Wednesday, May 11, 2011

God's existence is clearly perceived in the things that have been made

For the wrath of God revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousoness, because that which may be known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:18)

Notice that St Paul does not grant to the atheist that the evidence of God's existence is either ambiguous or equivocal. Rather, he insists that God's existence is clearly perceived in the things that have been made.

Whether or not someone is willing to admit it he 'gets it.' When he encounters nature's voice proclaiming the existence of the God who created it. It's not that God's existence is merely suggested through what has been made, or faintly hinted at. St Paul says it is clearly seen. In fact, he says God's existence and nature are so clearly recognisable that men and women who refuse to acknowledge him are without excuse.

All of creation cries out the existence and glory of God, so much so that in order to escape God, the unbeliever must engage in a massive and continual suppression of the evidences seen in his creation.

Whatever an atheist may say about the world, he is still a manifestation of the image and likeness of God. He bears in his own being the most powerful proofs of God's existence and information about his nature. If he closes his eyes to escape into the solitude of his own mind and heart, he is immediately confronted with the clearest of all evidences - his own being.

The atheist claims there is no God, but he has no choice but to live in the world God created, the real world, a world that calls out to him from every direction the truth of God's existence.

Taken from the book "The Godless Delusion," by Patrick Madrid and Kenneth Hensley.
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