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Can you really come to know God, who claims to be Creator, Lifegiver, Sustainer of the universe, the One who does nothing without a reason?

Atheistic evolution claims that life exists because of a series of lucky accidents, that the laws governing the cosmos and life itself came into existence by chance, that the universe came from nothing and that everything we see has no purpose or meaning. When you look at the evidence of the origin of the universe and the supposed evolution of life, you cannot honestly say that science and human rationale have provided acceptable alternatives to the existence of God.

The answers to life's major questions have been available from ancient times, revealed in the Bible. The Bible claims to be the Word of God Himself. This is where He has revealed Himself as the Creator and shown the purpose for His creation. (To learn more, be sure to download or request your free copy of our booklet Is the Bible True ?)

Is God silent?

The skeptic asks, "If God exists, why doesn't He reveal Himself?"—as though this would resolve all debate about God's existence. God, however, knows better. He knows that no amount of evidence will convince those who are determined not to acknowledge and accept Him.

That is exactly what God tells us repeatedly in the Bible. Not only did He reveal Himself to the writers of Scripture to pass on to us what we need to know, but He has revealed Himself to everyone through His creation.

Yet human beings often draw incorrect conclusions from the ample evidence He has provided. As we noted earlier, people hold underlying motives for refusing to believe in a Creator God or a higher purpose. This all too conveniently allows them to live however they want without interference from any divine authority.

The fallacy of that reasoning is that God won't simply go away so people can satisfy their selfish cravings. Denying the law of gravity just because we can't see, touch or handle it doesn't mean gravity doesn't exist. In the same way, denying the equally real and binding spiritual laws and principles God set in motion doesn't mean He and they magically go away. We remain ultimately accountable to the Creator, who has left us with abundant evidence of His existence.

In the previous chapter we saw that the apostle Paul, who preached powerfully i about the true God in a superstitious, polytheistic world, spoke unambiguously of

? the consequences of ignoring the evidence of the Creator. Look again at what he

| said: "Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature,

5 invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he

' has made. So they are without excuse" (Romans 1:20, NRSV).

Again, Paul is saying here that we can see ample evidence of a Creator, as well as His nature and character, by observing the physical creation. He asserts that the evidence is so unmistakable that a rational, thinking person has no excuse to conclude there is no God. People have no excuse to conclude God is anything other than what He is—eternal, supreme, all powerful and infinitely good. Anyone who asks the right questions and honestly wants to know the answers will come to the same logical conclusion.

So powerful is the evidence for God that Paul declares: "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them" (verses 18-19, NRSV).

Although God clearly reveals His existence, He acknowledges that some men suppress the truth about Him. Why would anyone do that? Paul answers that "since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done" (verse 28, NRSV). Some don't want to acknowledge the existence of God simply so they can live in whatever manner they choose and do whatever they want. This helps explain why man has used his God-given abilities of observation and logic to reason incorrectly and to draw false conclusions.

God's claim of Creator

The first statement in the Bible is clear as to our ultimate origin: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). God here establishes the premise for everything else that will follow.

Later, through the prophet Isaiah, He summarizes His creation of the earth and everything in it: "Thus says God the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it" (Isaiah 42:5).

Through Isaiah God tells us to look at His handiwork in the heavens: "Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing ... Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable" (Isaiah 40:26-28, NRSV).

On a clear night we can see about 2,000 stars with the naked eye. A century ago astronomers thought our Milky Way galaxy, with its billions of stars, was the entire universe. Now they estimate that there are at least 100 billion galaxies, and possibly far more, each with billions of stars. The estimated number of galaxies continues to grow as new technological breakthroughs allow us to expand our view of the cosmos.

It would require supercomputers just to list the names or assigned numbers of a significant fraction of these stars. Yet God claims to have created every star and that He can account for each of them!

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