Creation is God’s way of revealing Himself to humanity.
What does creation, (the universe around us), tell us about God?
Can we find evidence of God's existence from looking at the world in which we live?
The Bible asserts that the universe is a testimony to God's Existence, exactness and accuracy. Psalm 19:1-3 has this to say: 1 How clearly the sky reveals God's glory! How plainly it shows what he has done! 2 Each day announces it to the following day; each night repeats it to the next. 3 No speech or words are used, no sound is heard;
Acts 14:15-17 says 14 When Barnabas and Paul heard what they were about to do, they tore their clothes and ran into the middle of the crowd, shouting, 15 "Why are you doing this? We ourselves are only human beings like you! We are here to announce the Good News, to turn you away from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven, earth, sea, and all that is in them.
16 In the past he allowed all people to go their own way. 17 But he has always given evidence of his existence by the good things he does: he gives you rain from heaven and crops at the right times; he gives you food and fills your hearts with happiness."
In Romans 1:20 Paul wrote: For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse
These scriptures are reminders that God's creative work can be observed in nature. He created things to function in an orderly fashion and He continues to keep things in order. His handiwork is present everywhere for all to view. We only need to be involved with God’s creation to know that God exists.
Even though God’s creation is a wonderful thing to see – it is The Lord God we worship. To reverse this and worship God’s creation will cause us much trouble as this doing in the world today. It is the worship of God that will lead us to salvation – not the other way around. Creation is testimony to the greatness of the Lord God. Creation gives a basic knowledge of God. All people, at all times, know that God exists through what He has revealed. Creation though only gives basic knowledge about God. It does not give us specific information about God – for this we need the scriptures. It is always best to remember that God’s Son came to save all sinners from the wages of sin and we learn this from reading or hearing the Bible. Creation provides everyone with an understanding of God's existence but not enough to save.
Because humankind has fallen from their original perfect state we are now totally corrupted by sin. God’s Son, not creation saves us - This truth holds true for believer and unbeliever alike. Creation proves that God exists - without Scripture creation tells unbelievers nothing about salvation.
Though creation testifies that God does exist, it is only God Himself who can give us knowledge of His own being. The Bible makes it clear that God's revelation of Himself in creation is not sufficient knowledge for sinful man to know Him.
Acts 17:22, 25 tell us 22 Paul stood up in front of the city council and said, "I see that in every way you Athenians are very religious. 23 For as I walked through your city and looked at the places where you worship, I found an altar on which is written, 'To an Unknown God.' That which you worship, then, even though you do not know it, is what I now proclaim to you. 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples made by human hands. 25 Nor does he need anything that we can supply by working for him, since it is he himself who gives life and breath and everything else to everyone.
Man can see the existence of God in creation, but he still needs the scriptures to get it straight about whom God is and His plan of salvation – get these two things wrong and no matter how sincere you are - you are still wrong.
The Bible makes it clear that God's revelation of Himself in creation is not sufficient knowledge for sinful man to know Him.
Paul wrote to the Ephesians: (Ephesians 3:8,9) 8I am less than the least of all God's people; yet God gave me this privilege of taking to the Gentiles the Good News about the infinite riches of Christ, 9 and of making all people see how God's secret plan is to be put into effect. God, who is the Creator of all things, kept his secret hidden through all the past ages,
Creation, by itself, is an inadequate source to know the God of the Bible. While the evidence from nature bears testament to God's existence, it certainly is not enough for anyone to know which God exists or what God expects from humanity. Creation can prove God's existence not His Word.
Creation Is Not Enough – it tells us nothing about where sin came from, how it can be pardoned, or how to live a holy life. For these things we must go to God's revelation - the Bible - we need God's written Word. Any conclusions about God's character and purpose we might make from creation must be evaluated in light of what God has said about Himself and what Jesus revealed about God in His ministry while on earth. Creation is a witness to God's might and power but it does not supply all the knowledge a sinner needs to develop a personal relationship with God. That is for God's written Word - the Bible.
It is important to understand that our God is the creator of ALL things and it is Him we worship – this is the starting point of salvation. Salvation itself is given by God – it is the Holy Spirit who quickens our spirit to receive this gift.