Friday, November 20, 2015

Knowledge of God

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
 For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:1-5 (ESV)

Sometimes I wonder how we came to know that there is a God. We cannot see Him with our eyes, nor can we feel His touch. Yet, since human civilization began, there has been evidence that people have believed in a greater being—a power greater than people themselves.  And, for thousands of years, there have also been people who do not believe in a greater power. Why, with all of the opposition to God, the unbelief, and the lack of a visible, touchable deity, does belief in God continue to persist?

Although science and scientists may question or refute the existence of God, science not overshadowed the knowledge of God because many learned scientists have a very strong faith in the Almighty God.  Suffering and persecution cause many people to abandon God, yet the same suffering and persecution has drawn many people closer to God. Many people who were raised by atheist parents have grown to have very deep beliefs in God. Many people who were raised by very devout believers have become atheists or they believe in other deities. Faith in God seems to have no pattern, no rhyme, nor reason. This makes me wonder why, in spite of all the uncertainty, faith in God still exists.

The Bible answers these questions.  It is because God made us and He made everything we see and touch. We have faith in God because He made us to have faith in Him. The Bible is the only piece of ancient literature that gives an interpretation of how the world began that corresponds to scientific evidence.  God has given us the ability to know Him, and the choice to turn our backs to Him.   But the knowledge of God is still proclaimed throughout all creation, whether we acknowledge it or not.  Knowledge of God will never fade because He created it!