Where Is God?
"Did all this happen by chance?" I ask myself. For me it would take more faith to believe that than to believe that our world and universe were created by a Master Designer whose power and greatness are beyond human understanding.
Besides through creation, God has also shown himself through the human soul. As well as being a physical, rational, and emotional being, man is a spiritual being with a living soul in which is implanted a consciousness of God. This consciousness is made up of a "religious and moral instinct" which acknowledges a supreme being upon whom man is dependent and to whom he is responsible.2
Anselm, the famous Italian theologian who lived in the eleventh century, stated that the idea of God in the mind is proof that God exists. Pascal, the French physicist and philosopher who lived in the seventeenth century, spoke about the "God-shaped vacuum in every life that only God can fill."
Furthermore, if God didn't exist in the mind of the atheist, why would he feel compelled to disprove God's existence?
God has also revealed himself to us through his Word, the Bible. The Bible doesn't seek to prove God's existence. It accepts it as fact and simply says, "In the beginning God...."3
In the Bible God speaks with authority, stating that it is his Word and that he is the one and only God.4 It is God's written message to mankind. Fulfillment of scores of prophecies in accurate detail is sufficient evidence to prove its validity.
God can be seen in creation, in the human soul, and in the Bible, but his final and clearest revelation of himself to us is in his Son, Jesus Christ.5 Not only is Jesus the Son of God, but also God the Son. Referring to Jesus, John wrote, "In the beginning was the Word...and the Word was God...And the Word became flesh and lived among us."6
There is a God-shaped vacuum in
every life that only God can fill.
When Philip, a disciple of Jesus, asked to see God, Jesus said, "He who has seen me has seen the Father [God]."7
In life we all see and believe basically what we want to see and believe. If we want to see and believe in God, we can. If we don't want to see him, we won't. Most people do believe in God but it is an entirely different experience to find him personally. The only way to do this is through Jesus Christ.
Jesus himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and life; no man comes to the Father [God] except through me."8
It is our sin—by causing both spiritual and physical death—that has separated us from God and prevented us from finding him. But because God loved us, he gave his Son, Jesus, to die for us and thereby pay the penalty for our sins.
To find and know God is very simple. You can do this right where you are. Simply pray and confess your sinfulness to God, tell him that you believe Jesus died on the cross for you, and ask Jesus come into your heart and life as your personal Lord and Savior. When you do this, God forgives you for all your sins, cancels your guilt and gives you the gift of eternal life. His invitation is to all who will come.9
For further help to know God click on the Know God or on the Find Peace With God link at the bottom of the page.
1. Psalm 19:1-4, (NIV). 2. See Genesis 2:7; Acts 17:22-28; Romans 2:14-15. 3. Genesis 1:1. 4. See 2 Timothy 3:16 and Mark 12:29. 5. Hebrews 1:1-2. 6. See Mark 1:1 and John 1:1,14. 7. John 14:9. 8 John 14:6. 9. Revelation 22:17.
5. All articles on the ACTS International website are by Richard (Dick) Innes unless otherwise noted.
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