“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’….” Psalm 14:1a (NIV)
When you see the letters GODISNOWHERE, how do you read them? Some will see GOD IS NO WHERE while others would read just the opposite, GOD IS NOW HERE. The word scramble is a metaphor of faith. In the days leading to Easter we want to examine the evidence for our faith that supports the fact that God is now here. In fact, if you’ll do an honest intellectual search of the evidence for the existence of God and the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, the facts will lead you to a profound life changing conclusion. It will take more faith to insist there is no God than to accept the reality of His existence and experience the profound love of His forgiveness in your life.
The God who exists is pursuing a love relationship with you. He created you for His purpose. St. Augustine once said, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.” This explains the emptiness in our lives apart from Christ. We were created by God to be loved. Only He can fill the God-shaped vacuum in our hearts. Still, we try all kinds of cheap substitutes to fill that hole in our lives. In pride we reject the reality of God to our own hurt and forfeit the peace and fulfillment His presence brings. Our pain is compounded by trying to be our own god.
The Psalmist wrote, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’….” Psalm 14:1a (NIV) While I have respect for those who would question whether there is a God or not, those who adamantly deny His existence are really saying, “I have searched the physical universe completely and possess all knowledge so that I can confidently proclaim that there is no God.” I am tempted to respond, “Since omniscience is by nature an attribute of God Himself, you must then be God.” The assumption of the atheists is that they know it all. That is pride, and the Psalmists exposes the foolishness of such a claim.
What do you say? That’s really the more important question. If you are a Christ follower how would you defend your faith to an honest seeker? Rather than becoming defensive, the Bible says,
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
I hope you will join us for the next few weeks as we sift through the evidence for our faith. You’ll discover that Christianity is not a leap of faith. It’s a step of faith based on facts. If you’re a Christ follower, you need to know the evidence for the resurrection. If you’re not a Christ follower, I challenge you to do an honest, intellectual search and see where the facts lead.