Scientist Carl Sagan said that he didn't want to believe, he wanted to know. How can I ever truly know that God exists?
WE CAN KNOW IT IN OUR HEARTS. I think the most intelligent thing any person can ever do is to surrender himself to God and to be filled with Him. Jesus said, "If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority." If you will surrender your will to God's, then you will know. On the other hand, if you say, "God, I am not going to do Your will until You show me Yourself," He is under no obligation to show you anything. To know is to surrender. When we surrender, we begin to know. We enter into a relationship with the Creator in which we know that we know that we know.
The great mathematician Blaise Pascal said, "At three in morning as I was praying, [and] suddenly, fire!" He said, "Oh, God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, the world has not known Thee, but I know Thee, Father." He was a scientist, one of the greatest philosopher-scientists in the history of mankind, who suddenly ran into the fire of God and said, "I now know You."
That was a revelation from God. God reveals Himself to us as He chooses. In the meantime, we have the Scripture, the Bible, which tells us about God. We can read and believe the Bible out of faith. The apostle Paul wrote, "So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. "45 If we expose ourselves to the Word, we will grow in faith.
God has not left Himself without a witness. The witness around us is the wonder of His creation and the inexplicable order ofit all. Certainly, we're surprised that someone like Carl Sagan would not have recognized that and said, "There must be something behind this:" But the wisdom of this world is insufficient to find God; it still takes faith.
The word in Greek for "wisdom" is sophia, from which we get our word philosophy; phil -o-sophia, the love of wisdom. Paul said, "When the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believed."46 When Paul got into Athens, he played head-garnes with some of the local philosophers. On Mars Hill, the local gathering spot for intellectuals, Paul said, "I see that you are a very religious people, and I noticed your statue to the Unknown God. Now, the Unknown God is the one I am going to declare to you." He approached them from an intellectual standpoint, and most debaters would say that he won his points. Yet interestingly, to the best of my knowledge, he didn't win one convert from that debate in Athens. He went up the road to Corinth, and later he said, "When I got to Corinth, I was determined to know nothing among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified."48 And there he established a thriving church, because he talked about the cross and the necessity of knowing Jesus.
You can look at the world and see the wonder of a human being, the growth of a child, and all of the processes oflife. The structure and order to it all is absolutely staggering! Any honest observer must conclude, "There has to be an order in this." Yet amazingly, some people choose not to see it.
I read an article on creation in Encyclopedia Britannica that said the genetic structure in one human being was the equivalent of a library of 1000 books, 500 pages per book, with closely printed, single-spaced type--yet the person who wrote that article said chance evolution brought that genetic structure into being! How ludicrous! If he walked into any library and saw the thousand volumes of closely printed text placed nearly on the shelves, that same person would never say, "My, I guess this just happened by random chance." No, he or she would have to admit that someone put the order together and keeps it together. The order of the uni- verse is one of the strongest "proofs" for God's existence.
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