Question:In what way does God reveal himself to us? Why
would God give us his Word and not give us evidence that enables
us to trust?
Bible Answer: God has revealed Himself to us
in two ways: through general revelation and specific or special revelation.
General Revelation. General revelation
refers to the fact that God has revealed Himself to us in a general
way. He has revealed Himself through the creation of the world and universe
(Psalm 19:1). They declare that God must exist. Otherwise, how did something
come from nothing and become arranged as it is?
The heavens are telling of the glory
of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. (NASB)
. . . because that which is known about God is evident
within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the
creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and
divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what
has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though
they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they
became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
(NASB) Rom. 1:19-21
The rains, seasons, and and beauty of the world are indicators - hints
- that there is something beyond us.
In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations
to go their own ways; and yet He did not leave Himself without witness,
in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons,
satisfying your hearts with food and gladness. (NASB) Acts 14:16-17
God's existence is generally revealed through the creation, including
the earth. What is the message of these verses? Since the earth, our
solar system, and the universe were made by God, they are also hints
that He exists. The design, perfection, and mystery of the universe reveal
that something greater than us exists - God.
God has also written a moral standard into our minds. Why
does the vast majority of people know that it is wrong to kill others,
to steal, and commit other crimes? Some years ago a man told me that
there were no moral absolutes. So I asked if he would be angry if I murdered
his girl friend. He responded by telling me that would be wrong. Then
I said, "Oh, a moral absolute does exist!" This is the work of God.
God has written a moral code into our consciences.
That is the message of the following passage.
For when Gentiles who do not have the Law
do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are
a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law
written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts
alternately accusing or else defending them . . . (NASB) Rom. 2:14-15
we are without excuse. Those who claim that God does not exist are
ignoring the subtle revelation of the creation and their own conscience.
God's moral law is contained within us and His creation declares
that He exists.
Revelation. Since the creation will not give us specific
revelation, that is, specific or special information about God,
He has given us the Bible. The Bible provides us with specific
information about God Himself, who we are, spiritual truth, our
spiritual needs, the past, and the future. The Bible contains
what we need to know about God and spiritual life. Consider these
Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets,
He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. (NASB)
Now He said to them, “These are My
words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things
which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the
Psalms must be fulfilled.” (NASB) Luke 24:44
. . . which
He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures .
. . who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who
was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead,
according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord . . . (NASB)
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for
teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (NASB) 2 Tim. 3:16-17
The Bible reveals specific information about God and our spiritual condition.
The Bible reveals that God is holy and we are not. We are disobedient
when we do not obey God. That is, we sin. We are all sinners (Rom. 3:23)
and consequently we deserve spiritual death (Rom. 6:23), that is, eternal
punishment and separation from God. But our God became a man in the person
of Jesus Christ for the purpose of dying on a cross so that He could
rescue us from eternal punishment. He did His part. Now He calls us
to believe in Jesus Christ, turn from our sins, and allow Him to take
control of our lives.
Conclusion:Historians have written about Jesus
Christ. We would encourage you to visit the section called "Historical
Jesus." There you will find ancient testimony about Him. In
the section called "Prophecies
About Jesus" you will find some rather amazing predictions about
Jesus. Now that you have read all of this, the real question is are you
really interested in finding God? I trust that you are. If so, consider
these statements from the Bible.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me
with all your heart. I will be found by you . . . (NASB) Jer. 29:13-14
This is an invitation to discover God and to pursue Him through the
rest of your life. God wants you to
seek Him, to know Him,