Is there a God? Are our prayers empty of hope, just delusions for the foolish?
What Do Our Senses Tell Us?
Psalm 19:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Perfect Revelation of the Lord
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
19 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
In a reblog, The godlessness of science so-called, we considered The godlessness of science so-called by ColorStorm. To show how obvious it is that God exists, cites Romans 1:19-22. In that passage the Apostle Paul alludes to Psalm 19. Through His Creation, it becomes self-evident that God exists. Nevertheless, The godlessness of science so-called generated much discussion. What makes a truth self-evident? Well, that’s the subject for another post, but it seems what self-evident is not necessarily obvious. Not only do we disagree about what is self-evident, we don’ agree about makes something self-evident. So we debate whether God’s existence is self-evident.
Apprehension is the ability to understand something by relying on tangible or concrete experience. A simple example is when you touch the fire it will burn your finger. This experience can lead you apprehending that you should not touch fire. Whereas comprehension does not require concrete experience to understand, it is the ability to understand through reliance on conceptual interpretation and symbolic representation. (from here)
We cannot comprehend or understand God, but we can apprehend or sense innumerable clues that demonstrate both the fact and the significance of His existence. Some say apprehension of God’s existence is enough. Others insist upon what is impossible, that we must comprehend what we cannot begin to understand. The former accept our limitations. The latter would raise the bar far beyond our capacity to know what is true. Arguably, many of that latter group don’t even want to deal with the issue.
The Bible says we must believe, that apprehension of God’s existence is enough. Because God’ existence is self-evident, in Romans 1 the Apostle Paul said that disbelieving in God is a choice, an act of the will, a refusal to believe.
Romans 1:18-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
What does His Creation tell us about the nature of God? We can see stars into infinity. We can marvel at the endless details we find on just one small planet. We cannot even begin to grasp what makes life possible, but we can examine God’s Creation and be awed.
What are the invisible attributes of God? Even though we cannot see God, through his Creation we can see His infinite power and divinity. Something as complex, orderly, and beautiful as Creation could not have just happened. Someone had to make it. That Someone is our Creator. That Someone is God.
- How Are God’s Attributes “Clearly Perceived” by Everyone? (desiringgod.org)
- Question: “What are the attributes of God?” (gotquestions.org)
- Don Stewart :: How Has God Revealed Himself through Nature? (blueletterbible.org)
To Be Continued
- Part 2: What Does Our Heart Tell Us?
- Part 3: What Does The Bible Tell Us?