The teenager stood before the judge. He was accused of a serious crime. “Don’t you believe in God?” the judge said in a stern voice. “God who! Came the indignant reply.
When we were kids, everybody believed in God. Not today, and maybe that’s all right. We don’t survive well on a second hand belief. The faith of our fathers can never take the place of a personal in depth trust in the almighty.
I’ll be in California soon, holding a meeting with a small beginning church. The minister is a long time friend of mine. He wrote to the editor of his paper about this very subject and from his view he gave the evidence of the God that is all around us.
“God is! He lives! He reigns! He cares for you. He loves you! We live in a skeptical world. While there are few outspoken atheists, millions live with weak faith, not able to articulate intelligent reasons for their belief in God.
Biblical faith is much more than a warm, emotional feeling that there might be someone up there somewhere. Faith comes from hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). True faith is based on solid evidence. It is a logical reasoned conclusion, based on observation, experience and revealed truth.
Consider the cosmos. “The heavens declare the glory of God, the firmament showed his handiwork” (Psalms 19:1). Look up on a clear starry night. Literally millions of witnesses radiating light and energy, hurtling through space with minute mathematical precision, cry out, God made us!”
Look about you. The lowly weed, the primitive snail testify of a creator. Man cannot make one of these living things. All men together, with all their wealth, power, knowledge and technology cannot do so. It took a supernatural power to make them.
Take a handful of dirt, a cup of water, a sample of air and analyze them. Their complex design and interrelationship with all things living speak of an all wise intelligence we call God.
Before a mirror, view yourself. Your intricate eye, delicate ear, articulate tongue, and your magnificent mind all are evidence of God’s creation. Such does not and cannot happen by accident. Ask yourself, how did you learn to talk? Someone had to teach you. How did the first human being learn to talk? An intelligent being had to teach them.
Look at your watch. Its existence demands an intelligent creator. Look at the design in every aspect of the creation. Design demands an intelligent creator. Who decided that birds need hollow bones or that plants need bees for pollination?
Your capacity to love and hate, to choose good or evil, to feel remorse at wrong done, your desire to go to a better place when this life is over, all testify that you are made in the image of God. What animal has such ability?
The apostle Paul taught the Romans that by observing the things that are made, we can clearly see God’s everlasting power and divinity (Romans 1:20).
He also gave us a message in written form. We call it the Bible. It is a unique book, written by some 40 different writers over a period of some 1500 years, yet in complete harmony. It is unlike any other book(s) written. It tells us of things we could never learn just by observing nature. The reading of it brings faith to the heart (Romans 10:17). Belief (trust) and submission to God are essential to complete happiness. Man is incurably religious. We cannot “live by bread alone” (Matthew 4:4). To stifle religious needs distorts our personalities.
Believing in God we can truly understand ourselves, as we truly are – creatures wholly dependent upon God. It enables us to see purpose in life and the dignity of our fellow man. Belief enables us to live in harmony with God and gives us a sure hope of life with God when our time on earth is over (Hebrews 11:6).”
I might add a note to this article. We kicked God out of school, and out of business and out of our homes. Then when tragedy hit, the tower fell, thousands of lives lost, we look up to heaven and say, “WHY?”
“God who?” This generation needs to answer the question again, for themselves. No better time to start than right now.
He was just a little lad, and on the week’s first day, was wandering home from Bible school, and dawdling on his way. He scuffed his shoe into the grass, and found a caterpillar, he found a fluffy milkweed pod, and blew out all the filler. A bird’s nest in a tree over head, so wisely placed and high, was just another wonder, that caught his eager eye. A neighbor watched his zigzag course, and hailed him from the lawn. He asked him where he’d been all day, and what was going on. “It’s a very fine way”, the neighbor said,” for a boy to spend his time; if you’ll tell me where God is, I’ll give you a brand new dime”.
Quick as a flash his answer came! Nor were his accents faint. ” I’LL GIVE YOU A DOLLAR, MISTER, IF YOU’LL TELL ME WHERE GOD AIN’T! “.