God allows man to choose

It was not God's Idea to remove Himself and be seemingly unapproachable. It was mankind's choice. Beginning with Adam and Eve, God gave humankind freedom of choice. He allows us to choose whether we will believe In Him, accept the knowledge He reveals and obey Him—or not.

God didn't force Adam and Eve to follow His Instructions. They freely chose not to. Humanity has felt the repercussions of that fateful decision ever since.

Neither did God force ancient Israel to obey Him. He clearly offered the Israelites a choice: "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses," He told them. "Now choose life, so that you and your children may live" (Deuteronomy 30:19, NIV).

With their own ears they had heard God at Mount Sinai. They had witnessed miracle after miracle in their trek out of Egypt. Yet the Israelites quickly forgot that evidence and chose to disre gard the way of life and blessings God offered (see also Deuteronomy 31:27).

Mankind has consistently chosen to turn away from God's revelation, preferring the way that ultimately leads to curses and death (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25). Nothing has changed today. We are faced with the same two choices: Believe God and obey His laws, or disbelieve and disobey.

Most people like to think they are open-minded, that they wouldn't be antagonistic or prejudiced against the truth. Yet some of the same people who knew of Christ's miracles later

God offered a direct relationship with ancient Israel, but the Israelites refused. At Mount Sinai they pleaded for more distance between them and God.

shouted for His blood. Jesus pointed out that some were so hardened toward God that they wouldn't accept Him and His ways even If someone were raised from the dead (Luke 16:31).

Human nature hasn't changed. The same bias and prejudice remain just as deeply entrenched In our modern era. It's not a pretty thought to consider that a significant part of humanity willingly hardens Its thinking against God, yet It happens (2 Peter 3:5). For the natural human way .j, of thinking Is fundamentally hostile toward God q (Romans 8:7). So people look for ways to dismiss s Him from their lives. For some, particularly intel-<3 lectuals, this takes the form of reasoning around ^ clear evidence for His existence (Romans 1:18--§ 22). The heart Is deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9) and S convinces the mind of falsehood.

Has God ever provided human beings with absolute, indisputable proof of His existence? Will He ever provide such proof In the future? The answer to both questions Is an emphatic yes.

When God brought ancient Israel out of Egypt, He performed many awesome miracles that demonstrated His existence, power and control over the laws of nature. "Now the Lord said to Moses, 'Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him, and that you may tell In the hearing of your son and your son's son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord'" (Exodus 10:1-2).

They had their proof, but it quickly faded from their memory. "They made a calf In Horeb, and worshiped the molded image ... They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things ..." (Psalm 106:19-22).

Later God gave them proof that He was God through the words of His prophets. Fulfilled prophecy powerfully demonstrates the reality of God. He proclaimed, "I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done" (Isaiah 46:9-10). Only God can accurately foretell the future and bring it to pass.

Bible prophecy Is one proof of God that can be easily verified. Although It is beyond the scope of this publication to explain the many precisely fulfilled prophecies, some examples are readily available to you In our free booklet Is the Bible True?

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