Lesson 1 – The Importance Of Doctrine
May 18, 2016
Lesson 3 – The Word of God
May 27, 2016

Lesson 2 – The Existence Of God

The existence of God has been debated from generation to generation. It can be said that the world can be divided into two kinds of people- those who believe and those who don’t. Here are some ways we know that God truly exists.

GOD REVEALS HIMSELF IN NATURE 

One of the ways God makes Himself known to us is through nature. We get glimpses of His glory when we take a look at all that He has created. From giant majestic trees to tiny flowers, from an organism seen through the microscope to the humpback whales in the oceans, the world is just full of wonders. No wonder we feel closer to Him when we go out for retreats in the mountains or by the sea because it is in these places where God’s natural creations manifest His beauty and glory. Jesus Himself instructed His disciples that after being so tired of doing ministry work, they should come into the wilderness and spend time with Him and be refreshed (Mark 6:31 KJV). Jesus knew that being in a conducive environment where one can spend time in the Lord is vital to being spiritually refreshed. For that, Jesus picked nature as the perfect environment for His disciples to rest and recuperate.

As we further study nature, the more we also realize that all creation was not created randomly; that everything was set into order by a Master craftsman. For instance, we can’t simply say that a mobile phone is made right out of a washing machine; that once an industrial part is put in the washer, after a few minutes of spinning, a mobile phone automatically comes out. We know that this is simply impossible and that there is a crafty, intelligent and powerful being that is able to make that mobile phone. It ‘s the same with nature. It’s not some random burst into the universe where a person comes out. God, being all-powerful and all-knowing, is able to make such beautiful heavenly bodies and living things with precision, intelligence, and supreme wisdom. Psalm 19: 1-6 perfectly describes it as this: 

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun. Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.  His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.”

GOD REVEALS HIMSELF THROUGH HIS WORD

God also reveals Himself through His Word- the Bible.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

The bible, with about 40 authors from different generations, all inspired by the Holy Spirit, is evidence that God exists. Being the Alpha and Omega, He knows everything from beginning to end. All authors from different timelines and civilizations could not have possibly put together books that are perfectly interrelated to one another and give nuggets of wisdom on how to live our lives. Moreover, for it to tell the story of the Son of God who would come to redeem the lost and still be able to connect it with all other bible books from different authors who didn’t even know each other, only someone divine can do that. Many have tried to dispute and even destroy the bible, yet one cannot deny that the bible has definitely changed many lives and the course of the world’s history.

It is through the bible as well that God shows Himself to be the Heavenly Father who truly cares for His children. We read in
Psalm 19: 7-8 (KJV) “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”

In that passage, we see that God is sovereign and His judgements are perfect. Christians can then be assured that as one welcomes Jesus into his life whole heartedly, through the power of the Holy Spirit, a soul is converted, his life is radically changed, and he becomes wise, joyful, and lives with purpose. No one can argue with this kind of powerful testimony- of how God can truly turn a person’s life around.

It is also worthy to note that if we then truly believe in God, we must not live like we don’t believe in Him. Real faith is one where our actions and thoughts reflect our beliefs. A real Christian will have that quiet confidence and joy that there is a God who hears and helps us. To live like defeated beings is a result of unbelief. If we are to draw people in Christ, we are to be the light of this world and our testimonies of changed lives should be the proof of that.

Furthermore,  God demonstrates His love and care in Deutoronomy 6:24 (KJV) that says “And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.” An absentee father would not care, whereas a father who is present for his children will in fact be there to lead, protect and provide, just as our Father in heaven does. He gives out statutes for us to obey because it is His desire to preserve us and to bring us home to heaven with Him. 

Take for instance Psalm 14:1 (KJV) that says “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”  Here we see that fools do not believe in the Lord’s ordinances and as a result, would just arrogantly go about their own ways that eventually lead to destruction. But thankfully as true believers, we know that it is wise to believe and carry out these godly decrees that God has set for us for our protection and purity. Just as a father would lovingly discipline his son, God knows that discipline is required because He knows that a life without boundaries is not liberation but is in fact enslavement to sin that leads to destruction. 

GOD WILL REACH OUT TO YOU

“What if a person never knows God? Or has not ever heard the gospel?”. While those are legitimate questions, those do not cancel God’s existence or  discount His sovereignty. In Ecclesiastes 1:8, King Solomon writes that man is never satisfied. With all his wealth, wives and all the other splendour the earth could give, it was interesting that he would make such a statement. This only proves that there will always be a longing inside a person’s heart and soul that not even the things in this world could fill. This is the gap that God wants to fill through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 12:32 (KJV) “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself”. What a wonderful assurance that no matter how far off we can be from Him, as His chosen ones, He will always draw us to Himself whether it be from a powerful church sermon, a Christian friend who has shared the gospel to you, or just by some bizarre circumstance that has made one believe and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour. Even for those who have yet to hear about the good news, they know that there is more to this world. It is most likely that the reason why civilizations have always sought for a higher being because deep down, we have always felt a gaping hole that no amount of worldly pleasure can fill. Heaven awaits God’s elect and that is why for the Christian, there will always be that eternal longing in our hearts. This is revealed in His Word in Ecclesiastes 3:11 (KJV) “He hath made everything beautiful in His time; also He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”  

Finally, Jesus understands that we humans are prone to doubting Him. If you lack faith in His existence, ask for it. Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”. He has promised in Matthew 7:7 (KJV) “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”. Because through it all, God is faithful even when we are faithless.

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