Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
People are always looking for evidence for something. At work, one of the items we look for evidence of is damage. We want to prove that we are not responsible for damage freight. To that end, we will take pictures of pallets when they arrive. We will also make note of anything that is crushed, creased, or torn. All of this is just to prove that we didn’t cause the damage, and it was that way when it arrived.
Proof. At the time of this writing, there is a well meaning, though somewhat misguided, billboard in my region. The billboard boldly claims proof of God’s existence and shows a picture of an infant. As a Christian, I find that somewhat misleading. Yes, the psalmist does declare “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. ” in Psalm 139:14, and if that had been the verse declared on the billboard, I wouldn’t care much. However, the verse on the billboard is that of Romans 1:20. This verse reads “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
Truthfully, I fail to see how the picture of an infant has anything to do with evidence of God’s existence. I would argue, especially in light of what Romans 1:20 reads, that atoms, quarks, and neutrinos are better evidence for the existence of God. These are things we can not see with naked eye, yet we know they exist. Likewise, we can not see the wind, but we feel it, and we see its effect on the environment, thus we know it exists. How we can take these things we can not see and claim they exist, yet deny he who created them, that is beyond my understanding. Then again, science is all about what we can observe, and we can not directly observe God or those things that he does. There are times in history when it seems very likely he intervened in an issue, but we can not prove it. Why? Because God has chosen to use the natural order of events to bring about his sovereign will.
Mankind was the final part of God’s creation (Genesis 1:26). We have been created with many of the attributes of God, such as emotion and intellect. These are not physical traits, rather they are invisible, and only manifest by action. Yet, we declare that they exist. A baby is a human who is endowed with these invisible attributes from conception. Thus we humans are the crowning of God’s creation, having his attributes, yet we are not gods of ourselves. However, it is not our existence, rather those things we do not see, that are the true proof of God’s existence.
We are truly made in the image of the invisible God. However, we are not proof of his existence. In truth, he is the reason for our existence. We exist because he chose to create us. He also chose to send his son to die for us, so we can live in his kingdom for all eternity.
There is no darkness or cold for darkness is merely the absence of light, cold the absence of heat. Rampant sin is the same, it is a lack of repentance and God’s forgiveness in the life of a person.