Knowing God


Truth is under attack. The freedom of belief is a wonderful gift in our free society. But the freedom of belief has often caused the lines of truth and morality to become blurred. Bombarded by modern trends that cause each person to hold their views, religion or orientation as “Truth”, makes us wonder: “Does Truth exist?” We believe it does. There are two good arguments for truth:

1. The first argument is simple: The statement, “there is no truth” is a self-contradicting statement; if truth doesn’t exist, that could not be a true statement.

2. The second argument is from morality: the existence of good and evil. Are there actions in the world that you know are absolutely wrong? For example, child abuse is never right – there is no time that a father or mother has any right to physically or sexually abuse a child. Let’s look at the other side of the coin: Are there things in this world that are always good? One would never reprimand a person for simply aiding the elderly!

The fact that we know that certain things are wrong and other things are right shows that we know that there is such a thing as “right and wrong.” That knowledge is a basic form of the truth. This should immediately make us wonder “What else is there to the truth?” “What other truths can we know?” What if what you think is good is different from what I think? Do we have the right to do whatever we want, just because we believe it is good?

There must be some standard by which we know right from wrong – some source of the good. There is! That standard and source is God Himself.

Truth cannot depend on individual beliefs. So where does truth and morality come from? Is it logical to believe in a God who determines right from wrong? Unless we say that we have the right to do whatever we want (including murder, theft, and abuse) then we must admit that there is someone greater than ourselves out there – a higher standard by which all actions are determined “right” or “wrong”.

Most of us believe that our lives have meaning -that it is important for us to be alive. What is it that gives us that sense of meaning? Who determines our purpose? When we reject the existence of a Creator, we reject purpose. However, if we believe that we have a purpose then we should be striving to determine the source of that purpose? We believe we were created by God to have a relationship with the Him. That is our purpose. The fact that we have a yearning for the supernatural is a major reason to believe in God’s existence.

Nature itself is evidence of a Creator. The design and beauty of creation make the invisible qualities of God plain to see. Complexity is evidence of a complex design (and Designer); all creativity is evidence of a Creator; all nature is evidence of the supernatural.

 

To put it simply, God wants to have a relationship with you.

God created humans to dwell with Him on earth. The Bible says the Lord created humans in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). We are like mirrors which reflect the image of God, but are not God. We were made for His pleasure, to do His work, and to live in His presence (Gen. 2:15). Only perfect people can live in the presence of a perfect God. In the beginning, Adam and Eve were able to be with God because they were perfect. KG1

God lovingly provided for them and they lovingly obeyed Him. This was the way it was meant to be.

Adam and Eve were on intimate terms with God and He took care of them, but He also expected them to follow His commands through their own choosing. Genesis chapter 3 tells us how Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. They disobeyed God’s clear instructions, and joined Satan’s rebellion. They rejected a pure, perfect world to experiment with something that they thought would be better – but it wasn’t. Humans lost their intimate relationship with God because of sin, and we have all sinned (Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God).

KG2When Adam sinned every single human lost the ability to live without sin in our lives. Sin is always our natural tendency. We have to work hard to fight it, but we don’t always succeed in beating it. We, therefore, cannot have a relationship with a sinless God. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages (penalty) of sin is death…” We gain death and separation from God when we disobey Him.

That’s the bad news. The good news is what God does. In Genesis 3 God promised the coming Deliverer, the person who would one day defeat Satan. The rest of the Bible explains God’s deliverance – Jesus Christ.

KG3Believing in the life, death on the cross, and resurrection of Jesus is our bridge back to God.

The rest of Romans 3:23 goes on to say, “…and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood… to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”

The rest of Romans 6:23 (“For the wages of sin is death…”) says “..but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

All humans have sinned against God, but He has made our reconciliation to Him possible. Without faith in Jesus Christ, we have death and the harsh reality of hell as God’s just punishment for our sin. However with faith in Jesus Christ: that He died, was buried, and was raised from the dead on the third day so that our sins would be paid for by His death, we have eternal life with God.

God wants to have a relationship with you. You can apologize to Him for your sins right now. You can confess to Him now that you have faith in Jesus’ sacrifice for you and you will be saved from your sins. You will have a new relationship with God. And that’s what He desires most!