03 June 2018

Does God Exist? If so, who is God?

Does God Exist? If so, who is God?

Picture of John Warren Antalika,  at GraceLife London

Article by John Warren Antalika

at GraceLife London

Can a building build itself? Could a book write itself? According to the Bible, God exists, and the Bible even goes so far as to say that it’s foolish to deny it. A building speaks of a builder, and this world bears witness to a wonderful Creator.

To deny that a creator exists means rejecting the obvious, logical implications of what we see all around us.

Defying logic

Think about it: Does this universe exist? Sane people will typically accept that something exists. It might be popular from science fiction to imagine we live in an illusion, but it’s the kind of thinking that drives people mad.

If we accept that the universe exists, there are only three possibilities:

1. The universe created itself
2. The universe exists in and of itself (it is “self-existent”)
3. The universe was created by something or someone else

To create itself, it would have to exist before it existed. It would have to exist, and not exist, at the same time, which is, as R.C. Sproul says, “analytically invalid,” or “formally absurd.”

To claim that the universe is self-existent, and thus eternal, is beyond science. Scientifically, everything about the universe that we can observe, and test, and examine points back to a beginning, which means that it’s pure speculation, and not science, to suggest that the universe is eternal and self existent.

Logically, the Creation points to a Creator, but Who?

But if you accept that everything that we can see points back to the fact that the universe is not eternal and self-existent, and it didn’t create itself—who created it?

According to the Bible, the answer is God. The first verse of the Bible claims that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) God doesn’t start by explaining his own existence, he just asserts himself and inserts himself into our existence.

And that makes finding out about God very important. According to the Bible, this creation declares “the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1) and it also tells us a lot about him! From Creation we all know something of God’s eternal power and divine nature, (Romans 1:20) and because it’s all so obvious, it leaves us all without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

God is revealed as Creator, Judge, Sustainer, and Redeemer

Beyond what we can know about God from the creation however, in the Bible God reveals himself not only as the Creator, but also as this world’s Judge, Sustainer and Redeemer.

Jesus told a parable in which he compared the world to a field at harvest time… with both wheat and weeds in it, and he said that: “Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.” He said that God’s angels were going to “gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace,”
and that “in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:40-42)

“You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.”
(Nehemiah 9:6)

Judgement is coming, but meanwhile God is preserving his creation (Nehemiah 9:6), and Jesus is even said to be the one who “upholds the universe” by the word of his power (Hebrews 1:3). So many times, when people see the evil at work in the world, they ask “Why doesn’t God do something?” but the Bible says he will. He will judge, but it’s because God is patient with us that he doesn’t judge the world immediately, “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

God is the only Saviour

With that in mind we can be thankful that God also reveals himself as a Saviour—the Redeemer! The same God who made the world, and promises to judge sinners, entered the world to save sinners! Jesus said he had come from God and was returning to God (John 16:28), but he also said he had come into the world for the specific purpose of suffering on the cross! (John 12:27).

It was his death on the cross that saves sinners by paying the price for their sin, and according to the Bible, it was God — in Jesus — who paid that price with “his own blood” (Acts 20:28).

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