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by Billy Dyer
Knowledge is essential to life. Imagine not knowing how to drive a car, how to use a microwave, or tell time. Think of what it would be like if you were illiterate. We would be severely hindered, limited, and handicapped in our ability to live. Therefore, knowledge of God is of the utmost importance. If there is a loving God we should expect that He would reveal to us the knowledge we need to know in order to be in a right relationship with Him. It just so happens that He has given us Two Books of Revelation:
1) Natural Revelation
- Natural revelation is defined as that knowledge which is available to all people simply because they live on earth. The Bible declares that the heavens (or universe) declare God’s handiwork (Psalms 19:1-6). Ancient man could simply look to the sky and understand there had to be some sort of supernatural being. A 5-minute meditation on the vastness of our universe opens our hearts to this understanding (click here for a cool video). Now, with modern scientific discoveries, we have a plethora of information about our universe that continues to support the claim of Psalm 19. This leads us to our next point.
- The Bible also says certain aspects of God’s nature can be clearly seen through that which has been made (Romans 1:20). Any person can look into nature and see the depths of the ocean, the height of the sky, the power of a flood, and understand the creature of all this has to be extremely powerful. They can also examine the design of the universe or of biological life and see His creativity. The Lord has also put a sense of morality on the hearts of all men (Romans 2:14-15). No matter what culture you study everyone has a sense of morality. We may disagree on certain aspects but we still all have some sense of right and wrong. This sense can become distorted through sin but even Hitler thought it was “right” to create a superior race.
- Natural revelation can be examined through our 5 senses and our ability to reason. Scientific discoveries continue to show the power & creativity of God. Our Reason helps us to know there had to be a creator. For example…
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