by Donald W. RaubEvidences of the True God
Since our worship can be no better than the object of our worship, it is needful that we take a hard look to determine who or what we worship. It may be the living God, self, a golden calf or a tree, but we all worship someone or something. It is an inherent nature within every person which requires some form of worship. The most ancient cultures engage in worship.
Even the Pharisees of Jesus' day practiced good religion but refused to recognize the Gift of Almighty God. The fact that our hearts demand some kind of worship is evidence in itself that somewhere, someplace, a true God exists. If this were not true, we would be at a loss to explain the origin of our desire to worship.
Since we all exercise worship in one form or another, it is important that we know whether the god we worship is God or not. To be the true God, He must:
• Be alive: This eliminates all objects without life.
• Be sovereign (more intelligence, power and authority than mankind): This eliminates all human beings, dead or alive.
• Be eternal: This eliminates Satan and all angels for they are created beings with an established beginning.
• Be responsive: This eliminates all planets, stars, moons, and even nature itself, which cannot respond sympathetically.
• Be a creator: This eliminates animals, plants, fish, etc., which can only reproduce in kind.
There is only one God in all the universe who meets all the above criteria:
• He is Alive: The angels of heaven stood by the sepulchre and asked, "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen" (Luke 24:6). This profound declaration began a new era in the history of mankind. The Messiah then showed Himself alive to hundreds of people during the following forty days (see Acts 1:3). Sixty years later, the Apostle John writes of an encounter with Jesus, who told him, "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold I am alive for evermore, Amen" (Rev. 1:18).
• He is Sovereign: "...the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; who alone hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen" (1 Tim. 6:15,16).
• He is Eternal: The Apostle Paul, in a letter to Timothy writes, "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen" (1 Tim. 1:17).
• He is Responsive: King David said, "Thou hast made known to me the ways of life" (Acts 2:28). Jesus said, "If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it" (John 14:14).
• He is Creator: "...God, who created all things by Jesus Christ" (Eph. 3:9). "For by Him were all things created...all things were created by Him and for Him" (Col. 1:16). "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen. 1:1).
In the Christian faith we find the God who is alive, sovereign, eternal, responsive to our needs, and Creator of all things. No other religion in the world can honestly make these claims. Throughout the world there are people who worship gods of their own making or imagination, but their gods remain silent and unresponsive.
The true God of the universe not only hears the cries of His people but provides the forgiveness and hope so desperately needed. God expressed His love for mankind by sending His only Son Jesus Christ into the world to bridge the gap between God and man. By dying in our place Jesus brings all those who accept Him into a relationship with the God of the universe. He instills the evidence of hope within us; the hope of eternal life with our Savior, Jesus Christ.