As we move into the New Year, I was pondering what I wanted to share with you today. And as I did, I realized maybe that a good thing to share was something that is so appropriate for the beginning of the year. I want to share with you a few reasons everyone should believe in God.
The Bible says right away in Genesis, in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Notice it does not try to convince anyone the there is a God. Most people in those days believed in a God of some sort. But in our world today we have those, often wayward intellectuals, who like to profess to be an agnostic or a flat out atheist. Bottom line is, there is a God.
The Bible says in Psalm 53:1 ‘the fool says in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they and have done abominable iniquity; there is none that does good.” In our day and age there are many in life, who increasingly deny God’s existence. Even beyond that, we have those who increasingly say they believe in God but their definition is as if they crafted a God that is not much different than that of the ancient pagan.
We have a growing problem as well with those who may believe but never give God a thought. It is all troubling but the bottom line is that God’s existence does not depend on what anyone believes or does not. He is.
More and more scientists since the rise of something called quantum physics now believe without question that the order of things in our universe depend on a creator. More and more astronomers, unlike the late Carl Sagan, now believe God exists. Science rather than discrediting God now point more and more to Him.
The Bible says, in fact, that in Psalm 19:1, that “the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
Paul said in Romans 1:20 that the firmament shows God’s handiwork.
Today, over 90 percent of astronomers believe in God. They realized that if the earth were tilted just a little more or if the moon was a little closer or farther away, or if the earth were only 10 percent bigger or smaller, no life could exist here. That is not by coincidence. The mixture of nitrogen and oxygen is just perfect for life here. The existence of the ozone layer that has so long protected us from the sun is just right. Over and over we see that no evolutionary process did this, God did this.
Biologically, how is it a blind animal that crawled out of some made up bog in the beginning of time suddenly become a creature of sight? Or how could our life which is based on blood that flows in us be created from bone marrow and then magically give up its nucleus when it reaches our bloodstream? Any other cell would die doing that. No other cell can do that.
The entire design of a red blood cell is unique so it can carry oxygen to our body.
And then there is the human eye? The human eye is a masterpiece that combines so many things and processes that work together that there is no way a random evolutionary process that originated in a sightless creature could develop it. Even the human brain which typically weighs under four pounds is a miracle as it performs about 500 tons of what electrical and electronic equipment cannot do and contains 15 billion neurons that make thought process possible. Coincidence? The atheist would have you think so.
We could fill this paper with evidence for God but the greatest evidence is that, for the Christian, they know Him through His Son Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in their heart.
The triune God is a convincing reality for the believer. While we do not always know what He is doing or why, we know that He is for we have seen His handiwork in our lives and had Him answer our prayers. The world chases after so many things to fill the hearts of people, but only when we realize that God made us and sustains us and loves us and then seek after Him is our heart filled. Nothing else fills it. Only God through His Son Jesus Christ can do that.
The best evidence for a transformed life is God Himself. Yet, it is not enough just to believe in God. The devil does that. The real source of fulfillment is not a belief in a false evolutionary accident that Darwin proposed and so many buy into. The real belief in God leads one to believe in Jesus Christ , who is God Himself and of whom John, the apostle said, “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and was God.”
Knowing Jesus is knowing God. For the atheist and agnostic, if they are right, which they are not, they are out nothing. But if agnostics and atheists are wrong about God, then they face eternity lost and eternally separated from anything good.
As we begin this year, commit yourself to knowing God better and reaffirming or even committing your life to Him through Christ for the first time. He was born in Bethlehem, died at Calvary and on the third day rose from the dead. He did it all for you and I whom He loves. Think of it, the God of all creation loves even you and me. Let that love surround you this year and sustain you. He lives and because He lives, you can live also. Yes, really live in this life and the world to come. That is, indeed, good news.