Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Ultimate Question

"You said, 'Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.'

-- Job 42:4

It's the ultimate question. And it's the one that's been asked by millions of people for thousands of years:

Does God really exist?

Let's settle this deep mystery once and for all. The answer is a resounding YES.

Since that's an easy claim to make, how do we know that God isn't a mere creation of our imagination? Questions2Simply put, the evidence is all around us. Look at the wonders and beauty of nature, the colors of the sunset and the overwhelming ingenuity of the human body--or for that matter any plant or animal. What are the odds that such things could magically spring to life and evolve from a random assortment of atoms and chemicals? They're probably about the same as a fully functioning 747 jet airliner assembling itself from the debris kicked up from a tornado ripping through a junkyard... and then repeating this miracle millions of times to account for every functioning organism on Earth!

One conclusion is obvious: Where there's creation, there must be a Creator. And according to the Apostle Paul, this Creator has long made his existence apparent:

"There are things about him that people cannot see--his eternal power and all the things that make him God," we read in the first chapter of Romans"But since the beginning of the world those things have been easy to understand by what God has made. So people have no excuse for the bad things they do."

If there is a God, what's he like? The surprising and comforting answer is also revealed in the Bible. And it comes from someone with firsthand knowledge. Jesus, God's own son, tells us that the creator of the universe is like a loving, caring father. In fact, Christ outraged the religious authorities of his day by calling God Abba--a term that we translate as Daddy.

What an incredible concept! Instead of being some anonymous, non-caring entity, our God is someone who actually wants a personal relationship with His creation: you and me. And for those who claim this truth and let it bear fruit in their life, the world becomes a far better place: one full of hope, promise and wonder.

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