“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
If you are a Christian, you must clearly understand why God the Creator put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, why Jesus is the only Savior for mankind, and why God made Hell.
Churches should give the answers to the questions about these three topics and teach believers the providence of salvation in the cross that covers the profound and mysterious things that were hidden before ages. Only then can they possess true faith. Above all, they should know God the Creator clearly.
1. God who created the heavens, the earth, and all things in them
Some people in this world claim that there is no god. There are others who worship gods that men made up with their imaginations or some images of creatures. But the one and only true Deity is our God the Creator.
Even though He may not be visible to our naked eyes, God truly exists. He is the Creator and the Governor of everything in the universe including mankind and He is the Judge. He transcends man, who is a mere creature and He is immeasurable. It is no easy task for man to explain God. Even with much deliberation or examination, man in his limited knowledge cannot wholly understand God. But the Bible gives a clear answer to all this.
Genesis 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” From the state of nothingness, in six days God created the heavens and the earth by His Word alone, and on the sixth and final day of the creation, He created Adam, the first man of all mankind.
Because man was created by God, he instinctively feels and recognizes the existence of some supernatural being from the depths of his heart. We find in Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart.” By God having set “eternity in their heart,” people with a good conscience acknowledge and seek some kind of deity even without hearing or knowing about God.
Romans 1:20 reads, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” As this verse reminds us, even without seeing God in person, we can know that God the Creator is alive and that there is only one Creator.
2. The evidences that enable us to believe God the Creator
First, people of different races and ethnic groups in this world may look different, speak different languages, come from different cultural backgrounds, and have different colors of skin. However, each individual on the earth is the same in that everyone has two eyes, two ears, one nose, and one mouth and these parts are located in identical positions for all men. Moreover, while there are slight differences among animals, birds, insects, and fish according to their specific characteristics, in essence, their appearance is identical in formation which attests to their having been designed and formed by the one and only Creator.
If there had been several creators, each of them may have determined and created form and functions of men and animals according to each of their personal preferences. On the other hand, proponents of the theory of evolution claim that mankind evolved from higher animals, which in turn have evolved from lower life forms. However, as we find in Genesis 1:21, “And God created the great sea monsters, and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good,” from the beginning God created everything according to its own kind.
Creatures on land did not evolve from fish, and birds did not evolve from creatures on land. Man did not evolve from an ape; an ape was created as an ape from the beginning, and man was created as man from the beginning. Of all creatures, man alone was made in God’s image with a spirit, a soul, and a body. No matter how closely an ape may resemble a human being, that ape cannot understand or worship God the way a human being with a spirit is able to worship Him.
Next, the evidence found in natural phenomena attests to “God the Creator” all too clearly. With Earth’s rotation and revolution, various yet systematic phenomena including the change of night and day, four seasons, high and low tides, and the circulation of the air take place.
Celestial positioning and movement have been established to create the most suitable and appropriate environment to sustain all life forms, including human beings. The distance between the sun and the earth, or the distance between the earth and the moon is the most appropriate: the sun, the earth, and the moon are neither too far nor too close from each other and, without even a slightest error, have been systematically rotating and revolving for a very long time. The universe was not accidentally created by some “Big Bang” as opponents of the evolution theory propose.
For instance, we know that a clock consists of a myriad of parts that have been elaborately assembled and operates accordingly. Suppose someone argued, “At the time of a volcanic eruption, all the parts in this clock came together on their own and began operating.” Would anyone believe that story? Now, then, how could this universe in which we live, the universe that is infinitely more elaborate than a clock, have come into existence on its own and begun operating in such an orderly fashion?
All this is possible because everything in the universe has been designed, created, and is in operation by the wisdom of God. For these reasons, no one can give an excuse to God on the Judgment Day, saying, “I didn’t think You really exist!”
3. Reasons people are unable to believe in God
Why, then, do people still refuse to believe in God even as they witness such clear evidences of creation? People tend to only believe in things that are visible to their eyes and tangible in their hands. They accept things they can understand with their knowledge and thought. They will not believe in the existence of an invisible God, biblical signs and wonders, or the like, all of which are beyond man’s capacity. However, everything in the Bible is true.
Just as Jesus tells us in John 4:48, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe,” only when people witness signs and wonders that are not possible by man’s capabilities will their knowledge and frames of thought be shattered. When people see, hear, and experience things which no man is capable of doing, they will come to acknowledge the fact that God’s Word is the truth.
By countless manifestations of His power, God has repeatedly revealed to biblical figures that He exists. To Egypt’s unbelieving Pharaoh and his retainers, God revealed Himself through the Ten Plagues. Our Lord Jesus proved that He was the Son of God through manifestation of signs and wonders, while Apostle Paul healed the sick and the weak, drove out demons, and revived the dead in the name of Jesus Christ.
Manifestations of God’s work are necessary in our generation as well. For unbelievers, God’s power is sure proof by which they can be led to believe in the living God the Creator. Since its founding, countless signs and wonders have been manifested at Manmin Central Church and manifestations of God’s power of greater magnitude have been taking place with the passing of time.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, the evidence that attests to God’s existence is clearly revealed in every creature in the universe, in signs and wonders, and in manifestations of His power. By fearing God and living by His commandments, I pray in the name of the Lord that you will experience God’s work and give glory to Him without restraint.