Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October 1, 2014

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1

Hal Seed, a popular pastor, speaker and author continually surveys his people regarding their most pressing questions. Over the past fifteen years the four most commonly asked questions are: 
  • Is God real?
  • Is the Bible true?
  • Do all roads (and all religions) lead to Heaven?
  • How can a good God allow suffering?
Over the next five days I want to share five compelling reasons for believing God is real.

The first reason for believing God is real is the universe.

Psalm 19 expresses this argument for the existence of God when it states, "The universe declares the existence of God!"

You may doubt the existence of God but you cannot deny the existence of the universe. If it didn't exist neither would you!

So, the big question is, "Where did the universe come from?" Or, in another form, "How did it get here?"

The fact that something exists is evidence that something greater caused it to exist. Animals came from their parents, plants came from seeds, houses came from builders and cars came from assembly lines. Where did the universe come from?

Was it a random spontaneous explosion of cosmic gases that accounts for this vast collection of galaxies or was it spoken into existence by an Eternal and Almighty God, as the Bible contends?

A corollary question is, "What keeps the universe together and operating so precisely?"

If the universe came from a spontaneous random event, how could it have become so precise that seasons can be predicted and time can be measured by it? How has it not, like just about everything within the universe, decayed or worn out or ceased to function?

To me it makes more sense that the precise and orderly existence of our universe is strong evidence for the existence of a Supreme Being Who is actively involved in sustaining our universe according to His goodness and power.

If that God is powerful enough to sustain our universe by His wisdom, by His will and according to His Word, would not that God also be powerful enough to have created the universe?

Many of the great thinkers of human history have concluded through their study and observation that God truly is the Creator. I am talking about such revered men as Abraham, Moses, St. Paul, Jesus Christ, Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers who clearly believed that God was their Creator and the Maker of the universe and were not afraid to say so!

Maybe, if you have doubts, about the existence of God begin your search with a thorough and unbiased study of God's Word. Give yourself to the study of unbiased scientific research and I believe that you, like thousands before you, will come to the conclusion that the Psalmist did, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1