As I stated in a previous blog, I am reading Christian Beliefs: 20 Basics every Christian Should know by Wayne and Elliot Grudem. Here of are some of main points of Chapter 2 titled “What is God Like.”
Scripture assumes that God exists. The 1st verse of the Bible speaks about God’s existence before creation.
- “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
The Bible also tells us that all people have a deep inner sense that God exists through the conscience that God has placed in each of us.
- because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. (Romans 1:19)
Creation along with humanity gives us evidence of God, and His character. You can look at our world and conclude that God exists.
- 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 1:20)
- The heavens are telling of the glory of God ; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. (Psalm 19:1-2)
This tells us that the things that have been made give us a knowledge of God, and so we are without excuse. Many people have decided to ignore their conscience, and what creation says about the existence of God. They don’t acknowledge that He exists.
- For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen (Romans 1:25)
People choose to worship the created things in life, and not the Creator of those things. Many people also choose to suppress or reject the truth about God’s character and existence. They convince themselves that there is no God.
- The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, “There is no God.” (Psalm 10:4)
- The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)
Belief in God is based on evidence that we can find in both the Bible and the natural world.