Christianity 101 Lesson 03: The Revelations of God

Monday Musings for August 09, 2021

Good morning, Musers,

I agree with the Apostle Paul that even without the Bible, there’s enough information for people to find God. Now, I don’t think they would come up with the Trinity by looking at trees, but they’d see his power, his purpose — and his sense of style! Just imagine how excuseless everyone will be with the Bible added to all that other revelation!

That’s the world we find ourselves in today. What’s with people? Why are they shielding their eyes from God?

But it is not just nature that speaks. Philosophy speaks too. There are several extra-biblical arguments for the existence of God. I have already written about the classics. (Click here to see that piece.) Any one of these arguments can turn an earnest seeker to God. But combined, they are even more powerful.

It works that way with God’s revelations too. There are more than you’d expect — and combined, they are extraordinarily convincing. God could have fine-tuned his revelations so that only the most spiritually belligerent would dare ignore him, but he didn’t. His revelations are such that he still requires just the right amount of faith from earnest seekers.

So, where does that leave us? I’m not sure. I’ll tell you where it leaves me. I find the evidence for God’s existence to be overwhelming… but I do not find it to be absolute. Although I am saved and have spiritual verification that God is my Father (Romans 8:15), I acknowledge the possibility that I could be deluded… that I have wasted my life chasing ghosts.

What I’ve found is that when I work with God’s revelations instead of dismissing them, that the cumulative case for the existence of God simply bowls me over. But people who dismiss his revelation — who shield their eyes from his lights — are the ones who remain unconvinced that God exists.

Now, God could have made it the norm that angels speak directly to us… as he did to Cornelius in Acts 10:1-7. But he doesn’t… especially in this age of completed revelation. Do you remember the lesson from the story of the rich man and Lazarus? (Luke 16:19-31). For those who refuse to believe God based on his existing revelations, additional data won’t help…  not even if someone came back from the dead to deliver it! That’s where people are today.

Today’s posting is not a question. It is my third lesson in the Christianity 101 series. I’ll be talking about God’s revelation as the first official “topic” in the series. But why start there? Why not start with God, or the Trinity or something?

Because the study of revelation answers the question, “Who says?” … which should come first epistemologically. I’m going to spend a lot of time talking about topics like, God, the Bible, mankind and sin… and how dare I ask anyone to join before I let them know who I think “says” and why.

 

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