It’s not rocket science. God did not create everything and then make it impossible to see that truth. It was never meant to be a giant cosmic question that only the smartest of the smartest would have a chance of understanding. We are not supposed to be waiting for the geniuses of our world to give us the answer to life’s most important questions.
God did not hide the evidence of his existence. We are surrounded by it. It is everywhere. How sad mankind has become. We are drowning in a sea of evidence yet waiting for experts to tell us that; Yes, the water is wet.
We must work the problem for ourselves. 2+2=? There is nothing more to it. We don’t need a calculator. We don’t need high school algebra or college calculus. There are enough fingers on one of our hands to do the math. There is no reason to delay. Stop thinking about what other people say and think. We don’t need their help. The answer comes to mind immediately. Let’s speak it, right now. It couldn’t be easier. We have to get past it because there are many great truths to explore but we can’t move on if we can’t admit the most basic truth of all: God Is.
…since what may be known about God is plain to them(us), because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature– have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men(us again) are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20
You may ask; If this truth is so basic, why do so many millions or even billions of people say that God doesn’t exist? If this supposed no-brainer truth is so obvious to everyone, why do so many say that our universe popped into existence out of nowhere and evolved into everything we know over billions of years? That is a good question. Why indeed?
People tend to believe or at least try to believe what they want to believe, often regardless of evidence to the contrary. Many of us would believe almost anything rather than admit there is a God. Believing in a God who made us and this universe we live in puts us squarely in this God’s debt. It can be much easier to think that we belong to ourselves, that we are the master of our own domain. Because if there is a God, we owe everything to him, our past, present, and future. Essentially, believing in God means that we are not our own, that we must answer to him.
Knowing that we must answer to God for the lives he gave us to live can be terrifying or not depending on what we believe about this God’s countenance towards us. But whether we believe God is mean and vengeful or loving and merciful, either way we are in his debt. I can’t speak for anyone else but answering God’s questions about the way I lived my life doesn’t fill me with great anticipation.
If God made each one of us, then it stands to reason that he doesn’t think that I am worth more than the guy I cut off in traffic yesterday, or the girl I yelled at that one time because she didn’t get my coffee quick enough. It stands to reason that God expects me to treat others like I would want to be treated myself, and often, I haven’t. I am pretty sure I am not alone.
Shame. That is what makes so many of us want to believe that there is no God we must answer to. It is easier to latch onto any idea that doesn’t leave us in the debt of a God we don’t know, easier than to face that we are not who we are created to be.
The Christians say that God loves us, that he wants to show us that love. They say that God wants to take away our shame. Could they be right? It’s hard to say based on the way they act. If there was only a way to get to know this God ourselves… If there was a trustworthy book that told us what he is like and what he thinks about us…
Stay tuned. Don’t give up. A.J.