By David K. Bernard
The first verse of the Bible introduces God as the Creator of the universe. The Bible does not try to prove that God exists; it assumes His existence as fundamental. Creation itself bears witness that there is an intelligent, omnipotent, loving Creator (Romans 1:20).
The Existence of God and the Universe
There can be only one of three explanations for the existence of the universe: (1) it has always existed (eternal universe); (2) it came into existence by its own power (self-creating universe), or (3) God created it.
Accepting any of these requires a faith that transcends scientific proof. It is more plausible to believe in an intelligent, eternal, omnipotent Creator than in the eternity or self-creative ability of nonrational matter. The orderliness and design of the universe require the existence of a Designer.The orderliness and design of the universe require the existence of a Designer. Click To Tweet
The incredible complexity of even the simplest forms of life shows that life did not begin by accident or blind chance. Man’s moral nature reveals that he is more than an intelligent animal; he was created in the image of a rational, spiritual, moral Being.
Every human child develops a conscience, and every human society has a sense of morality (Romans 2:15). How could the finite human mind even conceive of an infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, and perfect God unless God imparted that concept?
God Communicates with Humanity
Every society in history has expressed belief in a Supreme Being, and modern anthropological studies show that the earliest and most fundamental religious belief is not polytheism but monotheism. The testimony of the Scriptures and the confirmation of personal experience assure us that God indeed lives and communicates with humanity. Ultimately, we accept the truth of His existence by faith (Hebrews 11:6).
David K. Bernard is the general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International, which has more than 5 million constituents in over 42,000 churches in 230 nations and territories. He is also the founding president of Urshan College and Urshan Graduate School of Theology. He has written 37 books that have been published in 39 languages.
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This material has been adapted from Essential Doctrines of the Bible.
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