Before I really get into this, I ask you to read all the way to the end of this article to see the heart of what I am teaching! This title is a good question, but depending where you are from in the world determines how it is answered. In the Western Hemisphere [even in Central and South America, especially in the cities] and in Western Europe, if you would have asked this question 55 years ago, most would have said, “There is a God.” Sadly, in these places today more and more people are turning away from God. Here in the U.S.A., we were once a predominantly Christian nation when I grew up, but today that is no longer the case. I had what was called, “Weekly Religious Education,” in the public school system that I attended back in the 1950’s. Then, even the Court house and government buildings had Nativity scenes on their lawns, as well as Christmas trees and all kinds of decorations. Here in the U.S.A., God has been taken out of everything in public life. Children have gotten in trouble in school and expelled for saying, “Bless you,” when someone sneezes because just about everyone knows what comes before the greeting of, “Bless you,” namely, GOD! How sad is that!? When I was younger, that is what you said if someone sneezed!
In my past, at what most Christians call Easter [I prefer calling it Resurrection Sunday] and also at Christmas, even in day-to-day conversations, people would speak about Jesus dying for us, him being raised from the dead, and his birth! People would say, “Happy Easter,” and “Merry Christmas.” Hearing a, “God bless you,” “Happy Easter,” and “Merry Christmas” was normal even as a young adult. We lived in a time when here in the U. S., for the most part, you felt safe. People did not lock the doors in their homes or their cars. Us kids could be out at night without our parents and be safe. We played outside after dark a bunch in the summer! We could walk down the street and not even think of someone trying to hurt us. Today, my grandchildren are not even safe outside their own home. So what has changed?
We have advanced in many ways. Most homes have every modern convenience from computers, washers, dryers, and so many other things. Yet society as a whole is declining. In 1960 the government let a few people change the rules and the result was God and Jesus were removed from colleges, schools, and government buildings. Weekly Religious Education was outlawed and over the next 20 years anything of God disappeared from public life. The Ten Commandments were removed from court house walls. The Supreme Court said, “The problem with the Ten Commandments was if they were read they might be believed!” So what? Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony against your neighbor, do not covet your neighbor’s house, do not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, maidservant, his ox, donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. There are other similar things I could put them all here, and except for keeping the Sabbath, every sane human being on earth should have no problem with any of them. I believe the Adversary was so mad at God, and Jesus [the Adversary did everything he could do to stop Jesus’ birth], that he did not want any chance of someone learning the Ten Commandments and also learning where they are written. The Evil One did not want anyone going to Exodus 20, and reading any of it. Let us look at the lead in to the Ten Commandments in God’s Word!
Exodus 20:1–3 (NIV)1
1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the LORD [The article, “the,” is not in the Hebrew text the word, “LORD,” should read, “Yahweh”] your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before [besides] me.
We Christians are not handling names correctly. Every Hindu god has a name, Buddhist have Buddha, and Islam has Allah, but even though our God, who is the One True God, has a name, nobody hardly knows it. I linked His name above to an article. You should read and see why we are to know it! His name appears over 6,000 times in the Hebrew Scriptures and every generation is to know it. I believe the Accuser does not want people to know two things here because he has gone to great lengths to hide them. First, he does not want anyone knowing God’s name, and secondly, the god of this age [the Tempter] does not want anyone to know, “…you shall have no other gods before [besides] me [Yahweh].” The Jews today, as well as the Christians, for the most part, do not teach anyone His name! Also, the Tempter himself does not want anyone knowing, “…you shall have no other gods before [besides] me [Yahweh].”
I want to get you to really think about what I am about to say. This topic, “That There Is a God,” can be proven from the Bible but only to those who already believe in a God, and believe that the Bible is from Him. The Bible cannot be used to explain God to an unbeliever. Using the Scriptures to explain God to a person who does not believe there is a God, or who does not believe our heavenly Father is the One True God, will not work! A real unbeliever, or atheist, who has never been taught anything about our heavenly Father, needs to be shown there is a God. They need to believe Yahweh is real and really has something to offer, other than the pagan god(s) they may believe in. For the atheist or real unbeliever, they lack anything to believe in. Some people, who have never heard of Yahweh God, need to be shown He exists in order to believe in Him.
Next, you can start introducing them to the Bible. Without a belief in God, introducing the Bible will not do you much good. Quoting Scripture to a person who does not believe in God will not help them. Telling them they are a sinner, no matter what they are doing, will not help them. They need to first know there is a God, and then the Bible can be introduced. If I meet someone with a life style contrary to God’s Word who does not believe in God, me telling them they are sinning or that they are a sinner will not help them. As a matter of fact, it may not communicate to them at all. Especially, if they do not know there is a God or that the Bible is from God and His Son Jesus. Also, they may think what they are doing is perfectly fine or that they were born that way.
Most people here in the U.S.A. think everyone has heard of God and Jesus, but you would be surprised how many have not. When going to other countries, those that live in many of those countries know little or nothing about our God and His Son Jesus. In Islamic countries, they hate Christians, and many I have met blame all Christians for the slaughter of Islamic people during the Crusades. The Crusades were sanctioned by many different Popes, but that is the Catholic Church and I am not a Catholic; and us Christians should not be accused of, nor blamed for, something they carried out. Yet we are blamed. I have been called by Islamic people a “Cross–Bearer” who tried to force Christianity on them at the point of a sword. I did not do that, and the Crusades were over before the Protestant Reformation even began. People like that will not even listen to you quote Bible verses at them. So show them God first!
I want to share with you what those who do not believe in God need to hear first. It is not the Bible, but it gets their attention. I use this kind of stuff to get them thinking, so this is just my example for you to learn from!
So, you do not believe in a God who created everything good and this world when it really got started. Well, I would like to share something with you. My grandson watched a video, as something he had to do in a class for college. He shared much of it with me, and I am not going to share it all with you, but there was a two hour debate between a Christian Creationist and a renowned scientist. The Christian guy was using the Bible to prove his point but was not getting it to work because most in the audience did not believe in God, nor the Bible to begin with. The science guy had tons of points, though many were not correct. He had something that most students from the public school system had been taught, even though they were not all correct. At the end, the science guy won the debate. Christians, you need to know your audience when trying to prove your point. Funny thing though, and I will share about each one’s closing statement, but basically the Christian stated if there was a big bang, God was the force who caused it, and bang it happened. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth!” The science guy stated that there was a force [that we have not figured out yet, but we will] that caused the big bang, and the aftermath caused all the stars, planets, and the earth! I laughed because they both are saying the same thing; one says, “God,” the other says, “a force” […we have not figured out yet…]. Sounds like they are both saying, “God,” to me!
I am not a scientist, but this is an example of what I tell those who do not believe in God. Can you answer a few questions for me? Okay, scientists and evolutionists say we came from animals, or fish [depending on who you talk to]. I had one science professor who stated that the American Indians evolved from orangutans [that is why they are red], blacks came from gorillas, and white people came from chimpanzees [he said much more but you get the idea]! Look, the main country where orangutans live is Indonesia, and there are no American Indians there. If they evolved from orangutans and were still evolving, there should be! Also chimpanzees are mainly from Africa which was never a predominantly white continent. So I ask then, why is there no living proof of this? He asked what I meant. I answered with another question. I stated, "Did evolution stop, or is it still going on today?" He very quickly said, “It is still going on today!” I said, “That is not true!” If true then, somewhere we would find orangutans that are a quarter American Indian, or a gorilla that is half black, and chimpanzees that are three fourths a white person. We do not find that anywhere on this earth. You would have to, if people evolved from the apes. He was stammering but really had nothing to prove me wrong. So I kept going, not for him, but for some others that were listening to us arguing because we were on a University campus. I stated the earth is approximately 25,000 miles [40,250 kilometers] around. So, that would mean we are spinning at over 1,000 miles [1,610 kilometers] per hour, correct? He stated yes. So, why do I not feel that? He said, “Gravity!” I said, “That cannot be it, because gravity affects me when I am in a car, and I feel the movement. Even when I flew across the ocean and was in the air at a very fast speed I could tell that we were moving, and we were not flying as fast as the earth moves. I cannot tell that the earth is moving. Can you?” He said, “Well, no.”
Then I got to this. The world is moving around the sun, and it is spinning at an exact speed, which never changes, correct? He agreed. Then on the same day each year [when we account for leap years] in the summer, when the northern hemisphere is closest to the sun, all of a sudden we stop tilting towards the sun. We switch directions and start shifting away from the sun, correct? He agreed. Yet we do not feel it. We should feel that shift in direction, unless Someone wanted to bless us by not feeling it. Hey, some in my family get motion sickness, but when that day comes two times a year, we do not feel the shift in the opposite direction! Now, we go away from the sun for six months, as the southern hemisphere tilts towards the sun, and then also on the same day every winter we shift back the other way. He said, “Gravity!” I said, “NO way!” There is nothing you can say that explains why gravity would cause the shift. The sun is in the same place, and we are really near no other object, planet, or anything else that would make it shift. The earth could spin, just like a top spins, and if the speed never changed, then only the equator would be close to the sun all the time. Only a God wanting to bless the people in both hemispheres would cause it to shift. Only God could make us not feel it when it stopped shifting one way, and started going another. Only God could make us not feel the speed our earth is turning. The fact that inertia does not throw us in the air is amazing. Every detail of how it works is perfect. The math is against anything like that happening by accident, and always be perfect. Other planets, scientists say have less gravity, like our moon, and others have more. Only earth is perfect for life, and scientists say that was accidental!
When that happened, years ago, three people who were questioning the existence of God became believers. There are so many things in creation [not nature] that prove there is a God. For me, it is flowers. They are so pretty, and each one is a gift and a blessing to me, my wife, my mother, my brother, and others. Then there are seeds. You can look all you want and cannot find the life in a seed. If you examine it under a microscope, you see no life. If you cut it open and lose nothing that you can see, but when you plant it, it will not grow. Leave it intact, and it should grow. I said, “should,” because mankind has done things which actually kill the seeds God made. What an amazing miracle seeds are when they grow! I love trees too and how the little acorn can grow into a mighty oak tree. Then babies are another. Honeybees are another, and after the U.S. Air Force stated that a honeybees shape was aerodynamically impossible to fly, yet they do so. So then, there has to be a force greater than us, to make something like that.
I said, “creation,” and “not nature,” because that is what everything is that the Evil One has not ruined should be called. There is no, “Mother Nature!” No! She is not, “God’s wife,” as a kid said one time on a television show when I was younger. THIS WORLD WAS GOD’S CREATION FROM THE BEGINNING, AND EVERY BIRD, ANIMAL, PLANT, TREE, AND MORE, HE MADE! We need to speak the way He does. Can you say, “CREATION!?” I could say so much more, but I do want to close with the Scriptures. I want you to look at and really think about this verse I am about to share. I could share more, but this verse shows what I have been sharing is True. Ponder this please.
Romans 1:20 (NIV)
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
That is what God gave Christ Jesus, who in turn, gave it to Paul, to give to every Christian. It is through creation we should see God! As far as God is concerned, if men do not see Him in it, then they are, “without excuse.” Something to think on!