One morning, my colleagues were discussing about whether God exists. Almost everyone involved in the discussion gave reasons why they did not believe that there is a God.
Usually, I do not debate with people on such a subject unless a question is directed at me personally. At some point during the discussion, I heard myself asking them the question, ‘Guys, How can explain the way things work? The way the universe holds together? Don’t you think someone is in control? Or do you think that these things just work?’ That was the end of the discussion. It was as if God Himself ended the discussion.
In his book, The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking said that the laws of physics, not the will of God, provide the real explanation as to how life on Earth came into being. The Big Bang, he argues, was the inevitable consequence of these laws; 'because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.'
Hawking is trying to convince us to choose between God and the laws of physics. It is akin to saying that a car can on its own start and move without anyone controlling it or one can build an aircraft and expect it to fly based on the logic built into it.
It is interesting to know that agnostic scientists are doing all they can to prove that God does not exist, whereas, as Christians, the more we know about science, the more our faith is affirmed.
One of the grave misconceptions agnostics make is that they think of God as a theory or as a concept. When we know that God exists and that we are made in His image and likeness, our mindset and worldview changes. It makes us ask questions like;
How could we just exist, and yet have a sense of good and evil, right and wrong?
How can you explain the spiritual experience of myself and many believers who have had their lives transformed from what they used to be to what we are now.
Recently, my family and I went to the Science Museum in London. As we watched a documentary titled Deep Sea, at the Imax 3D, the clear image of the depth of the sea made me appreciate the awesomeness of God. We watched the uniqueness of His creation and how sometimes little creatures help big creatures to survive.
You can know a man who has thorough knowledge of a subject. He is bold and confident about that subject. Those who have such knowledge an eloquence are well respected and referred to as ‘experts’.
In spite of the their skill and knowledge however, experts often meet some challenges in their area of specialty, that they are unable to find answers to.
Sometimes they even misrepresent facts in order to cover up for their lack of an understanding of an event that they are unable to explain.
On the contrary, God’s knowledge is infallible and His purpose is unchangeable. Before He creates a thing, He has a design and a purpose for that thing. There is nothing that happens that the Lord does not know.
If God knows all and has given man free will to choose, then does it make any difference what a man chooses to do? This is a question that people have asked over and over again. However the answers to these questions is quite simple;
1. Human beings live in a world that is limited by time and space.
2. God created time and space and cannot therefore be limited by what He created.
While taking a course in economics in the University, it was common to hear the professor conclude the explanation of a theory with the words, ‘ceteris paribus’ which is Latin for the phrase, ‘All other things being equal’. Economists like other scientists, know that their predictions will only occur if other factors are put into consideration.
This is different from how God reveals the future to us. He tells us exactly what will happen and those things happen regardless of other conditions.
But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day (2 Peter 3:8)
God knows and sees all ( Job 28:20 – 28, 1 John 3:20, Psalm 139:4, Isaiah 46:9, Matthew 10:30)
Benefits of Knowing God
He Reveals Himself To Us - Paul declared, ‘Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord’ (Philipians 3:8) No knowledge is as important as the knowledge of God. We cannot know all about God, we however keep ‘knowing Him’ as He reveals Himself to us. It however starts with us seeking to know Him. The more we know Him, the more He reveals Himself to us.
Our Faith Grows - The more we know Him, the more our faith grows and the more we can do great things in His name. (Daniel 11:32)
Sin Becomes Repugnant To Us – The more we know God, the more we share His hatred for sin and want to distance ourselves from it. We however also share His compassion for sinners and do our part in loving them into God’s kingdom.
Discovering Who You are - The more we know God, the more we are able to discover who we are. One of man’s greatest pursuits of life, is being able to discover themselves. As people of God, we know among other things that we are;
· We are born of God
· Heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. ( Romans 8:17)
· We are Christ’s ambassadors ( 2 Corinthians 5:20 )
· We are alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
· We are righteous ( Rom 3:22)
· We have peace with God ( Romans 5:1)
Knowing God is a Continuous affair. No one knows God fully. We keep on knowing Him in the continuous sense. The more we know Him, the more we become like Him. It however starts with us coming to Him and giving our lives to Him.
All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. (John 6:37)