Atheists mock Christians for worshipping a God who can’t be seen. He isn’t peeping out from behind the clouds, he isn’t sitting on the church roof, and he doesn’t stop people stealing from little old ladies. He isn’t hob-nobbing in the Whitehouse or even the Vatican, and you can’t put a piece of him under a scanning electron microscope…ergo he does not exist…

August 2013 010

(SZARE, “Buried Rails”)

Some of the more flamboyant, imaginative and desperate-for-money-and-power televangelists and charismatic preachers do, from time to time, claim to have been hanging out around God’s throne, chatting the hours away and even giving God some advice.

While the world’s atheists tell us how clever they are and how moronic anyone who believes in an invisible Creator is, secular scientists tell us that most of the matter and energy in the universe is “dark”: it can’t be seen, felt, bottled or analyzed, and nobody knows what it’s made of. They “know” it’s there somewhere-they just haven’t seen it yet. According to NASA:

“It turns out that roughly 68% of the Universe is dark energy. Dark matter makes up about 27%. The rest – everything on Earth, everything ever observed with all of our instruments, all normal matter – adds up to less than 5% of the Universe.”

 “More is unknown than is known. We know how much dark energy there is because we know how it affects the Universe’s expansion. Other than that, it is a complete mystery”. (note 1).

The existence of dark matter is deduced from the orbital speed of the outermost stars orbiting galaxies. In other words, while dark matter is invisible, and while no one’s ever yet put a piece of it under a scanning electron microscope, scientists believe it exists because of their cosmology and because of the behavior of visible objects in its vicinity.

Similarly, the “singularity”-that initial point of mass and energy which evolutionists believe brought our universe into being-was not observed or filmed, and you wouldn’t even be able to see it if you were there to…ah…not see it:

“It is impossible to see the singularity or the actual Big Bang itself, as time and space did not exist inside the singularity” (NOTE 2).

We draw conclusions about many properties of nature from their affects or just from reason alone. Similarly, we who believe in an invisible creator God draw conclusions about him from our own world-view, and from what we see and experience in our tangible universe. You can read my own observations in this regard in my “Acronyms” posts (note 3).

My point is that just because we can’t see something it doesn’t mean it isn’t there, or that we have no way of detecting it. We all believe in things we can’t see, and live our lives accordingly. We can’t see love, but we know it’s there-sometimes.

In the New Testament we read that John said:

“No one has ever seen God” (1 John 4:12).

So if there’s a God, why is it that no one has seen him?

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that:

“God is spirit” (John 4:24)

and

“…what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

The reason no one has seen God is that we are physical, mortal, finite, three dimensional beings (four counting time) in a fixed and limited existence, whereas God, who created this physical universe as an inferior thing to his own essence, is an immortal, eternal, infinite, multi-dimensional and pan-dimensional being who lives in a realm we aren’t able to observe in our present state.

However, as Bible authors made clear, we can know some of God’s characteristics by what we see and experience all around us and in us. Paul said that people have no excuse to reject the existence and knowledge of God, because:

“…what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 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 he has made…” (Romans 1:19-20).

Evolutionists are working hard to convince us that what we see all around us is the result of time plus chance plus the interaction of billions of fortuitous changes. You have a choice: believe what they tell you (I say believe because you personally have seen nothing evolve) or believe that what you see all around you and in you is far too complex, far too beautiful, and far too ordered to have arisen from nothing.

But we have more than just nature to give us an idea of what God is like. The Bible, written by many different authors over many hundreds of years, makes the claim countless times that it is the inspired, living message of God:

“All scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16)

This is the message that millions of people have died for and are dying today for. Yes, other religions have their martyrs, but the prophets of the Old Testament, Jesus Christ and his apostles in the New-the authors and the founders of the faith-likely would not have willingly died as they did for writing and preaching something they knew to be false.

But there’s something extra-special about Jesus.  People-sometimes unbelievers-acknowledge that he was a “good man”, a lover, a forgiver, a social reformer, a miracle-worker. But far more than that, John said:

“No one has ever seen God, but God the one and only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known” (John 1:18).

It’s clear who this “one and only” is that John spoke of, because the entire gospel is about Jesus, and John, in the same passage, said:

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Jesus Christ came to earth as a man to show the world what God is like. And what is he like? He’s

“…full of grace and truth”. He’s loving, he’s merciful, and he’s a miracle worker to the extent of raising the dead and having the weather obey his commands.

Paul said that Jesus Christ is:

“The image of the invisible God…” (Colossians 1:15).

When you look at Jesus, you see as much of God as any human can see.

We don’t have the privilege of seeing Jesus physically, yet. But we can “see” him in the scriptures, thanks to men like John and Paul who gave their lives to tell us about him. Philip, one of the twelve disciples, said to Jesus one evening:

“Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus’ answer also speaks to us, nineteen hundred years later. He said:

“Don’t you know me Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:8-9).

The present-day deniers of Jesus’ divinity claim that John’s gospel is unreliable, so we can’t believe what it says about Jesus’ divinity. Really? Then take a look at the other gospel authors, and the writings of Paul, who all preached the same message. In fact, Jesus’ claim to be God was the reason he was crucified:

“The high priest said to him, I charge you under oath by the living God: tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”

“Yes, it is as you say, Jesus replied. But I say to all of you: in the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? What do you think?”

“He is worthy of death,” they answered (Matthew 26:63-66).

You have not only seen the witness of nature all around: you have seen a glimpse of Jesus, a glimpse of God himself. Now it’s up to you to accept him or reject him. There is no middle ground.

NOTES

1: http://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/focus-areas/what-is-dark-energy/

2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initial_singularity

3: https://nickyfisher.com/2015/05/25/a-spiritual-defense-strategy/

https://nickyfisher.com/2015/06/14/a-spiritual-defense-strategy-acronym-2/

https://nickyfisher.com/2015/07/06/a-spiritual-defense-strategy-66-jell-wast-mush/

 

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