in the beginning, when all matter came into existence, God was already there. The second thing that the Bible claims is that those who say that there is no God, they are fools. They are described by King David in the Psalms.
1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds ; There is no one who does good. (Psalm 14)
The word fool literally means “one who is senseless” and carries the idea of a person who does not think things through based on the logical evidence. There is a reason that a person wants to say that there is no God. The reason is that he is corrupt, a selfish, sinner who wants to do things his way. The deeds that are practiced are abominable (detestable) in the eyes of God and man. Instead of admitting the corruption and stopping the detestable acts, it is more convenient to say that there is no God so that I can calm my conscience. It is convenient for sinful man to choose not to believe in God so that he can calm his conscience for doing sinful things. So just to understand, this is the root of the problem when trying to convince someone of God’s existence. They are choosing not to believe on purpose. There are hidden motives from the start, even if the person could never admit it.
As everyone knows, nothing produces nothings. You cannot produce something out of nothing. Modern man sometimes claims to be able to create life yet he cannot create the elements and components that are used to produced life. Creation is proof of a Creator. The great Apostle Paul explains this in his epistle to the Roman church.
19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1)
We have all the evidence that we need through nature and modern, natural science reinforces what God teaches, that there is a Creator who created all things. The only way not to accept the fact is to choose to reject what is clear and invent your own theory, which comes with its own set of facts. This is where Darwinian evolution enters the picture.
21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1)
They are fools, not because they are not well educated. The problem is that the education does not help them because that education leads them to futile speculations (useless idea, disastrous ideas). They actually are foolish enough to believe fairytales (Darwinian evolution) instead of the clear evidence around them.
God has given all men a conscience to prove that He exists and that we should seek Him.
14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus. (Romans 2)
Why do some want to deny the existence of God? I believe it is because their conscience bothers them for doing what is wrong and in order to quiet that conscience, they vehemently deny the existence of God so that they can excuse themselves for not listening to that conscience. All people all over the world have an inborn conscience that reminds them that they need to get right with God for doing what is wrong. I remember when I was a teen, there was a certain sin in my life that bothered me to the core. I was taught that it is a natural practice that all humans participate in and that I should not feel any guilt. Even having been taught that and wanting to believe that, every time I did it, I felt dirty and my conscience would rebuke me. I wanted to be like the foolish and ignore the facts but my conscience would not leave me alone. It was not guilt that someone had put in me during my childhood. It was the conscience that I was born with, a testimony of the living God. You can be foolish and try to deny your conscience but that does not change the facts of reality. God exists and have planted a conscience in all of mankind.
3. Commandments (the big 10, or moral laws)
All cultures all over the world, expanding over all times, all hold to the basic moral laws of the 10 Commandments. These commandments are found in Exodus 20.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God ; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11 “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day ; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house ; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Laws 5 through 10 deal with man’s relationships with other people. Here we find the moral laws that permeate all cultures. Murder is frowned upon in all cultures. Adultery is frowned upon in all cultures. Stealing is condemned in all cultures. Lying is not tolerated. These laws manifest themselves even in pagan cultures that have nothing to do with the Bible. When we take a look at the moral laws, we should quickly realize that we have fallen short and need help, as well as forgiveness for our mistakes. Those who want to be foolish, see the evidence of moral law and instead of admitting God’s existence, they turn to foolish speculations, Darwinian evolution. The problem with this way of thinking is that it teaches people to disregard moral laws. Darwinian evolution has been taught for several generations now and we are shocked to hear of school shootings (do not murder includes do not shoot up a school full of children). We wonder how so many could have no problem with calling a human life in the womb a “choice” that can be dealt with however you desire. Lying, cheating, and stealing are not a problem as long as you do not get caught. That is the mindset of many these days. The act of lying, cheating, and stealing is not a problem to many, unfortunately. When you see moral laws, do you recognize the existence of God, your guilt before Him, and need for His forgiveness or do you just ignore those laws and do what you please? Ignoring the facts and doing what you please is foolish because you end up hurting yourself and the people around you.
4. Conversion (people being born again)
The Gospel is the power of God for salvation. Part of that salvation is the fact that a man’s nature can be changed. When he converts by accepting the Gospel, he is born again, being transformed from the inside out. Before conversion, he practices all kinds of sinful things, even denying the existence of his Creator in spite of all of the evidence. That person is so transformed that he begins to proclaim what he once denied, even to the point of dying for his convictions. This process is explained by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 6.
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God ? Do not be deceived ; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
The writer of this epistle, Paul, was once a persecutor of Christians, a murderer yet he was converted and transformed, becoming a preacher and teacher of the Gospel. Saint James, another person who did not believe, later was converted and began preaching and teaching, ultimately giving up his life for the cause. A transformed life is tangible proof of the existence of God. He makes the promises of transformation in His Word and then delivers in real life. To deny this is to deny reality. People choose not to believe conversion stories because they choose to be ignorant on purpose, becoming futile in their speculations. Conversion stories can be shared but a person cannot truly understand it until it happens to him. Denying something that you have never experienced does not nullify the experience.
What about you my friend, do you choose to be ignorant about the facts, seeing all of the evidence yet still denying the existence of God? Why do you deny the existence of God? Is it because of your sinful actions? When you view the 10 Commandments (moral laws), do you realize that you need God or do you speculate ways to calm your conscience? Would you like to accept reality and be converted (born again), experiencing God’s forgiveness and power to obey Him, turning away from your sinful acts? God is ready and willing to forgive you. Make the right choice today. May the Lord bless us as we accept reality.