April 17, 2020 - Without Excuse

More than 2500 years ago, in a few eloquent lines, a Hebrew King uttered the essential argument, from design, for the existence of a Creator: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4).

By daylight or moonlight, in the jungle or desert, on land or sea, the glory of God is revealed in creation. Whether a speaker of Serbian or 5th century Chinese, of Dutch or ancient Egyptian, humans have through the created works listened to the voice of God. What is heard, what is revealed, what is understood from those works—those questions have been debated for centuries. In a fallen world, with everything from the clouds to DNA. impacted by sin—the messages can be mixed, not only from the creation itself but from how we, with our fallen minds, process that creation. Nevertheless, enough about God can be understood from creation that, according to Paul, those who reject the Lord will, on judgment day, be held accountable because “what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:19-21, NIV).

In other words, the revelation of God in nature is so powerful, so clear, that anyone condemned by God will, in the end, be “without excuse”? That’s what the Word of God says. Hence, all these in-your-face atheists, spouting all their scientific theories, which purport to show the origins of life, but without a God, will, be without excuse on judgment day. Scary thought, but one that should make those of who believe in God marvel at the revelation of Him found in nature, which is only a reflection of the love revealed at the cross.