Have you met someone who is lacking the education or training to understand a particular thing and hear them express comments that you know are simply due to misunderstanding or insufficient knowledge?
In conversations with atheists or agnostics, it is common to hear that they see no evidence for God. The difficulty is in hearing these individuals express their feelings that it is we, who know God, that are misinformed. It is their idea that because we believe that God exists, we do so because of lack of education.
It is true that young men and women who go off to university to obtain an education, often loose their faith in God. This is due to the constant barrage of atheist viewpoints and ridicule by professors. Uniformed professors express their ideas that the weak of mind are naive to believe that God exists. They teach young people that we don’t need God to explain the universe or human life because evolution and natural processes accomplished this without the need for a Supernatural Being.
When I have interviewed atheists who have obtained an education that they believe affords them the ability to know that God is not necessary for the universe, I have consistently found their education inadequate. The entire point of an education is to be exposed to all views of any particular subject so that a person can chose the most efficient and intelligent ideas.
The problem with education today is that young people are not given the opportunity to explore the idea that God must exist and that science does not have conclusive answers for the existence of the universe and human life. Any mention of God, the Bible, or a Supernatural process for the source of the universe is quickly mocked and ridiculed by college professors. The student hears these comments relentlessly throughout their time in academia. By the time the degree is obtained, many young people have been indoctrinated into the secular humanistic worldview.
After education, the second barrier for many people in believing that God exists, is their lack of awareness of the true nature of man. It is the idea of science that human beings consist of physical material only. The idea that there is a non-material spirit inside the body of a human being is prosperous to the humanist.
The preeminent method whereby God conveys knowledge about Himself to human beings, is through the realm of the Spirit. If a person does not know that there is a spirit, that they are spirit, and that God communicates by the spirit; this unawareness will greatly hinder their ability to know God or understand who He is.
This morning, I am writing this article on a MacBook laptop computer. I am using a software program to enable me to create the words that you are reading. I am transferring my thoughts into words and placing them on a computer screen. This text is being transferred to a hard drive at some unknown location and can be retrieved by you when you access this information by your electronic device.
The software that makes all of this possible is the true source that makes this all possible.
The human body is but a vehicle from where the spirit can operate. Like my MacBook (a body), the software (the spirit), work together to make expressions of thoughts possible.
This is precisely the same way that you and I communicate with each other. Our spirit uses our mind to form thoughts and feelings, words, and communication. These are expressed through our body, that types with our fingers or speaks with our lips—words. These words allow you to understand what I am expressing.
When Paul was writing to the church at Corinth, he explained that people in the world cannot understand the things of God because they are spiritually discerned. He described people who do not know God as “the natural man.” These individuals have yet to acquire the capacity of their spirit to detect the existence of God by their own spirit.
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ~1 Corinthians 2:14
When Jesus was visited one night by Nicodemus, a member of the Pharisees, highly trained and intelligent, Jesus told this esteemed man that it would be impossible for him to see or understand the kingdom of God by physical means. He must be born a second time by the spirit, if he would know God and understand Him.
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” ~John 3:1-3
The unbeliever does not have the capacity to understand God or to know Him, because his spirit is still dead within him. This is the reason that so many find it impossible to know God or to understand His existence.
The moment that any person places their trust in Christ for their salvation, they are born a second time of the spirit, and can understand the things of God.
God intended that all human beings would see the universe, the earth, and human life, and naturally surmise that God must exist. It was the purpose of God to create such a magnificent universe that when man saw it with his eyes, he would be in awe and realize the power that was necessary to bring such a creation into existence. In earlier times of human history, this was much easier because science and astronomy did not have the capacity it does today to show us the universe.
The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. ~Psalms 19:1-4 (NLT)
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. ~Romans 1:20 (NLT)
The problem is; modern technology has also give man a reason to think that the universe is so big and complex that no Being could create such a structure. The results of man’s education in modern times is that he now believes the universe created itself or was caused by a preexisting universe that we cannot see.
God gave us His word, which is the only publication in existence that accurately describes the true nature and character of God. In the 66 books of the Bible, God explains everything necessary to know that He exists; that He loves us, and He sent His Son to die for our sins—making our redemption and restoration back to perfection, possible.
Finally, God sent His Son to earth in the body of a man so that we could see a visual representation of God. Jesus retained the powers that we would expect God to show us as proof of His identity. He called unique men to record the words and events of Jesus’ time on earth, so every generation could know God.
The problem is that in all of these proofs that God left for us so that we could know Him, man has consistently denied these as evidence and has continued in unbelief.
We must have compassion for people who have yet to discover these truths and find God. We must not, however, have compassion upon people who knowingly refuse to believe what God left for us to discover, deny God exists, and refuse to accept the record of history for the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
God has left the world with adequate evidence for His existence. He came to earth Himself and showed us His love and desire to save us. Despite these proofs, a majority of people who deny God, will never accept these proofs, nor receive the evidence that God has left the world.
On the day of judgement, every person who stands before God will have no excuse for why they did not believe what God said. People imagine that they will simply tell God that they didn’t know or understand. He will show them every occasion when they were presented with evidence, yet chose to not believe. He will show them that it was their hearts of unbelief, their unwillingness to believe, that were the real cause of their eternal loss.
These persons will have an eternity to regret their stubbornness and foolish denial of the truth that God has made so clear to every person. In the end, it will be those who denied God, who caused their own eternal loss, and not God or those who attempted to bring them into an awareness of God. People who live in the prison of hell for eternity will deserve their punishment. They have trampled underfoot the gracious and loving sacrifice of God’s Son, and counted the death He died for us all, as nothing. How would you feel if you sent your son to die for someone and they mocked him, denied him, and spent their lives seeking to convince others that what he did is irrelevant?
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.
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