There is a God
by Brian Price 4/17/10

Intro

"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."
Richard Wurmbrand, founder of the Voice of the Martyrs once said in his book, Tortured For Christ, that the kingdom of Antichrist would be communism. And by that, he meant atheistic communism.

Many people ask the question, Is there a God? The answer is an emphatic, YES. This question is so important to answer because many people in this world don't believe that there is. The answer to this question is the foundation to Christianity. If you can't believe God is real, then how can you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

You Have No Excuse

"18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." - Romans 1:18-21
The Bible clearly states that, that which may be known of God is manifest in them because God has shown it to them. Whether it's somebody in the jungles of Africa, or on the streets of New York, God has shown it to them that he is God. Somehow, in some way, every person knows that there is a God. Every language in the world has a word for "God," and always has. The scriptures go on to say that the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. That means, that one can search and find the Son of God without ever hearing the gospel. The word Godhead is the Bible word for Trinity. Many haters of the Bible make the claim that the Bible does not have the word Trinity in it. This is just a play on words, because that's exactly what the Godhead means - the Trinity.

I've heard and have read a couple testimonies where somebody in Russia, or in the Middle East, or in China, somehow they had the Son of God revealed to them, either by revelation or by human reasoning, and later on found him after a missionary came, or when they read about him in the scriptures, etc.

The American Indians, though they were paganistic in their religious practices, worshipped the Great Spirit way before the missionairies came to the Americas. Who else could this be but God?

A story is recorded in the Bible of a certain man named Cornelius, who, though he was not a Jew, yet he worshipped God and was apparantly accepted with God before his conversion to Christianity, simply because he had not yet heard the gospel.

"34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." - Acts 10:34-35
There is a God
Whether you want to believe it or not, there is a God, and you will see him one day.
"7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." - Revelation 1:7
I had a talk with one atheist before, and we had an interesting conversation. Thank God he was gentle towards me and not foaming out of the mouth, ready to kill me, like others. But he made this statement, "If God would just show himself to me, I'd believe in him."

What an interesting thought. You know, the truth is, even if God showed himself to you right here, right now, it wouldn't guarantee you'd be obedient and go to heaven. No, it would just remove any doubt that there is a God. But here's the thing, Jesus is God, and therefore God DID show himself to humanity at one point. And you know what they did? They crucified him. Why? Because they didn't believe he was the Son of God.

Jesus said, "But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not." - John 6:36

It seemed like no matter what miracle he did, it was not enough.

"37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report?" - John 12:37-38

But why is there doubt? I'll tell you. It all started with the Devil in the garden, and ended up in the mouth of some false prophet or atheist. Some think that Charles Darwin used to believe in God. Used to is the key word. I'm sure someone in his lifetime overthrew his faith. That's usually the case with many atheists these days. I truly pity these poor souls because their deceived. But all hope is not lost. There's still hope for atheists.

Please don't think that I'm preaching here from some holier than thou mindset. I'm sure were it not for the promise of God and the intercessions of the Son of God, I would too be an unbeliever. Because Jesus said in Matthew chapter 24 verse 24, "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Notice he said, if it were possible. Therefore its not possible for a true Christian to be deceived because Jesus makes intercession for us to the Father.

In any case, notice what the scripture says about false prophets in the following verse:

"1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of." - 2 Peter 2:1-2
If you ever listen to an evolution vs creation debate, and if the creationist has the upper hand in the debate, typically, if the evolutionist is really that depraved, he'll start attacking God or the Bible, or both. He doesn't give reasonable and logical arguments for evolution, he just SPEAKS EVIL of God. Why is that? I believe he doesn't even know that he's being used of the devil. The devil is just using his tongue to overthrow people's faith in God. Of course this does not have to be limited to an evolution debate. It could be a discussion at work between an atheist and a Christian.

But if you notice, it's usually the character of God that is being attacked. Notice the Bible says that the way of truth would be evil spoken of. That means people would speak against the Bible or God, and many people would follow their evil ways. They would be deceived.

Which brings me to my next point.

The Bible is True

Just because somebody talks badly about something, does that make it not true? Not necessarily. What if someone does not believe it happen, does that make it not true? No.

"16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty." - 2 Peter 1:16
You see, the Bible is the most widely read history book in all the world. It is like no other book that has ever existed. It's the only religious book that has foretold events that actually happened, for example, the dispersion of the Jews.

God said to the Jews through Moses, "And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other..." - Deuteronomy 28:64. This prophecy was fulfilled hundreds of years later when Jeremiah foretold this same thing, which occured when the temple was destroyed around 587 B.C. And today you can see that there are Jews in every corner of the earth. When the Jews returned to Israel in 1948, Jews from almost every nation has since flocked to Israel to live or visit there. Places such as China, Ethiopia, America, England, Russia, and others.

My friend, how do you explain such an event? Either God is true, or the whole world is in on a lie.

Let me give you something else.

Jesus said these words, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." - Matthew 24:35.

Do you know exactly how old the Bible is? Not many people do. But, let me give you some history. The Bible is a book written by some 37 men, maybe more, over the span of 3,000 years. The Bible consists of 66 individual books that were letters (called epistles), chronicles, gospels, psalms (hymns), proverbs, prophecies, laws (i.e., Leviticus), revelations, geneological histories (i.e., Genesis), and more. Jesus said that heaven and earth would pass away before his words would. So just taking the gospel of Matthew alone, that would place his gospel somewhere around 50 A.D. The dates are disputed, but that's okay. Let's just give it this date since its close enough and simply for the sake of illustration.

Supposing Matthew's gospel was written around 50 A.D., do you realize that approximately 1,960 years have passed since it was first penned? That means that the gospel of Matthew is older than Christopher Columbus (1451), older than Pope Sylvester II (1003), older than Muhammed (571), and older than the Roman Emperor Diocletian (244). Not only so, but his words are read in every single country on the face of the planet, and will never pass away. Truly, such a claim out of the mouth of a person (Jesus) must have been divinely inspired, or otherwise extremely lucky. The latter would be ludicrious to suppose.

My dear reader, don't you think you ought to give God a little credit? I mean, look, you've got the Holy Bible to read. Many people have died to get their hands on that book, and you just let it go to waste. God could have put you in some far away country where you are illiterate. Then what would you do? My friend, more than likely, you are an American of some sort, and you are literate. Don't you think you ought to see what God says? Don't you think you ought to read his word?

Don't you think you ought to give your life to Jesus before it's too late? Think about your children for crying out loud. Do you really want to doom them to an eternity in hell just because you're too proud in your heart and mind to accept the Bible as literally true?

The Bible says to not boast of tomorrow, for you don't know what a day may bring (Prov. 27:1). You could die in a car wreck tomorrow. You could get cancer and die in a year. You could have a heart attack this evening and die. It happened to a co-worker of mine this past Saturday. He was 31 years old. The time to get saved is now. Call upon the name of the Lord Jesus now.

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