Humanity, because of sin, does not desire God to have a say in how they live their life. Each person wants to create their own standard, to do what pleases them, not what pleases the God who created them.
One way to fight against the standards that God has set is to take the position that there is no God. For if there is no God, there is no standard. If there is no standard, I can do as I please. Today, I want to offer a three step approach to help you respond to people who reject the existence of God: Encourage them to look out, look in, and look to.
- Look Out
The Bible says in Psalm 19:1-2, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” We call this general revelation. God is speaking at all times, to all humanity. He is saying something through the wonders of His work. For example, there is an estimated 1 billion trillion stars in the Universe. Have you ever asked what force is strong enough to cause such a reality? Or think about your eye. It is highly complex. Could the design of the eye come about by chance? Charles Darwin, of all people, in the Origin of Species wrote:
“To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest sense” (1859, p. 170).
These are just two examples of looking out. Time does not allow to go into the realities of gravity, the information contained within DNA, subatomic particles, light, cognitive reasoning, etc. Each of these realities declares the reality of a God. Encourage those who doubt God to look out at the world that God created, it has something to say to them.
- Look In
The second step is on the other end of the spectrum and seems to be avoided by many of the scientific community. It is the procedure of evaluating the soul. For example, have you ever pondered love? Sadness? Guilt? Justice? Sorrow? Joy? Hope? Yearning? Purpose? Creativity? It is obvious that these things are not a result of nurture, they are natural. Every human who has ever existed experiences these things. Where do these things come from? Is it even reasonable to claim they came from nothing? Does love evolve?
Take for example justice, the concept of right and wrong. Every person and every culture senses a moral law. It does not have to be written in books, it seems to be written on every man’s heart. CS Lewis states:
“But the most remarkable thing is this. whenever you find a man who says he does not believe in a real right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later. He may break his promise to you, but if you try breaking on to him he will be complaining 'It's not fair' before you can say Jack Robinson.”
If we truly examine ourselves we will come to one conclusion, we bear the marks of a Creator. In fact, as the Bible states, we are image bearers of our Creator. To image means to display. The attributes of man declare the existence of God, so look in and examine the realities of your design, for the image of God is being displayed by you.
- Look To
Lastly, and most importantly, is to look to the Bible. This may sound circular, because it is, and it must be this way. Proving the existence of the Highest Authority can only be done by the self-revelation by the Highest Authority. The Bible is God’s revelation of himself. It is the truth about Him and the truth about reality. Psalm 18:30 says, “This God-his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true.” Many people who deny God, have never read his book nor held it up against reality. Have you allowed the Bible to prove itself?
How can we test to see if the Bible proves itself out? One way is to ask questions and see what the Bible says and if those answers make sense. For example, why is their order in the Universe? “Because God is not a god of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33). Why is man the highest on the food chain? Because we are to “have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28). Why is there so much brokenness in the world? Because ’”the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick” (Jeremiah 17:9) and “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” (Matthew 15:19). Why does all of humanity throughout time desire to be married? Because God has designed that “a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:31-32). For every question, the Bible provides an answer, it proves true. If you doubt me, try it. Commit yourself to read the Bible for the next year and see if it holds any water.