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What The Bible Revelation Says About God





Reasoning of the kind which Socrates used comes near to proof. But it
can never actually prove the existence of God. The mind of man is so
constituted that it dislikes the notion of Laws without a Lawgiver.
Evolution is a law which is found to hold in many cases, and is often
assumed, with much probability, to hold in other cases. And it is a
Law which exhibits the most beautiful adjustments in its working. We
naturally are impelled to ask further back for the maker of this Law.
The Revelation which is written in the Bible, and which has been held
true from distant ages by good men, is a Revelation which appeals to a
higher quality in man than even his intellect. It appeals to his
faith. The Bible evidence of God's existence is consistent with
reason, and grounded on faith.

We should be able to find many texts which state God's existence, His
Unity, His Omnipotence, His Omniscience. We prefer however to refer
the student to whole Books and long passages: such, for instance, as
the training of Israel to worship God--the awe and reverence which
appear in all the language about God--the consistent Holiness of His
character as presented in all the Books. From the first words of the
Bible, In the beginning God created, to its last chapter (Rev. xxi.
5), Behold I make all things new, it is a Revelation of the Creator.

The following may be remembered:

Deut. iv. (35) 39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thy
heart, that the LORD he is God in {105} heaven above, and upon the
earth beneath: there is none else. 1 Kings viii. (Solomon's Prayer).
Isaiah xl. 12-31, xlv. Job xxxviii-xli.

The argument of Socrates pointed to a Creator who loves men. The Bible
declares God to be a Loving Father. Deut. xxxii. 6. Is not he thy
father that bought thee? Deut. i. 31. The LORD thy God bare thee, as
a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went. Acts xvii.
22-31. S. Paul at Athens. vv. 24-28. The God that made the world .
. . made of one every nation . . . that they should seek God . . .: for
in him we live, and move, and have our being; . . . as certain even of
your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Further He is revealed as the Father of Jesus. S. John xx. 17. I
ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
S. John xiv. 12, 13 . . . I go unto the Father. And whatsoever ye
shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified
in the Son. S. Matth. xi. 27. All things have been delivered unto me
of my Father, and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither
knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son
will reveal him.

The Love of the Father towards men is shown by His tenderness towards
them. Rom. viii. 39, (nothing) shall be able to separate us from the
love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. v. 8, God commendeth
his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died
for us. Psalm ciii. describes this tenderness, showing (v. 6) that
God's judgments against oppression are a kindness to the weak. So in
{106} many other places. Note also that vice and crime are an injury
to the wicked, and a burden to others. Hence God's hatred of sin is a
sign of His Love.

Thus the first paragraph of this Creed is an Act of Worship, from
children towards their Father, as well as from the creatures of God's
hand towards their God.





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