Deacon Corner, July 28 2019

How you know God is real?  Many people don’t think there is an answer to this question.  I’m reading a book right now called “The God Answers” which provides five very compelling and practical reasons to why God is real.  Over the next few weeks, I would like to share those reasons here in my corner with you.  So, let’s get started.  Reason Number 1 – The Universe.

The universe itself is a powerful pointer to the existence of God.  It’s big and beautiful, and all of its parts work together very well.   The very existence of the universe raises the question:  “How did it get here?”  Because, think about it.  If nothing existed, would you have to explain that?  Of course not!  But the moment something exists, it raises the question, “How did this thing get here?”

The answer is obvious.  “It came from something else.”  Animals came from their parents, plants came from seeds, houses came from a builder, and cars come from factories.   Everything comes from something else.  Everything in the universe is contingent on something that came before it.  What’s more, everything is dependent on something else for its existence.  Humans depend on food to live.  Plants depend on the sun for photosynthesis.  The sun depends on gravity to keep it from breaking apart.  So, everything in the universe seems to be dependent on something else to exist.

The universe has not always existed.   Everything in it was created by something else and depends on something else.  The cause of all this must be something uncreated and independent or, in positive terms, something that is eternal and self-sufficient.  The only being that could fit such a description is God.  Even the 16th Century French philosopher and skeptic, Voltaire – who incidentally was an outspoken critic of Christianity and the Catholic Church – said “I shall always be convinced that a watchmaker proves a watch.  In the same way, the existence of the universe proves there is a God.”

God communicates to us through the universe.   Psalm 19 says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands! (verse 1)”  Through the Universe, God says, “I am here.  I exist.  You can tell, because I made this place.”  How objective are you about weighing the evidence for and against God?  Reason Number 1, The Universe, shows me it takes more faith to believe there is no God than to believe there is.  How about you?  Next week, Reason Number 2 – The Creator.

Deacon John

 

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