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Creation, Conscience, Christ

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“I don’t believe in God”, some people say. And if they don’t believe in God, they won’t believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. It’s a logical progression for one denial to follow the other. Whatever reason someone may have for denying the existence of God, it still doesn’t change the reality of His existence. There are many proofs that reveal He is not just the product of someone’s creative imagination. In this tract, we will look at three ways God has revealed Himself to all mankind. All that is asked is that you read this tract with an open mind. Say a prayer to God, ask Him to open your eyes and reveal the truth to you. (Try it and see what happens, even if you don't believe in Him.)

Creation

“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) The creation of this world bears witness to the existence of God, and not just His existence but His eternal power as well. So strong is the testimony of creation that ignorance or denial of the existence of its Creator is inexcusable. The creation is a voice which speaks without words, yet speaks volumes about the knowledge, glory, and power of its Master Designer. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” (Psalm 19:1-3) People may try and silence this voice of creation through willful ignorance, but they will always be without excuse, “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them.” (Romans 1:19) You see, the physical creation is just too orderly and complex to appear and form itself by random chance.

Here’s an illustration: suppose you are walking down the sidewalk and you notice 50 pennies lying on the ground. The strange thing is that all of the pennies are arranged in 5 perfect rows of 10. All are facing heads up with all the heads turned perfectly in the same direction. You examine the pennies even further and notice they are arranged in chronological order, starting with the earliest date and ending with the latest date. At this point you may decide to become 50 cents richer and pick the pennies up, but one thing is certain, you wouldn’t walk away thinking someone dropped them there and they just happened to fall into the orderly fashion they were in. It would be clearly evident that someone planted those pennies there and then organized them. You might think it strange, but the reality behind the design and pattern would speak of a human touch, not random chance.

In similar fashion, the creation of the universe is telling you that its design speaks of a Divine touch. Even one of the world’s leading spokespersons for evolution, atheist Dr. Richard Dawkins, holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University has conceded that, “The more statistically improbable a thing is, the less can we believe that it just happened by blind chance. Superficially the obvious alternative to chance is an Intelligent Designer.”

Who is this Intelligent Designer? It is none other than the God who has revealed Himself to the world through His Son, Jesus Christ, and Who says of Himself through the prophet Isaiah, “I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” (Isaiah 45:12) There is nothing superficial about God. He exists!

No one will be able to appear before God and say, “I didn’t know”. No one will be without excuse, for God has revealed Himself in the light of creation.

Conscience

God has also revealed Himself in the light of conscience. Our conscience is the moral monitor God has given to every human being enabling us to know and reflect on what is morally right and wrong. In Romans 2:14-15 the apostle Paul writes, “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which show the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.”

The law Paul is talking about is the law of God, the 10 Commandments. Let’s take a look at 3 of those Commandments: #6 - “Thou shalt not kill.” #7 - “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” #8 - “Thou shalt not steal.” (Exodus 20:13-15) Even if you had never heard of the 10 Commandments, you would still know that morally these are wrong things to do. No one would have to tell you they are wrong. What if somebody had murdered a spouse or family member of yours? What if you found out your husband or wife was having an affair? What if you woke up in the morning and your car was stolen? Would these things be acceptable to you? Your conscience would bear witness against these acts that morally, they are all wrong. This is what Paul is talking about when he says the law has been written on our hearts.

When God created us, He built into our make-up the capacity to know right and wrong; consequently, when we violate this inner moral monitor we feel guilty. Now while the feelings of guilt may pass away after time, our standing before God is still one of guilt due to the fact we have broken His moral law of righteousness. “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4) Furthermore, “whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)

In closing this section, let me ask you a question. Have you ever done, said, or thought anything that brought on feelings of guilt, regret, or remorse? Every single person, if they are truly honest, would have to say “yes”. This shows that your conscience has affirmed the truth of God’s Word; His law has indeed been written on your heart. All people have been given the revelation of God through the light of conscience, and “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

Christ

“For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God....” (John 3:34) Through His Son, Jesus Christ, God has verbally spoken to the world. It is through Jesus Christ that God has told the world about sin, repentance, judgment, forgiveness, faith, resurrection, and eternal life.

Sin & Repentance - Jesus said, “for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Matthew 9:13) Jesus could not call the righteous because nobody is righteous; “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10)Rather, He is calling all of us to repent since we are all sinners. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) It is critical you understand that your sins have condemned you before a righteous and holy God, and if you are to be pardoned from His judgment, you must turn from your sins and flee to Jesus Christ. For as Jesus says, “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)

Judgment - Jesus has also spoken of an everlasting punishment to come for all those individuals who reject Him as their Savior. “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment.…” (John 8:24, Matthew 25:46)

Forgiveness - Jesus has told the world there is forgiveness of sins through the blood He shed when He died on the cross for us. “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:28)

Faith, Resurrection, & Eternal Life - Since Jesus conquered the curse of sin and death when He rose from the dead, He has the power to resurrect you as well after you die. However, He has made it clear that it is only through faith in Him that this will be granted to you. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life...and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:47, 40)

3 Witnesses

In conclusion, God has not left Himself without any witnesses to His existence: outwardly the creation bears witness; inwardly your conscience bears witness; verbally and most important of all, Jesus Christ bears witness to you that He was sent from God to save mankind. “I am one that bear witness of Myself, and the Father that sent Me beareth witness of Me”, said Jesus (John 8:18) . So now the question is, will you deny the fact that you are a sinner in need of a Savior? For “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves….” (1 John 1:8) But “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) The other side of eternity is a dark and lonely place to meet God for the first time. Nothing will await you except judgment and eternal punishment in hell. Meet God today through His Son, Jesus Christ. Make a decision to turn from your sins and place your trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Only then will you be forgiven and granted eternal life in heaven. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)