Why I Know There Is a God – Pt.1

Why I Know There Is a God – Pt.1

Editor’s Note: Lakin wrote, that here are three types of people mentioned in the Bible who are without hope. First those who doubt or deny the existence of God stand without hope. Then those who deny the Bible as the Word of God stand without hope. And finally, those who reject Christ as the Son of God stand without any hope.

“They need not depart; give ye them to eat.” – Matthew 14:16 “Wherefore remember, that ye being In time past Gentiles In the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which Is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”  —Eph. 2:11-13

In these words to the Ephesian Christians are two of the most dreaded words-“no hope.” A doctor stands beside the bed of a sick man. Anxiously the family awaits the verdict but he says, “There is no hope.” Those are sad words when

speaking of human circumstances. But they are darker still as they are used in this scriptural text. Far better for man to be without anything else in this world than to be without hope for a future life. Without hope, prosperity amounts to very little. Struggle has no meaning or purpose.

We ordinarily use the word “hope” in a very careless way. God always uses it with the greatest of care. No matter how strong, desire is not hope. Mere expectation is not hope. Hope in the Bible is a well-founded expectation for the future. There are three types of people mentioned in the Bible who are without hope. First those who doubt or deny the existence of God stand without hope. Then those who deny the Bible as the Word of God stand without hope. And finally, those who reject Christ as the Son of God stand without any hope.

The first one, the man who doubts or denies the existence of God, stands without any hope. Hope for a future life rests upon the existence of a beneficent, omnipotent God ruling in nature and in the affairs of men. Take that God out of the universe and man stands absolutely helpless and hopeless. There are not many who do not believe in the existence of God. Fifty years ago I met Charles Evan Smith, the president of the League of Atheism from New York City. When I asked him if he believed in theistic evolution, he said he didn’t believe in God at all. I asked him how he accounted for everything that is, and he said everything that is just happened to be. He believed the sun, moon, stars, and all the rest of God’s wonderful creation just fell in place. That would be as likely to happen as taking the intricate mechanisms of a watch, throwing them up in the air, and getting them to fall together in perfect working order. Without a watchmaker, the watch falling together in perfect order is as impossible as the universe falling together without a creator.

Then I asked him if he believed that an evolutionist could also be a Christian. He said it was absolutely impossible. That any man who is an evolutionist and stops short of Atheism is simply a dishonest thinker. I asked why he could not be a Christian. He answered that the Christian says man fell and needs a Saviour. The evolutionist says that he climbed down out of the trees and started to walk. He said if man did not fall, man does not need a Saviour. Did the monkey sin? Of course not. He reasoned, eliminate the Garden of Eden and there is no need forthe cross of Christ.

So how do I know there is a God? Notice, I did not say I think. You see I’m not an educated man. Therefore I can say why I know. An educated man is not supposed to know anything. He’s supposed to say “perhaps” or “it could have been.” Somebody asked me if I could read Greek. I said, “Man, I can hardly read English let alone Greek.” A fellow was trying to teach me some Greek about baptism. He said it’s baptidzo and rantidzo. I said, “Yeah and its gravo, graveis and gravel, but it was just sop when I was a kid.” Maybe we’re not supposed to be dogmatic, but I’m going to say dogmatically that I know there is a God. I’m positive there is a God.

Be continued tomorrow

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