TESTING THE GODS
* All scripture references use the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
A short article entitled “Arguing Against the Atheists” (Newsweek Magazine, October 6, 2008) spoke of the new generation of professional atheists, in general, and Christopher Hitchens (author god is not Great) in particular. The writer of the article wondered, in effect, what all the fuss was about. After all, the God the atheists get incensed over is not even the God many “believers” actually believe in. Many, apparently, believe in a generic, anything goes, all faiths kind of god.
The God of Proves God is very similar to the “…God the atheists rail against – a supernatural being who intervenes in human affairs,… punishes violators with the stinking fires of hell (their words) and raises the fleshly bodies of the dead” (Newsweek, 10/6/08). The atheists are right in this sense. God does intervene in human affairs. He will, in fact, resurrect the dead, and their destiny is eternal – albeit heaven or hell.
He is the one God who exists in three persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. No, I cannot explain the three-in-one, one-in-three nature of God. There are some things taken on faith alone because the Bible, like a parent, says so. Taking the Bible at its word would be a reasonable and prudent thing to do even for a professional atheist, if the scripture as a whole can be authenticated by the seal (or footprint) of God. The entirety of this website is dedicated to illuminating that seal and dusting off those footprints so they can be clearly seen by all who are unafraid to look.
The gods we imagine, or the gods of our own design, are powerless gods. They cannot save. As for the generic, pluralistic, multi-religion uni-god so many people believe in, the atheists are right. That god doesn't exist. Look, instead, for the God that the atheists rail against. He's the one they feel threatened by. He's the one that requires something of them. He's the God that wrote the Book through the pen of various men and stamped it with His seal as proof. Yes, He's the one with the power of condemnation, but for those who hear and believe, He's the only one with the power to save.
Most of the book we know as the Bible was written over 2,000 years ago. Yet it will be clearly shown, through the patterns found within it, to affect and change the physical world of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah of the sealing of the Book and then the future recovery of wisdom, in Isaiah 29:11-24. He spoke through the prophet Daniel of the sealing of the Book until the time of the end, in Daniel 12:4, 9. The very patterns we discuss may be an unsealing of the Book and, at least, a partial fulfillment of these prophecies. The God of the Bible, again speaking through Isaiah, challenges the false gods to show the things to come, so that the world may know that they, too, are gods.
That challenge applies today just as it did over 2,000 years ago. A god who can do that is a God worth believing – and a God worth believing in.
There is a God. He wrote one Book.