In the Image


It is very curious that the one need, our basic need as humans, is that people cannot find God.  He is everywhere, not like the pantheist who believe that he is in the trees, the water, the sky, that every object is the embodiment of god ( go to this link for a full definition, http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/pantheism/ ).  I wonder if this is where the idolatrous concept of “Mother Nature” comes from.

We need God.  We’re searching for him in the creation (rocks, plants, trees, clouds, etc.) but we deny that he is God.  There may be intelligent design, but many like atheist Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, said in Ben Stein’s movie, Expelled, the idea that there is a God or gods whoever they are is unacceptable.  If a being of intelligence created the world, the only, the only logical conclusion about who it is is that intelligent designer is a god, or the God.

Paul wrote in Romans 1:19, “that which is known about God is evident within them, for God made it evident to them” (from the New American Standard Version of the Bible).

What was it Pascal said?  We were created with a God-shaped vacuum (hole) that only God can fill.  How is that?

Paul wrote that God made it evident that there is a God and we human beings know it.  We know it because we were created in God’s image.

And people like Richard Dawkins deny there is the possibility of God.  As Vizzini said in the movie The Princess Bride, “Inconceivable!

It’s totally conceivable because it is in me to know God.  And when I finally learn and accept that there is a God, I find that he has revealed himself to me.

He has shown himself to me in love as I first received it from my mother and many, many others.   He has shown himself to me in Jesus because he is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) and all things were created by him, through him, and for him (Col. 1:16).  I look at Jesus and I see God.  He has shown himself to me through his revealed scriptures, the Bible.

If God had left it up to we see God in creation without an explanation, I wouldn’t know who he is.  He identified himself by telling me about himself.  I wonder what the interview would be like.

Science is probing further into our world and farther outside of our world, and most of us have never dreamed we could reach that far or that it all goes that far, but what we will discover is an endless line of discovery which will lead to research and what the scientists will learn, if they will open their minds is that not only is there a god, they will learn who God is, because he has identified himself.  He is a personal God and we mean by that, that he didn’t just make things and leave us as the Deist believe (such as Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein believed), but that he continues to be involved in this here world and everything that he creates.

“Since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made” Romans 1:20.  It’s all there.  it’s all right there in the natural world that God is and that he is divine and powerful.

I get it because I have the image of God impressed in me and I fill that impression with God.

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