Seeing the unseen

Seeing the unseen

From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God. – Romans 1:20

Psalms 33:6-9

 6 The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars in the sky were made.

 7 He assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.

 8 Let the whole world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of him.

 9 For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.

How do we know that the Father God exists? When we observe all that has come to be in all of its complexity and magnificence, how do we explain it? Is it all the result of simply time plus chance? This is what modern science refers to as “the Big Bang” and “natural selection.” Or did everything come into existence as a result of an intelligent, powerful, architect and creator? This is what creation science refers to as “intelligent design.”

“The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause” (https://intelligentdesign.org/).

There are many things that exist on earth that are the result of chance and natural law. For example, suppose you discovered a piece of driftwood floating in the water near a beach. You would not think anything more about it. But if you found a working smart phone half-buried in the sand at that same beach, that would be an entirely different situation. You would know that somebody designed it. How else could its complexity be explained?

The Father has left evidence in the natural world that there was an intelligent designer behind it. Random chance plus time can hardly compete the logic of an intelligent mind as the source of all it is.

Whether we think big and ponder the recent discoveries of the last few decades regarding the universe: galaxies seemingly without end in the extremely distant recesses of space and black holes. Or we think small on the subatomic level of quantum physics, everywhere there is abundant evidence of intelligent design.

In Romans 1:20, Paul explains that the natural world speaks of an intelligent designer. And more it reveals some of the Father’s invisible qualities and attributes. He is eternal and all-powerful. The any great work of art: painting, sculpture, music, reflects upon the brilliance and creativity of the one who produced it. What is seen requires the fertile mind and unlimited imagination and creativity. How can the irreducible complexity of the natural world just happen by chance? Reflect on this a bit.

“Napoleon, on a warship in the Mediterranean on a star-lit night, passed a group of his officers who were mocking the idea of a God. He stopped, and sweeping his hand toward the stars, said, ‘Gentlemen, you must get rid of those first!’”

Four objective facts are presented in Romans 1:20. First, anyone can observe the information seen in the natural world. Second, anyone can understand it and draw conclusions. The more we discover and comprehend the complexity, we realize that it is not random but appears intelligently designed. Third, the information provided by the natural world is actually quite limited. It simply indicates that the existence of God is reasonable, but does not tell us everything we need to know about Him. And finally, the existence and reality of intelligent design in nature strongly suggests that people are responsible for the observations and decisions that they make regarding the Creator of all things.

REFLECT & PRAY

Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)

Father I remember when I did not believe in You. I had no faith in my heart because I had never heard the Truth. Faith is the response of the human heart to truth. Thank You for the people You brought into my life who shared it with me.

INSIGHT

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

What we believe could happen, determines what we believe did and does happen.

Putting it on other terms, if you do not believe that God exists and works within the time-space continuum, you cannot believe in miracles. Miracles such as the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the opening of the Red Sea which allowed the nation of Israel to safely cross it on dry ground. Could never possibly have happened

There may have been a time when you did not believe in God. Did you ever ask yourself what would it take for me to believe that God exists?

The only explanation for many of the miracles in the Bible is the existence and work of the Father in time and space. If there was no God, the miracle of the Red Sea told in Exodus would be no more than a myth. But when you believe in God, the miracle of the Red Sea is perfectly reasonable.

If the Father does not work in human history, then the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ could have never happened. Because that would require supernatural intervention. Without the existence of God there can be no supernatural intervention. And the resurrection would be no more than another myth.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Psalms 33:6 The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.

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