How well do you know your God?

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Think about this. Isrepparttar god you serve alive? I serverepparttar 137953 living God. He is personable. He is demanding, yet giving. He is grand and glorious. He is willing and able. He is approachable. He is loving and kind. He is Holy. Isrepparttar 137954 god you serve listening to your prayers? I serverepparttar 137955 living God who has ears to hear, eyes to see, a mouth to speak, and a hand to hold in troubling times. The gods of secularism and recreation are wood and stone. They have no ears to hear you. They have no eyes to see you. They are dead and a very poor help in times of trouble. I know God asrepparttar 137956 living God. What about you?

The living God is Creator of all things. He made everything out of nothing. False gods created nothing. The living God I know is self-existent. He isrepparttar 137957 Great I Am. He was. He is. He will be forevermore. False gods must be sustained by human cognition. The living God acts sovereignly in nature and yet is not a nature god. He has answered through fire, but He is not fire. He sendsrepparttar 137958 rain, but He is not rain. He is God above all. The gods of nature need to be many. The living God is one.

The living God I know became flesh and lived onrepparttar 137959 earth. He died on a cross for my sin. He was buried in a tomb. Onrepparttar 137960 third day, He was raised fromrepparttar 137961 dead byrepparttar 137962 Holy Spirit. He appeared to many before He ascended torepparttar 137963 Father God in Heaven where He lives and makes continual intercession for me. His name is Jesus. Have you gotten to know Him? He’d love to meet you.


Arguments for and against...

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And then there isrepparttar A Priori Proofs (proving God’s existence by internal things—innate knowing that God exists). Some have said that God’s existence is an innate idea. Augustine and Calvin taught this. Augustine said that God is continuously putting pressure on man. Man’s sense of finitude is a way in which God impresses Himself upon man. But then again,repparttar 137768 British philosopher John Locke (1632-1704), vigorously attackedrepparttar 137769 notion of man having any kind or innate, a priori knowledge (Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 1690). Time does not afford merepparttar 137770 opportunity to listrepparttar 137771 other internal proofs of God’s existence. But take my word for it. For every one stated positively, there is also a thunderous refutation.

Now let me tell you what I think about this. I think we are missingrepparttar 137772 boat when we focus on provingrepparttar 137773 existence of God by human intellect alone. I thinkrepparttar 137774 argument should change directions. I think Professor Ramm states it well. He writes, “The whole weight ofrepparttar 137775 Biblical view of God is in another direction. Scripture is not a record of how man finds God but how God finds man. The point of departure in Scripture is not how man infers or proves that God exists by either a logically organized proof or an unusual experience but that it is God who breaks into man and lets Himself be known” (Bernard L. Ramm, page 101). Hence,repparttar 137776 key expression in Holy Scripture would not be proof ofrepparttar 137777 existence of God butrepparttar 137778 true knowledge of God orrepparttar 137779 reality of God. The Bible doesn’t waste time trying to prove God’s existence through logic but declares His existence inrepparttar 137780 opening verse—“Inrepparttar 137781 Beginning God…” From that point onrepparttar 137782 Scriptures demonstraterepparttar 137783 Living God who invades human history and reveals Himself to man. God comes looking for man and notrepparttar 137784 other way around.

I don’t have to wrestle with proving God’s existence. I don’t understand many ofrepparttar 137785 existential arguments anyway. Most of them give me a headache, trying to follow along. But here isrepparttar 137786 good news. God doesn’t expect me with my finite brain to understand His infinite ways. He comes searching for me. He gives me His own Spirit with which to hear His voice and respond by faith. God comes looking for me. God reveals Himself inrepparttar 137787 way He wants to be discovered. He initiatesrepparttar 137788 process. I get to enjoyrepparttar 137789 relationship through Jesus Christ His Son.

It’s simply faith—that’s what God wants from me. He lives. His Life makesrepparttar 137790 difference. I don’t need a “philosophy” of religion when I can have a relationship in Jesus,repparttar 137791 True Vine. How about you? Are you relating and abiding inrepparttar 137792 Vine?

Keeprepparttar 137793 faith. Stayrepparttar 137794 course. Jesus is coming soon.

Pastor T. dash…

Pastors a small church.

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