Eagerly anticipating where this is going! Surely God will be explained clearly and completely, once and for all in the next few installments.
Remembering a song: “….God is greater….”
Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, there is a part 2 to this, but you’ll have to wait until next Sunday to read it. I thought this little cliffhanger might raise some eyebrows, but trust me when I say it will be explained to Spencer how faith is stronger than proof.
Nowhere in the Bible are there arguments seeking to prove God’s existence. The fact of His existence is assumed from the first page where we read:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
His existence is assumed throughout the rest of Scripture. Nowhere do we find in Scripture a series of proofs of His existence. The Bible assumes the fact of God’s existence and calls upon people to make a venture of faith toward Him.
And without faith it is impossible to know God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6).
It is impossible to know God except by faith.
this comic reminds me of “A Fathers Love”, by George Strait
It’s hard to see for sure where this one is going, but I feel like I ought to point out that, while it’s true the Bible itself isn’t devoted to arguments proving God’s existence, it’s possible (and often necessary) to construct numerous logical arguments demonstrating that God is real.
Can we figure out and prove everything about God on our own? No. If we could, why would God give us a Bible? However, Aristotle, for example, was able to figure out that God existed simply by studying the world around him and applying Logic.
However, Faith is also an important part of the equation. Coincidentally, the Bible readings at my Church yesterday included a passage from Hebrews where St. Paul discusses the topic. If you know that God exists (and there are different ways to get there), Faith is the completely reasonable act of A. Believing the evidence, message, et cetera in which God shows you that HE’s there and B. Believing what God says to you (through the Bible, for example) because you know that HE is, as St. Paul said, “Completely trustworthy”.
Please don’t interpret my commentary as a complaint. I can’t really claim that the message of the comic is wrong when I only have half of the message. Not everyone comes to believe in God through the same methods; some (like me and Aristotle) hunted for evidence until we found the truth (and God gave us plenty of evidence to go on: the nature of the universe, human reason, human morality, the history of Israel…). For others, God just taps you on the shoulder- maybe an answer to prayer or a voice when you’re lost- and the only explanation is that HE’s real, and HE cares. I think Spencer is one of the later.
If anyone is interested, I highly recommend two small books by C. S. Lewis: “Mere Christianity” and Miracles”. I was one of those guys who had to have the basics proved to them, and Lewis does a good job of proving God’s existence in logical, easy-to-understand methods.
The Bible doesnt try to prove God. And I think that is what the comic is trying to say. God gives us a witness and evidence in every heart and in creation that is the proof.
Romans 1:19 & 20
19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
The Bible is for people who either know God or are trying to find out more about God. Your heart is what tells you there is a God. Then some people, like Aristotle, may need to have proof to prove that their heart is correct.
You hit the nail on the head!
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