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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | October 5, 2018

Natural Revelation (Psalm 19). Dr. Robert Horton

In the previous post, we considered the necessity of God’s words to bring light to a person (Ps. 119:130). There is only one name under heaven whereby we must be saved – Jesus (Acts 4:12), and there is only one source for knowledge of that name – the Bible. However, we must also consider that God created the world. Psalm 19:1 tells us, “The heavens declare the glory of God;

And the firmament shows His handiwork” (and see the rest of the psalm). God’s fingerprint is on all creation. Heaven and earth, stars, clouds, land, oceans, plants, animals, and especially humans all reveal the truth that there is a Creator. Thus Paul could say that despite many suppressing the truth, in fact all men know that God exists (Rom. 1:18-21).

Creation – its complexity, immensity, diversity, interdependence all provide arguments for God. With the Athenian philosophers, Paul began his case on the basis of God having made the world (Acts 17:24) and having made man (v. 28). Many scientists began their study in a quest to fulfill God’s commandment to take dominion of His creation and to learn more of Him as they uncovered the wonders of His world. Natural revelation, the study of God’s creation, points people to God. It does not lead them to Christ and salvation, but for some it can be the starting place. A person must advance from a belief in a god to the knowledge of the true God and His Son, Jesus Christ. But all men everywhere in all ages have knowledge of God. David rightly describes the person who declares himself an atheist a “fool.” (That is a subject for a separate post.)

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